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Educated

April 11, 2010

We just finished watching An Education, and it left me wanting to see more of 1960s London. Carey Mulligan’s costumes were fabulous.

In the scene where the dad accuses Jenny’s teenage suitor of being a “teddy boy,” we asked each other what the term meant, and neither of us were quite sure. From what I’ve gleaned from the internet, teddy boys were rock ‘n roll dandies. They wore tailor-made outfits, bright socks, bolo ties, and greased their hair into a quiff.

The movie is based on an autobiographical article by Lynn Barber, and without giving away the ending, it left me wondering what she did with her life. Turns out, according to wikipedia, that she “worked for Penthouse magazine for seven years, then for the Sunday Express, The Independent on Sunday, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer from 1996 to 2009.” She also wrote a couple of books, among them How to Improve Your Man in Bed. I guess that’s what you can do with an education.

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  1. April 12, 2010 11:51 am

    Squee! An Education was so good! And this is crazy but I have been obsessing about teddy boys for months. Back when I lived in PDX there was this book at Powells all about the style and culture of the “teds” and now I can’t find it (online at least). Girls did the ted thing too! They wore long skirts but had big hair! I also must say that is quite an “embarrassing out of touch dad thing” for the dad to say – her boyfriend was clearly not one.

    • April 13, 2010 9:57 pm

      Oh, I saw some photos of the girl version of teddy boys (were they called teddy girls?) when I was looking for the boys. Yeah, that guy Graham was totally not a teddy boy–dads, so out of the loop, even back then.

      That sounds like an interesting book. Do you know what it was called?

  2. April 15, 2010 8:47 am

    No memory of the name of the book. Some books on Amazon look like they *might* be the one, but I just don’t know. Powells definitely does not have it, not at this time.

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