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  1. dfordoom

    Underrated actresses

    > And Amanda Donohoe, who as Lady Sylvia Marsh, makes > the film "Lair of the White Worm," especially in her > scenes with the boy scout. Amazing film, wonderful performance. And yes, the scenes with the boy scout are priceless!
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    Garbo in Mata Hari

    Does the movie actually still exist in its uncut version? I'd love to se it, but if the missing footage existed I'm sure it would have been included.
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    John Huston

    > Absolutely! He was a very talented director and not > reluctant to try out all kinds of different > genres.... unfortunately some of his movies really > seem underappreciated. The Man Who Would be King!!!
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    Underrated actresses

    I thought Mary Astor was pretty good in RED DUST.
  5. > I'm not talking about the present, I'm talking about > the future. There's probably still room for growth in > the coming decades. But is there any actual growth in the audience for classic movies?
  6. > TCM is the only channel that shows films uncut, > uninterrupted and most importantly, for the channels > you mentioned, in their original aspect ratio. Really? Maybe we don't know how lucky we are in Australia, because we have Fox Classics as well.
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    Silent Films and Directors

    > Well you'd need a laserdisc player, of course. Oh no! Not another piece of hardware. I'm a person who can destroy electronic hardware just by looking at it, just by being in the same room with it. I might have to wait for this one to get a DVD release.
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    Silent Films and Directors

    Laserdiscs are a complete mystery to me. I don't think I've ever even seen one. How do you play them?
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    Silent Films and Directors

    Sadly I haven't seen any of Gance's movies. In fact I didn't know any were available on DVD?
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    Silent Films and Directors

    The silent movies that had the greatest impact on me have been two German films, THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI and F. W. Murnau's FAUST. The only American silent movie that has come close in terms of the "taking your breath away" factor is the 1924 THIEF OF BAGDAD with Douglas Fairanks snr and Anna May Wong. That's not to say I haven't been highly impressed by other silent movies, it's just that those three have been the most outstanding among many very very fine movies. As for acting performances, I'd go for Louise Brooks in PANDORA'S BOX or Garbo in FLESH AND THE DEVIL.
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    Sunset Blvd

    Wasn't Montgomery Clift considered for the William Holden role?
  12. > I tend to see a lot of the same societal attitudes in > lots of 50's movies. I wouldn't expect Hitchock's to > be much different, unfortunately. Would you say > similar attitudes were prevalent in Australia in the > 50's? You don't see them reflected in Australian movies of the period, because unfortunately by that time our film industry had been destroyed. But the same attitudes were certainly prevalent. The 50s might have been fun if you were a white, middle-class, heterosexual, Anglo-Saxon male.
  13. REAR WINDOW is another Hitchcock film that has a lot to say about the place of women in American society in the 50s. The Jimmy Stewart character is a photo-journalist. He takes his career very seriously. His girlfriemd (Grace Kelly) works in the fashion industry, Her career is every bit as important to her as his career is to him, But he doesn't take it seriously. To him it's just women's stuff, and it doesn't count. The movie also has some interesting reflections on the 1950s assumption that naturally if and when they get married she'll automatically give up her career to support him in his.
  14. > Actually, I think both of you are right. DD's > character in this film is one who had a great career > and obviously misses it, but she also asks her > husband when they are going to have another child. It's a subtle characterisation. She's obviously happy to have a husband and child, and just as obviously unhappy not to have the career she loved. You can be happy about some aspects of your life and unhappy about others. She obviously doesn't understand why having a family should mean having to give up her career entirely. She likes being a wife and mother, but she doen't want to be defined entirely by that, and she wants some life of her own. I think that's reasonable. But neither the society of the time, not her husband, are prepared to give her that choice.
  15. It seemed pretty clear to me that she desperately missed the stage. And that she hated small town life and yearned to be back in places like New York and London. And it also seemed pretty clear that he had no say in the matter. And please note, I'm not attacking marrige or motherhood, but there's a BIG difference between freely choosing that life (which is absolutely hunky dory with me if that's what a an individual woman wants and good luck to her) and not having the choice. Hitchcock was obviously reflecting a society in which women were not really getting that choice. And I'm not suggesting that hubby was holding a gun to her head and telling her to give up her career, I'm talking about much more subtle and much more insidious pressure. And I'm not suggesting she wasn't in love with her husband or that she wanted to leave him and the child. But there's a moment where she remarks, rather plaintively and a little sarcastically, that "they do have doctors in New York you know." To me that's absolute evidence that she is not happy about the life that has been taken away from her. What she'd obviously like would be the chance to be a wife and mother and still have some career as well.

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