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I had a conversation about shaving today, and I wondered why such a normal part of a man’s life isn’t included in more films — as far as I’ve noticed.

The shaving bits I remember best involve Cary Grant.

English: RKO publicity still from Suspicion (1941)

English: RKO publicity still from Suspicion (1941) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Cary Grant and Myrna Loy have a hilarious morning routine, and I believe that Cary Grant has to share a bathroom with his teenage daughter.  He finds the scheduling of getting shaved very difficult.

In Walk Don’t Run, Cary Grant has another scheduling problem with the beautiful Samantha Eggar sharing the same bathroom, and he can’t remember if he’s supposed to shave first or shower first.  Very funny.

Walk Don’t Run is a remake of The More the Merrier, which I also love, but I can’t remember if Joel McCrea actually shaves.   I remember him taking a shower and barking like a seal.  I’ll have to watch it again and take notes.

Even Shakespeare recognized the significance of shaving, making Benedict shave before he begins to woo Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, but I’m trying to remember if Sam Waterston or Kenneth Branagh actually shave on screen . . .  I sense a future film festival topic.

Oh, and Howard Keel shaves before he goes to marry Jane Powell in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  That’s a great moment, which always made me a little sad because  Howard Keel had such a great beard.

In my book The M Word, shaving provides two plot turning points.

Are there any other films in which shaving is an important part of the story?

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Cover of "French Women Don't Get Fat"

Cover of French Women Don’t Get Fat

French Women Don’t Get Fat was a fun book that made me stop eating snacks (most the time) and made me start making my family eat dinner in two courses — salad or soup first, and then the main course.   I lost a few pounds and regained my love of cooking good food.

And today I’m looking at a book called BRINGING UP BEBE about French parenting, which looks fascinating, although my kids are too old to be parented again.

So what does this have to do with sweet romance?  What movies have Paris or France in them?  What books?

I liked A Year in Provence — both the book and the series with John Thaw.  In Sabrina, the main character goes to France and discovers her true self.  In The Great Race, they end up in France.  

This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 6th week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History is Made at Night has a French hero and I believe it starts in France — however, I lent my VHS copy to someone who kept it (I don’t blame them), but it’s not available on dvd yet and I want to see it again.  RIGHT NOW.   Oh, and who can forget Cyrano?   I think I have a crush on Gerard Depardieu as well.  In Henry V, there is a sweet scene with Henry and the French princess that he marries.  (Ah, Kenneth Branagh was darling as he was courting his then wife Emma Thompson)  And speaking of Emma Thompson, I like her Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility more than I should…. and apparently she liked him, too. (which has nothing to do with France)

Back to France.  Funny Face with Audrey HepburnMidnight with Claudette Colbert.

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