Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pee Wee at the Orpheum

I watched "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" at the Orpheum last week and saw Paul Reubens interviewed afterwords (where it was revealed that Judd Apatow is going to produce a new Pee Wee movie, one that Reubens is currently in the process of writing--though I wish they would just make the "Evil Pee Wee" movie that Reubens wrote years ago). The gags-per-minute ratio in "Big Adventure" is amazingly high. But what I was most struck by about it was how Pee Wee's iconic outfit, especially his suit, is so similar to the suit, Cary Grant's outfit in "North by Northwest". Support for this claim can be found in the movie itself, insofar as when Pee Wee character's story is made into a Hollywood movie (that is, the movie within the movie), he is portrayed as being a James Bond-like spy. And, of course, James Bond is based on Cary Grant.

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