Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Movie-like Moments

©Brigitta Huegel

In my memory I have a secret collection with the working title: "Movie Moments in my Life". It is filled with thrilling snaphots - like the adventure when I was smuggled into the room of an Old Pensioner in Chelsea, or when an Oxford taxi driver stopped his taxi meter to show us Inspector Morse's locations - for free...,.
Above you see a poster of the Austrian movie "Wilde Maus" decorating my bathroom door.  (If you have good eyes and preen hard, you might see that Josef Hader - who wrote this movie and played the main part - signed it).
That movie means a lot to me, it is hilarious and touching, bizzare and yet down-to-earth.
Above you see the protagonist in a huge white field of snow, trying to kill himself by freezing slowly to death - but Life has other plans.
And my Movie Moment? 
I met a new acquaintance in a well-known café in Berlin. We chatted for hours - and after a visit to the loo I told her: "Imagine, there is the poster of that movie that means so much to me!"
When another hour later we decided to leave, my new acquaintance said: "Wait a minute - I will just spend a penny." So I waited, patiently and quite long.
She came back, face aglow. Under her arm a huge white paper roll. "Let's go - quick!" she hissed.
I followed.
"It was so difficult to peel it off the wall", she said triumphantly. "Took me ages!"
And then she handed itover  to me.
"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca has said.






10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story--and, indeed, surely the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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    1. Thank you, Susan - yes, I think a friendship might develop. Would like that - Berlin's women often are remarkable.

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    1. Hahaha, dear Joanne: I'm glad that you haven't lost your humour! I think often of you!

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  3. This is a fun story. She did pay for it, yes?

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    1. No, dear Emma, she nicked it... :-) (Before I had asked a waitress whether I could buy it, and she promised to fetch the manager, but hours later he hadn't come yet) So...

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  4. A penny for a Wilde Maus? Sounds right. Ilsa offered Rick a franc for his thoughts in "Casablanca". He replied, "In America they only bring a penny." I do not think she would be satisfied with a wild mouse, even in 1942. Inflation? Enjoyable post!

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    1. Wow, dear Geo., that is ravishing, thank you!
      No - a Wilde Mouse would never be enough for a woman of stature :-)
      Can you imagine: the lady-friends of my dear old friend Trish (she was raised in India!) still said "I'll spend a penny" when they went to the toilet at the theatre?

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  5. She was obviously very taken with you.

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    1. Yes, Rachel - I was overwhelmed! Thought it a great film-like gesture.

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