Hi, TikiSoo -- I have wanted to see this movie ever since it came out. I just can't seem to get the courage to watch it, thinking there will be scenes of bunnies tortured or killed. I cannot stomache the thought - even just depicted in drawings in a movie.
Please tell me if my fears are unfounded.
As SansFin points out, the film really doesn't focus on the harming of the animals. There is a scene with a lab but it doesn't reveal much. The story is about a mother looking to cure her sick child and then her need to move her family away from the impending disturbance in the field where they live. Hers is a journey for help.
Your post did lead me to a possible thought with the film's "message", if there is one. The laboratory rats end up gaining more human qualities through the experiments and this brings about both positive and negative results.
Hey, Fred -- I was working at a local TV station in L.A. in the mid 70's and directing a interview show called "The Movie makers". Well, Our guest on one show was Irwin Allen. After the interview I went into the studio and the host introduced me to Irwin Allen. He told Allen that I had worked as film consultant on the just released Warner Bros. 50th anniversary albums. Mr. Allen looked at me and said "I though they could have been better". Not thinking, I replied "I though the same about "The Story of Mankind". Mr. Allen just looked at me, turned and walked away....
Hilarious! You're a bad boy!
Howdy, SansFin -- I like this as a good example of 1960s romantic comedy. I find it a nice break from: Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies.
You're definitely right about that. Similar formula, different ingredients. Not as tasty but still with taste.
I like this movie very much. I feel it is excellent animation and a good story. I feel there is not an allegory or moral which it is "all about". The story has several plotlines weaving in and out. I find it sad that it is often mistaken for a children's movie. I doubt that most young children could follow the events well. It is on my list of movies for which I wish to find a good DVD at reasonable cost.
I believe you hit on it: it's not really a story aimed at children. This is a mother's story. You may also be correct about it simply being a mother's tale without any other grandiose message.
Hola, Lafitte -- I purposely and cowardly avoided the word "erotic" in my mention of The Barbarian, maybe because it might inspire others to think that it was a baser nature of mine that drew me to the film or that it may have been somehow intrusive to emphasize it. I'm glad you mentioned it because when I first saw it I had thoughts of Wertmuller's Swept Away, although TB pales in comparison. In the latter we get a small taste of that kind of thing whereas SA quite wallowed in it. I count SA as one of the most erotic films ever.
Pervert! No, I'm not going to look in the mirror!
I liked your list and for a change there a few I've seen. Seen but not remembered I saw them way back when they first came out (50s and 60s). But I'm glad you mentioned The Act of Love, a movie I remember thoroughly enjoying. A revisit is in order. I had forgotten it even existed. The most vivid memory that arises is the spectacle of Dick Van Dyke running in slow motion. I think he was drunk, yes? Hilarious. The movie was consistently funny as I do recall.
Yes, the final sequence has Dick Van Dyke running the streets in an effort to prevent an event involving James Garner. Classic Dick Van Dyke. It's his brand of physical comedy at the very best. It was a joy to see.
Bonjour, Bronxilla -- Thanks so much, Scottie. Mom and I are hanging in there.
That warms my heart.
THIS IS THE NIGHT -- Thelma Todd cheating on Cary Grant with Roland Young and Charlie Ruggles?? Sounds like a science fiction film, lol.
Hahahaha! That was hilarious! And true!
I don't remember LITTLE GIANT too well and should revisit it, but for me the most unique A&C teaming is THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES. Bud and Lou both play double roles in different centuries. Marjorie Reynolds is charming as "Mistress Melody" and there are a lot of picturesque moments but then, I'm a sucker for Early American history and ghost stories.
That sounds excellent. I will be watching it in the very near future. I have ten A&C pics to watch.
HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL reminds me of another Ida Lupino movie, but not as a director -- THE HARD WAY, where Ida plays a frustrated housewife who tries to realize her ambitions through a younger sister. Same "stage mother" plot in both, but I find HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL pretty trite I've never seen Claire Trevor give a bad performance but here she's none too subtle and, if I remember correctly, actually arches her eyebrows before every new ruthless machination.
Ha! You remember correctly, she does raise the eyebrow more than once! Poor Claire. The rest of the cast was so darn bland and cardboard. I'm gonna check out The Hard Way.
I haven't seen the 1935 SHE, but its Hammer remake is very dull. Christopher Lee is relegated to a rather muted supporting role. Peter Cushing just seems to be going through the motions. Ursula Andress is appropriately icy and seductive, but can't act.
You haven't seen the 1935 She? Now that shocks me, actually. You must watch that one. Helen Gahagan plays the icy "She" and it's her only film appearance. She's quite an attraction. She brings just the right amount of ice and eccentricity to the role that makes the film. Also, the film has a better journey to reach the hidden kingdom. Randolph Scott and Nigel Bruce are the key travelers.
Good evening, Quiet Gal -- hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... To quote Mr. T.. "I pity the fool" who would try.
I qualify as a pitiful fool! I love it when a plan comes together.
Now that you put it that way, I totally get it. I think you are drawing a good comparison. He was definitely a monster, to be sure.
It's certainly not my own theoretical creation. Others brought it to my attention and I saw what they were speaking of.
The Story of Mankind (1957 Saw it several years ago. Not a big fan. (to borrow from you.. tedious is a good word, if I am remembering it correctly)
Ronald Colman and Vincent Price are wonderful, but all the stories of mankind just didn't add much excitement or story.
Of Mice and Men (1939) I have not seen this version, but I saw a more modern one several years ago. Not sure I could handle sitting through the telling of that particular tale all over again. Once more, I will agree with you (don't get used to it.. ha) "Sad and Dark" are perfect words for it. It is a hard story to watch play out.
It's a tough one, all right.
Samson and Delilah (1949) Meh. I often like Demille (at least more than some folks) but this particular one is not too high on the list for me. (I do like the big crashing moment at the end.. but hey! That is not because of Demille. He just had good material work from)
You speak of Hedy Lamarr?
The Mating Game (1959) Not my MOST favorite Debbie movie.. but I do like it. It's fun. (and funny!) And I like seeing Tony Randall get a chance to be "the hero" usually he plays the "born loser" or the "weasel"
Tony is wonderful. And it's hard to top Paul Douglas.
The Last Starfighter (1984) It's a good "popcorn" movie. Just sit down and have fun with it.. and then walk away. ha. Can't say it's a "great" movie, but I do enjoy watching it just for fun. Not often, but will pull it out, maybe once every 10 or 15 years. We watched it with the kidteen several months ago. She thought it was a fun story.. but she was NOT impressed with the 80's technology special effects. (ha. she kept comparing it to poor Benny in the Lego Movie.. "Spaceship, spaceship")
Ha! Well, she's correct, it's definitely 80s cheese. But kudos to her for finding the story at least interesting. And you're right, it's certainly a "popcorn" pic.
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) I have only seen this movie one time. (and this is another one that for me would be too hard to watch again. At least that is how I remember it) I really struggled with some of it, anyway. I agree that Telly Savalas was very sympathetic. But boy.. he was about the only one I remember feeling that way toward. But to be fair.. I really have no strong memory for much of the story (or the characters) I had even forgotten that Thelma was in it. I just remember the impressions that certain parts of the story line gave me (at least with regard to the main character) and that is likely why I was not as much of a fan of this film as others might be. (that and the fact that I am just not too huge on Burt in general, so that might have had some effect on things too.) But the QT is a fan. He's seen it several times. And we DO quote a line from this movie around here once in a while. Every so often, the QT will say "Don't mash him" sometimes when he is handing me something fragile to carry.. ha. In fact that is WHY I saw this movie in the first place, because he used to say that line to me every now and then, and he would say it was from Birdman of Alcatraz.. so then I had to watch it just to hear that line in context.
Talk about a weird film to quote from! I agree, the characters are really hard to root for. And I've never found a film where I didn't love Thelma Ritter! She doesn't play a likable mother in this one. She's Burt's mom. Burt is coarse. But that at least leads to the great scene between him and the prison guard who is doing him favors. The guard tells him he won't do things for him anymore because he never thanks him.
The Paleface (1948) Saw this when I was a kid.. I remember thinking it was funny THEN.. but I don't really remember it NOW, so I honestly can't say why.
For some reason, I didn't laugh a lot in this one. I found Bob funnier in other films. But Jane Russell was so good. She was both funny and attractive as "Calamity Jane". It just may be by favorite performance of hers.
This film came out my Senior year of highschool and I can remember going to the theater to watch it. (woo.. I am OLD) ha. I can't say Superman II was AS good as the FIRST Superman movie (of this series) but I DID like it well enough. You are right, Zod was menacing (and so were his cohorts) They were probably the best part (for me) The romance I would have to say was not so big a deal (to me) I liked it better when she did NOT know who he was for sure. (but maybe that is just me) But I think the reason I liked #1 better is I just loved Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. He MADE that movie for me.. ha. So it was hard for me to get as much enjoyment out of the second movie because I really wanted him to be the main bad guy again. He just wasn't as much fun (to me) in this one. But I guess as sequels go.. this one lives up ok to the first movie, overall. I would say if you watch number one and two together.. they match up pretty well. But alas, I made the sad.. so very sad mistake of watching number three. Shoulda stopped at number two. ha. (it went downhill...wwaaaaaaaay, waaaaaaay down hill after that)
I do love Gene Hackman, but I wasn't as keen on his "Lex Luthor" compared to "Zod". But I can't fault anyone choosing Gene's "Lex". He's a likable weasel. And I do prefer the second film to the first, but it's not by a lot. I'll be watching the third and fourth films, too. I'll brace for disaster!
RE: your revisit of Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - Kurt Russell playing the "Duke". Hahahahaha... maybe in some sort of whacked out alternate universe. But hey, if I remember this movie correctly.. THAT is not so far fetched after all. All things considered.
Kurt is doing a parody of the "Duke", I feel. Kind of a cocksure John Wayne in a mystical Asian underground. Definitely a "fish out of water" scenario.
Ciao, Snippy -- Hello strangers! Count me as a fan of The Barbarian. I think it's Myrna's most erotic film. It seems inspired from the thrilling silents made by Rudolph Valentino. Capra's Bitter Tea of General Yen and Garbo's Wild Orchids fall into this interesting romantic film type. A good film to watch --- It's even better in the dark. Don't let the "real" world intrude to really enjoy it.
I did watch the film. Quite a strange film. At one point it's female fantasy. Then it turns to a twisted male fantasy. Maybe that's how relationships work! Heck if I know! The film seemed to find Myrna caught in the middle of her vamp and perfect wife worlds. She's lovely, of course.