Alfie (1966)

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I’ve seen the 1966 Alfie before, but that was long ago and the film was well worth re-watching. Michael Caine plays a confirmed philanderer Alfie Elston, who shares his rather silly views on women and life directly with the audience throughout the film. The humor comes from Alfie’s preposterous ideas about women. Because he’s so daft, I felt sorry for him even though he left a train of pain in his wake.

It’s hard to keep track of all of Alfie’s liaisons, but his first main girlfriend was a cute, but mousy girl who decides to have his baby and raise it on her own. In spite of his cavalier philosophy, Alfie forms a bond with little boy. When the girlfriend decides to marry her dull, but reliable suitor to better her lot, Alfie’s soon forgotten. He’s surprised how much that hurts.

Yet he continues on with his womanizing. Women let him. He’d run from any commitment. He takes up with a sexy older woman played by Shelley Winters.

Though he’s so selfish and immature, there are times when Alfie’s rather kind — in his way. When he gets a spot on his lung and is confined to a sanitarium, he befriends his roommate and generously shares his useless advice. As only Alfie could do, he manages to seduce his roommate’s wife and still have the audience like him.

Yet there are consequences and Alfie meets his comeuppance, which gives the film its moral message.

I liked Alfie’s asides to the audience, which were both witty and foolish. I thought the film entertained while showing the real consequences of poor decisions. The film was remade on 2004, but I doubt I’d find it as charming as this version.

 

 

 

Open House Chicago: The Wing

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Workspace

The Wing is a collaborative workspace for women in the hot newly spruced up Fulton Market area of Chicago. It was my first stop on my Open House Chicago journey.

Chicago’s The Wing offers memberships for $185 per month, which entitles members to use the creative, comfortable workspace, reserve meeting rooms, attend workshops and presentations that help women move their businesses forward.

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Library area with books geared to women

The tour guide said the thermostat is set for temperatures women favor and the furniture is scaled to average women’s height.

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Main workspace

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Café

Sepia Saturday

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Doesn’t this look fun? Tranquil? I think some Impressionisth should have done a painting of this pair.

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National  Science and Media Museum, circa 1890

She looks intent. I bet she won.

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State Library of Queensland, 1930

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Australian National Maritime Museum, 1921

Mrs J Wilson and Miss Hastie winning the Ladies Double Sculls at the Pittwater Regatta.

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Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt sent me hunting for photos with three

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The Field Museum, 1899

From the Allison V. Armour Expedition.

three girls

National Library of Ireland, 1929

Smiling Irish flower girls

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Internet Archive, 1920

From the B & O Railroads Employee Magazine. I guess these kids were children of employees. Click here to see more inspired nostalgia.

Japan’s #1 Hostess

A hostess in Japan is a modern equivalent of a geisha without the training in dance and music.

I’m surprised they can earn $46,000 USD a month

    on average.

I wonder how many years hostesses average in this career.

I definitely think they cherry-picked the customer, who was so young, rich and good looking. Why doesn’t he have a girlfriend? Perhaps he does.

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Theme Image 47 : 25 May 2019

 

I’m struck by all these wonderful hats in this photo.

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Nationaal Archief Nederlands, n.d.

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Millinery Shop, Canada, 1905

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Internet Archive, circa 1918

This dapper man sure can sport a hat. He looks familiar, but I can’t place him. Can you?

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 460 : 9 March 2019

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and it’s this week’s inspiration for Sepia Saturday. Look what I found on the theme.

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Source: Nationaal Archief, Flickr Commons, 1951

I didn’t know ostriches liked to read.

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Mennonite Archives, Flickr Commons, n.d.

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Florida Memories, Flickr Commons, 1940

Woman in Sarasota reading (with schadenfreude) of the harsh winter weather up north.

I started wondering about what artists have done to portray reading. Here’s what I found.

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“The Reader,” B. Morisot, 1888

Picasso

Reading, Picasso, 1932

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Nurse Reading to a little Girl, M. Cassat, 1895

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