When work is stressful, and the weather isn’t too forgiving, and it’s almost Valentines Day and you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolutions, sometimes the only solution to all these problems is some good old fashion love. Maybe some love from your Auntie Mame.
You don’t know Auntie Mame? Oh darling, she’s just the best black-sheep relative any boy or girl could ask for. The movie Auntie Mame tells the story of Mame Dennis, a New York socialite actress, who treats life like stage play and every occasion, is an excuse for a cocktail party. Mame’s brother dies suddenly, which leaves his only son, the young and well-manned Patrick Dennis under the care of his Auntie Mame.
The very first second that Patrick steps into his Auntie Mame’s New York home, he encounters a party in full swing, with pin-striped politicians, beatnik bohemian poets, and elegantly draped foreign royals.
A whole new world begins to unveil itself right in front of Patrick’s eyes. A world full of fresh and exotic smells, cosmic sounds, and romantic wild colors. And a world that he will soon become accustomed too.
Auntie Mame is a woman of classic and exotic tastes and her food and wine selections reflect her personal style. She serves caviar while wearing beautiful rich black pearls. She pours the best French champagne dressed in the best champagne-colored silk and forever billowing chiffon.
Even when she’s downing bottles of moonshine in the south, she is a regal Yankee sporting finest crimson, brass-buttoned hunting gear that money can buy.
But all the glitter and fox-fur aside, Mame manages to impress without even trying. It’s a natural skill that comes in handy in any situation. And because she loves Patrick dearly she is determined to teach him how to put his best (well-shined) shoes forward.
Taking notes from his dear Auntie Mame, Patrick becomes a resourceful, sharp and stylish young gentleman. At such a tender age he already knows how to take care of guests (sober or not), fix numerous cocktails, and tie his own tie. He learns his lessons well while wearing tailored suits and freshly pressed sweater vests.
This movie is a refreshing testament to the power of looking good and dressing well. It reminds me the talent and effort that used to go into costume design in the golden age of movies when costume design was taken seriously as an art form.
And it makes every girl believe that somewhere, there is an elegant and caring Patrick Dennis waiting to sweep you off your feet, maybe on Valentine’s Day! Take note from this ageless film and always remember to always dress as if your true love, or at least an interesting adventure, is waiting around the corner.
As Auntie Mame always says: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
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