“I don’t take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.”

The rain is heavy at times. It beats against the roof and windows. The wind is getting stronger. The pine trees feel it the most, and their tops bend and sway.

The Hotel d’Bull, the best place to stay in Bolgatanga during my Peace Corps days, had a huge courtyard. I saw a boxing match there once. They erected a ring right in the middle of the courtyard. The boxers had names like Kofi Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Atiah. Mostly the boxers just danced around the ring throwing only a few punches, but in one bout a boxer got hit more than a few times. All of a sudden from the corner came a towel thrown into the ring. I always thought throwing in the towel was a metaphor.

The back wall of the courtyard was white so they could show movies. I saw my first Bollywood film on that wall. I don’t remember the name of the film, but I do remember how awful I thought it was, but awful didn’t matter. I stayed for the entire film. Entertainment was a rarity in Bolga. The scene I remember the most was a shower scene. Our hero was lathering and singing. I had no idea what he was singing. The songs had no subtitles.

The most expensive seating for movies was on the roof where a few small round metal tables and chairs were the orchestra seats. The roof overlooked the courtyard. The seats didn’t cost much, maybe 10 or 20 pesewas, so we always sat there. We’d order drinks and some food. The waitress would bring us water and soap in a small bowl so we could wash our hands before dining. I always ordered coke. The Hotel d’Bull was one of the few places where they served cold coke. We’d eat kabobs: some were beef and a couple were liver. They were cooked over charcoal, as was most Ghanaian food, but I figure I can call them barbecued anyway. I didn’t even mind the liver.

My outdoor movie nights remind me of Ghana. We have the best seats, and we’re sitting at a round table. As in Ghana, the movies are sometimes really awful, but we love them. The big differences are I never serve liver, even barbecued liver, and clean hands are up to you.

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4 Comments on ““I don’t take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I don’t know why but I really enjoy Bollywood films 🙂 🙂 They are usually awful but in a funny way and that sudden bursts in to song and dance that really doesn’t fit in always make me smile 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have actually seen one really good one though, fairly new called Aladdin, seen a bit different than the films made in the US 🙂

    No sun as they said we would get, not as warm as they said either but a bit misty and rather nice anyway so I can’t complain too much 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I like all the dancing and music, but the ones I’ve seen haven’t much of a plot. I do like the costumes, the colorful saris.I’ll have to look up Aladdin.

      Rain all day though it did stop every now and then. It stayed warm even into the late evening. It hit a high of 45˚ today. This has been a crazy winter.

      Have a wonderful day!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I have never seen a Bollywood film and I’m not interested in seeing one now nor ever. I don’t like foreign films especially ones with subtitles or dubbed badly into English. Most foreign film subjects don’t interest me at all. They usually deal with characters and situations that have no relationship with us. Obviously, calling the industry ‘cinema’ indicates an artsy snooty film that sudo snobs discuss at cocktail parties. 🙂

    Of course tonight is the Oscars award show which my spouse loves. She enjoys all the award shows. The only film I saw that’s up for best picture is “Vice” which won’t win because it’s too anti G.W. Bush and the Republican Party. The Academy doesn’t want to alienate the entire audience between the East and West coasts. 🙂

    Today was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was out all day with a high temperature in the low 60s. Didn’t need a jacket nor a sweater and I opened up my sunroof.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I am not a huge fan of Bollywood though the dance and music are fun. I love the colors of the saris.

      I love film and some of my favorites are foreign films. Many countries have the same values and life styles we in this country have, language notwithstanding. I find it easy to relate to these films. King of Hearts is one of my favorite all time movies. It is set in a French town caught between the opposing armies of the First World War. La Cage Aux Folles is another. It has subtitles, but it is still magnificent.

      I wasn’t going to watch the Oscars, but I ended up watching a good portion of it. I was interested in the film clips, the music and the dresses. It was good.

      It rained all day today even into tonight. It was warm 45˚, not ad for February.


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