Monday, March 14, 2016

A Roosevelt Too Far

cinema à la carte                                 


Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. ... Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams. .

I saw Hyde Park touted on NETFLIX and thought, "screw Roosevelt", and "Bill Murray??? WTF"!  In a moment of weakness, last week, I watched it. This is what I'll say about it.  

Somewhere in the middle of the film I caught myself thinking, "Jesus, FDR looks like Bill Murray." I am not making that up. This is a lot of fun. The wank Ms. Suckley (I love that name) administers,  is the first time FDR's adventures have been openly portrayed. 

After I watched "Hyde Park," 'FLIX recommended The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. I bit. This seven-part, fourteen hour film from Ken Burns follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. I couldn't put it down, and by the end my fuzzy attitude about Teddy's presidency had hardened into
utter contempt, and my utter disrespect for Franklin had moved to grudging admiration of sorts, and a feeling that if Eleanor had died in 1922  his administration would not have been so littered with communists.  Real communists.

As an aside, in one of the FDR bios I read years ago was an accounting of how an apparent melanoma was removed in secrecy while he was off on the presidential yacht.  To this day I have yet to see this addressed in other bios, written or filmed.  There is a web presence that suggests that he died from cancer.  If he did, there would be no reason to hush it up, but "conspiracy" happens when you hush things up.


renojim said...

Bill Murray was fantastic, though.

TEW III said...

I attended Junior Seminary in 1972-73 on the grounds of The Rogers Mansion, in Hyde Park, located between the Vanderbilt and FDR Estates. Nobody could afford the property taxes, hence the FDR Estate became the Presidential library, Vanderbilt became a museum, and the Catholic Church took over Rogers Estate, none of those entities had to pay the tax. It was a very cool place for a 9th grader to be, located on the banks of The Mighty Hudson, north of Poughkeepsie.

Alas, puberty kicked in that year, and I elected to transfer to a coed Catholic H.S. the following year. I was hoodwinked into thinking girls were more important, than living in a mansion, full of guys. Yes, there were some priests we knew to be "funny", but we kept our distance, and no guy ever burned me as bad as a score of females did, in the subsequent years (although I did manage to have, ahem, fun).

A great big "shout out" to anyone that remembers Eymard Seminary, east of the river, and west of Route 9, during that era.

Thank you.

TEW III said...
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Anonymous said...

Teddy Roosevelt. Great President, Great Republican. Great American.

Glenn Beck, Teddy Cruz and the Sooper Conservatives should start their own party. All 10 of them and they can march around in tri-corner hats all day long.


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