At what point do we stop needing actors/actresses?

I knew that at some point soon that they were releasing the film version of Cats on the public. No, I had no great plans to go and see it, even if it is a musical, and I admit the stage version might have been fun to see, even if as an amateur actress, I might have found the focus on the make up, over the performance might have got to me in places. But to be fair, I knew that the movie version would not only have far too much use of make up, I knew that all the CGI that would be used would only annoy me even more. Dont get me wrong, we did use stage stand make up in performances, though not to the extent they do in major productions, and I never did anything as dramatic as Cats, so maybe I would have gone along with it, but anyway…

There is also the point, that due to my age, I grew up with performers like Elaine Paige, and Paul Nicholas in the main parts, so, regardless of how talented they are (and 1 (Taylor Swift?) seems to have impressed, I must say), modern stars probably arent going to work in the roles for me, just on my age thing.

As mentioned, I only have the few reports filed by those who have seen the previews to go by, and I know how ‘reliable’ critics can be, from personal experience! Though mine were more local sources than the one’s for this movie, lol.

But fine, I know CGI, and the like is the norm now, but this does sound like a case of so much emphasis on spectacular effects, and less on performance, though I’d love to hear otherwise, I guess? But sadly, it just leaves me wondering just how much nowadays depends on the performers in movies like this, and how much is simply down to what the special effect people can do? And indeed, how much longer will movies like this actually need real performers?

OK, old actress grumble over, lets get to the video. Simple version, Elaine Paige, no stage make up, just performing what is probably the most famous song from Cats

 

 

I will take all the memories home with me

So this is it, the last blog from LA for a considerable period of time at least, if ever again. I know, I could come back again, and may even need to come back again sooner than that, but being practical, I have many other places to see, some for the first time, some for repeat visits, so its going to be a while, if ever again. And yes, at my age, with the distance involved, and I’m sure the deterioration of my physical health, which is far from perfect even now, I’m sure I wont be able to do as much then, as I can now, anyway. I’m already suspecting that delights like walking up the long hill at Forest Lawn might be beyond me by then at least, but we will see.

To be fair, if you’d told me back in October ’15, that my next holiday would be back here, I would have laughed at you, but its happened. I guess I just wanted to show this city that I’d battled through everything that life had thrown at me, and got here again. But now thats done…?

In some ways today has been a light day, I havent actually left Hollywood. However, I spent a lot of the day on my feet, walking, so maybe not as light as all that? It was actually interesting going on a guided walking tour of Hollywood, where I knew the guide! I know, end of holiday, but in truth, it didnt matter, as I got to visit lots of old buildings that I’d never have got into myself. Oh fine, the one that amused me the most, has to be Musso and Frank’s! Yes, I finally got to go in there, if only for coffee, but at least I now know what it actually looks like from the inside. Of course, for works of fiction, thats a mere technicality, but at least I’ve made it there now. Yes, its every bit as impressive as I’d been led to believe. So if I ever want to use it in a story again lol…?

The other thing I’d already decided was where my last big meal in town would be, and though its not bargain basement, its cheaper than that legendary place. So I settled for the 50’s feel of Mels Diner, for one last time. After that, a couple of final, final goodbyes, at the star, and prints of Jean Harlow, before heading back to base. I do wish there was a star to the uncredited chorus girls/bit part actresses of the world, but no, there isnt, so I just said goodbye to Clara Johnson generally, as I turned off the Boulevard for the last time, on foot at least.

What can I say? You can take a woman out of Yorkshire, but you cant take Yorkshire out of a woman? Yes, I stopped off at a gorgeous, quirky, vintage clothing store on the way back, and saw the most gorgeous, silver flapper dress, really looked the part. Had my size too, but I didnt get it. Why? Because I cant justify spending $65 (plus tax, I’m sure) on a dress I have no idea when, or where I would ever wear it. So yes, I know I’ll regret it, but it stayed in the shop. I could get it in the morning (shop opens at 11, I have to be ready to go at 12.30, and its about 5 minutes walk), but I know I wont.

The only walk I’m planning at present to do in the morning, is a short trip around the block, so that I can walk a little way up Beachwood Drive, looking at the Hollywood sign, one more time. No, I’m not going as far as Verbena though, thats far too far for the short period of time I have left ‘in the sun’ of LA.

Yes, thats it for here. Pretty sure you’ll have to wait until Monday for the next blog, I’ll have too much catching up to do on Sunday for that.

The video. I’m surprised I havent used this Elaine Paige classic before, but seemingly I havent (well, on 1 blog at least), so lets use it now