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About antoniacarlotta

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  1. Haha wow, so many thoughts on this commercial! Mostly, I'm just exhausted thinking of every single thing this poor woman is expected to do. Be beautiful, be strong, make money, make breakfast, validate her husband, work a full day, read to the kids, validate her husband some more ... and make sure she smells good doing it. Though I was stoked to hear the "husband" say he'd handle dinner. This is so quintessentially 80s and I love it
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    Thomas Edison vs Carl Laemmle (& How Movies Came to Hollywood)

    Thank you! I know exactly the picture you're talking about. I believe my mom may have a copy of it. It's like Where's Waldo with old famous faces and family members, among other employees. And re: TCM...That's a great question! I'd love to get to be a part of TCM in some way some day. Let them know they need to find a job for me
  3. Love seeing all the men in here talking feminism I sort of see this from two sides. In one way, to an extent, women's roles in films may have reflected what society expected them to be. It's okay to have your dalliance in the workplace, as long as you were ready to give it up when you found your man. Or even to say wanting to hold a job might get in the way of finding your man, so it's best you just not. As much as I don't think there was a grand conspiracy in Hollywood to oppress women, I can see that the individuals writing and producing films may have certain biases and expectations they perpetuated in their movies without even realizing. It's also possible, though, that these films felt they were truly being progressive by putting a woman in a "man's world" at all. So even though a woman leaves and fulfills her womanly duties by the end of the movie, they were taking steps for women by showing their capabilities. This second scenario isn't so different than much of what we see in Hollywood today, if you ask me. I'm not sure we've made as much progress for women in film as we like to say we have. Sgt_Markoff said above how many women feel the career push actually hurt them because they're expected to be breadwinners now and raise the babies. I can only speak from my perspective here, but every time I hear this argument, I see a big hole in it. I fully expect to maintain a career most of my life and I'm so excited to have kids and a family. But there's just as much responsibility on my partner to also have a career and raise our family. In a marriage, both parents can be equally responsible, and women shouldn't be handling that "second shift" alone. Anyway, maybe we just need to reframe what we think "feminine" means. It doesn't have to be weak or delicate or motherly. It can be someone who is strong, has a job, wears pants, and happens to be female. I don't think any of the roles mentioned above make those characters any less feminine. And I love any opportunity to see a boss babe on screen
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    Thomas Edison vs Carl Laemmle (& How Movies Came to Hollywood)

    Great you learned it though! I've taken a handful of classes where it never got covered at all, and one where the professor was flipping through textbook pages and actually said aloud "eh, Carl Laemmle, don't need to know any of that..." and kept going to decide where we should start reading. A few days later another professor told him who I was/that I was in his class and he personally apologized to me in front of everybody
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    Thomas Edison vs Carl Laemmle (& How Movies Came to Hollywood)

    Right, if the Supreme Court had ruled in Edison's favor, I'm not sure there would have been anywhere in the states filmmakers could go to get away. Perhaps the solution would have been to go abroad? Carl had offices in Europe, and sent some productions to Cuba, so maybe that would have been the next move. But the real draw of leaving was to escape Edison's men, in which case distance really was the simplest solution. And once they were in California they realized how great it was, and that there was no reason to ever leave
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    Thomas Edison vs Carl Laemmle (& How Movies Came to Hollywood)

    I think I heard this before! That they made their first stop in Arizona and it just happened to rain so they kept going. Not sure if it's really true or just a fun story to tell...
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    Thomas Edison vs Carl Laemmle (& How Movies Came to Hollywood)

    You're right I had no idea! Putting off a whole lot of work right now to watch these on YouTube!
  8. Though I'm sure most of you know, a lot of people never learn that Thomas Edison had such a big role in the early film days, or that the industry started in New Jersey and not Hollywood. Edison had a monopoly over the business and enforced it through violence and intimidation. Universal founder Carl Laemmle fought against Edison, taking it all the way to the Supreme Court! It's a pretty amazing story, and it's the reason movies moved to Hollywood. I made a video about it, would love to know what you all think!
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    Carl Laemmle, Jr.

    Wow! Yeah, I'd never seen this picture before. My family definitely has some cool old memorabilia from The Collegians, and it was really neat to learn that he wrote it too. I wonder what his impression of college really was and where he got his ideas from, considering he never went himself...
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    Carl Laemmle, Jr.

    I feel like my whole life, Carl Laemmle, Jr. had been made out to be this sort of dark, sad guy. I was so surprised in making this video to learn that while he did love the macabre, and he was responsible for the classic horror films we know and love - he was actually a pretty happy, social guy! Am I the only one that had this misconception? Are there any other filmmakers/actors/movies you've had misconceptions about?
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    I know the Hunchback of Notre Dame came out a full decade later, but I immediately thought of it when he transformed! I suppose it's just the idea of being unrecognizable and almost animalistic?
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    I recently watched Carl Laemmle's 1913 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and really enjoyed it! Not perfect by any means, but for such an old film, and for one of the first of all the Jekyll and Hyde films, pretty well done. Now I want to watch all the other Jekyll and Hyde movies - but don't even know where to start! I've heard John Barrymore's is pretty great, but what others (classic or modern) should I watch? Also, for those who haven't seen the 1913 version, here it is, with a little TCM-style intro by me
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    Bette and Joan

    I was surprised at how much I loved the show. And I really want to see all of Bette's and Joan's movies now!!
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    Debbie Reynolds singing to Carla Laemmle

    Thank you! I would love to talk to Olivia de Havilland. Such an interesting life, and such a career as well! And I don't know too much about Leslie Howard, but definitely seems he was underrated, at least in his legacy now.
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    Debbie Reynolds singing to Carla Laemmle

    I lurk a lot, but don't post too often

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