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  1. kingrat

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    Me, too, Dargo. Much the best. It's actually about the business of pro football instead of just a "win the big game" sports movie.
  2. Yes, it's too bad Battle Cry must not have been available.
  3. Swithin, did you ever work with James Roose-Evans? I met him many years ago. A pleasant and talented gentleman.
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    Re Limelight: it's said that Chaplin drastically cut Keaton's scenes because he couldn't stand the competition. As great as the main musical theme for Limelight is, nothing else measures up. I enjoy the young Claire Bloom, not so accomplished an actress as she will become, but still talented and very lovely, but most of Chaplin's humor, like the long flea circus bit, is not at all funny. Not even close to Chaplin's great silent films, which I love.
  5. Last minute recommendation: Return from the Ashes. Not many films have a more stunning opening scene than this one. It's a 1965 Euro-noir with the sexes reversed. Maximilian Schell has the femme fatale role and Ingrid Thulin is a wealthy doctor returning from a concentration camp.
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    Actor Tab Hunter (1931-2018)

    I'm not sure if the whole film of The Pajama Game is on YouTube, but some of the musical numbers are. The staging of "There Once Was a Man" is delightful. Of course, that just made me want to see the whole movie on the big screen.
  7. Bogie, don't miss Crime Wave. Great cinematography by John Alton, top-notch direction by Andre de Toth, and a solid cast. Plus, yes, TIMOTHY CAREY.
  8. kingrat

    Best Old Biddies

    Det. Jim, thanks for the picture of Margaret Hamilton in My Little Chickadee. That was exactly the scene that came to mind when I thought of "biddies." Joe, some great additions to the list.
  9. kingrat

    Highly Unlikely Pairings!

    Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum in Undercurrent remain one of the worst screen couples ever. (Mitchum called it "Underdrawers"). They hated each other off screen, too. In the first half of Come and Get It the lovely Frances Farmer is in a love triangle with Edward Arnold and Walter Brennan. If there was ever a reason to say, "Monty, I'll take what's behind Door #3 . . . . "
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    Goldfinger, the best Bond film?

    I must confess that I can scarcely remember which scene belongs in which Bond movie. Until the recent "dark" and "serious" ones, they all run together in a blur. The all have James Bond, beautiful women, gadgets, great credit sequences, and evil villains. To my mind, none of the directors has imposed his "authorship" on the formula, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
  11. kingrat

    social justice???

    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer could also have received an entirely different kind of introduction, depending on the context of the theme. The shaving/bathing scene with Gary Cooper and Richard Cromwell is one of the most homoerotic scenes of its era.
  12. Recommendation for Sunday evening: The Admirable Crichton, based on the James Barrie play, is an enjoyable and well-made film. After a shipwreck, the butler proves to be the natural aristocrat and leader of the new society. Some of you won't be surprised that even though she isn't one of the shipwrecked, Martita Hunt still does a lot of scene-stealing. Overnight, a film with an entirely different tone, dark and grim: The Hill, about a British prison camp for British soldiers during WWII, is one of Sidney Lumet's very best films and, to my mind, one of the top three or four films of 1965. Oswald Morris' stunning black & white cinematography is a huge plus. If there were any doubts that Sean Connery was a fine actor, they were removed by this film. I believe I picked Harry Andrews for best supporting actor of 1965, with Ossie Davis second. Both are great, and there are no weak links in the cast.
  13. The movie is essentially William Randolph Hearst's prescription for America in the early 30s. He wanted a kind of benevolent dictatorship, apparently. Definitely not like any other movie.
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    I Just Watched...

    Re So Long at the Fair: You sometimes will see references to the "Paris Exposition" story. Well, this is a classic version of it. Many other films, from The Lady Vanishes to Foul Play, use variations on the basic premise. More on Madeleine: Because Madeleine has a basement room and looks up through a window to see her lover, David Lean uses this same visual motif in different ways. There's a dance where Madeleine looks up to the higher level where the man is, and then there's a spectacular shot where she ascends through a trapdoor into the courtroom. This kind of imagery which enriches a film is easier to spot on a second or third viewing.
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    I Just Watched...

    Lawrence, I'd also probably rate Madeleine a 7/10. The ending may disappoint on a first viewing, but it worked much better for me the second time around. Ann Todd has a special quality, sometimes referred to as a "glacial beauty," which really works in the right film (The Passionate Friends, Madeleine, and So Evil My Love, to name three). Madeleine is based on a true story, one of the great scandals of the age. Her diary shocked her contemporaries because she made it clear that she enjoyed having sex, and with a Frenchman of a lower class.

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