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

 

 

Spinning around, and around

Right, before we get to the serious stuff, you’re right, there was no blog over the weekend, sorry, but I was, err, otherwise engaged! Yes, had some more seizures on Saturday afternoon, and after 7 hours or so, they finally stabilised me enough to park me off to a hospital ward for the rest of the night. Gather I was fed a few drugs to keep me alive, but none of the illegal ones, lol! Was released yesterday afternoon, but was feeling a bit weak, so yes, stuff happens.

Its funny, because two subjects that have come up recently on Forums are the Avatars as per Surrogate movie, and Robot Clones from a dear man who knows I would enjoy that far too much done to me. Yes, if anyone can arrange, or even a straight robotisation, please contact me urgently, as I’m not sure how much longer this organic body will last!

But having got that out of the way…

Despite the fact that nowadays we have several hundred TV channels (when I was young, we had 2!), Eric couldnt find anything that took his fancy this afternoon, not even a show about my relatives (aliens, running joke, still desperately seeking a good alien suit for revenge), so he headed to his film collection, and went to an old favourite of his, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The thing that struck me was that for all the praise we throw on the Berkeley musicals of the ’30’s (yes, they were brilliant), people do tend to forget some later spectaculars. And now, looking at that movie through ‘Clara Johnson’s’ eyes, its easy to spot just how cleverly the musical numbers were done in this. I’m not saying Buzby wouldnt have said ‘hold my beer’, and topped them, but they were pretty impressive all the same. But yes, the most incredible thing is, 50 years on, Dick Van Dyke is still a decent mover, considering his age. Its also pretty much a ‘who’s who’ of British acting class of that era too.

I could have picked any number of song routines from the film to impress you with, but I’m going to pick one where the clever stuff isnt done by Van Dyke, but by Sally Ann Howes. Yes, fine, dancing as the girl on the music box would be a whole lot of fun!