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re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot
Posted by: keikekaze 06:23 pm EST 03/09/19
In reply to: re: BRIGADOON on TCM; I figured out its weak spot - singleticket 06:16 pm EST 03/08/19

Pauline Kael would agree with you--the bar scene at the end was the only part of the movie Brigadoon that she liked. She felt that here, at last, Minnelli was at home, doing the mad-urban-whirl-of-New-York thing that he was interested in and good at.

I love this final scene, too. And--to answer some of the other posters in this thread--I've never found Elaine Stewart's portrayal of Jane to be particularly "unpleasant." She's abrupt, businesslike, and matter-of-fact (partly because in this scene she's in a hurry to get somewhere and a little impatient with Tommy's dreaminess), but in no way "bitchy" in my reading of the scene. But the mere fact that she is abrupt, businesslike, and matter-of-fact shows us instantly why she's wrong for Tommy. He is none of those things; he's a romantic dreamer. He needs the patience she doesn't have and she needs the ambition he doesn't have.

But Jane isn't really the heart of Tommy's problem. It's not so much that he needs to lose Jane as that he needs to lose New York, the urban jungle, and the 20th century. He really wants that romantic daydream of peaceful, rustic village life in a previous century, in a perfectly self-sufficient little village with your nearest neighbors about three glens away. That's what the bar scene is in the play and the musical to show us.
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