misswonderly3

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  1. misswonderly3

    I Just Watched...

    Interesting...two posts here in a row about movies that feature Anthony Quinn. I hadn't even read the post about "The Hunchback" until after my own post about La Strada. Co-incidence, I guess.
  2. misswonderly3

    I Just Watched...

    I just watched, last night in real time on TCM, La Strada. It's the second time I've seen it, and I found it even better and got even more out of it this time than on my first viewing. Made in 1954 by Italian great Federico Fellini, La Strada is a deeply moving film, one that the viewer will remember long after seeing it. It follows the story of a young woman who may or may not be "simple" (personally, I think in some ways she's pretty smart) whose poverty-stricken mother sells her to an itinerant street performer, a brutal, somewhat dim strong man whose only act is to demonstrate his muscular strength by breaking a chain he wraps around his chest. The girl (played by Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina) learns to play the drum and the trumpet to announce Zampano's performance whenever they arrive at a new town. At some point they meet up with a circus troupe, which they at first plan to join. It's here that Gelsomina meets the playful, clever character of Il Matto, "the fool" (a Shakespearian kind of fool, given his wit and his insight), who plays the violin and performs a high wire act with the circus. The fool is played by Richard Basehart in one of his most memorable roles. Gelsomina and the Fool make friends, much to the ire of Zampano, who never demonstrates any affection for his sad little assistant, but resents the idea of her spending time with anyone other than himself. La Strada is not a plot-based film; if I were asked to state what it is "about", I'd say it was about the sadness and loneliness of someone who wants to feel they matter, who doesn't know where they belong in the world. But it's also about the ability to feel wonder and curiosity, even in the most wretched of circumstances. Fellini's always been a director who values the way movies can capture moments of visual lyricism, and La Strada is filled with such cinematic poetry. It's also a paean to travelling circus troupes, to the performers who live their lives on the road, to the struggles but also the sense of fellowship such people share with one another. Very little happens in the film, if you go by most standards for movies made in the 1950s. But what stays with you long after seeing this sad, sweet little meditation on loneliness are the images the film gives us, and the feeling of yearning for human connection it depicts. The beautiful haunting theme music by Nino Rota contributes significantly to La Strada's emotional power. One odd aspect to the story of the making of La Strada is the fact that despite its being made by an Italian director, in Italian, two of the main characters are English speaking Americans. The barbaric Zampano is played by Anthony Quinn, and his opposite, the clever light-hearted Fool is played by Richard Basehart. I'm not aware that either of these actors were fluent in Italian, either speaking or understanding it. I think their lines are spoken by them in English, then dubbed into Italian. How this worked during the making of the film I don't know, but it doesn't adversely affect it in any way.
  3. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    Hmm. Well, it's nice of you to get into the spirit of the "children's books are worth reading by adults" idea here, I appreciate your kind intent, Sarge. However - - at the risk of offending you and maybe many others here, I do not regard "The Little Prince" as a children's book. It's one of those books that masquarades as a children's book but in fact holds a lot more appeal for adults,and was really written for adults, Antoine de St. Exupery's insistence that it was written for a little boy he knew notwithstanding. There's a certain genre of literature that does this - maybe I should call it "pseudo children's lit" ? The authors of these books think that, by writing in a relatively simple style and especially by accompanying the text with illustrations, they can fob these literary works off as "children's lit". But in fact these pseudo- children's books are more like bite-size spiritual or philosophical works. Kind of like spooning sugar over medicine (hey reference to another children's story) to make the "serious" message they want to make more palatable. I suppose by now you've deduced that I don't like "The Little Prince", and you'd be right.
  4. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    Liam - - and those fans of James Thurber who've posted about him here - - you'll be interested to know (although you may know this already) that in point of fact James Thurber wrote a number of children's books. My favourite is "Many Moons", a delightful story about a child who - what else? - longs for the moon.
  5. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    Wow, Sergeant ! Those covers all look pretty film noirish ! hahahahahahaha.....
  6. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    Yes, he was, although unfortunately the movie itself was rubbish.
  7. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    It is a little-known fact that actually Warren Zevon did not die, but turned into a werewolf (of London.)
  8. misswonderly3

    What are you reading

    Good children's books are just as appropriate to read as so-called adult books are. This is just as true for adults as it is for children. Good for you, LiamCasey !
  9. misswonderly3

    Dayton, Ohio 1903

    Actually, what the hell, since we're discussing this song we might as well listen to it. A nice little almost 2 minute break: I'd certainly accept that invitation to tea. And I'd leave my hat on.
  10. misswonderly3

    Dayton, Ohio 1903

    jakeem, if you're familiar with the lyrics of this sweet Randy Newman song, you'd know it probably doesn't have much to do with the Wright brothers. It's just a simple little song about a long-ago time that Newman imagines to be innocent and pleasant. However, thanks for that info about those pioneers of flight, I did not know they had any connection to Dayton Ohio.
  11. misswonderly3

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    I'm still searching Google for an image of a full frontally nude man eating an egg salad sandwich.
  12. misswonderly3

    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    With reference to the lines in your post I have bolded: I would say that since "Seinfeld" was a product of the '90s, the internet, while technically it did exist by that decade, was not the means of widespread cultural communication (or miscommunication) that it is now. There was no "social media", and even email wasn't really established as a commonplace form of contact. Certainly not during the first half of "Seinfeld" 's run, anyway. So, with respect, I think your statement about "Seinfeld" as "a tv show in the digital era" is somewhat inaccurate. Of course, I am prejudiced, since much as I like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" whenever I've caught reruns of it, I have to say my heart belongs to "Seinfeld", as the funniest, cleverest, greatest sit com television show that ever was.
  13. misswonderly3

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Yes, that little bit of confusion in that scene is one of many sweet scenes in Radio Days. But Lorna, I wanted to ask you: why do you think they'll remove/delete this thread? It really isn't particularly offensive; and shirley everyone here is free to post their opinion(s) on this whole Woody Allen controversy (which of course also applies to many people besides W.A.) whatever it may be. I like to think the mod(s) here are not quite so censorious that they'd delete this thread just because we're discussing a somewhat divisive topic. So far everyone here, whatever their views , has been pretty polite. One of the nice things about these boards (usually...I never venture into the "Off Topic" realms, so I couldn't comment about them.)
  14. misswonderly3

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    What if their partner is also under 18?
  15. misswonderly3

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    So, how did you like it? (I'm guessing it didn't make much of an impression if you forgot you'd seen it !)

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