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  1. CaveGirl

    Unbilled Film Performances

    I own it on DVD but had totally forgotten this fact so thanks for your brilliant expose, Darrylfxanax!
  2. CaveGirl

    Early Charles Buchinsky films

    I don't write these posts to be ignored so there had better be some responses by the time I get back next week or there will be Hades to pay. If you think this is a threat, you may be right. Just call me, Johnny Friendly...
  3. CaveGirl

    Which One Is The Best?

    Excuse me, TB? How much less could you care if Lili Marlena's masculinity appealed to women? Just messing with you...mea culpa! Ditrich is doomed probably to be described a bit as an androgynous entity appealing to both sexes like Garbo though in the annals of moviedom. I don't know deep down how important Von Sternberg's films are in the pantheon of films, but I do really enjoy his multi-layered visuals shot through material and with bizarre objects jutting into the visual field in an almost three-dimensional way. I guess any filmmaker who does something unique is one I admire in some ways. For me, my fave is for the above reasons, "The Scarlet Empress".
  4. CaveGirl

    Movies with Royalty

    Thanks, Swithin for this pronouncing primer! I try to understand many of the different pronunciations of the same words, for Britain and America like "lieutenant" and "schedule" too, which are said so uniquely. These titles for royalty can be difficult to remember unless of course one watches way too much BBC produced shows on PBS! I remember being in London and getting in a cab [taxi?] and saying to the driver "Can you take me to...M-a-r-y-l-e-b-o-n-e Street?" which I was spelling out totally as I was afraid of pronouncing it incorrectly. The cabbie looks at me and says "Ow wud ya say it?" so I made an attempt and said something which sounded like "marley-bone" and he said "Yuv got it, luv!" He then refused to take me to Picadilly Circus but ended up giving me a map of London since he said I was not annoying like many American tourists there. I think he was being kind. I do like doing imitations of women on the radio broadcasting for the BBC, which is fun to do, since they have such uppercrust and clipped accents. The hardest dialects to copy though from British tv were those on the show "All Creatures Great and Small". My poor mother could never understand anything being said and needed me to translate or subtitles. Speaking of dukes and earls, I love that song about a special one called "The Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler.
  5. I love when movies have stars who have received no credits for the film. It's kind of like getting some extra sour cream for your taco salad, gratis...which is always good. The unbilled performance I enjoy most is Tony Curtis as Donald Baumgart in "Rosemary's Baby". There's the scene where Rosemary talks to him on the phone, and the first time I saw it, I kept thinking "Boy, that voice sounds so familiar." She has started by then being suspicious of Guy's involvement with the old couple neighbors and deviltry is invading her thoughts, being that Guy now has gotten the part that originally was Donald's. Curtis is just great sounding cynical about losing his sight and the part to Guy and puts a real nice spin on such a seemingly small, nothing throwaway which doesn't even have a visual. Polanski uses settings in the film, where one cannot even see when the phone is answered in the Woodhouse bedroom which adds to the mystery of the phone calls and the milieu. I always wait for this part in the movie, even if I am not really watching the whole thing, though it does usually pull me in. Any unbilled voice only or visual only or combination of both in a film, that impresses you?
  6. CaveGirl

    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    For those who enjoy the artistic touch in films, "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman" is helmed by Albert Lewin who was always masterfully in charge and made films which are things of beauty to view, and this one is lensed by the great Jack Cardiff. Most of the shots are just breathtakingly gorgeous to view and savour. Thanks for the update, TB!
  7. Carson does often use some of Ollie's [or Babe as old friends called him] physicality, vocal mannerisms and the playing with the tie bit, to emulate him.
  8. I'm sure Godel, Escher and Bach would all agree!
  9. This is an interesting discussion and I have no valid opinion on it for either side. Don't know whether Hedy really did have the smarts or not, but it reminds me of the show on the History Channel, called "Ancient Aliens". For some reason, on that show, any supposed leap of inventiveness in the history of mankind, is attributed not to the humans but always to aliens. They seem to believe that no human ever is born with a brain that even without a serious degree could possibly have come up with something above and beyond what is considered human potential. Not even poor old Leonardo is considered to be bright enough to have come up with some of his inventions, and we know he was not schooled in those areas technically, but mostly had art training. No, all they ever say on the show is something like "Is it possible that ancient aliens may have had a hand in helping Leonardo come up with the idea for a helicopter?" This goes on and on and frankly is annoying to anyone who thinks logically in my opinion. It's not that I don't think it possible there are aliens, but I also think many humans might not need reverse engineering to come up with viable ideas, as in Tesla. Anyone reading books about Shakespeare are treated to the same premise that old Will was not bright enough to have created his master works and that it had to be a person more scholarly like Bacon or someone of higher lineage. Is it not possible that some people are just naturally bright and might have self discovery in various subjects without achieving a degree from Oxford, and come up with something brilliant? I look forward to a final evaluation of whether Hedy did or did not have total control of this concept, and please report it here so we can all read of it. I believe in higher education but still do not think that a person without it could not be the superior of the one who has the diploma on the wall.
  10. CaveGirl

    Movies with Royalty

    Love it! I took my nephew to see "Uncle Buck" and I haven't recovered yet.
  11. Even good looking women should always have Mad Money in their Cordey clutch to call for a ride if things get messy.
  12. Name your favorite early film performance from the WWII tailgunner. TCM is showing his "Crime Wave" from the early 1950's tonite and luckily for us, although directed by Andre de Toth, it is not in 3-D like "House of Wax".
  13. Ya know, he was the one who said the reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated!
  14. CaveGirl

    Propaganda Films

    Any review with the term "didactic" in it, is one to be reckoned with, TB! Your write-up of this episode, though of a comedic nature tackling a serious subject reminds me a bit of the tv movie, called "The Guardian" from the 1980's with Martin Sheen and Lou Gossett, Jr. Only saw it once but it stuck with me. I wish I'd seen this Jefferson's episode and will look for it. Thanks!
  15. CaveGirl

    Propaganda Films

    And you are saying this is "propaganda", Calvin? Just kidding, of course it is. Just like the people in "Green Pastures".

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