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    All about Eve

    i honestly don't know that anyone today could do the parts justice. the style of everything, from clothing, to speech patterns, to general scenery and sets, are so different that i don't know audiences could relate. it would have to be done very intuitively. i could almost see Aronofsky pulling it off, but no actors/actresses come to mind to do the Eve part full-on. also the dialogue (don't get me wrong i die for it every time) would come off stale today, but at the same time seem lacking if it was 'updated.' it's a very interesting idea though, i can't tell if i would hate even the thought of a remake... or love it.
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    Most Beautiful Musical Moments

    1. Bob Fosse's early choreography ... but specifically 'Kiss Me Kate' 2. Cyd Charisse/Gene Kelley - Singin' in the Rain "Broadway Melody" 3. Cyd Charisse/Fred Astaire - The Bandwagon "Dancing in the Dark" 4. Frank Sinatra - Pal Joey "The Lady is a Tramp" 5. 'performance' of "Ol Man River" by Caleb Peterson and MGM chorus- 'Till the Clouds Roll By' there are, obviously so many left unsaid... virginia o'brien, donald o'connor, vera ellen, buddy ebsen, eleanor powell, ann miller, sinatra, crosby, jane russell, jane powell, and on and on the list could go. but i suppose when you must categorize genius, moments spring to mind, and i'm sure it's different for everyone.
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    The Sting

    just an FYI... completely off topic of 'The Sting,' but i just wanted to say that i appreciate the feedback. i'm completely new to this whole forum/TCM website thing, and still trying to find my bearings. i am an avid classic movie fan, and while i know an excessive amount about this topic compared to the average person, i am afraid that compared to many folks on this site i will fall short. ...those are just my silly worries, and that being said, i greatly enjoyed getting some responses on this little factoid-thread of mine :-) so thank you all!
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    The Sting

    oooooh HD. that would be amazing. next time you watch it, listen to the footsteps of the leading men. Snyder, Lonnegan, Hooker, and Gondorff all have various patterns/sounds of walking. it's a fairly ****-attentive thing to notice, but it's kind of fun, nonetheless.
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    Favorite MGM musicals produced by Arthur Freed?

    The Band Wagon is an absolute must-see. Recently I have been watching several musicals that Freed did not produce, but was a part of the creative team. The "Broadway Melody" movies that he was a part of (1929, 36, 38) are interesting to see merely for the chance to view the original Freed songs before Singin' in the Rain. It's a lot of fun watching the Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown partnership develop over time with various singers, dancer, and actors thrown into the mix. I suggest starting at the very beginning of his career (The Broadway Melody) and follow through to his triumphs at the head of MGM's musical team (Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Silk Stockings, Bells Are Ringing). It's a lovely chance to watch a genius grow from being background song-writer to uncontested master.
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    The Sting

    I would really love to hear some thoughts on the great con-man/caper movie "The Sting." I've been re-watching it recently and have been fascinated by some very minute details layered into the film. For example, has anyone else noticed how the sounds of footsteps are used to identify and explain many of the characters? Also, Chicago is 'The Big City,' not New York City, as was the case in many films up to this point. Just curious to hear some thoughts and learn some new/different facts.
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    "Singin' in the Rain" is THE best musical EVER!!

    personally i feel singin' in the rain is one of the most indelibly iconic musicals in existence. gene kelley, while not my favorite musical star, did one of his best works here. i've never seen him so relaxed and genuine; i think this is where his acting truly was at its best. debbie reynolds was just simply adorable. perfect for the part, and no one could have done better. but the real highlights of the fillm are donald o'connor and cyd charisse. o'connor is one of those mildly overlooked performers who is the ultimate broadway vaudvillian transposed on film. his dancing is technically near perfection, crisp, and full of energy and life. he has brilliant comic timing, and always feels comfortable. ....and cyd charisse. a goddess. i know everyone says it... but my god those legs. perfection embodied in movement. betty comden and adolph green wrote an sharp, witty dialogue that makes me laugh every time i watch the movie (and trust me, it's been many many times), and the freed score is gorgeous. the movie is funny, gentle, sweeping, beautiful, heartfelt, and wonderfully unrealistic in so many ways....... everything we want and love in old musicals.

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