you will either totally know and love this movie or have never heard of it

it's THE NUTCRACKER. the ballet... from 1986... largely art directed by Maurice Sendak (of Where The Wild Things Are, of In The Night Kitchen, of Dear Mili)

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looking at him now, i think this Godfather was an early five-year-old crush of mine... obviously not an attraction at that age, but it made an impression: to this day i love men who are disheveled, frantic, a touch aggressive, brilliant

i'll probably be just like that when i'm a crazy old lady, only substituting "eccentric" for "brilliant" (the kind of "eccentric" said between grandchildren with raised eyebrows and a knowing look)

plus the whole movie is freaking gorgeous. see the entire thing with "limited commercials" on hulu.com

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