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    "The Exorcist" "House on Haunted Hill" "The Shining"
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    Kiss of Death (1947) next: rooftops
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    The Thing from Another World (1951) Next: Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Both directed by Howard Hawks
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    Not an actress I really know other than her brief appearance in A Hard Day's Night and her work in the Tony Curtis film Drop Dead, Darling, which I saw on YouTube. But I suspect a lot of you will be way more familiar with her than me. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/anna-quayle-obituary
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    What was part of my PAID cable service (TCM) was "without notice" dropped from the programming. Xfinity blams TCM for this sneaky move. Now you would have to PAY $$$ to get the TCM station which is now included with lots of pay-for-sports channels. Makes no sense to me?? In my view ... this is a form of extortion!! “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think (more sports) it would be good for him.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
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    "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) "The Thing" (1983) starring Kurt Russell
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    Timberlake, Cathy (Doris Day in That Touch of Mink)
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    Christine Diary of a Madman House The Skull The Legend of Hell House
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    Myrna Loy Next: played maids or housekeepers
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    Farewell to our little Chu-Chi Face:
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    2001 10. Sleepless (2001) Dario Argento, Italy Another decent Argento serial killer film. The gore is quite well done too.
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    AMOUR 2012 Jean Louis Trintignant Emmanuelle Riva Isabelle Huppert.Film won Palme d'Or at Cannes.Moving film about an octogenarian couple,Trintignant and Riva were both in their 80's then.Huppert is the daughter.Wife had a stroke,we see the husband taking care of her.en excellent film 8/10
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    From October 12-15, 1919, the Poli ran Fires of Faith, starring Eugene O’Brien as Harry Hammond and Catherine Calvert as Elizabeth Blake. The film was released on August 3, 1919, at between five and six reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Elizabeth Blake, a foundling, grows up on a farm. She has her young life ruined by an unscrupulous landlord’s agent. She runs away to the city, where she is rescued by the Salvation Army. Henry Hammond is engaged to Agnes Traverse. He sits in at a meeting of the Salvation Army, but leaves early because of disinterest. He waits outside for Agnes and her mother, who have also attended. He sees a woman (Elizabeth) being accosted by thugs and goes to her rescue. But they slug him and shanghai him aboard a steamer for France. When the United States enters the war, Elizabeth departs for France as a member of the Salvation Army. Luke Barlow, a farmhand who knew and loved Elizabeth when she was younger, enlists and follows Elizabeth as soon as he can. Meanwhile, Harry has recovered at a Salvation Army station in the war zone, and decides to enter the flying corps. Agnes has no idea if her fiancé is dead or alive. Agnes signs on to the Salvation Army after her mother dies. When Harry is blinded by an explosion, he is placed in a hospital where Elizabeth works. Elizabeth recognizes Harry as the man who tried to save her, and falls in love with him. But she tells Harry nothing. During a German attack, Harry is left behind in the cellar of an old chateau, along with Elizabeth, Harry, and Luke Barlow. With the help of a little boy and an old Frenchman, they hold out against the German advance until the Americans and French rescue them. Harry’s sight is restored and he marries Agnes. Elizabeth marries Luke, never letting anyone know of her love for Harry. The film received good reviews. Motion Picture World wrote “Less a propaganda picture than a piece of story-telling that will compare favorably with any of the screen tales of the great conflict, “Fires of Faith” will interest and entertain regardless of creed.” Exhibitor’s Herald wrote “Were the war still in progress it would be difficult to select a motion picture attraction of greater box office promise than “Fires of Faith.” The conflict over, there is still reason to believe that it will fare much better than the majority of those belated publications which have that event as an important item of their make-up.” Director Edward Jose received a letter of commendation from Commander Evangeline Booth of the Salvation Army. Booth called the film “a powerful and gripping narrative, rich in philosophy, history, and inspiration.” Booth appeared as herself in several scenes. To film some realistic war scenes, an airplane combat was staged, in which one plane was shot down (intentionally). In addition, with the help of actual soldiers, a barrage was laid down. After the film’s release, Charles Kenmore Ulrich penned the novel Fires of Faith, based upon the screenplay. To exploit the film and novel, Gimbel’s turned over one of their large display windows in New York City to showcase 250 copies of the book, arranged in pyramids. A ballad entitled “Fires of Faith” was written for the film. Manager C. E. Robbins, of the Strand Theatre in Worcester, MA, arranged for a window display at Sherer’s, the leading department store in Worcester. The display, pictured below, featured phonograph records and sheet music for the song, along with a life-sized model of a Salvation Army girl. Manager John Lamp, of Proctor’s Theatre in Mount Vernon, NY, hooked up with Woolworth’s for a window display (second photo below). He also made a deal with a local bakery to have them cook an extra supply of doughnuts every day, and place them in his theatre window. Any unused doughnuts were given away free in the lobby, at the end of the day. Morris Ryskind (who later wrote the Marx Brothers’ classic A Night at the Opera) was employed by Famous Players to “put the film over.” When it played at the Stratford Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY, Ryskind persuaded the manager of a drugstore to create a drink called “Fires of Faith,” to be served with a doughnut. A rival drugstore countered with a “Catherine Calvert” combination. Ryskind then convinced all the bakeries to turn out a “Fires of Faith” doughnut. In Salvation Army booths, he posted a sign reading “Salvation Army doughnuts made according to the recipe of Catherine Calvert, who appears in ‘Fires of Faith,’ now showing at the Stratford.” Finally, all the taxis in down carried a sign which read “Let me take you to see ‘Fires of Faith’ at the Stratford.”
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    ****-moi (2000) Virginie Despentes, Coralie, France The two female leads who have been abused go on a killing spree with lots of hard core porn thrown in. Not for everyone, that’s for sure.
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    Mark of the Devil (1970) Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven, West Germany. The imdb lists this as a German language film. The version that I saw was completely dubbed in English. I suspect that the German version is completely dubbed or post synced in German. In other words, none of the production sound recordings were ultimately used in any version of the film. Many of the lead actors, Herbert Lom included did their on set original performances in English so while a German language version may exist I don't personally see this as a foreign language film. For the same reasons I don't view The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as foreign language as the leads were also performing in English. All that aside, I saw this yesterday so it is pretty fresh. It is borderline S&M soft core porn. It has none of the virtues of a good Hammer or AIP witchfinder film.
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    Born to Love Me Forever and a Day
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    From October 9-11, 1919, the Poli ran Strictly Confidential, a farce starring Madge Kennedy as Fanny O’Gorman Bantock. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was five reels. Most of the film is presumed lost; the Library of Congress has one reel. Advertising line: Sh-h-h Girls! Keep it Strictly Confidential! If your relatives are all servants DON’T tell your sweethearts! You may spoil your chance of getting married. Sh-h-h- keep it Strictly Confidential! Plot: A young orphan comes to a Lord’s castle, but the rigid lifestyle placed upon her by the servants forces her to run away. Eventually, she becomes a stage actress. She meets an artist and falls in love. She is unaware that he is Lord Bantock, from whose home she had escaped. They get married and return to the castle. The new Lady Bantock discovers that the servants are all her relatives. The servants attempt to train their relative in the duties of being a “lady.” The old butler, who is actually her uncle, tries to curb her happy spirit. Lady Bantock complicates things further by not revealing to her husband the truth about his servants. Eventually she confesses to her husband, and they live happily ever after. The film was based on a story entitled “Fanny and the Servant Problem,” written by Jerome K. Jerome, which was then turned into a stage production entitled “The New Lady Bantock,” and the alternate title “the Rainbow Girl.” Motion Picture News praised Kennedy’s performance, noting that “never has she conveyed her strong sense of humor, her excellent pantomime to splendidly.” The magazine also kind words for Herbert Standing (father of Sir Guy Standing), writing “he plays the butler with an admirable spirit of make-believe.” John Bowers, who portrayed Lord Bantock, was a matinee idol, and, at one time, the highest paid actor in film. But by the beginning of the sound era, he was in his mid-40s and parts were scarce. In November of 1936, a desperate Bowers approached director Henry Hathaway, who was directing a picture on Catalina Island. “I’ve got to have a job,” said Bowers. Hathaway explained that he was only filming exterior shots and wasn’t using many actors. But Bowers pressed for a role, saying “I know I could handle it.” Hathaway told Bowers to phone the studio after he returned to the mainland. “This is the last time I’ll ask for a job,” said Bowers. Bowers then had dinner with some members of the film crew, who paid his fare back to the mainland. “Well, this is the last time you’ll ever see me,” he informed the crew. “You’ll have a real life sea picture. I’m going to jump overboard.” The following day, Bowers rented a small sailboat at Santa Monica. A few days later, his sister reported he was missing. On November 16, 1936, his body washed ashore at Malibu Beach. His friend, Deputy Sheriff George Contreras, mournfully said that Bowers had talked of “sailing out into the sunset and not returning.”
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    b&w---OF course, the real answer may be in Kirk Douglas' autobiography, (ditto Burt Lancaster, etc. etc.) but i would think the B&w treatment would be because this is a pretend "documentary." it was meant to excite fear, in the great tradition of 2 classic tv-series, "Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Black and white means SERIOUSNESS. it's also easier to make locations seem proper if you just use B&w. There is the long tradition of "film noir", where a minus (low-budget) was turned in to a plus (realism, fear, angst, etc.) by the use of black and white film. This is US government "noir" in a big way, like MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE BEST MAN, ADVISE AND CONSENT and DR. STRANGELOVE.
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    Doesn't matter, Trump will declare Victory anyway. And his supporters will believe him.

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