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    You might not believe this, but I'm interested in classic films.

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  1. It's been a long time since they last showed the Hedy Lamar film Ecstasy, but that would certainly be worthy. Some mainstream classics that deal with sex rather directly (if not explicitly): Design for Living (menage a trois) Cat People (more about a lack of sex, but worth discussing anyway) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Kockenlocker) Madame Bovary (in which Jennifer Jones practically **** as she thinks of her first tryst with Louis Jourdan) A Place in the Sun (unwanted pregnancy) A Summer Place (the most seXXXed up story I've seen in a 50s movie. Almost every discussion is about sex.) Splendor in the Grass (sexual frustration and pressure to be popular) *Edit: I see my comment on Madame Bovary was censored. The basic idea is that she has a "release" while remembering the experience.
  2. Let's not forget there was a nearly 30-year age gap between Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. I really have no stake in this matter insofar as how I determine whether to watch films with either Allen or Farrow's involvement. Like speedracer5, I prefer to leave someone's personal life out of the equation when judging their artistic work. To draw a parallel to a case closer to what Woody Allen has been accused of, Gloria Grahame did in fact marry her former stepson. Her fourth husband was Tony Ray, son of Nicholas Ray whom she divorced a mere 8 years earlier. None of us will probably ever know what truly happened in the Allen-Farrow case. Like LawrenceA, I do believe that Dylan Farrow believes she was a victim of sexual assault, and I genuinely feel sorry for her. If it really happened, that's awful. If her mother coached her, that's also awful. She is a victim of someone, perhaps even of both parties to some degree. I have no desire to boycott either Farrow or Allen's work, but the beauty of it all is that it's our individual prerogative to do so if we choose.
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    Phyllis Newman 1933-2013

    She was definitely fun on game shows like "What's My Line?" and "Match Game," but as one who was born in the 80s, my first and strongest impression of her was from the 1987 movie Mannequin, wherein she utters the immortal line, "The Pharaoh has hemorrhoids." RIP, funny lady.
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    TCM names new host for Silent Sundays

    Ok, I'm seriously not trying to pick on you. I'm just curious about this last statement. The only hosts I recall being hired for (presumably) permanent positions since Robert Osborne's absence are Tiffany, Alicia and Dave. (Alec Baldwin and Ava Duvernay were hired for temporary Essentials duty.) Tiffany is the only one who's on-air hosting position was terminated, but I don't think it had anything to do with her political views. In fact, I remember her being pretty much like Dave, sticking to the script and rarely interjecting personal thoughts. Which hosts have politicized the movies or had an axe to grind?
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    TCM names new host for Silent Sundays

    I did read what you said. I neither disliked it nor misunderstood it. You said you hope she will not inject race and gender into the films, in other words reading into them issues that are not there. I simply countered that if those issues are there, I hope she discusses them. There's nothing wrong with a little education.
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    TCM names new host for Silent Sundays

    How exactly would she manage that, with a syringe? On the other hand, if a film presents race and/or gender issues that are worth discussing, I do indeed hope she brings them up. If you are not interested in an academic lecture, you are more than free to skip the intro and just watch the movie. I look forward to more intros (a la Eddie Muller's) that provide interesting context and food for thought rather than the same old IMDb trivia and lame jokes.
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    Halloween Schedule Disappointment

    You do know there are 12 days of Christmas, don't you?
  8. Meg Ryan played: Catherine Boyd in I.Q. Kate in French Kiss Katharine in Restoration Kathleen Kelly in You've Got Mail Kate McKay in Kate & Leopold Kate Macauley in Ithaca Maggie Cavanaugh in Armed and Dangerous Maggie in Addicted to Love Maggie Rice in City of Angels Mary Haines in The Women Mary Farrow in Fan Girl Alice Green in When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Bowman in Proof of Life Plus she played characters named Frannie, Annie, and Anastasia.
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    AFI's 10 for 10 from (2016 poll)

    I remember being most disappointed by their Fantasy selections, several of which just seem kind of drab and barely qualify as fantasy. Perhaps it's my own prejudice, but when I think of fantasy movies, my mind immediately jumps to movies with amazing creatures and/or set in imaginative worlds. While It's a Wonderful Life is a fantasy film, the bulk of it is focused on a very ordinary and completely realistic story. Arguments could be made that Miracle on 34th Street is not fantasy at all, and that Kris Kringle is not truly Santa but just an insane old man. The same could almost be said for Harvey until its final shot. I would much rather have seen any of the following on the list: Jason and the Argonauts Edward Scissorhands Mary Poppins Return to Oz Brazil Who Framed Roger Rabbit Beetlejuice Ghostbusters Portrait of Jennie I'm not overly fond of their romantic comedy choices either. My personal picks would be (in no particular order): Trouble in Paradise Love Me Tonight The Merry Widow (1934) Charade The Awful Truth Bachelor Mother Girl Shy (1924) My Man Godfrey His Girl Friday The Lady Eve To my mind, Dial M for Murder doesn't count as a mystery because the audience knows who the killer is the whole time. I would rather have seen And Then There Were None (1945) make the list. As for westerns, the following are my favorites: Once Upon a Time in the West The Tall T The Man from Laramie Man of the West
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    AFI's 10 for 10 from (2016 poll)

    You've posted this here before, and here was my comment from your last thread about it:
  11. Years ago, I remember reading one of Roger Ebert's Q&A columns that featured a question similar to the one that got this thread started. A disgruntled theater-goer wrote in to complain that they had just watched The Wizard of Oz on the big screen and were furious that it was not shown in its original widescreen aspect ratio. They complained to the manager, and when told the film was supposed to be in Academy ratio, they said "Bull!" (that's literally what they wrote to Ebert). Ebert, of course, set them straight, but in a very polite manner. On a similar note, I once read about Shirley Temple renting a copy of her own The Little Princess on VHS. The clerk, who clearly did not recognize her, warned her that the tape was colorized and not the original black-and-white. She politely informed him that the movie was indeed filmed in color. He said no it wasn't, they didn't make color movies back then. I believe she just said ok and let it go at that, secure in her knowledge of the truth.
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    How About Those Not So Hot Films of 1939?

    It's my belief that 1939's reputation as Hollywood's golden year rests firmly on the release of those two films. Sure, there were lots of great movies made in 1939, but there are great movies made pretty much every year. Imagine if Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz had been released in 1941, the same year as Citizen Kane, How Green Was My Valley, The Maltese Falcon, The Lady Eve, Meet John Doe, Sullivan's Travels, and Sergeant York (just to name a few). Had that been the case, I've no doubt in my mind that 1941 would be the year TCM repeatedly celebrates and champions as Hollywood's greatest, and 1939 would fall the way of 1938 as old news.
  13. Actually, if anything, current movie goers have longer attention spans than the last generation. Most popular movies these days are well over 2 hours long. In fact, the last movie under 2 hours that was #1 box office champ of the year was Toy Story 3 back in 2010. Six of the top 10 movies last year were over 2 hours long, and the #1 film so far this year (Avengers: Endgame) is 3 hours. The recent Aladdin remake is over 2 hours, and the Dumbo remake is 1 hour 55 minutes (the original film was only 64 minutes).
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    Pinocchio 1976

    I actually do remember watching this many times on the Disney Channel as a kid in the early 90s. Kaye's role is pretty typical Vaudeville Italian stereotype, but it was a good showcase for Sandy Duncan. I can't see TCM showing this, although they have aired old TV specials before. Here are a few clips of Duncan as Pinocchio:
  15. AMC was my gateway into classic film in the late 90s when I was about 12 or 13 (TCM was not yet part of our cable lineup). I remember at this time they actually did show some movies in letterboxed widescreen, but only in the late evening or early morning hours (like after midnight). They would actually repeat the same movies throughout the day, so for instance, they might air Gypsy in pan-and-scan at 3:00 pm, then again in P&S at 7:00 pm, and then in widescreen at 11:00 pm. They even had their own bumper to explain the benefits of letterboxing, which you can watch here! While this video mentions AMC's film preservation festival, I remember a slightly modified version airing frequently over the next several years. Toward the end of that classics-exclusive era, they would show some movies made post 60s that required editing for TV (like Valmont and Apocalypse Now), but even then I think they only edited out nudity rather than profanity/violence. And I seem to recall some of these films being shown entirely uncut after 11:00 pm. When TCM was finally added to our lineup, the big advantage to me was their showing silent films and foreign films, as AMC focused primarily on American movies produced from the 1930s through the 60s.

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