'Ff'lo (fflo) wrote,

It's very cold. I've been thinking about happiness as having something to look forward to.

Was telling dreampower yesterday about that (to me) iconic variant on (respectively, panel from) "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" (respectively, Happiness is a Warm Puppy).  I've spoken of it here before, I know, some time ago.  Like a lot of things, it can seem/feel pitiful, to (have to) be searching for something to look forward to, and I think of Chas. Schultz the depressive some when I think of it, but without the layer of harsh self-examination and the desperate search part, the actual feeling of looking forward to something is sometimes truly a grand, child-like experience, sensation, feeling, state.

I say this not cuzza why I was bringing it up to dreampower, who's been having a hard time lately, but cuz I came here to say how I find myself mightily looking forward to an upcoming Todd Haynes film I found out about only yesterday, despite its having been in the works for quite a while (and even through post-production, I gather):  it's an adaptation of The Price of Salt.  Coincidentally it was only several days before that that I found out it was Patricia Highsmith who was the pen-named Claire Morgan who wrote that novel; she also wrote Strangers on a Train and the series of Tom Ripley works that started with The Talented Mr. Ripley, and she had a fascinating, ugly life, and people thought her a "horrible human being."  Maybe this Jeannette Winterson review of a book about her is a good gloss to steer you to if you're interested.

I don't know whether to read The Price of Salt (again?) first, or her much-praised 2003 biography (Beautiful Shadow), or that one Winterson was reviewing, but I know I'm looking forward to that movie.  Superstar was a big deal for me in understanding stuff movies can do, and Far From Heaven was a whole new kind of movie love and movie beauty, and now he's got this film out there waiting for me.  Carol, it will be called.  Just stay alive and before real long I'll be sitting in that moment after the last ad/trailer, when the lights are dimmed and the production company logo is doing whatever it'll be doing and oh-hey-here-we-go I can tell the feature is about to begin, and mabye I even have to take a sec to remember what movie it is I'm sitting there to see, and then I do, and the anticipation is at its climax.
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