|Cary Grant, Loretta Young, & David Niven|
Okay, so I watched The Bishop's Wife (1947) last night on TCM for the first time and despite the fact that I enjoyed the movie immensely, one thing stood out and really unnerved me about the film: am I the only one who found it REALLY weird that Dudley the angel fell in love with Julia? I just found that kind of -- creepy?
It's not that I don't find Loretta Young attractive and endearing (because I do!), it's just that I always thought angelic beings were above having any human emotions. Like, can you imagine Dudley having sexual thoughts about the Bishop's wife??!!
Oh man, this blog entry just got really weird, really fast!
Yes, I liked the movie and the overall sentimentality of the film. After seeing it once, I'm probably going to want to watch it again, every Christmas, from now on. I think the two most poignant scenes that stood out for me were when Dudley was relating the "Lord is my shepherd" story to little Debby and the last shot of the movie when Dudley turns his back to us and walks away from the camera leaving his footprints in the snow. You'd think that angels wouldn't leave footprints, that they'd float away or something, but not this angel! Dudley proves to us that he did indeed have an impact on the characters' lives and yes, he did leave his mark on the world. Thus, the footprints in the freshly fallen snow.