Blake Edwards died today. I loved the Pink Panther movies; and Audrey Hepburn was never lovelier than in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But Victor/Victoria has occupied a place in my heart since I first saw it way back in 1982. Loved the story, the music – and the message. Remember, this was back nearly thirty years ago and gays were not well-represented in the movies or TV. And here was a film about non-tragic gay men and drag queens, portrayed as funny and human. Yes, it was a farce (an excellent one in my view) but what a welcome message it sent to this young queen my senior year in high school. Read more about it here.
And of course, “Le Jazz Hot”, my favorite scene from the movie – seriously. I have this song on my iPod and listen to it regularly. And I still remember my sister and I performing this (high-kicking and all) for my family the summer we spent at Cape Cod.
So, here is the incomparable Julie Andrews as “Victor” – though be sure to keep your eye on Lesley Ann Warren, who was deservedly nominated for an Oscar in this role.