I seek life lessons from many sources. Plays I’m reading (often in a hurry, often on a deadline, often after which I am challenged to commit to a report my reactions and responses), books I devour, movies I adore, chance encounters, billboards, overheard dialogue fragments. Often the dis-embodied, uncontextualized sentence is the most fun, right? Make your own meaning, enjoy the turn of phrase, no obligation to make the pieces fit.
About a year ago I attended a screening of a 1926 silent as part of some research I have been privileged to conduct as dramaturg on an evolving project about Dorothy Ponedel. One of the first female make-up artists in the movies, friend to stars, intriguing gal. When she first arrived in Hollywood she made her way into the movies as an extra, often uncredited. Sandy is one of those outings during which Dot has about 20 seconds of screen time in various guises, usually in group scenes. My blog entry about that screening in November 2009 here: http://wp.me/p1dUHf-j
I recently looked through some snapshots I took with my cell phone during the screening (we had the “don’t tell me I don’t want to know” go-ahead from the sympathetic projectionist) and came across some of these little pearls of wisdom. Dialogue cards from the movie, but fun to consider as chance bits of wisdom in the “life lesson” frame of mind. I may or may not annotate these myself. I leave them here for your ruminations.
For more about this film, see: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017344/
© Martha Wade Steketee (January 7, 2011)