Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cactus Flower

I recently discovered this little gem of a movie at the library last week.

It's called "Cactus Flower" and it stars Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, and Ingrid Bergman.



The 1969 film was the first for Goldie and it earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The film is kind of dorky, but sweet. Walter Matthau plays Julian, a dentist who pretends to be married so he won't have to settle down with his 21-year-old girlfriend, Toni (played by Goldie). When Toni declares she wants to meet his other half, Julian asks his secretary (played by an alarmingly plain Bergman) to act as his wife. Obviously, hilariousness ensues.

The film is a bit odd. It never explains what Toni finds attractive about the washed-up dentist. He's not particularly wealthy or good-looking. He doesn't even have that great of a personality.

Plus, it was kind of perplexing that in all the time she had been living in her Greenwich Village apartment, Toni seemed to never have noticed her hot 20-something year old beatnik neighbor, Igor. Um, this is a guy who walks around her apartment complex shirtless for no reason throughout the film.

The only aspect of the film that really made me cringe, however, was Ingrid Bergman. I always remembered Ingrid as the beautiful Golden Era movie star who took my breath away in Casablanca. Any memory of that I had is gone. Now when I think of Ingrid Bergman, all I can remember is her dancing awkwardly to a go-go beat with Goldie Hawn, trying so hard to look hip when she just looked like a middle-aged woman with no sense of rhythm. My heart cried. And the costumes didn't do any justice to the Hollywood legend, they just made her look frumpy.



But, of course, the acting and plot are not the reasons I love this film.

It is all Goldie.







Her character is adorably nutty and utterly fabulous. Toni lives in a tiny studio apartment that she decorates with the bright neon colors of the late 1960s. She works in a popular record shop, where she gets to wear cool artsy clothes and hang out with hipsters. She loves to dance no matter where she is. She is young, full of life and energy and sweetness, and loving every second of it.







If you love fabulousness and you love comedy and you love fashion, go rent this film.

Did I mention it's quite a gem?

49 comments:

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Hi, love love lvoe that movie darling ^^
Come check out Dolce & Madonna ;)

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Fashion Chalet said...

Aw cute, I love her and Kate Hudson =) walter mathous is pretty funny as well, will have to keep an eye out for that one!




x

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love Goldie Hawn. I think she's absolutely hysterical!! I actually have never seen Cactus Flower. I've seen clips of it on like ya know montagues in award shows but never caught it. That's Ingrid Bergman??? The lady from Casablanca??? That's a weeeee bit weird. It seems like this is one of those quirky 60's movies, maybe I'll get it from the library.

Aww sweetie you are an awesome friend. Thank you for the comment earlier. It's rough but I'm getting through it and amazing people like you are helping and I owe you & everybody so much. *BIG HUGS* =)

Etrapar said...

she is so sweet ^.^
kisses

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, I think I would love this film - what a wonderful review. You have convinced me to rent it for the weekend! :)

Keith said...

Wow! That looks so cool. I've never seen it before. What a cast. I'll definitely have to try to check it out. Have a fantastic weekend. Cheers!

Little Red said...

I've never seen it but it looks interesting. I'm in love with the necklaces in the shot where she's wearing the yellow turtleneck!

Barry said...

I never saw this movie (never even heard of it until now). That's a shame about Bergman. She was so beautiful in Casablanca, one of my all-time faves. But then again, how do you top that?

You've talked about Barbra before; have you seen What's Up Doc? She was pretty charming in that film.

Barry said...

Jen, thanks so much for your beautiful words regarding Guy. I didn't want to post about it last night as yesterday was your day and I didn't want to take away from it.
You're a sweet friend. =)

Hugs,

Barry

Leah said...

I love this movie... yes, because of Goldie's character. And I agree the movie kinda made Ingrid not the classy lady I knew from Casablanca.

Sophie said...

Oh I have never heard of this film before it sounds like it would be worth seeing, unfortunately there is no where near where I live that i can rent a DVD from. But will have to check it out at some point! Thanks so much for your really sweet comment! xo
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Tights Lover said...

Looks good, loved your review. Too bad about Bergman...hopefully it didn't ruin her for you.

The Hunter said...

Love this post,
wicked,
The Hunter xxx

Stephanie said...

Never seen that movie, but now I am going to have too. Goldie, what can you say, but look at her eyes. :) Big, bright, and bold. :)

Elaine said...

That's awesome! I want to check that out now! :)


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Style Bird said...

Great photos!

Liya said...

i just LOVE goldie

linked you on mah blogggggg

xo

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Maria Confer said...

I adore Goldie, I'll have to rent it!!

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Girl With The Bow Tie said...

Wow, that's so cool! I'll definitely have to check out that movie. I haven't been the greatest at watching old movies, but I think it'll be something I'd enjoy. Thanks for posting!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Tom Bailey said...

Goldie has so many sides to her... one of a kind. Her personal life really tainted how she will be remembered I think.

Great pics and work putting all of this together.

Sydnie said...

Goldie is gorgeous, and she has a fantastic fashion sense! She dresses just like a princess.

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Emily said...

i've never heard of it before, but i guess i'll have to check it out!!
xx
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lancelonie said...

You did a good review! Young Goldie is hot on those pictures. :)

Nandi said...

Goldie Hawn never ceases to amaze me! And I just adore Kate Hudson!

Her character in that movie somewhat reminds me of ole Holiday Golightly.

Some Girl said...

AHAAA Goldie is fabulous. Poor Ingrid. Casablanca was her magnum opus, I guess.

Missy said...

love this film! not many people know how funny Goldie can be :)

Missy
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yiqin; said...

Love the hair <3

Miri said...

oh, she always manages to look fabolous!

dapper kid said...

Goldie Hawn = AMAZING. Lol, sounds corny, but I shall definitely have to check it out! Hope you're having a beautiful weekend :)

Ela said...

Jen, I love that you discover movies that I've never even heard of and how you leave me intrigued :)
And are these photos aren't all from this movie are they? Because if they are, I'm going to have to rent it for the fashion and hair alone!
I'm really loving her hair here. Like want to cut my hair right now loving...
Happy weekend, hon!

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

hi, thanks for the comment!" new posts wanted :)
Come to see a video of Jimmy Choo for H&M and Philippe Starck interiors ;)

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Melanie's Randomness said...

awww I read your last comment to me about the diner story with you & your bf and it's just awww & adorable. Your awesome. I wish you lived on the east coast. =)

Inspiration in Italy said...

I now want to see this!!
xoxo

AudreyAllure said...

i will definitely check out that movie! sounds interesting :)

OceanDreams said...

I just love Goldie, she is such a good actress and I love how you are renting some unique films. I got those mini series you were talking about but haven't watched them yet...I will let you know what I think. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Nubiasnonsense said...

Sounds like a great movie, I'll have to check it out.

Nubiasnonsense said...

Sounds like a great movie, I'll have to check it out.

Naddy Sane said...

Ohh looks fun and fabulous <3

nad x

Phoebe Rose said...

Oooh this sounds sweet :) I love Goldie, I better check it out!

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Couture Cookie said...

Goldie was so cute in her heyday.... poor Kate H has a lot to live up to.

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Julia said...

I've never heard of this movie before but I'm tempted to watch it now! I love Goldie's costumes, they're so fun and hip!

xoxo

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Children of the 90s said...

Love love Goldie Hawn! I've never seen this movie, though. I might have to check it out :)

thesydneygirl said...

hii gorgeous!
wow goldie looks amazing! and the film seems interesting!
hope you had a lovely weekend!
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Niki B. said...

lovely, thanks for the recommendation! gotta love goldie.
xo
-niki

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Christina Lee said...

I sewar Goldie looks nearly the same!

lorenabr said...

It´s a great movie Love it!:)

Couture Carrie said...

Oh, I just love vintage Goldie!!

xoxox,
CC

Robin said...

How adorable is she? I love her hair around that cute little face!

Delectable Swank said...

she's so gorgeous, I love all these photographs of her!