“Nasty Things”

General Sternwood  (Charles Waldren): Do you like orchids?

Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart): Not particularly.

General Sternwood: Ugh. Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, and their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.

From The Big Sleep (WB, 1946)

For some reason I have always appreciated that dialogue set in the humid sweltering environs of Sternwood’s greenhouse.  Every time I see an orchid I think of two things: 1) The Big Sleep and 2) The Day of the Triffids.  An orchid looks a bit like a triffid correct?  They’re menacing.  Somehow in color the beauty of orchids prevails over the creepy aspects.  Look at the difference.

In any event, what looks more menacing?  Generally I believe monster movies were meant for black and white composition.

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