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Tropes And Trivia From Bette Midler’s Film “The Rose”
- The Cameo: Pioneering openly-gay musician Sylvester (“You Make Me Feel Mighty Real”) as the African-American female impersonator in the gay bar.
- Star-Making Role: Gave Bette Midler her first taste at movie stardom.
- What Could Have Been: Ken Russell was offered to direct this film, but chose to direct a biopic about Rudolph Valentino, which tanked at the box office. Russell stated that it was the biggest mistake of his career. The film was picked up by Mark Rydell.
- Abusive Parents: One of whom is played by Doris Roberts (Mrs. Foster/Rose’s mother).
- Award-Bait Song: The title tune, sung by Midler, is an aversion; because composer Amanda McBroom hadn’t written the song specifically for the movie, it was ineligible for Academy Award consideration. (It did win Midler a Grammy Award, however, and became a massive hit.)
- Bi the Way: Rose is caught making out with a woman named Sarah, which sends Houston into a fit of rage.
- Broken Bird: Rose
- Broken Tears: Rose’s character frequently has these, whether she’s performing on stage, arguing with her manager or her boyfriend and through other personal struggles.
- Downer Ending
- Driven to Suicide: Rose, heartbroken after her breakup with Houston, decides to indulge in a fatal combination of heroin, alcohol, and barbiturates before her concert.
- Foreshadowing: Remember the tear-stricken out-of-breath sounding opening monologue by Rose in the beginning? Oh God. Once you saw the whole movie (up to the tragic ending), the film’s opening will make a lot of sense and a lot of tears.
- Love Triangle: Several examples, but the main one is Rose’s choice between Houston and her desire for fame.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: Rose wants desperately to return to her hometown a success. It doesn’t go well for her.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rose is a thinly-veiled version of Janis Joplin.
- Oscar Bait: Like Rose, Bette Midler sings, she gets strung out, and she dies. Midler was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Sally Field (Norma Rae).
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Lots of all three. During the first on-screen concert, it’s even a “crowd chant.”
- The ’60s: The film was set in 1969…
Present-Day Past: …although it looks more like The ’70s, considering the year the film was released (1979).
- Slut-Shaming: Inverted when Rose tells Houston the football story, then played straight in the western bar.
- Tagline: She gave… And gave… And gave. Until she had nothing left to give.
- The “The” Title
- The Tragic Rose: Rose herself, of course, to the fullest use of the trope.
- Your Makeup Is Running: Rose, whose face and eyes are so stained with her tears running her mascara.