Thursday, December 29, 2005

dissertation joke #3

I'll tell you the other ones some other time.

What is black and white and red all over?

Bette Davis in Jezebel, as Julie at the Olympus Ball.

Or, how do we know the dress is red if the film is black and white?


Blogger the chocolate lady said...

You know, I've always wondered about that dress, and about how a black and white movie can pivot on the color of a dress we can't see. And then Henry Fonda forgetting his cane, and forgetting to use it

I do know some fans of this film who SWEAR you can see that the dress is red.

Good luck with the writing project. I will be dissertating at midnight.

Illumine our paths, oh Bette, toothsome bumpy craggy hubbard squash that you are!

11:02 PM  
Blogger zp said...

Fans who swear you can see that the dress is red. I love this kind of stuff. It could be the publicity posters/VHS cover . . . which were/are in color. But that's too easy.

Good luck with your writing.

4:25 PM  
Blogger femme feral said...

I love her.

maybe because of who she is, people guess the dress is red.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous js said...

The dress was brown. William Wyler and Bette Davis figured out that brown would look red in B&W.

8:38 AM  

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