Archive for the ‘Leslie Caron’ Category

The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells

07 Apr

The Last Of The Blonde Bombshells –– directed by Gillies McKinnon –– 84 minutes color 2000

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I don’t like Judy Dench. I feel she is condescending and mean, so I when I see her pictures I hope to change my mind, and I have had cause to. This picture is hers from start to finish, and she holds it in balance skillfully, I’ve got to hand it to her. The story involves her attempt to revivify her World War II band 50 years later. She searches them out, and that’s fun. And the flashbacks to the war are fun too. The script is not great but the situation is, and I enjoyed myself finding out how the ladies (Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron, Cleo Laine, Billie Whitelaw) would turn out to be and whether they would turn up at the end at all. Of course, one knows they will, but, for some reason, that does not diminish the pleasure of the suspense. It’s a simple, pleasant film, neither mean nor condescending. I enjoyed watching it.


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