Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Open Letter to Guillermo Del Toro About His Beautiful Love Story 'The Shape of Water'

By Eve Holmes
Dear Guillermo,

Left my neighborhood theater in Palm Desert, California, in tears today. There were just 5 other people at the first showing at 10:15 AM. But this was not the reason.

The beautiful reason was that your film, “The Shape of Water,” touched me in so many ways, Guillermo Del Toro. Like you and I had collaborated together? 

First, I am a big fan of the Creature From “The Black Lagoon” 1950s films. I always thought it was a love story of the Creature and the girl. The girls in the movie felt his humanity, though sometimes they would scream. 

Even Marilyn Monroe says in “The Seven Year Itch” film that she felt sorry for the Creature. Wasn’t Marilyn saying, “Oh, that poor Creature, he just wants to be loved, when she and Tom Ewell walked out of the movie theater in New York City? Those Black Lagoon films are favorites of mine.

Second, how and why did you select 2 songs that I, as a professional singer, sing?

 The song “You’ll Never Know” was first heard Alice Faye sing in the film “Hello Frisco Hello” when shown on television. Then you knocked me out by having the lead actress play the Glen Miller LP record of “I Know Why, And So Do You,” which I first heard in “Sun Valley Serenade.” This film also was shown on television, plus I own the DVD film and have a CD of the Glen Miller Orchestra containing that song.  I learned the song then too.

Both these songs still bring tears to my eyes when I sing or hear them.

Your film was magnificent, and I am very selective in attending movies, as I do not often go, like I did in Los Angeles, Ca. 

After the credits, I immediately phoned my good friend, Jose Alberto Hermosillo, a great writer and film critic, to tell him of my enjoyment and where I could write and pass this on. 
I wish I could sit and talk about how you came up with this. It is some. 

Another tidbit is that one of my close friends teaches sign language here, where I reside. I told him about your film and that it’s a must-see. Thank you, thank you.
Eve Holmes

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