“Death is just too abstract,”Andy always used to say, preferring to refer to the deceased as simply having “gone to Bloomingdale’s” instead. Well Bloomies is getting awfully crowded this holday season.
Never could quite put my thoughts together on Robert Altman. Besides he said it all himself in A Prarie Home Companion.
At 76 he was for some reason a lot younger than I thought. Maybe that’s because the filmography is so massive. He first overwhelmed me as the heroine’s cross-dressing Uncle in Zazie dans le metro. A tad more recently he played an a clef Roland Barthes in Techines’ J’embrasse pas. Altogether he’s one of theose people the cinema can’t seem to do without. But it will have to.
As for Betty Comden it’s safe to say that she and Adolph Green made me the man I am today. I was lucky enough to have been able to tell Green that in person back in 1999 when I last visited New York. He was at a party following a concert of chamber music by John Corigliano. What I didn’t know at the time was that he was virtually blind. Yet he faked sight magnificently. Why?
But now —
“The Party’s Over, it’s time to call it a day.
They’ve burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away.
It’s time to wind up the masquerade.
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid.
The Party’s Over.The candles ficker and dim.
You danced and dreamed through the night,
it seemed to be right just being with him.
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end.
Take off your make up, The Party’s Over.
It’s all over, my friend.”
This Just In From Bloomie’s Bargain Basement
Gee, nobody had thought of that before. Great timing.