Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Battle of the Sexes

Frog Hospital reviews the battle of the sexes, choosing archetypal couples from the 1950s, 1960s, and the present day. Scrolls down to the next three posts for photos of the couples, plus commentary.

George Burns's squarely fitted suit, careful hair, and strong, balanced cigar speak of confidence in himself and love for his wife, Gracie Allen. His gravitas balances her dancing spirit. She has the string of pearls and he has the last word.

Richard Burton's craggy, pockmarked, rugged features, and brassy-baritone voice are a wonderful contrast to violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor. She of the busom and you know they're real. And he, fearless, daring, moving towards her, never looking back. Did they feed off the enormous energy of the 1960s -- or did they create it?

The last couple hardly compares. Angelina Jolie is far too dominant. Men, where is our champion?

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