Tuesday, February 16, 2010
HEARSES AND FUNERAL VEHICLES : THOUGHTS
I love old hearses, particularly the grandeur of them. I like big American hearses the most, from the peak of the 50's into the 60's. I also like to find out what make of hearse was used to bury the famous like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley or JFK. Hearses in films always fascinated me. The funerals then seemed dignified and other worldly. Famous 'hearse' or 'funeral' movies include 'Imitation of Life', maybe the best funeral scene ever. It has Mahalia Jackson herself singing in the church, the long lost 'white' daughter, throwing herself on her 'black' mothers casket...and of course Lana Turner's overacting....its a sumptuous Douglas Sirk /Ross Hunter film. And then of course the ultimate funeral parlor film 'The Loved One'...too many scenes to mention here. Also notable 'Harold and Maude'...about a young boy and elderly woman who meet as they go to funerals for fun. The one of a kind hearse in that, made from a Jaguar E Type, of all cars, actually went over the cliff in the film, and in reality. So it is no more.
Posted by Robbie at 5:58 PM