Friday, June 10, 2011

Ginger Rogers in "Kitty Foyle"

Ginger Rogers won the Oscar for playing Kitty Foyle.

Kitty Foyle is an awful melodrama. It's the kind of film where the sentimental music is piped up to the extreme and the dialogue mostly feels like a Hallmark card. However, it is an interesting concept - a woman reflects on her past and how it will influence her future in a mirror image. She is basically caught in the situation of the girl from the wrong side of the tracks falling for the rich boy. Then at some point she becomes torn between a doctor who has long been after her.

Ginger Rogers playfully approaches the role of Kitty Foyle. Kitty is a character that beautifully proud of herself because her father had long taught her that she was just as good as everyone else. Her self-reliance and proud spirit often gets her into trouble, as well as her big mouth. Yet, Rogers is never annoying with this spirit. Thanks to her, the movie enters a whole level. She single handedly makes this mess work with her performance. The way she shows the character's arc from young dreamer who longs for that romance but puts up that front of not needing a man is terrific.

But, her best moments come when her character is really at her wit's end and has to defend herself and her actions. That annoying comedy personality that Rogers possessed in other films works wonders here - making the character of Kitty seem much more alive and human. It may be terribly melodramatic but that doesn't diminish the quality of her performance. It's a really wonderful performance that has the substance to be in a better film.

1 comment:

dinasztie said...

I liked her but not that much.