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December 24, 2005

Nick and Nora

Posted by Phil on December 24, 2005 8:26 PM

Can't stress enough how smart, funny, and essential is The Thin Man. William Powell slides through it like the coolest motherfucker on earth, which he just might be; Myrna Loy is hot no matter what century it is; and their snappy rapport is timeless. Anyone with a brain, a libido, and what the old-timers call "a long thirst" has dreams of a love like that.

And it's a Christmas movie, sorta, although Jimmy Stewart never shot balloons off his Christmas tree with a BB gun and a hangover.

This and the recordings of the Nat Cole Trio are the best evidence I know to show anyone who thinks "hip" started with BeBop, the Beat Generation or, God forbid, the Summer of Love. Nick and Nora Charles get the joke better than anyone.

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