Strung tighter than a fiddler’s bow

One of my top ten favourite movies, makes me cry and that’s no easy feat.

Mary Tyler Moore died this week, now I’m not old enough to remember her portrayal of all American moms in 1960s television sitcoms but I do know her characters were usually amusing lovable housewives, ‘cute cookies’ have you will and always exuding a strong sexy appeal to satisfy the dads watching, you just knew her characters could cook delicious meals and be a filthy sex goddess in the bedroom, in the nicest possible way 🙂

Then in 1981 Mary surprised the viewing public by playing the character of Beth in Robert Redford’s ‘Ordinary People’ (a family drama which I may write about). The film was awarded 4 Oscars that year but shamefully Mary didn’t win, OK shamefully is a little ott but anyone who’s seen ‘Ordinary People’ will tell you she stole the movie with a magnificent character performance.

Remember I titled my post Strung tighter than a fiddlers bow? Well if you’ve seen ‘Ordinary People’ you’ll know I’m referring to Beth a berieved mentally unstable mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown. At the time Mary’s good clean wholesome image was chalk and cheese to Beth’s various personality disorders, I guess the measure of Mary as an actress is that she gave a masterful performance of two women who couldn’t be more dissimilar, hence most people of the time were of the opinion Mary was robbed of her Oscar………. without googling I wonder who one best supporting actress that year?

I recommend you watch, and by the way I saw this years La La Land’, what an earth is with all the hype and awards? I hated it! 😀

© Andrew 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Strung tighter than a fiddler’s bow

  1. Andrew, “Ordinary People” was also one of my favorite movies because of the powerful story and excellent acting. Yes, you’re right. Mary Tyler Moore’s portrayal of Beth Jared was MAGNIFICENT! This movie showed us how multi-talented she really was. And it was also Timothy Hutton’s painful performance that hit every nerve. I have never forgotten the impression that movie left on me. Donald Sutherland was wonderful as the confused Dad trying to keep his family together and also trying to understand his wife’s pain but also show her that she needed to forgive Jared for being the one who survived. The scene when she is in Buck’s room and Jared slowly opens the door is very dramatic. That showed me the wide gulf between mother and son and it was a gulf that Beth Jared had no intention of bridging. Very sad movie yet one I will watch over and over again.

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    • A wonderful movie and a firm favourite, however as the screen credits roll I’m always left feeling Redford treated Beth unfairly, I mean she’s very much portrayed as uncaring even nasty at times when she was trying the best she knew how, she couldn’t cope that’s all, perhaps most of us identify in some ways. Ty

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  2. ” her characters were usually amusing lovable housewives, ‘cute cookies’ have you will and always exuding a strong sexy appeal to satisfy the dads watching, you just knew her characters could cook delicious meals and be a filthy sex goddess in the bedroom” No, no, no, no! MTM was one of the first women who played an independent role for herself, one of the first women to wear PANTS on television. She was a trendsetter, a role model for every woman (and little girl) trying to define herself apart from a man.

    Check out http://www.teenvogue.com/story/feminist-legacy-mary-tyler-moore-show

    ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you for correcting, you’ll guess I’m from the UK and not having watched as many episodes as most, plus lol tooo young to have understood perhaps little more than Mary was funny intelligent gregarious loving and friendly to everyone, so yes she was a great female role model………..and I perhaps didn’t fully get that across, but being a middle aged male myself I’d say the Dads would have well you know………..I doubt she’d have minded 🙂

      Thank you

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