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  1. CaveGirl

    Travesty or Triumph?

    Usually I am not for gilding the lily, and trying to improve perfection. But occasionally, I can appreciate an attempt to at least give an alternative vision to an already established masterpiece. Case in point, the commissioned score for the 1931 film "Dracula" directed by Tod Browning. I actually really enjoy watching the film in both versions, with the original score and with the new one from the late 1990's by Philip Glass as performed by the Kronos Quartet. It's almost like watching a new movie. The music of Glass, perhaps brings attention to other points in the film, which I find interesting and one hears traces of some of his influences like Schoenberg, Webern and even Darius Milhaud in the minimalist rendering. I think the tonal harmonies and repetitious sounds that Glass is famous for work in this instance, quite well. This is not to mean the original score should be abandoned, as that would be disastrous but in this scenario, I don't have a problem with the new scoring. For some it was travesty, yet other critics and fans found it to be a triumph. If you can think of other films which have received similar treatments that caused such controversy, please share with us.
  2. CaveGirl

    Schindler's List (1993)

    You make good points, Laffite. Thanks for your input. Possibly Spielberg is his own worst enemy in trying to fit into both milieus, when picking and staying with his strong suit would be more advisable?
  3. CaveGirl

    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Ditto! Miss Wonderly said all I could have tried to say, most eloquently. Thanks for Jakeem for the original anniversary information post also!
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  5. CaveGirl

    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    "F for Fake" is such an off the wall film. Thanks for the heads up, TB! Gotta love films about art forgery, since it's a career I am contemplating getting into asap.
  6. CaveGirl

    I Just Watched...

    I was with a friend of mine who is notoriously bad at remembering faces. She pulls up to a stop light and next to her a guy pulls up on a bike. He says "Hey, Barb! She turns to him and says "Who are you?" He then says "Uh, your ex-husband. We were married for seven years..." The light changes! I'm dying laughing. I had never known her when she was married but she'd only been divorced about three years at this time. I said "Was that really your ex?" She is like "Yeah, I just didn't recognize him. I'd tried to forget him since he cheated on me and that's why we are divorced." I said "Talk about ruining a person's ego. Well, that little scenario is probably big payback for the cheating and he will never forget that you don't even recognize him now." I guess such non-recognition can happen in life, no matter what the situation. Didn't I read that Brad Pitt had that non-recognition facial issue also, which is a brain disorder possibly?
  7. CaveGirl

    I Just Watched...

    Maybe he was drinking a lot of beer and playing Devil's Triangle games between piano engagements, which made him have blackouts and forget trysts like with Joan, Miss Wonderly?
  8. CaveGirl

    Sans Makeup Oscars

    Yes! You paint a not-so-pretty picture of this tactic, Lawrence. Thanks for submitting an honorable list of contenders for the "De-Glam" style. It's De-Lightful, it's De-Lovely, it's De-Glam!
  9. CaveGirl

    Memoirs of actors and actresses

    Other than Errol Flynn's "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" I have liked most the biography of Oscar Levant, who wrote "The Memoirs of an Amnesiac". One should accompany it with his other book "A Smattering of Ignorance" if possible, along with a nice down-filled couch to lie on while reading and some martinis. To semi-paraphrase him, if one feels like exercising, first lie down on the couch, and then fall into a coma, for some nice resting time before exerting oneself. What I really don't like in biographies or autobiographies is phoniness, or disregarding serious character flaws in the person being depicted, in the sense of making it a hagiography much like the "Lives of the Saints". Either tell the truth about yourself or who you are writing about, with flaws and attributes or don't waste the readers' time. If one only wants fake complimentary tales, they could just go find old copies of movie magazines to read from the star's heyday, which leaves out all the nefarious details that made the whole person one sees up on the screen.
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    Sans Makeup Oscars

    It used to be a tried and true maxim, that any actress shedding her face paint, could possibly be a definite contender come Oscar time. I think most memorably of "Johnny Belinda" with Jane Wyman. It almost seemed like the awarding of accolades about the female star's acting talents was in parallel contrast to how badly she allowed herself to appear in the film. Did she ever look more boring or lackluster in an other film I ask you? If you can think of any female performances that garnered Oscars, just by looking really like the perennial wall flower at a cotillion, I'd love to hear of them.
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    Schindler's List (1993)

    "The Pawnbroker"! What a great film... I think Spielberg has a child's mentality, and it shows in his films. For some of them, it is acceptable. For others it is banal and cringeworthy. One tends to not criticize Spielberg, since I'm sure many love his films. Consequently, I only disregard him because Kurosawa did it first although subtly, and I respect the art of Akira much more than that of Spielberg. To me he is fine as a journeyman director of mostly fluff or easily discernible movie themes, but when he ventures into more difficult terrain as in focusing on meanings behind the National Socialist party, he is way out of his depth.
  12. CaveGirl

    Schindler's List (1993)

    Whoa, Nellie! A person criticizing "Schindler's List" is really going out on a limb. I so agree with you, on the premise that some films about worthy topics still can be criticized if one feels the execution is way lacking compared to the seriousness and importance of the topic. As I've said before, I think Spielberg craved being taken more seriously, after many of his blockbuster films made money but did not accord him the respect he wanted, so he started trying to take on issues in films, which in my opinion were beyond his capabilities. I guess we should applaud him for trying but as Willie Mays once said about Reggie Jackson, just making a heroic effort to catch an outfield fly ball, means nothing no matter how much you roll on the ground, if you don't catch the dang ball! Thanks for an insightful and deservedly critical post! There are no positives without occasional negatives...
  13. CaveGirl

    WOULD YOU HAVE DONE THE SAME?

    Always go with a dog! They will be your friend forever, unlike many persons you meet along the way. Dogs can smile too, which is worth seeing, especially when you let them put their heads out of the car as you are driving. Betty made the right choice!
  14. CaveGirl

    Movie Poster Libel

    Huh? I think I lost contact with reality while reading that post. I'm sure you are a big fan of the Fredericks of Hollywood catalog though after that mind-boggling and extrapolated explanation...haha!
  15. CaveGirl

    Movie Poster Libel

    Dargo, obviously that artist was Frenchifying her name, so people would know Jean was a female. Otherwise people in France might have thought it was another French male actor like Jean Gabin. So now, putting extra "n"s and "e"s is also gonna be a bugaboo of yours just like the superfluous "u" thingie?

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