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It started with a 4am text message. Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Gabriella Davis  29 July 2010 12:17:09
Last April I woke up to a SMS message from my sister who was travelling in Australia

"Quick in order of preference rank your favourite movies between Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Breakfast At Tiffanys.  Need to know in the next few minutes"

sadly the message had come through at 4am and I saw it at 8am so knowing I was already too late I replied anyway

"Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Gone with the Wind"

..for those who care Casablanca is one of my all time favourite films.  I love the book of Breakfast at Tiffanys too much to really love the film although Audrey Hepburn is wonderful and if anyone produces an edited copy without the toe-curling Mickey Rooney racist Japanese guy then I'll be first in line for it.  Gone with the Wind is a film I like (I have the restored 4 DVD copy etc) but I hate Scarlett too much to ever list it amongst my favourites (sorry Rocky)

Cue several hours later and I get a phone call from my mother at work

"Just very quickly because I know you're busy, can you put these films in order? Casablanca...."

"This is about Erica isn't it? She texted me on this exactly a few hours ago?"

Turns out Erica had seen "something" in Australia she thought I would love and wanted to buy it for Tim and I as a 20th Anniversary present.  Unfortunately by the time she got my message she was on her way to Hong Kong where the "thing" wasn't.  Fast forward 4 months and my turns out Erica has tracked down the company in Australia, ordered the "thing" and had it shipped to the UK, paid import duty on it, discovered it was smashed(!), exchanged many emails with the company who sent it, got another one sent, paid import duty again and finally Ta-Da! it was here.

In the interim months we debated what the present could be given the following things we knew
  • It was related to a film (in this case Casablanca)
  • It was "very unusual" (as I was told by anyone who knew about it)
  • It clearly was a piece of art in some way as it had to be 'made' and when a new one was sent I was told it was "made bigger"
  • It was breakable!

Based on that we came up with the following ideas :-)
  • A jigsaw made up of a poster of the film
  • A copy of the film with our names dubbed in place of the character names
  • A copy of the script with our names replacing character names
  • A film poster with our faces superimposed on it
  • A diorama of a scene from the film (think Rick's bar with tiny model Nazis) --- this one was by far my favourite idea :-)

So imagine how delighted I was to receive our beautiful present today -  film frames from the original 35mm version of Casablanca. Frames were personally selected by Erica.  Hard to describe but it's lovely as you can see from the photos below.

Now to find it a good place at home where the light can show it off.

Love you sis.
Image:It started with a 4am text message.  Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Image:It started with a 4am text message.  Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Image:It started with a 4am text message.  Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Comments

1Nathan T. Freeman  29/07/2010 15:43:25  It started with a 4am text message. Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

What a beautiful gift! And I'm glad to see you ranked the films in the correct order. ;-)

2Sam Bastin  29/07/2010 20:26:48  It started with a 4am text message. Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

One of the lines most closely associated with the film—"Play it again, Sam"—is a misquotation. When Ilsa first enters the Café Americain, she spots Sam and asks him to "Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake." When he feigns ignorance, she responds, "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'" Later that night, alone with Sam, Rick says, "You played it for her and you can play it for me." and "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

Between Casablanca and Citizen Kane - my 2 favorite classics

3Keith Brooks  29/07/2010 20:29:15  It started with a 4am text message. Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

So cool, I am jealous, just picked up one of the newer dvd version box sets as I want to see it in HD. keep a copy of it on my laptop for when I travel.

4Ben Langhinrichs  29/07/2010 21:12:30  It started with a 4am text message. Rank in order Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

What an awesome present!