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    Vintage movies, especially precodes and films of 30s and 40s, literature, music (classical, show tunes and soundtracks, literature -- college English instructor), public TV and radio, yoga and fitness

    I didn't have time to catch all the early Dunne films, but did watch Symphony for Six Million on demand, and the darn thing cut off 10 minutes before the end! It was more of a showcase for Ricardo Cortez in a very different role (he was quite good as a doctor from the Jewish tenements in New York, a very natural and likeable performance). Apparently, Cortez actually was Jewish (Cortez was his screen name), and the movie was much better than I expected it to be. Irene was quite noble, trying to force Ricardo back to his roots. Anyway, I don't know how it ended; he was getting ready to operate on Dunne, who had a spinal deformity that was crippling her. I love those early talkie "soaps." They're a lot earthier than the glossy products of the 40s and 50s, and they often show more diversity in social classes and roles for women.
  2. TCM's treatment of Ronald Colman

    Also, the mentioning of Bergman's scandal actually distracts from her achievements as an artist, as if that is the most important thing about her, rather than that she won two Academy Awards and was nominated for several others.
  3. TCM's treatment of Ronald Colman

    No one talks about Ronald Colman's personal life because he was married to the same woman for 30 years, and he was known as a consummate professional and perfect gentleman. I can say it in 6 words -- a class act in every way.
  4. Ingrid Bergman's story for me is one of sexism and the double standard, pure and simple. She openly made a personal choice about her life that was in defiance of the world's norms, and her career in the U.S. suffered for it. How many male actors left their wives for another woman but experienced no negative impact on their lives or careers? How many producers and directors in "classic Hollywood" did the same thing that Harvey Weinstein did -- for years, and experienced no consequences for their actions? In fact, they used sexual harassment as instruments of their power, and it was known for years. Was Harry Cohn ever sued or required to go to court? Did the name "casting couch" come out of nowhere?

    Worcester is a bit far for me, about an hour or so.
  6. re: Forum Update 10/17/2017

    I've been busy with midterm grades so haven't been on the forums for a while. So, I'm stunned by this new "update." I hate having to go to the last possible page to get the most recent posts. How is that an improvement? Why do I want to see something someone posted in 2015 first?
  7. I Just Watched...

    Madam Satan ​(1930), an entertaining mess of a film that doesn't know what it wants to be -- a romantic comedy, a drama, a musical, a farce, or a disaster movie (some might say it is a disaster!) The scenes on the dirigible, both the production number and the disaster are definitely worth watching. I have to admit not only the work of the female editor, but the three female writers are all over this one, since the male characters are upper class twits who have no understanding of women or their own stupid behavior. You can also see the work of Mitchell Leisen in the set design, costumes, etc.
  8. Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    My brother gave me a gift set of the three Ophuls' films in which Darrieux appeared, and I treasure them. I find her performance in "The Earrings of Madame..." subtle and ultimately moving (also Charles Boyer is at his cruelest in this one, perhaps crueler in some ways than in "Gaslight"). I'm of 100% French descent (French Canadian) and was raised Roman Catholic (but am now lapsed), and I find the Gallic humor in the first Communion segment of "Les Plaisir" pure delight. My brother claims, "Danielle Darrieux is the reason God made France."
  9. I Just Watched...

    I watched "The Unsuspected" (1947), Claude Rains as a charming radio mystery host who has a few dark mysteries of his own. Not a great script, but good atmospheric directing from Michael Curtiz and the usual excellent performance by Uncle Claude. Constance Bennett was also delightful in a supporting role; she had some good lines. I 've decided I'm willing to watch Rains read the phone book for 2 hours and still enjoy it. I saw "The Battle of the Sexes" this week-end at the theater. I thought both Emma Stone and Steve Carrell were terrific. I was a young teen during the time of the Riggs-King match, and wasn't really aware of the real importance of King's battle. Some of the stuff that came out people's mouths (not just Riggs, who was just an "act"), but Jack Kramer, was enough to make you gag. It makes me grateful for women like King and for the changes in our culture; let's hope the clock doesn't turn back to the "good old days."
  10. I Just Watched...

    I watched too outstanding but lesser known films last week, both on TCM On Demand. The first was The Long Night with Henry Fonda, Vincent Price, Ann Dvorak and Barbara Bel Geddes. I don't even know how to describe this film -- part noir, thriller, and "working man" as victim movie. (Perhaps one of the first of Fond'a "wrong man" roles). In any case, the performances, atmosphere, and the use of Beethoven's 7th symphony in the score, were remarkably compelling. I had seen it once before several years ago and liked it, and the second time around, I appreciated it even more. I saw The Man Who Watched Trains, a British film with Claude Rains made in the early 50s. I found it fascinating; Rains is a bookkeeper who unintentionally ends up on the run. He really captures the sense of this ordinary and orderly little man who all of a sudden is put in dangerous situations in which he may be either the victim or the one with the upper hand. He begins to really live a little for the first time, but also a little dangerously. The supporting cast was also excellent, particularly Marta Torn and Marius Goring. The color cinematography was outstanding on this one.
  11. I just want to share this excerpt from Alan Jay Lerner's autobiography about a performance of Camelot after JFK's death. By the way, Louis Hayward was Arthur in this production, and Kathryn Grayson was Guenevere: 'Camelot' was then on the road, playing the Opera House in Chicago, a huge barn of a theater with over three thousand seats. I was told later what happened that night. 'The theater was packed. The verse quoted above is sung in the last scene. Louis Hayward was playing King Arthur. When he came to those lines, there was a sudden wail from the audience. It was not a muffled sob; it was a loud, almost primitive cry of pain. The play stopped, and for almost five minutes everyone in the theater - on the stage, in the wings, in the pit, and in the audience - wept without restraint. Then the play continued. . .'
  12. Wrong Man Tango

    I think Ben is misremembering the film. Power does a tango/flamenco style dance with Linda Darnell in The Mark of Zorro ​(dig that form-fitting costume!) and a sultry dance with Jean Peters in The Captain from Castile.​
  13. I Just Watched...

    Oh gosh, you're from my old stomping grounds. I grew up in Western Mass and went to UMass Amherst. We used to go the Pleasant St. in Amherst and the Academy of Music in Northampton all the time. I remember seeing ​Casablanca ​there, and the audience was reciting the dialogue along with the cast! Those were such good times. I got more joy out of those places than any $18.00 IMAX multiplex.
  14. I Just Watched...

    My husband and I saw this one last week-end and really enjoyed it. There were many funny moments, sort of a cross between O Brother Where Art Thou and Oceans 11. Tatum is a sympathetic character,and Daniel Craig nearly steals the picture, until that little waif sings "Country Roads." Considering the "rough" characters in this movie, surprisingly little vulgar language and no sex. I could take my mom and she'd enjoy it.
  15. Who Cares? Actors

    You left out my favorite Randolph Scott role -- the "Adam" who was on the desert island with Irene Dunne in My Favorite Wife. ​Actually, he has some nice comedy work in that one. I also have a soft spot for him in ​Jesse James.

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