Dick Van Dyke vs William Desmond Taylor


Lola met the child-catcher for the first time today, not to mention the eponymous automative anomaly at the heart of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She must have watched Annie at least fifty times in the last month, so I figured it was time to change the game.

[Updated 08 June 2009: Lola has renamed it ‘The Car Can Fly’.  I like her name best.]

I was at pains to point out to her that not only was Chitty produced by Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, but that it was based on an uncredited novel by Ian Fleming, and stars Gert Fröbe – AKA Auric Goldfinger – in the role of Baron Bomburst, ‘zee most evil man in the world’.

Figure in the fact that the screenplay is written by Roald Dahl, and you can start to appreciate why it stands apart from almost any other film of its type, even Mary Poppins. At its heart is some brilliantly original storytelling, set against the backdrop of a charmingly anachronistic and idealistic England only ever found in the movies, all of which is propelled onwards and upwards by some unflateringly stylish production design and a series of bravura musical set pieces that would have Stephen Hawking reaching for his ol’ bamboo.

This signals the beginning of the Dick Van Dyke phase of Lola’s cinematic education, set to also include Poppins, What a Way to Go! and a 1987 episode of Airwolf.

Meanwhile I’m on Crunk AND Twunk, meaning I’m back on the green tea and writing nothing but treatments and dialogue (along with the occasional blog post).

On that note, today’s word of the day: TAYLOROLOGY

Interesting times.