I will be writing a series of blog entries about my favorite films; movies I like, enjoy, love, and/or that mean something to me. I am starting with the 1989 film Steel Magnolias.
I saw this film in the theater when it first came out, and I own it on DVD now. I have seen it a lot of times, including when it is shown on television. I love this movie and can quote whole chunks of it.
It is about a circle of woman friends sharing parts of their lives with each other, for comfort and support. It stars Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, and Daryl Hannah. It is about woman making mistakes and learning from them, making choices and living with the consequences, and the many faces of love. Love for a friend, love for an enemy, love for a husband, love for a child, love for a mother.
There is a particular scene with powerful performances from the actresses. It made me cry when I watched it in the movie theater and it still makes me cry every time I watch it. And then laugh. Those of you who have watched the film know the scene I mean. The first time I watched it, I was laughing so hard I missed a few lines of dialog. “Laughter through tears. That happens to be my favorite emotion.” – Dolly Parton as Truvy. (That is the basic quote – I may have botched it a little.)
This is also a film I can watch with my husband, who likes it too, and that makes it extra-special to me.
If you want to add anything about Steel Magnolias, or share with us you favorite films, feel free to leave us a comment. Joe and I will respond.