Julie Andrews Goes Topless
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
As you guessed by my previous post (or by ANY of my previous posts!), my mind does tend to wander pretty far off-tangent at times. So the first martini up in the bullpen tonight was the “Fare Thee Well” martini. There is a well-known song from my childhood, sung by (among other) Burl Ives, called “Polly Wolly Doodle”, which includes the term, “fare thee well” in it. Yes, I’m showing my age but you probably figured out I wasn’t exactly a spring chicken by now either. Alas, I do have a tendency to remember more deviant things than the more innocent (given a choice) – not a conscience thing, it’s just the way I’m wired. I was exposed to a lot of less than pleasant things in my childhood and I suppose the more deviant things stick with me more, unfortunately. So, when most might think of the cute Burl Ives song in the context of ‘Fare Thee Well’, instead I think of the Blake Edwards movie, S.O.B.
Blake Edwards is best known as the director of the Pink Panther movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Days of Wine and Roses, Operation Petticoat, 10, The Great Race, and Victor/Victoria. But probably his most off-color movie was S.O.B., which featured “America’s Sweetheart”, Julie Andrews (also Blake Edwards wife for these past 40 years) topless – to the tune of Polly Wolly Doodle.
The movie opens with the song in its original form, innocently sung by Julie Andrews, as shown in this clip:
Over the course of the movie, the “film within a film”, Nightwind, is re-shot and re-cut to what becomes an R-rated version instead and the first time in cinematic history that anyone has seen Sally Miles’ (Julie Andrews’ character) “boobies”, also a first for Julie Andrews in real life, as far as I know.
This link is to part 9 of segments of the movie and has the ending of the climactic scene at the very beginning. To see the lead-up, watch parts 7 and 8 first so you understand the context of Sally being pursued by the “Devil”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PRMZrW3Zsg&NR=1.
As further evidence that my brother and I are cut from the same DNA, when I asked him today as a quick “off the top of your head” question what he thought of when he heard the expression, “Fare Thee Well”, his answer was the same as mine. He thought of this movie. Great (or twisted) minds really think alike. Or something like that!
So after I satisfied my needs to see clips of this movie and reassure myself that the song I was thinking of was indeed, in the movie as I remembered, I mixed up my Fare Thee Well. 6 parts gin (using Bombay Sapphire now, I finished off the New Amsterdam) 1 part dry vermouth, 1 part sweet vermouth. Lovely pink-gold shade from the vermouth. It looked a little naked without a garnish (none is called for) so I put in a cherry, which looks good with it. The verdict? Better than I was expecting. I thought after my too-much-vermouth cocktail of the other night that this would be nasty, but the sweet and the dry vermouth really do balance each other out in a way – each adds to the taste in their own unique way. A good, no-frills martini, a bit on the sweet side, but enjoyable. Solid 4 stars for this one.
While I was looking up the Fare Thee Well, I also decided to mix up the Frozen Martini, namely because the Frozen required being mixed up and stuck into the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours before serving. My only regret with this one is that, given the long wait time, I wish I had made a larger one! I misread the instructions and mixed the gin and vermouth in the shaker and added the olives, then put the shaker in the freezer, along with a glass, to chill for the requisite time. Apparently I was supposed to chill the olives separately, I guess on a plate or in a bowl or somewhere apart from the liquid. I’m not entirely sure how much of a difference it would have made. After three hours in the freezer, the olives take on a consistency not unlike frozen green grapes. Which is not a bad thing. I like frozen grapes in the right mood, they are delicious. I can’t tell you if, frozen in a different fashion (i.e., not sitting in a bath of gin), they would be different or not. I’ll have to experiment.
This was 5 parts gin to 1 part dry vermouth, a good ratio for this drink, with two almond-stuffed olives, served in the well-chilled martini glass. It was excellent. I wouldn’t honestly have thought that the freezing would really make THAT much difference but it was soooo very smooth and drinkable – perhaps a bit too much so, I found myself wanting to finish it off before it warmed up too much just to savor the unique coldness of it. Perhaps that’s the point, it’s almost like a shot glass served in a block of ice. I’d give this somewhere between 4.25 and 4.5 stars – it really was good. I found myself wanting one of those trendy martini glasses where the bowl of the glass sits in a nest of crushed ice, just to keep the drink extra cold (my peeve with these would always be that you would have to carry both parts around with you to be able to set the drink down, but as long as you’re just drinking this at a small gathering and not moving around the room, it wouldn’t be an issue). Very tempting. But as long as we’re on the subject of martini glasses (as if I don’t have enough of them already), ZGallerie has some gorgeous ones called Puccini that come in a beautiful peacock blue and silver … and now in a cinnamon red to boot, and, well, Santa, are you listening?
’til the bar opens again and bottoms up,