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About antoniacarlotta

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  1. Ooh also I just thought of Mickey Hargitay plants! These days I do feel that a lot of actors have ventures outside of the film industry, but it all seems so tied to their "brand" and not actually a separate endeavor.
  2. I love his pasta sauce!!
  3. I grew up going to Hamburger Hamlet at the top of my street! Right by Doheny and Sunset. It was one of my favorite places to go with my mom, and if I'm not mistaken, it was one of her favorite places to go as a kid with her dad! I was pretty heartbroken when it closed a few years ago. I'm trying to think of what's there now - it might be a sushi place, or possibly even a nightclub...
  4. Wow, it looks like Nutcorn existed until just a few years ago! The address I find when I google it takes me to a mailbox building now though.
  5. Hi all, I just made this video about James Whale! I'm sure most of you are already experts on him, but one thing I was surprised to learn, was that he and David Lewis bought a 14-unit motel on Wilshire Boulevard in 1953 (a year after the two of them broke up.) I have to imagine this was a business partnership/a way to generate some extra income. I also recall learning about Thelma Todd who opened her Sidewalk Cafe in Malibu to have a safety net for when her film opportunities dried up. Are there any/many other old Hollywood figures who had businesses outside of the film industry?
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    you will not hear the word 'damn' on MOVIES!

    I do think the censorship has to do with playing it safe and not losing advertising dollars. I wonder if DVR/streaming has anything to do with stations becoming more conservative, even at night. Like, 20 years ago if you weren't up past 10pm, you didn't get to see that show. But now anyone, including kids, can record/watch anything at any hour.
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    Imitation of Life

    Haha wait, I'm sorry, do you think I spam this board?
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    Imitation of Life

    Adding in my follow-up video - this one ended up being longer than the first! And TopBilled, I do talk about our conversation a bit.
  9. antoniacarlotta

    Imitation of Life

    TopBilled: Tonight I'll be recording my second video with my critiques about the film's take on race and the reception after the movie came out. Would it be okay with you if I quote you/reference this conversation?
  10. antoniacarlotta

    Imitation of Life

    I think you might be right, but if so, that's worse than I could have imagined. I always viewed the production code as a more passive entity in that - as you said - they often pretended things didn't exist rather than open a dialogue. Reevaluating in light of this potential interpretation makes them seem a lot more nefarious in my eyes!
  11. Bringing it back: Universal has a street on the backlot in the name of Anna May Wong, but I'd be lying if I said I'd seen any of her work. Would she have enough significant work to warrant Star of the Month?
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    Imitation of Life

    WOW. I had read something of a lynching scene but never knew what it entailed nor about the actual meeting with Junior. I'm a little confused exactly what the statement means though/I can't quite decode it: "emphasized the dangers involved in treating this story as regards to the possibilities having to do with negroes." What does this mean in regards to the lynching scene? And they absolutely do make a point to say that Peola's father was light-skinned too, but I still think that just reinforces that at some point a child was born of a black and white parent. How would that statement change that?
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    Imitation of Life

    Some might argue that this is another way to reinforce the power structure and make white people feel better about it. Like, "we give black people every opportunity, but see, they just don't want things like we do. They're happier as our housekeepers, etc." And TopBilled, I agree about Colbert and Beavers. No undertones, as you say, but one of the most progressive parts of the film is their friendship and having other priorities before a husband.
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    Imitation of Life

    Yes! I agree with so much you have to say. Bea offering 20% stake to Delilah, and Delilah not even wanting to accept for fear Bea is "sending her away" and doesn't want her anymore. Bea berating her daughter for calling her black, as you said. Even Delilah rubbing Bea's feet after the party. (Not to mention Louise Beavers was raised in Pasadena but had to put on a stereotypical accent for the role.) I also have a lot of issues with the way the film was marketed. I found ad after ad after ad naming Claudette Colbert, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Warren William, and even all the children - and then somehow entirely excluding Louise Beavers and Fredi Washington. It was also often just marketed as a romance / love triangle and nothing more. For me, the final straw when I knew I had to make a second video about this film, was when I found multiple articles/letters written by black groups and black individuals who named ways they felt this film reinforced negative black stereotypes. And Fannie Hurst responded to them by simply saying they didn't understand her story. Some of the controversy around Imitation of Life reminded me of the Green Book controversy this year, and it was a little disheartening to see some things haven't changed in 85 years...
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    Imitation of Life

    My newest video is on Imitation of Life! The 1934 version to be exact. This has long been one of my favorite old Universal films, and I reference it a lot in my videos ... but I was surprised to learn that as progressive as people often say it is - even in 1934 there were some aspects of the movie that weren't so progressive. So I'm actually going to make a second video about Imitation of Life. This first one here is all about the making of the movie and its initial reception. Later this week I'm going to put up another video that dives deeper into the problems with the film, and I'll add it to this thread. What do you all think of this film? How about in comparison to the 1959 version? (Also I'm just about to head out to the Dodger game here in LA, but will be back on here to read/respond tomorrow!)

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