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    Baldwin's Behavior

    You apparently gave enough of a SH-- to comment !!
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    Baldwin's Behavior

    Baldwin's behavior is beyond reprehensible. He should not be invited to participate in the 25th anniversary celebrations despite his long affiliation with the channel -
  6. Audrey Hepburn — heartbroken by the execution of her uncle by the Nazis — worked for the Resistance in World War II, an upcoming book will report. Hepburn was a preteen ballerina in England when the war broke out in 1939. Her mother, a baroness, took her home to Holland hoping the Netherlands would stay neutral. But the country was soon occupied by the Third Reich. (read more)
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    The History Guy on Stars in World War I

    Here's an interesting article on how Audrey Hepburn did her bit to resist the Nazis -
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    Ted Turner

    I read the news today that Ted Turner has a brain disease known as Lewy body dementia. While I realize that Ted long ago sold his interest in TCM to Time Warner, the TCM channel was his brainchild and I think he deserves to be acknowledged at the festival on opening night. Given the status of his health, I am not sure if he would be able (or willing) to come to the festival even if invited. But I think he should be given the appropriate credit for having the foresight to preserve classic films and get the channel off to a great start in 1994.
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    The History Guy on Stars in World War I

    Here's another entry by The History Guy on Hedy Lamarr and the Torpedo
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    The History Guy on Stars in World War I

    CALVINNME - Thanks for the information. No, I had not read the book "Singled Out" and yes, I can understand with so much slaughter on the western front that there would be an acute shortage of men. I did see Darkest Hour and, now that you mention it, that thought probably was rolling around in the heads of people like Halifax, and they were looking to avoid war at all costs.
  11. Interesting clip by "The History Guy" about four famous film stars and their exploits in World War I
  12. BBC commentary on the prescient nature of Vertigo to contemporary times Interesting commentary about a Hitchcock film deemed "too shocking to be made."
  13. Interesting commentary about a Hitchcock film deemed "too shocking to be made."
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    Five Came Back

    My apologies - this is comment is somewhat dated. Normally I don’t comment on stuff that I see on other networks, but in this case I just caught the Netflix series “Five Came Back.” [Full disclosure, I'm not a Netflix subscriber]. This has been out for over a year now so I’m sure that a lot of TCM viewers have seen it, but I just wanted to remark that I thought the series was great. Original footage of both newsreels and films from WWII produced by 5 major Hollywood directors at the time: John Huston, Frank Capra, William Wyler, George Stevens, and John Ford. There is intermittent commentary by such contemporary Hollywood heavy-weights as: Francis Ford-Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan which provides the needed context. Very informative and entertaining. Here is the official trailer: Ben also did a sit down interview with the author on whose book the TV series is based, Mark Harris, quite a bit earlier; here is that interview:
  15. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. It appears that the sound often preceded the action: Examples: we see a door and hear voices (commotion) outside before we see what (or in his case, who) is making the noise after the door is opened and the husband enters. Same with the gun: we hear the shot thinking that the wife has killed herself and, based on that, the husband assumes the gun is real, and rushes to the wife’s aid. He then turns the gun on Alfred, only to find out the gun contains blanks. Lu**** aims for an “all’s well that ends well,” with the wife walking away with the husband who is grateful she’s still alive and Alfred who is frightened (wipes his brow) but none the worse for wear. Alfred is dressed in a tuxedo and the room appears to be the abode of a well-to-do personage, which will be reflected in future musicals with the opulence and excess taken to extreme with Busby Berkely. One particular line of dialogue I found most effective was: Que fais-tu, imbécile? Tu ne peux même pas défaire une fermeture à glissière? Vous prenez trop de temps. Ici, laissez le comte Renard le faire! Ici ! Où est mon arme? Prend ça ! Just kidding ! Wanted to see if you were paying attention ! What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals. The depression era musicals were filled with opulence in sharp contrast to what was happening on the street at the time:(Wall Street suicides, foreclosures, soup kitchens, etc.). Top hats and canes were in vogue in film – allowing the audience to fantasize about better times.

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