Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Panic Gracefully, Panic Regally

Through Scrubbles, I ended up this morning at First Class to Hell, a blog written by two women who have been friends since childhood. They tell good stories, these two, but perhaps one of the best is one's (Parker's) account of being an extra in the Michael Caine bee terror movie The Swarm. Well worth a read. Parker ends her recollection of the experience with a clip of the performance of Olivia DeHavilland as an elementary school principal trying to keep her shit together as fuzzy honey-bearing arbiters of death pick off her charges one by one. Parker says DeHavilland deserved an Oscar. What do you think?

What the hell is that noise she makes at the end of the film? Is that supposed to be acting, in the classy old-time showbusiness sense of the word?

I may have to see this film. Netflix!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the Shoutout to our blog!
    I recently re-watched the Swarm with my kids and let me say it was a 70's disaster flick at its finest!
    With a cast including Henry Fonda, Michael Caine, Katherine Ross, Richard Widmark, etc.. you'd think there'd be some top notch acting....and you'd be wrong.

    Love your blog (and keep reading ours!)
    Val & Parker