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October 02, 2006

"That's Hollywood"

Last night Husband and I watched The Undefeated, and about five minutes into it, I started griping.

Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the movie, per se. I LOVE John Wayne, and Rock Hudson is pretty good. No, it wasn't that; I was irritated because this is supposed to be a post-Civil War theme and everything was FARB.

The hair was wrong. The dresses! Eeeesh! And the Confederate uniforms! Not only were they perfectly intact, but they looked about two sizes too small. Merlin Oleson looked like he was in pain!

I remarked to Husband: "Look at that. Farb! Everywhere! FARB!"

"That's Hollywood," he replied.

What? What does "farb" mean. Well, I found a definition here, if you're inclined to find out.

It's a word I learned when I was reenacting and it has stuck with me ever since. I'm no expert when it comes to authentic clothing and such, but I'm no idiot either. (Hello? Bullet bra boobies in the 1860's? Not so much.)

Usually it was a term we ladies used when we saw another lady dressed like Scarlett O'Hara, or as we called them "wedding cakes." Or if we had to "de-farb" our tent, meaning hide all the modern stuff like, um...sleeping bags, contact lens solution, stuff like that.

Farb! Wrong! Like Gone with the Wind! North and South! FARB!!!

And I just re-read this book, which brought all the farb back into focus.

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Posted by Groovyvic at 07:35 AM | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

"Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon. Windage and elevation."

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at October 2, 2006 07:45 AM

Dayum! Husband said the same thing!!!

Posted by: GroovyVic at October 2, 2006 07:53 AM

And he yells when I recite GWTW!!

Posted by: GroovyVic at October 2, 2006 07:56 AM

My stepbrother likes to find out-of-place weapons and airplanes in movies. He's quick to point out that a certain gun or airplane shown in a movie is from a future period. Guess it's sort of the same thing.

North and South may have well been FARB but since Patrick Swayze was such a hottie, I think it hardly matters!

Posted by: junebee at October 2, 2006 07:31 PM

Weeeeelll...I liked the guy that played Charles. I'm a sucker for a cavalry man.

Swayze's hair was a-flowin', though. And I only tuned in the first time because Genie Francis (of GH Luke n' Laura fame) was part of the cast.

Posted by: GroovyVic at October 3, 2006 10:25 AM