April 21, 2002
Saw my favorite clip of "Picnic" today, the crowning of the new Queen of Neewollah, gliding down river after twilight in her swan boat. People line riverbanks lit by gaily colored Chinese lanterns, tossing large squares of confetti as the Queen passes under the bridge. A magical moment, a ritual now forgotten in modern America. And the dance between Kim Novak and William Holden! Even now, after J.Lo and Madonna, the cool, smoky instrumental music, the swishy silk dress completely covering yet revealing Kim as she moves with Holden, but not even touching except for their fingertips - its electrifying.