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  1. Pre-Film Noir detectives solve mysteries. They gather clues and interview the people involved and try to catch them in lies all for the sake of putting together a puzzle, but they tend to be above the criminal element they interact with. Nick Charles has a rapport the criminals, but no one ever accuses him of being one. The police seek his help, and he actively partners with them. Film Noir detectives are embroiled in the mystery. They use the same techniques as Nick Charles, but they can never count on the police. Often they are at odds with the police often considered a suspect in the crimes they're involved in. I don't see Nick Charles getting rough with a woman to rifle through her purse like Marlowe does in the clip. In the first Thin Man movie, Charles grabs Dorothy Wynant hard enough to hurt her, but that's to take a gun away. Marlowe grabs a woman hard enough to hurt her just because he suspects that she's lying to him and figures the contents of her purse will verify that. That's a line I don't see Nick Charles crossing.
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    Red Carpet Questions

    Thanks, SueSue. I will probably try to find someone to walk with, even if that is a total stranger I meet two seconds before I go. Walking alone seems way too conspicuous for me.
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    Red Carpet Questions

    Hi all, trying to decide between a Classic pass (had last year, first time at TCMFF) and an Essential pass. Seems like the real difference is the extra screening and walking the red carpet. In my mind, the extra screening is something of a crap shoot. Could be something that is a total must-see or it could be something I feel fairly ambivalent about. Last year, it was Oklahoma, and fell somewhere in the middle. I like Oklahoma, but I was just as happy seeing, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Since you don't know what the film is at the time passes go on sale, I kind of have to ignore the screening itself and say it's all about the red carpet. Personally, I like the idea of getting all dressed up for it. For those who have done it in years past, how was it? Was it worth it? Did you think it was going to be no big deal, but it turned out to be awesome? tThat sort of thing. Finally, a logistical question, I'm traveling by myself. Do they pair you up with someone or do you go by yourself? Seems odd to walk it alone. Who knows, I probably know someone I could pair up with. Please let me know what you think?
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    SUE SUE II...

    Anjeilica Huston would be great. I'll throw out these two names: Robert Redford – I'm partially basing this on the fact that he showed up on the back cover of Now Playing as January's, Star of the Month. I think he would be really good. Ron Howard – Since they are showing Apollo 13 at #TCMFF, I could see him doing it.
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    Red Carpet Questions

    yeah, I'm hoping I can find a white dinner jacket.
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    Red Carpet Questions

    rhodeisland, I ended up going for an Essential Pass, so I guess that puts me on the Red Carpet. I'll see how it goes.
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    SUE SUE II...

    Thanks, for promoting the pool. I look forward to see what you come up with. That is such a cool poster. Only saw Night of the Hunter the first time in the last year or so. The part with Shelly Winters under water and Mitchum singing Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, made all the more creepy because we sing that at our church.
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    SUE SUE II...

    Hi Sue Sue, Great list. I'd love to see a lot of those, especially His Girl Friday, The Letter, and Night of the Hunter. I hope you find time to whittle the list down and jump in on my pool. The first official entry showed up this evening. Chris
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    SUE SUE II...

    Hi Sue Sue, I wasn't going to do this on your thread, but you've left the door open so .... Since you mentioned people creating a wishlist of what they'd like to see at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF), I thought I would jump in. Please excuse the self promotion, but I am running a pool on my blog about this very thing. It's all in good fun. Just make your top 10 picks of what you think will be showing at the 2015 TCMFF. The pool runs until the end of October or whatever time TCM makes an announcement the contains titles of films they will be showing whichever comes later. As a prize I'm offering a bottle of Humphrey Bogart Gin (provided I can get one for something under an arm and a leg) or as a backup, a Myrna Loy print, signed and numbered by the artist for those who don't drink. I'd like to restrict to people who plan to attend TCMFF but really, anyone can play along. Complete details on the site: Thanks all, and good luck.
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    SUE SUE II...

    Just booked my hotel, The Roosevelt, meaning I only need to stumble to the elevator. Now I just need to decide if I stick with the Classic Pass or jump up to the Essential, i.e., how important is it to me to walk the red carpet.
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    Hotels near the festival events? Help!

    Lilly, I'm staying at the Days Inn on (7023 Sunset Blvd.). It's about 3 1/2 blocks from The Roosevelt. Prices are fairly reasonable (although about $40 or $50 a night higher than they'd normally be). I've stayed there a couple of times, nothing fancy, but okay. The others I was looking at in the immediate area are Comfort Inn (7051 Sunset Boulevard) and Quality Inn (1520 North La Brea Avenue). Both of these are about 4 blocks away from the Roosevelt and seem to have similar customer ratings. You might try to book fairly soon. When I was looking about 3 weeks ago. Most of the places were saying they only had a 2 or 3 rooms left. For me, it came down to, I've stayed at the Days Inn, so I know what to expect. Also I'm driving up from San Diego, and I know the Days Inn has underground parking. Couldn't tell from the others' website. Best of luck.
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    What to wear? What to do?

    lzcutter, Wow, thanks for the info. This is my first TCMFF too. I probably should have guessed this, but I didn't realize that there would be pre-events Wednesday, or that stuff was going that late on Sunday. I may have to hit one of my LA friends to couch surf Wednesday and extend my hotel to Sunday night. jp01104, lzcutter is right on with the weather. Lived in San Diego my whole life, and Frankly, Southern California doesn't have real weather as the rest of the country knows it, but it does rain, and sometimes it comes down in buckets, and you can get blazing hot weather almost anytime of year. An extended forecast close to when you're leaving might give you something to go on. The way I look at TCMFF is that it's sort of like Comic-Con for Classic film geeks. I wouldn't count on having any free time during the festival to do much more than eat and drink with TCM cronies. San Francisco tends to by chilly almost any time of year. The drive up PCH is awesome. The Central Coast is beautiful. Taking two days is a good idea. We did it about 20 years ago in a day, and it added about 5 hours what was already a pretty long drive.
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    Passes Purchased! Who else is counting the days?

    Awesome, thanks. Can't wait.
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    TCM 2014 Night before activities

    WJR, Thanks for all the good tips. I'll try to monitor this thread for any updates. Really looking forward to the whole experience.
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    Passes Purchased! Who else is counting the days?

    Bought tickets last week. Really psyched. It'll be the first time for me. Anyone know roughly when they start announcing Schedule Updates? I know they've announced Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and a Harold Lloyd with a new score, but just wondering when to expect the rest. Thanks.
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    The anti-CASABLANCA thread

    Casablanca is my all-time favorite movie. I do think that all of the major actors are good, but I don't think any of them give a performance better than other performances I've seen from them in other roles. Claude Rains does steal the show, but he definitely showed more depth in Notorious. I think the story is good but I can see how others would call it preachy or formulaic. I accept that the message could rightly be considered propaganda, but for me the message works. The dialog is brilliant, every line a gem. This is just my opinion. The thing is put these all together, and it's a movie I feel perfectly comfortable putting above any other. Shadow of a Doubt is a great film, that I dearly love. Joseph Cotton is the perfect villain, smart, funny, attractive, evil, and crazy all at once. It's a great story that Hitchcock milks for all it's worth. It has great performances and excellent dialog. Bottom line, though, it doesn't affect me the way Casablanca does. Citizen Kane I'll admit is technically a masterpiece, but I just don't like it, and I don't think that will ever change. I think it all comes down to, Charles Foster Kane is not someone I want to spend two hours with. And I do like spending time with all virtually all of the characters in Casablanca, so I keep coming back to it over and over again.
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    The anti-CASABLANCA thread

    I think Casablancalover summed it up well, that Casablanca is a great example of lots of artists, all at the top of their game, coming together at the perfect time to make a great film, despite the fact that it was rushed and the script was changing as fast as they could pull the pages out of the typewriter. Maybe, all the rewrites did affect the actors, the movie still still works for me. There's a widely held notion that great art can't come out of a factory setting. Casablanca is proof that this is just not true. Look at Motown in the 60s and 70s, they had a music factory, but because they had a lot of talented artists and technicians all working harder and faster than they should, but the end result was incredible music created in a factory setting. Regarding colorization, I always hated it, but one of the benefits of the process is that they have to restore the black and white prints before they colororize, so you get a better original out of the deal. I still want to steal Ted Turner's body when he dies and have him colorized. But now that I think of it, I can't think of the last time I saw a colorized movie. Maybe they discovered that the same people who wouldn't watch a black and white movie wouldn't watch an old colorized movie either, because the clothes, cars, telephones, etc. looked old fashioned.
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    All Time Favorite Film?

    I've given this a lot of thought over the years. I could probably come up with a list of hundreds of favorites, but when all is said and done, I too have to go with Casablanca. I can never bring myself to put another film above it. In terms of performances by the main actors I don't think I would say that it is necessarily anyone's best performance ever, but it does have strong performances by all. For Ingrid Bergman, I haven't seen her international films (should probably correct that), but I think she gave a better performance in Notorious. Claude Rains too, but with Claude Rains, I don't think I've like him better than as Captain Renault in Casablanca. For me, I think it's the whole package, strong performances, brilliant dialog, and the story works for me. I guess it could be considered preachy, but it was probably preaching that America needed to hear at the time. I really think it's as close as you'll get to a perfect movie.
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    The anti-CASABLANCA thread

    Jerrold, I don't know why, but I actually expected some of your issues with the film to make sense, and I guess a small handful of them do. My question is why do you even watch Classic American film? Almost all of them are shot on a soundstage in the studio. If that is so unrealistic, why watch anything made before 1950? Most have that same studio look. Why watch most English-language films set in a place or time where English is not the language? While Classic films tend to make few attempts to replicate the language spoken in a given place or time, Modern films do not do all that much better. Many films set in a foreign county with an English speaking hero are literally strewn with characters who speak near perfect yet heavily accented English. What about Robin Hood? The tale is usually set in the late-12th Century, yet all of the characters speak Modern English (with vaguely archaic phrasing and English accents). Yet the people in 12th Century England spoke Middle English, which when spoken would be virtually unintelligible to speakers of Modern English. Has anyone ever made a Middle English subtitled version of Robin Hood? And would doing so make it more realistic? I don't remember any of the characters in the film being Jewish. I think it's reasonable to infer that a fair number of them would be, but I don't see that it would have only been Jews seeking refuge in the States. Lots of people of people fled the Nazis to come to America, not just Jews. I do take issue with Bergman calling Sam a boy (it's actually one of the few issues I have with the film), but as sineaste pointed out, boy is a derrogatory term for a black man. It's not bad casting. It's racism pure and simple, but it's also a relection of how ingrained racism was in our society at the time. Also, Sam was not from France nor Africa. The film says only that Sam came to Casablanca from Paris with Rick. There is no mention of how Sam got to Paris. Clearly, Sam is African-American. I suppose it's inconceivable that an African-American entertainer would end up in Paris between WWI and WWII, like oh, I don't know, Josephine Baker. Finally, it's getting late, so I'll close with this. Too many shady characters? Really? That's a problem? Admittedly, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet were minor character and as such were probably under used. But Claude Rains? How is Claude Rains being shady a bad thing? Claude Rains made a career out of playing shady characters, and in my opinion no one did it better than him, and never did he do it better than in Casablanca.

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