I've noticed with a good deal of curiosity that there's no mention of Gillian Anderson's episode 8 performance as Judy Garland (1940 "Easter Parade"). As Media to Ostara, on Easter, Anderson's lines are Irving Berlin's, from the song and movie "Easter Parade," (1940). "Never saw you look quite so pretty before;" "I could hardly wait to keep our date on this Easter morning;" "my heart beat fast as I came through the door;" then, as the song goes, (Anderson doesn't go into it) "In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest fellow at the Easter parade . . . "
Why fellow instead of lady? Judy Garland's pulled a gender reversal on Fred Astaire. She's singing the famous song that ends the film to a very retired Fred Astaire, the only film they ever made together!
Anderson wears the same dress except Garland's was white, hers is pink; same long pink gloves; identical Easter bonnet; same shade of light auburn hair as Garland's. too.
The guys with no faces in the tuxedos represent Fred Astaire, with top hat and cane ta boot. Thus, Gillian Anderson steals the series by showing her diversity as an actor who easily plays Lucille Ball, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe AND Judy Garland!
Anderson delivers some of the most radical lines of the entire script. As Monroe, she's drop-dead gorgeous, as well as a trip delivering those incredulous nuclear lines. A must own Series 1 DVD to be sure. A hot, hot too true for words Starz series erupts in our midsts.
(PS: 91yo Cloris Leachman, with a Russian accent, is such a pro at farce. When she says in episode 2, "Learning is beneath me," I nearly fall off the chair laughing while she's very straight faced)~
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