philaThe other day, the fine classic movie Twitter group over at @TheRetroSet offered a contest. The prize was a B&N gift card with the suggestion to use it for the Criterion Collection sale. Naturally, getting a book would have been my first choice, but the opportunity to get that BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945) Blu-ray disc piqued my interest. The challenge? To summarize the great THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940), starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Ruth Hussey, in emojis.

EMOJIS??!! :-/

I cracked up at the thought and suddenly the movie started playing in my head and with a what-the-hell, I dived in. I’ve seen the thing so many times, it was easy. In fact, a few years ago for a class, I presented a critical breakdown of its structure. So, I actually had to slow my memory down in order to figure out just what in the world which emojis to use!

It was the best diversion of the day, perhaps the week (well, perhaps the second best since the World Series Game 7 was later that night)!

Here were the contest rules and my entry:

If you haven’t seen the movie – catch it. It’s smart, witty, and rather thought-provoking. Another Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn vehicle to make you think about your life’s direction – HOLIDAY (1938), I’m looking at you. (That’s a post for another day.)

In the meantime, here’s the intro to The Philadelphia Story (which may help you understand the first part of my emoji summary 🙂 ):

Well, the most awesome outcome of the contest – I WON!!!! Hooray!

Oh, the fun you can have on Twitter! Thanks to @TheRetroSet, Tracy Lord, and C. K. Dexter Haven, I can’t wait to get that Brief Encounter Blu-ray disc!