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Monday, June 22, 2015

I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

I yesterday went to see I'll See You in My Dreams (Rotten Tomatoes reviewers' rating of 94% and liked by 73% of the audience).  However, the film only placed 12th at the box office this weekend and is headed nowhere.  The problem is that this film is made for old people.

Blythe Danner was fine, and so was Sam Elliott, but there is something depressing about, first, her 14-year old dog dying, then (I'm giving everything away here, but you won't go to see this film anyway), then her newly found boyfriend suddenly expiring, and at the end she adopts an 11-year old dog.

A big plus for me was that the setting and relationships reflected my life at 15 Craigside.  However, not once was the familiar I'll See You in My Dreams (here, the most popular 1924 version by Isham Jones) played.  Why?  They had a new and immemorable I'll See You in My Dreams (can't find it on You Tube or anywhere).  Notwithstanding, I have a solution for this movie at the end of this posting.

There was another I'll See You in My Dreams, a 1951 film starring Doris Day and Danny Thomas, the life of Gus Kahn, who was born in Germany and wrote the lyrics for that song.  Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it an 80% rating, and the flick was the second highest grossing film in 1952.

The song, I'll See You in My Dreams, was written in 1924 and recorded by Marion Harris.
Here is a particularly memorable version by Django Reinhart and The Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1939.

Whoops, that was something else, but I'll keep it for being neatly jazzy, so here is I'll See You In My Dreams.  Frank Fontaine sang this song in the 1940 film Kitty Foyle, which earned Ginger Rogers her only Academy Award for Best Actress. By Merle Travis in the 50's.  By the way, I stumbled across a blog site entitled Don't Stay Up Too Late, with 960 Songs from the Past 117 Years.  Quite a piece of work.

All this made me wonder if it can be possible to train your brain to dream.  Basically, while your body needs to recover and regenerate at night, you still waste one third of your life because of sleep.

I've posted several dreams in this blog site, and The Huffington Post published my Suicide Dreams.  However, these occur maybe only once or twice a year.  Your life would be enhanced beyond your imagination if you can dream about situations and people relationships and travels where you can live out your fantasies without fear of being mugged and facing the reality.  Of course, you also need to be able to remember everything.  Would you be able to avoid nightmares?  To the left above, a fantasy dream painting by Josephine Wall, and to the right, of course, by Dali.

The short answers are YES, maybe to all the above.  Yale University is training people to be lucid dreamers. Learn to play the violin in your sleep, orchestrated wet dreams...someday I will return to this subject with further details.  Or look into this subject on your own, beginning with frequently asked questions elucidated by the Lucidity Institute.

So back to I'll See You In My Dreams, it's too late to change it, so what about a sequel?  The reality is that this won't happen because the movie kind of bombed.  Yet, as stranger things have happened, what about I'll See You In My Dreams Again?
  • Blythe Danner refuses to get involved to preserve her dignity, but Diane Keaton signs on
  • Sam Elliott is dead, so Robert Redford gets talked into it.
  • Keaton's new old dog escapes.
  • She meets a new possible love (Redford) at a golf tournament.
  • He retired from the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center (the birthplace of sleep medicine).
  • Keaton and her bridge gang (June Squibbb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place) take their trip to Iceland.
  • While largely retired, Redford conveniently happens to be at a sleep conference in Reykjavik.
  • Through pure serendipity, the four ladies, having much too much to drink, end up at Nuoluhusio, a Thai karaoke restaurant, and sleep guy, also somewhat inebriated (they say that karaoke is so corny in Iceland that anyone who sings at these establishments, and there are supposedly only two, has to be insanely drunk--not much different from Hawaii, actually), stumbles in, where Keaton is singing I'll See You In My Dreams (the old version--and she actually is quite okay at this--Seems Like Old Times from Annie Hall).
  • This encounter leads to his training her how to dream....
  • Ah, the potential.
Okay, this will still be mostly for the aged, but the 65 and older population is soaring in the USA, from 4% in 1900, and now up to 13%, not massive, but, still more than 40 million of us.  The point to the above is that, if you make a film for this elder generation, make it purposefully nostalgic.

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