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  1. Swithin

    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Edward G. Robinson was in A Slight Case of Murder with Ruth Donnelly.
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" sung by Sammy Davis Jr. (Rufus Jones for President) Next: A hymn sung by a gospel choir
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    I Just Watched...

    Home of the Brave was written by Carl Foreman, who was blacklisted. It was based on a play by Arthur Laurents, who went on to write the books for West Side Story and Gypsy. He wrote many memorable screenplays including Rope. Arthur was an unapologetic gay leftie, a wonderful man who suffered no fools. I worked with him several times.
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    Ideas for LGBT essentials

    Since I mentioned Edward Carpenter, those of you who are unfamiliar with him might find this fascinating. I've excerpted a quote to titillate you: "George Merrill, Carpenter's uninhibited working-class partner, touched Forster's repressed Cambridge backside during a visit to Millthorpe in 1912, "... gently and just above the buttocks. I believe he touched most people's. The sensation was unusual and I still remember it, as I remember the position of a long-vanished tooth. It was as much psychological as physical. It seemed to go straight through the small of my back into my ideas, without involving any thought." Inspired, Forster went home, sat down on his probably still-tingling buttocks and wrote the first "gay" novel, Maurice. Though it wasn't to be published until after timid Forster's death, DH Lawrence saw the manuscript and was himself touched: Lady Chatterley's Lover is in many ways a heterosexualised Maurice. When Maurice was made into a film in the 1980s, its stars James Wilby and Rupert Graves made millions of ****, male and female, tingle at a time when homosexuality, as a result of Section 28 and Aids, had become a cultural battleground." https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-lost-utopian-why-have-so-few-of-us-heard-of-victorian-poet-and-renowned-socialist-edward-949080.html
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    Ideas for LGBT essentials

    Interesting perspective. Like what happens in the Marabar Caves in A Passage to India, we will never know for sure. My edition of Maurice (the novel) bears a postscript in which Forster writes that Clive deteriorates when he turns to women. Forster also writes, that Clive "feels the last flick of my whip in the final chapter, when he discovers that his old Cambridge friend has relapsed inside Penge itself, and with a gamekeeper." Forster was inspired to write Maurice by a visit to Edward Carpenter, one of the great Edwardian figures, who campaigned for gay rights. Forster wrote, "Carpenter had a prestige which cannot be understood today."
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    on svengoolie tonite

    The Night Walker (1964) is on Svengoolie tonight. Directed by William Castle, it was Barbara Stanwyck's last movie. I don't think I've ever seen it.
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    Ideas for LGBT essentials

    But... but ... I don't think you can use the same verb, "commit," to describe both of those relationships. Clive does what many gay men of his period (and class) did: got married, but did not really commit to their wives. That penultimate scene in the movie -- Clive looking out of the window and remembering Maurice, then turning to face poor Phoebe Nicholls, who is obviously desperate for the sex she will not get, is totally different from the hot sex (and of course love) that Maurice and Alec achieve in the shed. Two late lines from the novel, the first (and paragraph preceding it) make clear that Clive remains in love with Maurice for the rest of his life: "Out of some eternal Cambridge his friend began beckoning to him, clothed in the sun, and shaking out the scents and sounds of the May Term." (The above quote is beautifully depicted in the movie, when Clive imagines seeing Maurice outside his window.) And a phrase from the last line of the novel: "...and to devise some method of concealing the truth from Anne." So, Maurice commits to his nature; Clive continues to remain in the closet, his poor wife a sort of victim of that choice.
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    I Just Watched...

    The "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet, created for the 1936 Broadway musical On Your Toes, became a stand-alone dance piece which was/is often performed by groups such as the New York City Opera, where it became a staple, due to Balanchine's close association with that company. Many of the performances have been captured on film and exist in archives and on video. There was an acclaimed Broadway revival in 1983, where Natalia Makarova was the ballerina. Other choreographers/dancers have done adaptations, including Ray Bolger and Gene Kelly.
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    Kanopy and MoviePass

    AMC stopped accepting MoviePass briefly a while back, but they are accepting it again. Here's an article about AMC's new plan, plus a mention of MoviePass: "AMC said it will continue to accept MoviePass at all of its locations." http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/20/media/amc-monthly-subscription/index.html
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    Briefly Lyrical

    That's right, sung even more beautifully by Diane Keaton in Radio Days. Your thread, Star.
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    Briefly Lyrical

    "While the breeze on high, sang a lullaby"
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    Supporting Ladies only please

    Mary Nash was in Heidi with Helen Westley.
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Privates on Parade Next: Insomniac
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    Briefly Lyrical

    The song is "Remind Me," and it was sung (dubbed) by Peggy Moran.
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    God's Own Country

    I actually don't find it that bleak, although of course life is difficult. I see it partly as a sort of gay, rural Zorba the Greek: a man from the South/East of Europe helps an uptight Englishman learn how to live and love. In that scene where Gheorghe rushes to look at the Yorkshire landscape, spread out in the distance, you get the impression that he's showing Johnny the beauty of his (Johnny's) land; and that Johnny sees the beauty of "God's own country" for the first time.

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