Classic Film 101, Lesson One: Making Love

January 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

A snowstorm raging outside, a generous portion of mulled wine in my mug, and Top Hat‘s opening credits playing in the background. I paused it to explain:

“The first thing you need to know about watching classic film is that, back in the day, ‘making love’ didn’t mean what it means today,” I told C.

He laughed. “What did it mean back then?”

“It means ‘flirting.’ So in this movie, if a wife accuses her husband of making love to every girl in the hotel right in front of her . . . well, she’s not implying what you’re probably picturing right now.”

It turned out to be a valuable lesson, since the phrase “making love” probably appeared no less than three times in Top Hat. Just call me Robert Osborne.

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