|No, I don't think he committed suicide.....|
|Monkey, we hardly knew you.....|
Yeah, yeah, he’s the crystal ball into which Joe can see his future – becoming Norma’s new monkey (remember that dream he has about the organ grinder and the monkey?). But, I’d really like to know more about him. Did he like bananas for breakfast? Was he a clever and urbane conversationalist? Was he able to mix Norma’s favorite cocktail? Did he and Max get along? Did he have a smoking jacket?
|Could Monkey hold his liquor?|
|Did Monkey help Norma with Salome?|
|The New Year's Eve before the end,,,,,,,|
|Monkey had refined table manners, |
which I'm sure Norma and Max appreciated
Billy Wilder reportedly kept telling Gloria Swanson that Norma was doing the monkey, but I’m not buying it. I picture the monkey as more of an Oscar Wilde type – witty, charming and possibly gay. Written in the margins of Sunset Boulevard’s main story is the story of an unnamed monkey who died in luxury but whose life remains a mystery.
|Norma in her monkey fur coat. Could this have been a relative?|
Haha! The monkey as Oscar Wilde! Fabulous. I completely agree with that speculation.
Loved this essay. I never, for a second, wondered about the monkey, but I certainly will be the next time I see this movie. :)
Every so briefly, and occasionally when watching the film, thoughts of Monkey would cross my mind only to disappear in the ether replaced with thoughts of William Holden (that shall be left unsaid for the sake of discretion). Now I fear my dreams will forever haunted by thoughts of one who has gone before. Do you really think you have used your power for good?!
Hey Ruth - thanks so much. I've had such a hard time getting back to blogging. I hope this breaks the spell.
CW - you make me laugh! And I'm sorry, but Monkey must have his say!
Better late than never department: witty and clever and beautifully illustrated as always. This masterwork of a movie has so much in it. Leave it to you to give the chimp his fifteen minutes. My favorite scene ties in with your current blog post. It's where Norma camps around in front of Joe--as Charlie Chaplin.
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