Friday, December 23, 2016

Movie Quote of the Day (‘A Christmas Story,’ on ‘The Most Unthinkable Disasters’ at Yuletide)



“Ah, life is like that. Sometimes at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.”—Narrator (voice of Jean Shepherd), A Christmas Story, screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, directed by Bob Clark (1983)

Sam Kashner’s recent Vanity Fair article on the making of A Christmas Story reminded me of this hilarious scene that sometimes gets lost amid the more famous sequences most listeners fondly about (e.g., Flick getting his tongue stuck to a frozen pole).  Jean Shepherd’s droll lines above occur as The Old Man is sitting down to read the comics, blissfully unaware of the dogs trooping past who are about to devour his family’s dinner.

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