Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Who's better?

Having stumbled across this film clip--shot in the palmy days of 1964 by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp--I couldn't resist sharing it. Sure, the band is obviously lip-synching, but the gyrating mods and skinny trousers and impossibly youthful faces exert a kind of anthropological fascination. I was going to say nostalgic, but that would be wrong: in 1964 I was a five-year-old kid in Queens, a universe away from whatever dingy club they shot this footage in. Still, on costume day at Shibley Day Camp, I went as one of the Beatles, with a cardboard guitar and a mop-like wig my mother had sewn for me, so I was already heading in the right direction. Question: what's more profoundly disorienting, this video or the fact that the 71-year-old Sophia Loren is about to pose nude for an Italian magazine?

The video, no contest. I just ordered the calendar.
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