Note: During one of my previous blogging obsessions on “another network” many years ago, I would seek out interesting movie clips on the Internet, slap them on my blog, and then add a dash of commentary. The following is one example…
I was innocently doing some investigative research on the web, an important bit of business that helps me improve my journalistic skills (translation: I was killing time because I didn’t want to work on what I should be working on), when I stumbled across this lovely piece of performance art. I was initially entranced by the perkiness that the Ross Sisters felt compelled to share with us, and then things fell into the twilight zone…
First of all, there’s the odd little ditty that the sisters are bellowing, some mess about potato salad that is entirely too passive-aggressive. They even have intricate hand movements to accompany the song, although you may not initially notice, because your brain is too occupied with concern over the creepy, little-girl outfits these grown women are sporting.
Then the sisters start with the cavorting, a word that probably doesn’t adequately capture what the sisters are doing. Then again, there may not be an English word that can do so. To reveal much beyond that ruins the surprise, but let’s just say I didn’t see it coming. The fact that this scene was originally shot in black and white and then later colorized, giving the shenanigans that off-kilter patina that is the bane of colorized movies, only adds to the surrealism.
And then there’s the thing with the… and that other thing with the… and then… I’m simply at a loss for words. What happened on what farm that led to an actual talent agent from Hollywood saying “the world needs more hoo-hoos shoved at the camera in such a frenzy of unbridled calisthenics”? Even more troubling? There was a director at some point who also said “what this scene really needs is for Sister #2 to harvest an apple whilst dangling from a hayloft”.
P.S. If you’ve been searching for just the right way to make a dramatic exit from a cocktail party, stay tuned until the very end.
Originally shared in “The Sound and the Fury” on 03/03/10 and “Bonnywood Manor” on 02/26/16. Some changes made for this new sharing. To close things out, I feel compelled to resurface a response I made to one of the comments on the previous post: “Back in my youthful days when I was young and limber and had incredible flexibility… I still couldn’t do anything that they did in this video…” Maybe that’s why I never made it past middle-management at Verizon. Can you hear my bones snapping now?
Categories: Video Rewind