Sunday, May 23, 2010

fried green tomatoes...

this is undeniably, undoubtedly one of my favorite movies in the whole wide world. the costumes(oh the dropwaisted voile dresses, farm boots, hairbows, hats and bonnets, rompers, and patched overalls) and the props( i could live in all the houses and the cafe itself). the cinematography, the characters, the friendship, the storytelling, the music, the whole kit n kaboodle. i laugh and cry at the same spots every time, and i would be friends with just about everyone in the whole dang movie. except for frank bennett. i want to kick him in the shins whenever he appears on the screen. but idgie, ruth, sipsey, smokey, ninny, grady, big george, buddy (big and little), and evelyn all have big ole soft spots in my hearts.

FGT lil idgy

idgy
"you're a bee charmer idgie threadgoode, that's what you are: a bee charmer".

ruth PS
"miss ruth was a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave". oh how that line makes me boo hoo.

ruth and idgy Ps
"tell me a story idgie."

FGT atmosphere
every time i watch this movie my mouth waters. the food looks so good and southern and delicious-except the barbecue. i tend to lose my taste for it ;)

FGT atmosphere 4
i'm going to have to pay a visit to juliette, GA this summer and visit the real deal whistle stop cafe. i can't believe it has been in georgia this whole time, and here i had been thinking it was in alabama!

FGT atmosphere 5
i wish atlanta hadn't been burned down back in the day. maybe then we'd have prettier older houses.

FGT atmosphere 3
i love how ninny freshened up the hospital room with decoupaged rose clippings. i wish all hospitals allowed for d-i-y wallpaper for their patients.

FGT atmosphere 2

i truly believe this movie helped shape my love for the depression era. this and a river runs through it. is it just me and tess, or did the early 90s seem to produce the best "roaring twenties/ depression era featured in rural towns" period piece films? if that makes sense. the 1920s will always be my favorite reference era. the costumes, the music, the naughtiness...


14 comments:

Teresa said...

This movie has always haunted me... in a good way.

hildegarde said...

goodness, those food shots are so simple and yet so sublime

bee said...

This was one of my favourite movies to rewatch as a kid! Taped off tv! I had forgotten about it. And I'd also not made the connection that Mary Louise Parker is Ruth. She's so lovely in that film.

Eleni said...

Oh, me and my mum used to put this on and have a good cry! I still can't cope, when Evelyn thinks Ninny's gone and she's putting the roses back up? Oh my! For me it's the hats, oh those hats!

Tess said...

It's my favorite movie. :)

I've mentioned a few times already on my blog that the 80's and 90's made the sweetest depression era films out there. Actually, the only depression era films! Films about the 30's these days are all souped up and glitzy.

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

tess, you're right! i should re-quote it, to say is it just "me and tess"! it's true, i can't even think of a modern day period piece that isn't too glam. other than bright star-that movie is flawless to me :)

Amber said...

My parents took me to see this in the theater and I remember on the drive home, I looked at every crumbling old shack on the side of the road and wondered if it had once been an awesome cafe or mansion. That movie made a huge impression, for sure.

Amanda said...

My dad, through his extensive family tree research, found a few years ago that our family owned and operated the Whistle Stop in Juliete! He drove down there to meet with his cousins and learned quite a bit about the history while catching up on extended family news!

I don't remember whether they were the ones to originally open it or whether they bought it and then ran it, but he sure was proud!

I've been a lurker on your site for a little while and even though I don't know you) but it's sure exciting to have you guys back in Georgia! It's nice to have such neat-seeming and creative people close by.

hayliebird said...

i watched it yesterday morning before work. this movie feeds my soul. i love it. i love it. i love it. i want to live it! such a southern girls classic. i could watch it a million times in a row and not get bored. seriously.
p.s. doesn't peter's roommate abby look like mary louise? I couldn't stop thinking that throughout the movie. i wish i looked like her!!
xo

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i watched this movie for the first time last summer and LOVED it!

jenn said...

this is one of my all time fav. movies. thank you.

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

this so dictates my summer wardrobe. a little frilly and a little work wearish.

Marcheline said...

As a girl who spent every summer south of the Mason Dixon (Mama's a southern girl), this movie tugged every last heartstring I have. I will admit to a girl-crush on Miss Ruth. Not like I'm the only one, after all...

This is a six-hankie flick, no doubt.

Shug in Boots said...

I love love love this movie as well. It just makes me ache to go back in time - to see what the south was really like in that era. The clothes and the hats and the food! If only for a day ... I love the pictures on your post as well!

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