Mrs. ‘Arris and the Arts

I’m disconsolate.  Nothing dramatic.  It’s an ordinary pandemic arts-deprived depression, precipitated by the realization that there’s nothing to do in town except go to the movie, “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.”

Years ago I read the charming, feather-light novel, Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris (the book title charmingly drops the “H”)  and the movie, starring Lesley Manville, may be even lighter – too light.  I recall the basic plot from the book:  Mrs. ‘Arris, an English char-lady with a delightful Cockney accent, decides to go to Paris and spend her savings on a Dior evening gown. 
 

Darling Mrs. ‘Arris! Or do I mean Harris?  Naturally, her unaffected charm wins  the hearts of Parisian snobs.  Perhaps Lesley Manville- what better source? – will teach me the art of charming designers.  But the other movies in the theater – I shudder to mention this – have titles like Thor: Love and Thunder


I have read that movie ticket sales are recovering ground. The Hollywood Reporter says that box office sales in June were almost up to $1 billion, last achieved in December 2019.  Sales were boosted by a cartoon called Minions:  The Rise of Gru.  But I wonder, Where is the adult fare? How long must I stay in my living room watching Netflix limited series?

The pandemic shattered the arts, films, music, and theater, though many are slowly reopening – others killed for good. According to an article in Time magazine in June 11, 2021, “Putting an End to the Pandemic Means Putting Artists Back to Work,” half an estimated 500,000 jobs in the performing arts in New York were cut during the first year of the pandemic.  Elizabeth Alexander, the president of the Andre W. Mellon Foundation, writes warmly of the value of the arts in New York and California. 

What she doesn’t mention is that the states in between the coasts (America with a ‘k’?) also desperately need the arts.  Some of us drive 200 miles to an art museum, only to learn that it is closed for the next four years.  I know of one independent movie theater that never reopened, its proprietor claiming that there are no longer any independent films.  Bad news if true!

Well, the Met Opera is thriving (or at least singing its heart out), and for $500 we could have seen Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite on Broadway.   


Despite my doubts about Mrs. Harris, the film may win an Oscar, judging from the rapt critics, who liberally sprinkle their reviews with the phrase “fairy tale.”  Forget the fairy tale – all I ask for is entertainment. 

Author: Kat

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5 thoughts on “Mrs. ‘Arris and the Arts”

  1. Jane Risdon – I have always written, whether it was short stories ever since I was very young, or creating Biographies and Press Releases for my Artists and other affiliated activities. I have written articles about the Music Business published in various Music magazines. My Undercover: Crime Shorts, in paperback/ebook, is available from most digital platforms and Amazon and Waterstones Branches in paperback. I've co-written a novel with award-winning author Christina Jones - Only One Woman - published May 2018 by HeadlineAccent in Paperback (Waterstones Branches) and eBook also paperback on Amazon worldwide. I've had dozens of short stories published in various anthologies plus articles for online and print magazines and newsletters. I am a regular guest on global internet radio shows. Visit my Amazon author or GoodReads author pages for more information. In addition to my website you can follow me on my Facebook Author page http://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2 You can find me on Twitter: @Jane_Risdon Instagram, Amazon Author Page, and janerisdon.com I am represented by Linda Langton of Langtons International Literary Agency, New York City, USA. Thanks for visiting and do come again. I love to hear your thoughts and comments and to have a good natter, so don't be shy, leave a comment.
    Jane Risdon says:

    Fun movie as I recall, with Angela Lansbury as Mrs Harris.

    1. I can just see her as Mrs. Harris!

      1. Jane Risdon – I have always written, whether it was short stories ever since I was very young, or creating Biographies and Press Releases for my Artists and other affiliated activities. I have written articles about the Music Business published in various Music magazines. My Undercover: Crime Shorts, in paperback/ebook, is available from most digital platforms and Amazon and Waterstones Branches in paperback. I've co-written a novel with award-winning author Christina Jones - Only One Woman - published May 2018 by HeadlineAccent in Paperback (Waterstones Branches) and eBook also paperback on Amazon worldwide. I've had dozens of short stories published in various anthologies plus articles for online and print magazines and newsletters. I am a regular guest on global internet radio shows. Visit my Amazon author or GoodReads author pages for more information. In addition to my website you can follow me on my Facebook Author page http://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2 You can find me on Twitter: @Jane_Risdon Instagram, Amazon Author Page, and janerisdon.com I am represented by Linda Langton of Langtons International Literary Agency, New York City, USA. Thanks for visiting and do come again. I love to hear your thoughts and comments and to have a good natter, so don't be shy, leave a comment.
        Jane Risdon says:

        She was really great. She is a great character actress and has had such a long career.

        1. I will have to find this older version – maybe at the library. She just seems perfect for the part!

          1. Jane Risdon – I have always written, whether it was short stories ever since I was very young, or creating Biographies and Press Releases for my Artists and other affiliated activities. I have written articles about the Music Business published in various Music magazines. My Undercover: Crime Shorts, in paperback/ebook, is available from most digital platforms and Amazon and Waterstones Branches in paperback. I've co-written a novel with award-winning author Christina Jones - Only One Woman - published May 2018 by HeadlineAccent in Paperback (Waterstones Branches) and eBook also paperback on Amazon worldwide. I've had dozens of short stories published in various anthologies plus articles for online and print magazines and newsletters. I am a regular guest on global internet radio shows. Visit my Amazon author or GoodReads author pages for more information. In addition to my website you can follow me on my Facebook Author page http://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2 You can find me on Twitter: @Jane_Risdon Instagram, Amazon Author Page, and janerisdon.com I am represented by Linda Langton of Langtons International Literary Agency, New York City, USA. Thanks for visiting and do come again. I love to hear your thoughts and comments and to have a good natter, so don't be shy, leave a comment.
            Jane Risdon says:

            Yes, I am trying to think when it was. she was playing an older woman so she wan not the age she played. I seem to think it was in B&W. 1950/60s possibly? It is called Mrs Harris goes to Paris.

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