Because you can’t appreciate the Humoresque sweet without having to taste Humoresque sour, and because I can never get enough Joan Crawford (particularly until I’ve finished reading David Bret’s epically salacious Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr) here’s Joan Crawford’s Helen Wright shedding a single tear of profoundly agonized longing for her violinist lover, Paul Boray (John Garfield). He’s playing the Liebestod from Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, she’s drowning her sorrows as she listens to him on the radio, and my head’s exploding from having a moment appeal to the Crawford queen AND the opera queen in me.
Because Jean Negulesco’s Humoresque–aka, the one with Joan in glasses!–is as much an unheralded masterpiece as it is my favorite Joan Crawford movie, so why wouldn’t I give this gem a little more blog time? Besides, if John Garfield’s Paul Boray can bring Joan Crawford’s Helen Wright to a state of transcendental sexual ecstasy just by playing Symphonie Espagnole on his violin (as is happening in the above image, if you couldn’t tell from the perfect visual metaphor of Joan’s glistening, parted lips), just imagine what his virtuosic playing will do to you. (*SPOILER ALERT!*: It’ll blow your damn mind.)
Oh, and don’t hesitate to click to enlarge and appreciate the fabulousness of it all.
Joan in Her Humoresque Glasses Will Make Your Weekend (Lifetime)
February 21, 2009
Did you think I was lying when I said Joan wears the hell out of her glasses in Humoresque? I’m sure you didn’t, but in case you’ve gotta be all Doubting Thomas about it, here’s certifiable, undeniable proof. Behold! Joan in glasses:
I TOLD YOU! That’s some seriously glasses classiness. I mean, Joan’s bringing her patented Crawford Klassiness (Crawford Klassiness: So much class we had to spell is with a “k”) to the table in this movie. I totally covet those glasses.
And, OH!, how she accessorizes!
She is. And it’s called Humoresque. Humoresque is so incredible, in fact, that we can understand its brilliance through a simple mathematic equation, and math is infallible. To wit:
Joan Crawford melodrama+classical music concert numbers=the greatest movie ever. Le duh.
To give you an idea as to just how great it is, here’s a still:
Whoa. Just whoa.
In case you were confused by this picture, Humoresque is a melodrama that stars Joan Crawford. It’s not a comedy, which may come as a surprise given that the title has the word “humor” in it. Language comprehension is hard like that (unlike math).