Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When Harry Met Sally - 25 Years Later

When I read this USA Today piece on the 25th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, I couldn't help reflecting on what a great movie that still is.  Of course, if you've read my blog before, you know what a genius I think Nora Ephron is.  Here are a few of my previous posts about her from my Literacy Connections blog:

June 27, 2012
Tonight, from 6:30-9:30 you can join an online discussion of Mark Harris's ballpark novel, Bang the Drum Slowly.  The novel is about a pitcher for the New York Mommoths (supposed to be the Yankees) and his ill teammate.  The discussion takes place at the City Room blog.
The city and the world lost a literary luminary last night when Nora Ephron died of pneumonia brought on by leukemia.  One of my favorite filmmakers and writers, Ms. Ephron was a master of the romantic comedy. When Harry Met Sally is still one of my all-time favorites.  Her movie, You've Got Mail,  is more love-letter to the city of New York than love story.  I want to stroll around Manhattan every time I watch it.  I loved her last two books, I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, and I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections. 
To the feminists who criticized her for not writing strong enough women in her books and movies, I can only say that Ms. Ephron, herself, should have been a strong enough role model for you.  She was a White House intern at a time when that was something to be proud of, a journalist, and talented writer.  To Carl Bernstein, I can only say, "What were you thinking letting someone like that go?"
Happy reading,
Christine

June 28, 2012
Nora Ephron taught us the difference between high maintenance and low maintenance women, and gave us the classic line, "I'll have what she's having," but what she really did was articulate perfectly what so many of us were really thinking.  Her work resonates with female fans because many of her observations feel like someone verbalizing our inner thoughts much more eloquently than we could ever hope to verbalize them ourselves.  Watching her movies, reading her books, seeing her being interviewed felt like spending time with girlfriends.  She got women; she got the importance of female friendships; and she got what we were hoping for in a romantic relationship. 
Some of her most memorable lines are below:
        On Writing:
"I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech."


"If you were a college graduate (like me) who had worked on your college newspaper (like me) and you were a girl (like me), they hired you as a mail girl.  If you were a boy (unlike me) with exactly the same qualifications, they hired you as a reporter and sent you to a bureau somewhere in America.  This was unjust but it was 1962, so it was the way things were."
                                                                                                                                                          
  -I Remember Nothing

        On Relationships:
"Verbal ability is a highly overrated thing in a guy and it's our pathetic need for it that gets us into so much trouble."
                                                                                                                                                            - Sleepless in Seattle
"You don't want to be in love.  You want to be in love in a movie."
                                                                                                                                                            -Sleepless  in Seattle
"Well it was a million tiny little things that when you added them all up, they meant that we were supposed to be together...and I knew it.  I knew it the first time I touched her.  It was like coming home...only to no home I'd ever known...I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew.  It was like...magic."
                                                                                                                                   -Sleepless in Seattle

         On Aging:
"Oh how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six"
                                                                                                                               -I Feel Bad About My Neck
         
        On Reading:
"When you read a book as a child it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."
                                                                                                                                -You've Got Mail
"Reading is one of the main things I do.  Reading is everything.  Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person.  Reading makes me smarter" 
                                                                                                                                                        -I Feel Bad About My Neck
Check back in tomorrow to see my favorite of all Nora Ephron quotes!
Happy reading,
Christine


June 29, 2012

Well, as promised, here it is - my favorite of all Nora Ephron quotes.  Enjoy!




Happy reading,
Christine

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