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  1. CaveGirl

    Misleading Titles

    At first glance, the movie "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" sounds so polite, as if the Monster and Larry Talbot are wearing three-piece suits specially made for them by Brooks Brothers and are being formally introduced at the Engineers Club.I find the title amusing, as it gives a very Emily Vanderbilt picture of their first encounter, and the parts should be played by the debonair Errol Flynn shaking hands with the genteel Tyrone Power, both in frightening regalia. Now for movie buffs, we all get it, but imagine those who don't, plus we're not even mentioning that in Michael Cohen shorthand ways, we also know instinctively due to watching too many horror films, that it is Frankenstein's creation, the Monster, who is meeting up with the Wolfman, not his creator. Of course this misleading title is a minor faux example, but I'm sure there are so many more serious types to explore. Imagine wasting your hard earned money if the title said something like "Tammy and Godzilla Go to Hawaii" and you thought you'd be seeing some romantic interludes.Nevertheless, misleading titles are interesting and if you can name some more egregious examples, that would be revelatory.
  2. I'll start: "The Great Man" from 1956. Jose Ferrer nails it and someone else, to the cross. Good show. Next?
  3. I own "Querelle" and bought it years ago mostly not knowing what it was like but the director's cachet intriqued me. Have to admit that a bit of it was a little shocking, but all in all, it is a well made film and I was really impressed with Franco Nero's performance in such an offbeat role. Actually, the outside and humongous wooden poles on the wharf were the most frightening phallic symbols I'd ever seen.
  4. CaveGirl

    What movie should have won the most oscars?

    For me, "Cabin Boy".
  5. Agreed, Top Billed! A very lovely lady who was always appealing in her roles. I particularly remember Carol in an AHP episode about a lost statue and a convent. I think it also starred Clu Gulager and there's a name one doesn't hear of much now. Carol played a novice who gets involved in a world unknown to her, a bit like the young nun in Bunuel's "Viridiana". I recall seeing Carol discussing once that she was always being put on a diet, after her early child modeling years, to maintain a slim figure. She was quite beautiful and belongs in the group of ethereal blondes that also included Yvette Mimieux and Inger Stevens in my opinion. A bit lost, a bit sad, a bit mysterious...
  6. CaveGirl

    Oscars Sins of Omission, please vote?

    This is a difficult question to answer, Spence. I would agree that Falconetti's performance is one of the greatest in history but the background on the production and release of this film is so convoluted, it might preclude any totally correct answer. Firstly, if I recall correctly the AA probably would have entered this film, being that it was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer but produced in France, only in possibly the Special Achievement category, due to the foreign implications, but that category is not even mentioned in the first year of selections. Secondly, though I have five books about the film, I have not yet discovered whether it was even entered into any such proceedings for awards, though it did receive some like the National Board of Review's in 1929. Plus due to the destruction of it in various fires in the late 1920's and its consequent reconstruction, with also cuts having been made by those in authority, left Dreyer possibly in a strange situation with no exact reproduction of his beginning work. It was originally released in Copenhagen in early 1928 and later in Paris that same year, but its progression at being seen worldwide is a bit confusing. I shall continue my research and see what I can find in my books on Dreyer. Falconetti also would probably not have been seen by the entire film community as popular as the mainstream film actresses being honored in Hollywood ceremonies, which could have proved to be problematic. I would definitely vote Renee Falconetti in over Pickford as of today, that's for sure!
  7. CaveGirl


    I always wished Sandy's beau in the film had been Tab Hunter instead of old boring Troy Donahue!
  8. CaveGirl


    If we are talking about wooden coat hangers and abortions, I hope no one brings up another clothing item, namely hatpins, and Frank Sinatra's mother who was supposedly known as Hatpin Dolly if I recall correctly, in her neighborhood where there were many wayward women in the same trouble as Carol Lynley. Loved the part of BD where Brandon's mommy wants to give him the book on you-know-what!
  9. That's too bad. He added some color to the proceedings.
  10. CaveGirl

    Film Pantheon of Umbrage

    Thanks, Dargo! I kind of think men with big noses look better than those with small noses, like Paul Williams.
  11. He never even would have cleared the holster, would he, Shane, I mean, Sergeant Markoff? Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. I know she does, Sergeant Markoff! Come back! Come back, Sarge...please!!!
  12. CaveGirl

    I Just Watched...

    Brian Donlevy as a tyrant in "Beau Geste". Wow! Watched all the films which I'd already seen but who cares, it was Brian Donlevy day. Wonder if he and Neil Hamilton were friends? I dig "The Glass Key" too, LHF!
  13. CaveGirl

    The Liv and Ingmar documentary

    Wonderful documentary. While watching I felt like I was living in a Bergman film, like walking through the house of depression in "Cries and Whispers" which instead of death throes was relationship pain, or was in "Persona" with Ingmar's other females interacting with Liv, or even "Winter Light" where instead of a loss of faith, Liv was suffering from a loss of love perhaps for Ingmar. Very moving revelations about their relationship which one can see parodied perhaps in some of his films.
  14. CaveGirl

    Two "Younger" Men Watch Casablanca, Love It

    Hey, I've been incommunicado for a while, so what are you "keeping"??? If it is Michael Rennie, drop him off some time! Enjoying your posts, by the way.
  15. CaveGirl

    What are Jenna Malone's favs???

    Spence, I think I would enjoy hearing Jenna Malone's choices more so thanks for the slight boo boo.
  16. CaveGirl

    Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood (2019)

    If you dig that classic car, you might like the Fanimation Urbanjet Fan, which comes in Baby Blue, Sonic Silver and Spicy Red, not maybe GM colors but dig the resemblance to the famous car!
  17. CaveGirl

    Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood (2019)

    Darg, "allusions" I don't want, some illusions might be nice, and delusions of grandeur are always welcome but Elysian Field stories would be the best contribution you could make. If your wife liked it, then I bet I would like it. I mean, she does have good taste ya know.
  18. CaveGirl

    Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood (2019)

    Thank you so much for this great deep background information. Can't think about the Manson gang without remembering an office I worked in, where a scam started and people would phone and ask for the Office Manager's name, and then hang up. Then they would call and if she was not in, they would ask assistants to give them the type of paper the copier used for their records, and then would send unwanted paper with a bill to be paid. So we were all told not to give them information, but how was one to know when the call for OM was legit or not. So I began telling people who said they only wanted the OM's name for their records, that it was Lynette Fromme. They'd always call back in a week or two saying they had talked to Lynette Fromme, but now needed our paper information and then I would have the fun of saying "Lynette Fromme? You mean, Squeaky Fromme, the member of the Manson Gang. I think she's in prison, isn't she, out in Tascadero" [how the heck do you spell that???] and there'd then be a giant silence. Saw Squeaky on that CNN special I think on the Manson women, recently and she seems to have lost her squeak. Sorry for co-opting your fab thread, CigarJoe!
  19. CaveGirl

    you will not hear the word 'damn' on MOVIES!

    Get this, CJ...I saw a tv transmission of Bunuel's "L'Age d'Or" once where they blurred out the naughty bits [as John Cleese might say] of the statues, yet left in the scene with, was it Lya Lys, shall we say, nibbling on the statue's toes. I mean really, this is the swallow a gnat, choke at a camel, rule apparently. Not that I personally found the marble munching offensive, just so you know...
  20. Sepia, no track coach is as scary as those dang flying monkees in TWOO.
  21. CaveGirl

    Don't miss WHEN TOMORROW COMES (1939) on TCM

    If it stars Irene Dunne, I'm there. Thanks, TB!
  22. As a teen, I read the book "The Loved One" by Evelyn Waugh, being that my naturally morbid nature and adherence to black humor always led me in such directions, plus I always wanted to visit Forest Lawn which seemed to be the place being satirized. Loved the wit and viewpoint of the American way of treating thanatopsis and thoroughly enjoyed the film version which I saw afterwards. Being that I had not seen the film for many years, I marked it on my movies to watch calendar to review, plus I was looking forward to seeing the bit with Tab Hunter as tour guide for Whispering Glades also. Then, a sad event occurred. Someone close in my family milieu died unexpectedly this past weekend, putting all friends and relatives into a state of depression at their loss. The day of the viewing, I was home just waiting the many hours before getting ready to attend the funeral home visitation and turned on the tv. While flipping channels, I encountered the TCM one, and fittingly or unfittingly, "The Loved One" was just about to begin. I wondered...should I watch this film? Understandably, films about death are a lot more humorous when one has not just had a loved one suffer such a fate. Then an opposing thought came to mind, that it might be good to watch to take my mind off things so dire and full of despair. The film started...I could not laugh at the usual things I might have found amusing, yet in some perverse way I think I kept watching wanting to suffer a bit, in honor of the lost person whose life had been taken. I then remembered a thought encountered in a book I read about Carl Dreyer once, in which he said something like, a scene in a film is changed and encountered in a totally different way, depending on the perspective in which you place it. If you show two people in a room quietly eating dinner, the audience may find it boring, banal or just very low key, but then attend it with a companion shot of a dead body in the room right next door to their dining area, and the former scene takes on a whole new perspective to the viewer. Hence, I realized that watching "The Loved One" while mired in the mist of a similar situation, would change my perspective, and mayhaps, open some doors that could prove beneficial in the long run. Or...even if not, testing one's own humanity and ability to deal with unpleasant situations, might be mind altering so...I ended up watching the whole film. What I got out of it, is neither here nor there and something I'm sure none here or the TCM staff would be the least bit interested in, so I shall remain mute. What might be of interest to the few here who are into such life changing events, would be if others have seen films under such differing circumstances and would like to share any thoughts about such. Sorry to interrupt the usual proceedings with moribund tales more worthy of Thomas Mann, and I apologize beforehand for all that find this post boring or not up to their standards. Thanks for listening.
  23. Thanks for concurring, Stephan!
  24. Though dastardly and vile [a lot like me] I must admit some movie characters are still quite enjoyable to watch work their wiles. My personal favorite is the carnal and manipulative, Barrett as played by Dirk Bogarde in Joseph Losey's exceptional psychological study called "The Servant". Barrett's complete takeover of of the mind and body of his employer, the aristocratic Tony [James Fox] is masterful. The whole film has an air of corruption and morbidity due to the deviant and diabolic behaviour of Barrett as he wields his power over all, except maybe Tony's girlfriend.The introduction of Barrett's supposed sister, Vera [Sarah Miles] into the mix makes for a complete travesty of moral values, yet by the end of the film one is so immersed in such tales one feels a bit too numb to voice any complaints. Bogarde's performance is beyond reproach and adds to the fame of this movie.Perhaps such low life people don't intrigue you, and if so you may choose to not participate in this thread. But if not, name your poison.
  25. CaveGirl


    Enjoyed watching Barbet Schroeder’s supposedly controversial film, “Maitresse” last night. It’s a love story, not unlike that with Kong and Ann Darrow, Sid and Nancy or even Ray and Martha. With the lead, Bulle Ogier as Ariane, to me a combination of Sandra Dee and Morticia Addams, involved with a youngish Gerard Depardieu as her understanding suitor, Olivier, one enters a domicile not unlike some created by G-u-i-d-o Crepax. Oddly enough, the above floor romance is rather conventional and the bottom floor dungeon also becomes tamer as time wears on, in spite of the excessive leather artifacts and outlandish game accoutrements for flagellation. It’s interesting that it would seem that those seeking the dominatrix effect, perhaps are so undersexed that they need severe amplification of normal processes, via semi-torture techniques to achieve nirvana, that the average slob would disavow. Due to this void, such processes can become oddly enough rather non-erotic for a viewer. The Marquis de Sade would be mortified I fear to find that the most upsetting scene was not the clamping down of a certain appendage with nails and hammer, but rather the one at the equine slaughterhouse. This is not to say that this is not an excellent film, in spite of such tiny things noted, as its premise that even those who choose torture as an ends to a means, still want to control exactly what kind fulfills their personal desires, as the scene with the man in a cage proved, when he rejected water from Gerard, wanting it only from his chosen torture female representative. The descent into this psychological maelstrom makes the film unique and well worth viewing for any film fan. Couldn’t get into the final feature of “More” as Mimsy Farmer’s acting left a bit to be desired. I do recall an older male friend of mine who once dated her in Hollywood as a publicity stunt, saying he did not even recognize her in the part. All in all, thanks to TCM for presenting “Maitresse” which was like watching a Rube Goldberg approach to Le Petit Mort, in 12-Time Consuming Steps!

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