Monday, January 16, 2012
Vintage Inspiration: Mae West
It's been a while since I posted a new vintage inspiration. This one was inspired by Make 'Em Laugh, a documentary on public television about comics. They had a short section on Mae West during last nights episode, and I was so intrigued.
I had no idea how sexual her jokes were, I really though all the hulla-ba-lo about her was because she dressed provocatively. I had no idea how witty, sharp and dirty her humor was.
Last night, watching the documentary, I learned that she was nearly 40 when she arrived in Hollywood, determined to make it as a star. The movie studios began to censor her a few years after she started making films, claiming her jokes were too risque. She was even banned from the radio, with the censors deciding it wasn't the material itself but the way Mae said it, that made it indecent.
I'm sad to say, I've never seen a full length Mae West film. I think a snowy January evening, might be just the perfect time to sit down and watch one. Anyone out there have a recommendation on where to start?