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    why didn't tcm wait for labor day weekend...

    Tsk, tsk. Cynic! Lol
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    why didn't tcm wait for labor day weekend...

    Of course, as was pointed out, Hal asked Madge to join him later - not on the freight train that morning. Kim Novak is beautiful and probably intelligent ( I wouldn't really know, but assume she is) , but her Madge in Picnic is " the pretty one, but they practically had to burn the schoolhouse down to get her out!" Holden at least loves her because she makes him " feel patient" (well, it's important to HIM) though, true her looks, no doubt, don't hurt! . One has to wonder how long her relationship with the Cliff Robertson character would have lasted once her looks faded and he realized she " looks real in the moonlight". My reservation re: Hal and Madge is the apparent age difference - Holden was 37, but seems older to me - lots of relationships do overcome that obstacle though, I guess.
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    Kim Novak

    Well, that's understandable - Days of Wine and Roses probably wore him out for awhile!
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    why didn't tcm wait for labor day weekend...

    Exactly - TCM. Is so keen on being holiday themed. But I don't care - I watch my beautiful Blu Ray copy of "Picnic" annually - enhances my own Labor Day weekend immeasurably.
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    Kim Novak

    Yes! - It is SO a perfect part for Jack Lemmon. That's a shame. Wonder what Lemmon was making that kept him away from a Billy Wilder movie as he's said Wilder was his favorite director.
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    TopBilled's latest pick

    Interesting - that different strokes for different folks thing - I have the opposite view. I didn't care for "Best Years" much the first time I saw it and avoided it since. I read a biography of Dana Andrews recently ("Hollywood Enigma" by Carl Rollyson -good book) and watched the recent showing on TCM to watch his performance and WAS KNOCKED OUT BY IT. I don't think it is at all dated. And Andrews is terrific in it btw - one of those actors who seems - hate to use the overused word - underrated. I also gained an appreciation for Fredric March, an actor whom I was indifferent to previously. "Eternity" on the other hand I now find unwatchable in spite of good acting. It seems heavy handed. "North by NW"...well surprise! Vertigo2 is a Hitchcock fan and can watch it anytime, anyplace, anywhere. BTW TopB - where have you been?
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    Kim Novak

    You're right. I forgot about that one (though I am in the minority, I guess, in not hating that movie). I also enjoy Dean Martin's performance playing a swinging, singing star named "Dino" (wink!). Wonder if Peter Sellers might have been funnier than Ray Walston (who stepped in for ailing Sellers).
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    Kim Novak

    I thoght the comments on Kim Novak's looks in reaction to the Oscar ceremonies were cruel, unnecessary and unwarrented (considering her age). Her contribution to movies - especially "Vertigo" (ahem). "Bell, Book and Candle" (flawless casting here), "Middle of the Night" , and the less frequently mentioned, the noir "Pushover" (she is SO hot in that one!) all deserve admiration. " Picnic" is one of my favorite movies, though I would concur that her line readings are not always effective; her beauty and sympathetic portrayal win me over anyway. (though I'm not crazy about that wig!) i also like her a lot in "The Notorious Landlady". Ms. Novak - ignore the meanies - you have many fans who love you. PS - I thought the charges of nepotism re: Susan Strasberg are unwarrented. Her father's position in the business may have gotten her a foot in the door and auditions, but the bottom line is talent and box office potential. Noone would have hired her thinking, "The public will want to buy tickets to see Lee Strasberg's daughter." She was universally acclaimed for her Anne Frank on Broadway and was wonderful in "Picnic". I confess I've never seen the widely panned "Stage Struck" which apparently killed her movie career, but hey, everyone should be forgiven for one inept performance. It is a shame she wasn't given the chance to play Anne Frank in the film version. I read somewhere (sorry - can't remember where) that the director, George Stevens, was put off by the fact that she didn't go to him, hat in hand, and make her case, and also that he wanted to make HIS discovery (whomever she might be) a star. Oh, the egos in show business!) Millie Perkins was just not effective however. But that movie is dreary (and I don't mean due to the subject matter) and even a better Anne Frank probably wouldn't have helped. Almost any stage version is better if the acting is competent I saw a college production once that was riveting and moving - far more impressive than the movie.
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    The Landauers has no relation to the subplots in either I Am a Camera or Cabaret. Isherwood approved Van Druton's free adaptation of his Berlin Stories into the plotted Am a Camera though no such plot was in his stories. He was satisfied with the stage play, I Am a Camera. He has been quoted as being mostly unhappy with the stage musical of Cabaret because Sally and Cliff were in a romanic relationship which his original homosexual character ( based on himself) was decidedly not. The film was more accurate in that the character is now at least bisexual. Perhaps the screenplay's " going back to the Berlin Stories" only meant making the Michael York character less exclusively heterosexual.
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    Since much of the original stage version of "Cabaret" is also based on "Berlin Stories" saying the screenplay was "going back to "Berlin Stories" seems misleading, and this is especially true since the screenplay also creates a subplot involving a secondary couple not in "Berlin Stories" The stage musical's director Hal Prince and the musical's book writer Joe Masteroff agreed that in addition to the English and American lead characters, the story needed native Berliners as well to show the impact of the politics of that time on Germans AND foreigners. Thus the stage musical's subplot involving the doomed romance between the landlady and her Jewish boyfriend. In the film the subplot involving the rich Jewish woman and her suitor (who turns out to be secretly Jewish) serves a similar purpose; both allowing a narrative that gives these characters's tragic plights an effective statement on the chilling rise of Nazism during the course of the piece. I hardly think either adaptation failed to do anything other than honor in intention and and expand effect, Isherwood's original work. And I would also be skeptical, his denial notwithstanding, that Isherwood would miss the chance of seeing the big hit (and ACCLAIMED!) Broadway musical "Cabaret" based on his own writing. I hope "confirmed old batchelor" Isherwood and his partner for decades, Don Bachardy, enjoyed themselves andmade a festive night of it! A toast to Berlin Stories, I Am a Camera and Cabaret - enduring works of art!
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    Writers are notoriously good liars or maybe in this case, pathetically dependent.on the opinion's of friends to determine what one might like or not like. So the major difference in the stage version is the addition of the landlady's romance with the Jewish shopkeeper - THIS Isherwood's "friends" thought he would be so offended by that he never saw the musical version ( for which he, no doubt, happily collected royalty checks) ! The screenwriter (Jay Presson Allen) hardly "Mostly threw out the book of the musical and restored stories from Berlin Stories." Allen created the poor German student/wealthy Jesish woman romance. As the musical and revivals ran for years, I'd say if Isherwood never saw a production, he is really lacking something -curiosity if nothing else. Frankly, his precious Berlin Stories aren't THAT highly revered that adaptations are to be deemed sacriligious. i'm glad Isherwood's friends could get him to unclutch his pearls and drag the tremulous author to a cinema where he could enjoy seeing himself portrayed by Michael York.
  12. Not exactly romantic, but the ending of the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was ruined by the last minute "save" - Kevin McCarthy's warning is heeded. The remake is darker, horrific and without a hint of optimism - and it's ending is a nice final punch. Love Donald Sutherland's last " line"!
  13. The ending of MY FAVORITE WIFE rubs me the wrong way. Having behaved like an idiot the whole movie, not telling her children she's their mother, Irene Dunne then decides she needs to punish Cary Grant for his behavior (and he's behaved pretty much like a normal human being) and keeps rejecting him until, by the time of the "happy ending," I'm convinced Grant isn't much better off with her than with Gail Patrick. Agreed. Dunne's smug, smirky performance here is exctly why I dislike her. Too bad the movie didn't have a Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur or Barbara Stanwyck to make the wife not obnoxious.
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    Singin' In The Rain/Good Morning

    Funny - i absolutely love "Good Morming" - and love that it could fit right in with the great Rodgers and Hammerstein stuff. And, yes, that DID feel good!
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    James Mason

    I am definitely in the pro-James Mason camp. I first saw him in "A Star Is Born" and was blown away by how good he is. I think, though the movie is Judy's showcase, one still comes away equally moved by his performance. (Those who like to complain that Grant - one of my favorite actors btw - never received a competitive Oscar should be reminded that he turned down the lead in a flm such as "A Star Is Born" to make a fluffy, forgettable "Room for One More" - allegedly too worried about his star image taking a hit playing an alcoholic fading star- as well as working with the troubled Ms. Garland.) Too bad Mason was so dismayed by Peter Sellars's shenanigans during the making of "Lolita" as to think it became a Peter Sellars vehicle, because Mason was wonderful in the movie (Sellars, obnoxious as usual). I would hve loved to have seen him in "Who's Afraid of Viginia Woolf" though Burton was great in the role. His screen time in "North by Northwest" may be limited, but clearly his star persona and performance make it a co-starring role. Ah, that voice and accent -just loved him!

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