Black Oxen (1923). As I was doing some research on basketball win-loss records, I came across a theater ad for Black Oxen. After reading at the link to IMDb.com, it got me to thinking.
The premise of the movie, at least the science fiction part, was a woman took something to rejuvenate the way she looked. She catches the eye of a young suitor when she’s actually in her 50s or 60s. Now, I haven’t seen the film, and I read one of the reels is missing, nor the book on which it was based.
But it got me to thinking about how this could play out in today’s day and age. Think of this way, let’s say you have a woman where her last images of her were Poloroids from the 1970s, when she was in her 20s or late teens. Or those old prints with the rounded edges and dates in the corners. I know this because I was born in the late 70s.
So, take a woman, last photographed in the 1970s, and then you take this premise into today. This is the age of cameras everywhere. Selfies. Smartphones and photo bombs. Think about how much you are photographed in a day or a week. At the ATM. At the gas station. Out on the street.
Then pile on just how much things have changed in terms of how people view plastic surgeries. This lift. That tuck. Taking out fat. Injections to make other parts puffier.
Blend in the dynamics of couples where one is significantly older than the other, better known as the cougars. Blend in homosexuality and trans-sexuality.
Many of the things that were thought to still be taboo some 30-40 years ago have had the lid blown off now.
So, you have all of those melting pot type things that can be covered, or not.
The actual plot could be something along the same lines as before, where the young lad falls for the woman who isn’t exactly who she is. Maybe there’s another woman, actually his age, without the benefits of any kind of rejuvenations, living with all of her flaws, that chases him. Meanwhile, the actual older woman finds herself to yearn for an older man, someone that shares some of her life experiences because the young fella didn’t actually live through what she did in the late 20th century.
Written right, and well, perhaps a remake of a 90-plus year movie very well could happen. It’d be great to help in the development of a treatment for a movie. I simply don’t know where to start.
Hail the Generals. More from the history research, and that’s a note on the New York Nationals. The reason I stumbled upon the Nationals is that the outfit came to Ludington to play the Eagles club team back in the 1920s. The Nationals were described as a professional outfit, and they blitzed the Eagles on the Eagles’ floor.
The Nationals, though, according to this, became what was known as the Washington Generals. Or, rather, the Nationals and Generals were essentially the same team for the opposition of the famous Harlem Globetrotters. Obviously, in the long-ago Nationals didn’t tank their games or were held hapless to buckets of confetti or other dipsy-do stunts. The life of the Generals/Nationals as the opposition to the Globetrotters came decades later.
Still, it is incredible to know that at one point in Ludington’s history, one of the opposing teams to the Harlem Globetrotters, an actual professional basketball team, played right here.