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  1. I'm relatively new to classic films, and I've been trying to watch the films on some of the 'Best Of' lists, and one film that cropped up on many of the lists has me quite perplexed. Renoir's *The Rules of the Game* is on many of the lists as one of the greatest films of all time. I watched it, and did not see anything special about it really. Let me preface this by saying that I'm certainly no philistine - I appreciate great films in any language, era, or genre. I love many French films, especially some of Truffaut's and Malle's. But Rules of the Game seems to me to be an average film about masters and servants and how we treat each other. Isn't this just a cinematic earlier version of Upstairs, Downstairs? I was wondering if any of you that have seen this film and love it, could explain to me what I'm missing. Why is this film considered one of the greatest ever? Is it the directing, or the acting, the sum total of the parts, or am I missing a subtext? I'm open-minded and willing to give it another chance. If I watch it again, what should I be looking for or noticing?
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    TCM flix to groove to--week of May 16th!

    I may have to call in to work on Thursday. I'm a big Noir fan, and Thursday looks fun all day. Somehow I missed marking *The Big Sleep* in my Now Playing guide, so I'm glad I saw it in your posting markbeckuaf.
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    You know you are addicted to TCM if...

    Your coworkers introduce you to new employees as "The Encyclopedia" or "The Film Savant" and then dare the new employee to stump you with a film that you haven't heard of, or can't name an actor in it, or the year it was released.
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    Favorite Palme D'Or?

    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was devasting as was The Pianist and Pulp Fiction is a favorite of mine. To the list I would add Gus van Sant's Elephant, another brilliant film worthy of the award and recognition.
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    Groovy TCM flicks week of April 25th!!

    I enjoy reading your synopsis of the upcoming TCM programming markbeckauf. I subscribe to TCM's Now Playing magazine, but it's also nice to read someone else's perspective, and you add some information not listed in the guide. Thanks!
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    I am relatively new to classic films, and I've just started to watch some silents and I have really enjoyed them. Buster Keaton's *The Cameraman* is hilariously funny and a new favorite of mine. I certainly hope TCM continues to show silents and foreign films in the future. Silents are part of our cultural heritage, and foreign films give us a glimpse of other cultures and viewpoints, and the shared universal human experience. When I watch many foreign films, I'm struck at how much I have in common with the characters on the screen regardless of their language, religion etc. If I were to make any request of TCM it would be to show more foreign films, not fewer.
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    Sidney Lumet (1924 - 2011)

    I'm sorry to hear of his passing. *Before the Devil Knows You're Dead* was my first introduction to his work, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. It is a gritty, visceral film that haunted me long after I saw it.
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    "All About Eve"

    I saw this for the first time last year, and I loved it. Bette Davis' character often acts horribly, but I can't help liking her. That says something about the humanity she shows underneath her bitter comments about Eve. Also, if anyone is interested in foreign films, Almodovar made a film partially based on the plot of this movie title 'Todo sobre mi Madre' (All About my Mother). Apparently All about Eve is one of his favorite films, and he was inspired by it to make his film. It's very good, though much more tragic. Favorite line: "She looks like she could burn down a plantation"

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