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Never mind about that. Almost all the lines Mr. Martell cited were from movies that are just way too white-bread. ... around wearing it on this occasion and that and see how long it takes for someone to recognize it. :-)

But how are people gonna know how witty your t-shirt is if they don't get the reference?
jaybee
But how are people gonna know how witty your t-shirt is if they don't get the reference?

That's part of the t-shirt hipness test. If you don't get it you won't get it so why bother with you? If you do get it, you've made a connection.

What if you're so hip that no one gets it?
I mean, sorting people according to which obscure movie or comic strip they saw isn't any indication of their intelligence or acumen - it simply means they saw the same ones as you. In fact, I think that a good part of the pleasure of wearing someone else's quote as my own is the satisfaction of confounding the masses - you don't get me, therefore I'm more complex than you.
jaybee
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You failed to recognize a famous line from Gone With The Wind ?! OK, that does it. You are banned from MSWm for life. :-)

I know "Gone with the Wind" is a classic and all, but damned if I can make myself like it. It just comes across as a very long and tedious soap opera to me.

RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
Also, it would be fun to have a T-shirt that ... how long it takes for someone to recognize it. :-)

But how are people gonna know how witty your t-shirt is if they don't get the reference?

Maybe nobody will. However, I remember reading somewhere an article about "Mystery Science Theater 3000" in which one of the creators remarks (if memory serves), "If only one person gets the most obscure reference, we've done our job." I rather like that attitude.

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You failed to recognize a famous line from Gone ... does it. You are banned from MSWm for life. :-)

I know "Gone with the Wind" is a classic and all, but damned if I can make myself like it. It just comes across as a very long and tedious soap opera to me.

I've never seen GWTW. It just doesn't resonate with. I fnid that many classics have become socially irrelevant.
jaybee
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What if you're so hip that no one gets it? ... you don't get me, therefore I'm more complex than you.

It's not a measure of intelligence or acumen; merely of common experience.

I dunno, I find that experience is better shared. If I want a t-shirt to say something for me (although I usually do my own talking) then I'll want people to get it.
It's like being in a conference room and someone throws out a Firesign Theater quote. Or someone getting an obscure ... forum is to comment that a rug brings the room together and we know they get it. Whatever it is.

Sure, but I got the sense from this thread that the point was to have as few people as possible recognize the quote.
Just today someone posted they didn't recognize "Tomorrow is another day" as a memorable line from "Gone With the Wind." And we all measured that person accordingly.

I never watched the movie just so I could trade quotes with the collective. It never appealed to me, and still doesn't. So, in essence, my refusal to watch GWTW makes me so hip that *I* should be on a t- shirt.
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So, in essence,

my refusal to watch GWTW makes me so hip that *I* should be on a t- shirt.

Okay, your t-shirt can read: "Whatever, it's another day."

I'll put quotes from my specs on my t-shirts. Now that's obscure!
jaybee
I know "Gone with the Wind" is a classic and ... as a very long and tedious soap opera to me.

I've never seen GWTW. It just doesn't resonate with. I fnid that many classics have become socially irrelevant.[/nq]I suppose I don't blame you gents for feeling this way. However: one of the big surprises of my adult life which came when I started experimenting with all manner of genres and eras of film I had either no inclination or no opportunity to witness in boyhood is that I have turned out to have a serious thing for these old-fashioned women's pictures. I love Bette Davis movies. I get all manner of joy from The Letter and Dark Victory and (especially) Now, Voyager .

I love A Letter to Three Wives . And I unreservedly, unconditionally love GWTW. I'm still trying to figure out how Selznick and the boys managed to get Scarlett O'Hara this stuck-up, rich, not terribly smart woman to transform into Our Heroine. To win my heart completely. The shot right before the intermission is burned into my brain forever you all know which one I mean right along with all the other things I'll never, ever forget... like Franka Potente, under a shock of fluorescent red hair, running to her doom to save a lover who's even more screwed up than she is...

and the circling-circling-circling 'round the opera house as the ravens find the seemingly unstoppable madman... and Pink watching TV in the wasteland that is his mind.
Lest there be any doubt.. yes, I am a man. And as straight as the proverbial arrow. :-)
My last ladyfriend was a big movie fan as well. Soon I discovered that I like women's pictures and musicals a lot more than she did. It was pretty goddamn funny.

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I've never seen GWTW. It just doesn't resonate with. I fnid that many classics have become socially irrelevant.

"Social relevance" doesn't matter to me. I didn't like GWTW because it got to the point where I just didn't care what happened to the characters. When "Rhett Butler" said "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," that pretty much summed up my feelings about the movie.

RonB
"There's a story there...somewhere"
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