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  1. Beginning in the mid-1940s, the bleak, brooding mood of film noir began seeping into that most optimistic of film genres, the western. Story lines took on a darker tone and western films adopted classic noir elements of moral ambiguity, complex anti-heroes and explicit violence. This “noir western” helped set the standard for the darker science fiction, action and superhero films of today, as well as for acclaimed TV series such as HBO's Deadwood and AMC's Breaking Bad. Join us in welcoming David Meuel, the author of the new book, The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range 1943-1962 (McFarland, 2015) to The Silver Screen Oasis for a discussion of this intriguing development in film during the mid-20th Century. The dates are Friday July 24 and Saturday July 25 (which, incidentally, has also been designated the 11th Annual Day of the Cowboy). Since TCM's "Summer of Darkness" project screens films noir every Friday in June and July this summer, 12,000 students have signed up for the online film noir course taught by Richard Edwards from Ball State University on Canvas, and the free course has sparked much renewed interest in the genre. Perhaps a series on Meuel's The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range 1943-1962 might be the next logical step in further focusing on film noir. This past April, Meuel was a featured speaker at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for its film series, Dark Horse: Film Noir Westerns. A lifelong student of films, he is also the author of Women in the Films of John Ford (McFarland, 2014), an in-depth examination of a fascinating, but often overlooked, facet of the iconic director’s work. Meuel lives in Menlo Park, California, and has also published two volumes of poetry. Links: Immortal Ephemera: Review of Women in the Films of John Ford: http://immortalephemera.com/53655/women-in-the-films-of-john-ford/ Review of The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range, 1943-1962: http://immortalephemera.com/57851/tcm-preview-april-2015/ Barnes and Noble link to The Noir Western: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-noir-western-david-meuel/1120828019?ean=9780786494521 The Evening Class Blogspot has an excerpt from The Noir Western: http://theeveningclass.blogspot.com/2015/04/book-excerpt-noir-western-darkness-on.html The National Day of the Cowboy: http://nationaldayofthecowboy.com/wordpress/ Christy Putnam's review of Women in the Films of John Ford: http://www.examiner.com/review/women-the-films-of-john-ford TCM and Ball State's Online Film Noir Course: https://www.canvas.net/browse/bsu/tcm/courses/film-noir David Meuel's author page: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ADavid%20Meuel And here's a special note from Moira Finnie: David Meuel is an astute and engaging writer. If interested, you can see David Meuel's take on Shirley Temple, the TCM Star of the Month, in his quite original interpretation of her role in Wee Willie Winkie (1937) at the link below. This piece was drawn from his first book Women in The Films of John Ford (McFarland, 2014). The article also features more of David's non-cinematic writing too: http://moirasthread.blogspot.com/2012/06/innocent-turned-imperialist-shirley.html?q=david+meuel Our upcoming guest discusses Two Myths about John Ford in a youtube posting here:
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    Publishing tomorrow! All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson By Mark Griffin Quintessentially tall, dark, and handsome, legendary movie star Rock Hudson epitomized all-American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame. The country's favorite leading man in the '50s and '60s, he exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age. And yet, this Oscar-nominated talent's greatest performance came in real life, as for decades he kept his authentic self and his sexuality hidden in an extremely homophobic society. Now, in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS: A Biography of Rock Hudson (Harper; Hardcover; On Sale: December 4, 2018), author Mark Griffin probes beneath the façade to craft the definitive biography of the complicated, conflicted individual and widely misunderstood icon, whose illustrious career spanned 40 years and who was the first major celebrity to die of AIDS. To survive a chaotic and financially strapped Midwestern childhood, young Roy Fitzgerald found escape from his troubles--an estranged father, a violent stepfather, and a controlling mother--at the local cinema. Despite his humble circumstances, he yearned for a future onscreen. Looks and drive, as well as his stint on the casting couch with a notoriously unscrupulous agent, eventually transformed that dream into reality. Painstakingly, an unskilled but fiercely ambitious former truck driver was transformed into the camera-ready persona of Rock Hudson. Rising through the ranks at Universal, Hudson emerged as the studio's prized asset, a clean-cut matinee idol adored by colleagues and fans alike. Professional glory had a psychological cost for this vulnerable, insecure soul though. On celluloid and in gossip columns, he wooed countless attractive women, burnishing his manufactured image as a swoon-worthy romantic hero. Offscreen, he courted disaster as his gay relationships, affairs, and flirtations made him a prime target for exposure by tabloids and spurned ex-lovers. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, this comprehensive biography finally produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history. Here, at last, are fresh insights into Hudson's controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded. Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson's entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series McMillan & Wife. Along the way, this riveting account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many other luminaries. Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS illuminates an all-too-human superstar whose life and legacy have significantly influenced American culture. Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, Premiere, MovieMaker, and Genre. Griffin, who recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance, lives in Lewiston, Maine.
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    Since Sue Sue's other thread has some issues with access, I've started another thread to post about the fun at this year's *TCM FILM FEST 2012*. Kim Novak is having her cake, and greeting, too! Robert Osborne and Kim Novak at Turner Classic Movie's 18th birthday party.
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    Now reading Christmas In The Movies by #TCMFF Special Guest and TCM Guest Programmer and author Jeremy Arnold!
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    My latest review-Handsome Johnny!
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    Author and historian Jeremy Arnold visits with Ben Mankiewicz tonight on TCM for screenings of Beyond Tomorrow and The Bishop’s Wife. An especially endearing moment that Arnold reveals in Christmas In The Movies is the emotionally rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells” seen and heard in “Beyond Tomorrow.”
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    NEW FILMS FOR 2019 ANNOUNCED EARLIER TODAY! THE CLOCK (1945) While on 48-hour leave during WWII, a soldier (Robert Walker) meets and falls for a New York woman (Judy Garland) in this romantic tale directed by Vincente Minnelli. INDISCREET (1958) Stanley Donen directs Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in this Technicolor romantic comedy about a hapless-in-love actress who falls for a handsome banker. However, he’s hiding a big secret about his marriage that she doesn’t expect. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957) Audrey Hepburn stars as the naïve daughter of a private detective hired to entrap a womanizing businessman (Gary Cooper) in this romantic comedy from writer/director Billy Wilder. MAD LOVE (1935) Peter Lorre is a surgeon whose obsession with an actress (Frances Drake) results in him replacing her pianist husband’s (Colin Clive) mangled hands with those of a knife-throwing murderer. AND THE OPENING NIGHT FILM... WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989) Can a man and woman ever truly be just friends? Longtime pals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) debate the question in this unforgettable romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. In attendance: Director Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal!! ”I'll have what she's having!”
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    Author and historian Jeremy Arnold will join members of The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page this weekend, December 1, 2, and 3, for a Q & A about his new book, CHRISTMAS IN THE MOVIES. Mr. Arnold will only answer questions early Saturday morning due to his hectic agenda in LA on Saturday. His availability on Sunday and Monday will not be affected. The traditional Q & A will be our pinned post. Merry Christmas! About the author: Jeremy Arnold is the author of “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season,“ to be published in October 2018 by TCM and Running Press. His 2016 book, “The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter,” is the official companion to TCM's “Essentials" program and features a foreword by Robert Osborne. Jeremy has also contributed essays to another book being published this October, “The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama“ (Indiana University Press). Other past writing work includes “Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary,” published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as part of that film's Blu-ray debut, contributions to Jeanine Basinger's The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre, numerous essays and liner notes for home entertainment releases, and nearly 600 programming articles to date for the Turner Classic Movies website. His commentating work includes a recent stint as guest host on FilmStruck and on TCM with Ben Mankiewicz. Jeremy has recorded nine audio commentaries for the Blu-ray or DVD release of classic films, most recently for Raw Deal (1948) and Driftwood (1947), and he has even brought his movie passion to the high seas: twice he has been engaged as a guest programmer, host, and lecturer aboard Crystal Cruises with classic movie themes-including a complete career tribute to Marilyn Monroe. A native of Washington, D.C., Jeremy resides in Los Angeles but is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.
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    There are still plenty of Classic, Spotlight, and Palace Passes available on the festival website!
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    Essential passes are sold out during the regular pass sale!
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    CINEMATIC THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “If you can’t handle a horse without spurs, you have no business riding!” Barbara Stanwyck as Jessica Drummond, 1957’s Forty Guns, directed by Sam Fuller....
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    BRITAIN'S MOST BANNED PERFORMER--George Formby-- COMES TO TCM ON FRIDAY NIGHT!
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    Who's Gone To Hell With "Madam Satan"?

    I’m bumping up this topic started by Kyle Kersten, hlywdkjk, in 2010, to say that we’ve had Madame Curie appear at the fest in 2015. Is it time for Madame Satan? The CountessDeLave agreed!
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    Wonderful, jp01104! The LA County Museum, several studio tours and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tour are jaunts that annual TCMFF pass holders enjoy! Musso and Franks’s, The Smokehouse, El Coyote, and Bordner’s are watering holes favored for their classic Hollywood ambiance. The fabulous Larry Edmunds Bookstore also is a popular stop on the pass holder trail for books, posters, and photos. 😉
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    Prediction: If Robert Redford is chosen as the recipient of the Robert Osborne Memorial Award, he might select his favorite film, Jeremiah Johnson, for the opening night gala.... (Directed by Sydney Pollack Written by Edward Anhalt and John Milius, 1972)
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    Spotlights sold out during the presale....
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    Essentials are now unavailable on the CitiCard website during the presale...
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    It Starts Tomorrow! Get Ready! FESTIVAL PASSES CITI CARDMEMBER EXCLUSIVE PRESALE 10AM ET, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13—10AM ET THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 AT CITIPRIVATEPASS.COM. 2019 PASSES GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 12PM ET
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    CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS NEW BOOK FEATURED ON THE TCM WEBSITE! HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Roselli, Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assasin A rich biography of the legendary figure at the center of the century’s darkest secrets: an untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue from Lee Server, the New York Times bestselling author of Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing… A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli’s career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone—to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob’s “Man in Hollywood,” Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. A man of great allure and glamour, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital—including studio boss Harry Cohn, helping him to fund Columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker—producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca’s behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale. And a little birdie told me I'm somewhere in the acknowledgements! 😍
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    GET READY! Passes go on sale next week!! FESTIVAL PASSES CITI CARDMEMBER EXCLUSIVE PRESALE 10AM ET, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13—10AM ET THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 AT CITIPRIVATEPASS.COM. 2019 PASSES GO ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 12PM ET
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    Reminders: A 25th Anniversary Fan Dedication Contest! Fest passes go on sale November 13! Writer Gary Loggins give us the lowdown....Could this be a fest offering on the other side of the country with an intro by Peter Bogdanovich? “The day has finally arrived. November 2, 2018. I ordered a free trial of Netflix specifically so I could watch the completed version of Orson Welles’ final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND . Welles worked on this project for over a decade, and the footage sat for decades more before finally being restored and re-edited. A film buff’s dream come true – perhaps. There were questions I needed answered. Was there enough salvageable material to make a coherent movie? Does it follow Welles’ vision? Would it live up to the hype? Was it worth the wait?” Fest Ponderance: Robert Redford is my candidate for the Robert Osborne Memorial Award, so a Redford film may be an opening night choice....
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    UPDATE FROM ATLANTA: Passes go on sale for early bird CitiCard users on November 13, and November 15 for everyone else! ANNOUNCED FILMS FOR 2019 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) Considered by many to be one of the greatest American Westerns and “buddy movies” of all time, this 50th anniversary screening stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as an unforgettable pair of bank robbers on the run from the law with their companion Etta (Katharine Ross) in tow. ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1953) 40th Anniversary World Premiere Restoration. Clint Eastwood stars in this thrilling drama based on the real-life events of three prisoners’ escape from the infamous maximum-security prison on Alcatraz Island. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Deborah Kerr star in this Oscar-winning romance about a group of soldiers and the women who love them stationed in Oahu, Hawaii in the days leading up to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh embark on a torrid romance during the onset and aftermath of the American Civil War, in this epic adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling book. HELLO, DOLLY! (1969) Adapted from a successful stage play of the same name, dance legend Gene Kelly directed this 50th anniversary musical starring Barbra Streisand as a head-strong matchmaker that travels to New York with intentions of finding Walter Matthau, a miserly “half-a-millionaire,” a wife. HOLIDAY (1938) World Premiere Restoration. Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in director George Cukor’s comedy about a self-made businessman who intends to take a holiday from work before marrying into a well-to-do family. His plan goes hilariously awry when he meets his fiancée’s family, including her black sheep sister (Hepburn) and drunken brother (Lew Ayres). LOVE AFFAIR (1939) Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne star as a painter and singer who meet by chance onboard a transatlantic voyage. Though already engaged to other people, they make a pact to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months, but fate has other plans in mind. SUNRISE (1927) In this silent film directed by F.W. Murnau, George O’Brien is a married man and father whose affair with a city woman (Margaret Livingston) unleashes his inner demons. Torn between the object of his desire and his loving wife (Janet Gaynor in an Oscar-winning performance), O’Brien is driven to the brink of madness. TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934) Maureen O’Sullivan is the Jane to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan in this pre-Code adventure in which the jungle couple’s life is disturbed by ivory hunting men on safari.
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    It's almost time to purchase those passes. Are you ready?
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    A 25th Anniversary Fan Dedication Contest! From the TCM Twitter announcement: “Have you ever wanted to introduce a film on TCM? Do you already have a film picked out? As part of our #TCM25 celebration we're giving YOU the chance to introduce a film with @BenMank77 and dedicate it to a special person in your life.” 25 fans will be chosen! The promotional video will be shown intermittently on the channel.
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    65th Anniversary screening... House of Wax at the Laemmle OCTOBER 13 for those of you in LA.... This Halloween season, Laemmle Anniversary Classics and its film critic host Stephen Farber, will screen the 1953 horror thriller House of Wax, starring horror-meister Vincent Price, in the movie’s 65th anniversary. The 3-D film was a remake of Warner Bros.’ Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) with the added sensation of three-dimensional technology.

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