In a way, I feel like I'm waking up from a long sleep -- but in the case of today, I woke up far too early. "Grand Hotel" was on, so I got to see Garbo, Joan Crawford, John and Lionel Barrymore, etc. It was a very star-studded affair for 1932...
Movies had something in the early 30's that was definitely lost for a long time... a moral lassez-faire that made for some rather honest (and sexy) story elements... but then again, they instituted the whole morality code in Hollywood right around that time, didn't they?! Betty Boop stopped having late night parties, wearing short skirts, and having people try to take her boop-boop-be-doop away... shame, really.
One interesting tidbit from Grand Hotel... the mention of a drink called a Louisiana Flip. The funny thing is, you can't find the recipe online in English.
7/10 witte rum (7 parts white rum)
1/10 triple-sec (1 part triple-sec)
1/10 grenadinesiroop (1 part grenadine)
1/10 sinaasappelsap (1 part orange juice)
Doe alles een tot de helft met ijsblokjes gevulde shaker
Enkele minuten goed schudden en in hoge champagneglazen serveren
(Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice cubes, shake briskly for a minute, and serve in champagne glasses?)
Retro has yet to reemurge. This makes me slightly irked.
Ooh. The Thin Man is on!
"Oh, Nick, you're hurting me!"
"Of course. That's what I was intending to do..."