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  2. slaytonf

    " The Green Pastures ", Sunday

    There is a maxim among anthropologists that goes: "They always do it different in Bongo Bongo." Meaning that if an anthropologist works up the courage, or is reckless enough to make a far-reaching proposition about human behavior, some other, playing the contrarian game, is sure to chirp up, "but they do it different in Bongo Bongo." As if the one instance of Silver Streak (1976) means that blackface is no longer hateful and racist. But I maintain that the blackface scene in that movie is just as hateful and racist and wrong as any other. It doesn't matter that it was done with the 'approval' of an African-American (Richard Pryor). Of course it was done as a sarcastic condemnation of the practice in other movies. But's no more appropriate for a member of a persecuted group to use a slur against that group than anyone else. Richard Pryor exemplifies this better than anyone else. He used the n-word in his routines, trying to own it, and drain the word of its toxic power. But he realized its inappropriateness and stopped using it. There is another example from a movie of the studio era which might also be mentioned as an unobjectionable blackface scene. It's the dance Fred Astaire does in Swing Time (1936), 'Bojangles of Harlem' in honor of Bill Robinson. Now nobody I think will say it is anything but a sincere tribute to a great man and dancer, and an acknowledgement by Astaire of the debt he and other dancers owed to him. Something rare, perhaps unique for movies of that era. But was it necessary to do it in blackface? Of course not. I know what some people will say: "It was the times." No one thought it was wrong, it was just the way things were. That's the unvarying rationale. Or rationalization. That phrase is used to excuse so much that is offensive in studio movies. But I don't buy it. People making movies knew blackface, and the general depiction of African-Americans was wrong and offensive. Just as when you hit an animal and it cries out, you know you hurt it. The African-American community made clear their condemnation of the way they were portrayed in movies through many avenues. But their voices were disregarded. So it was not that people didn't know, they just didn't care.
  3. Dargo

    Jokes about the movies

    From, The Player (1992) Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher): "I'll be there right after my AA meeting." Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins): "Oh Larry, I didn't realize you had a drinking problem?!" Larry Levy: "Well, I don't really, but that's where all the deals are being made these days."
  4. hamradio

    Where movie characters live

    There is a story behind where the Brady Bunch lived...that is DIDN'T live! The owners regret having the front of their home used as a back drop and fans who can't tell fantasy from reality descended by the droves. Had to install a hybrid wall / fence. Before.. after... Some moron planned to purchased and restore it to the way it was on television. WHAT A DOPE....that was a studio set. Inside the Brady Bunch 'house".
  5. It's from YT comments about The Big Combo (1955). It doesn't really matter that much. Just about every studio era film will have very similar comments.
  6. hamradio

    a new hate target for the left: Kate Smith

    You just reminded me about the old Geico ad. Liked what little I heard and downloaded it. There's a reason the ad cut the song short. LOL! No it shouldn't be edited but keep away from children. The offensive lyrics came right after the end of the Youtube clip.
  7. kingrat

    I Just Watched...

    My top ten list for 1964 has to be redone, because I have to make room for The Killers. Don Siegel directed what was originally supposed to be a TV movie, but it was too violent for 1964 TV (what were they thinking when they wrote the script?), so it was released in theaters. I'd call this true noir, maybe taking its place next to Leave It to Heaven and Niagara in the color noirs, though not with cinematography at that level. It's vaguely a remake of Robert Siodmak's 1940s film of the same name, but the two have so little in common, it makes more sense to see them as independent films. Imagine a made for TV movie with this cast: Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager as the hit men; John Cassavetes as the race car driver who is their target; Claude Akins as his best friend and business partner; Ronald Reagan, in his last acting role, as the leader of a robbery; Norman Fell as another co-conspirator; and Angie Dickinson as the woman mixed up with more than one of these men. This isn't the film to look for sympathetic characters; except for Akins, who seems overprotective of Cassavetes and jealous of his success with Angie (or does he really have his pal's best interests at heart?) and the blind people in the opening scene, there aren't any. Lee Marvin is icy perfection. Clu Gulager should have had a much bigger career based on this performance alone as the health nut/hit man. This might be Cassavetes' best performance; I like him much better as an actor than as a director. Akins and Fell are solid, as usual. Reagan had a little trouble committing to playing a villain, but he's pretty good anyway. I love the moment when he tells Angie, "Let me try to change your mind about that" and hauls off and slaps her. (Angie, interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz, said that Reagan felt bad about this scene, even though he didn't really slap her. She said he was getting ready to run for governor and kept reading briefing books between shots. He did this film only to get out of his contract.) If you have a character who's supposed to have all the men falling for her, it makes sense to cast someone like Ava Gardner in the 40s version or Angie Dickinson in this 60s version. No explanation needed. Angie admitted to Ben M that she might have been able to have a bigger career had she been more ambitious, but she was interested in living as well as acting. Could this be Don Siegel's best film? It's certainly one of his best.
  8. Vautrin

    a new hate target for the left: Kate Smith

    You mean the Ava Gardner mural that nobody would guess was Ava Gardner? I can understand why Korean-Americans would find the rising sun background offensive while other folks would not pay much attention to it. And I can understand why they wouldn't want it close to their neighborhood. I just can't understand why there are no places nearby to purchase spray paint. Should songs be edited for offensive lyrics? **** no.
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  10. speedracer5

    Noir Alley

    This is the second time that I've watched Woman on the Run. I liked it more the second go around as well. I'm a big Ann Sheridan fan, I'll watch anything that she appears in. I'll agree with MissWonderly's comments re: Ann's hair. It's unfortunate that she was forced to don the Ethel Mertz 'do in this film--especially after Eddie Muller having shared glamorous photos of Ann during his introduction. The Ethel Mertz hair looked fine on Vivian Vance, as it made her a little frumpy and contrasted nicely with star Lucille Ball, but even Vance looked better at the end of the series when she grew her hair out. Ann was only 35 in Woman on the Run and she easily looked 10 years older. I'll also agree with MissWonderly's assessment of Woman on the Run being an interesting study on a marriage gone South. Ann is rather indifferent to husband Elliot Reid, she doesn't even know about his heart condition! If you are unaware of your spouse's health issues, your marriage is really on the rocks. I think it's interesting to learn about more and more facets of their relationship as Ann tries to find her husband. They were really in love in the beginning and then, seemingly grew apart. Perhaps it's the transition into normal, humdrum life after the excitement of the dating and honeymoon stages are over. Ann grew bored of her husband. Her husband probably grew bored of her as well. I also love movies that feature amusement park scenes and I love noir that features real, on location footage. As someone who has been to modern San Francisco a few times, the difference between 1949/1950 San Francisco and 2010s San Francisco is night and day. While the layout and look of the city is the same, there is so much less traffic. Less people. Less homeless population. Everything. The look at 1949/1950 San Francisco almost looks idyllic. People could actually afford to live there! It was just a blue collar port city. I thought Dennis O'Keefe made an excellent pairing with Ann. I loved the rapport they had with one another and their banter. SPOILER!! I thought the twists were interesting, like when Ann asked Dennis his name and he casually said his name was Daniel Legget, but his friends call him "Danny Boy." The audience will remember that the victim at the beginning of the film is assaulted and murdered by a "Danny Boy." Ann is unaware of his real identity, but as the audience, having this knowledge adds a layer of suspense. I thought Elliott Reid was great and I immediately recognized him as the director from Lucy Ricardo's Vitameatavegamin commercial in I Love Lucy. Robert Keith, who played the police inspector, was Brian Keith's father. This was a great film and I enjoyed hearing the background as to how Eddie Muller's Film Noir Foundation found this film and with UCLA, restored it. I also thought Eddie disclosing how he saved Woman on the Run was funny, even if some piracy was involved. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do if it'll serve the greater good.
  11. TopBilled

    ONE word titles

    From 1951
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    ONE word titles

    Illusion (1929)
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Calamity Jane next dry cleaning
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    THE EXTRA DAY (1956)
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Dangerous Corner (1934)
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    TWO word titles

    From 1935
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    Groucho did that on TV
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "Smile" written by Charlie Chaplin, from MODERN TIMES (words added later) next another theme that had words added later
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    THE MIKADO (1939) is based on a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan.
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    Louise (1939) Porgy and Bess (1959) The Beggar's Opera (1953) A Night at the Opera contains 2 real operas: Il Trovatore and I Pagliacci Metropolitan (1935) is another backstage opera film and is loaded with opera segments from Carmen, Barber of Seville, and many others ...Just make sure your opera is phantom-free
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    TWO word titles

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    Movies by Number

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    10:30 P.M. SUMMER (1966)
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    Top o' the Morning
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    Actor/Movie Association Game

    INTRIGUE (1947)
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    Movies That Make a Statement

    I LOVE YOU..GOODBYE (1974)
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