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  1. 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.
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    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.
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    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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    Dayton, Ohio 1903

    Correction, forgot to put the extra "u" in the town's name! The original spelling of this town is Daytuon, Ohio. I know this because my friend who is a magician is from Daytuon, said that French settlers came there in the 1700's and named it, but later fools who didn't believe in powered flight, the Wrights or even evolution, wanted to drop the "u" and won out. My friend has one other outstanding distinction also, she taught Rob Lowe magic when he was a child in Daytuon.
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    Obscure films with well-known stars

    I just saw a wonderful film that I know you would be enarmored of, Sgt. Markoff! It is called, "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" from 1968, and stars one of your favorite female thespians, Mamie Van Doren as Moana. I recall being a big baseball fan, you said you first appreciated her talents when she dated Bo Belinski, and in this movie she brings a certain je ne sais quoi to the role, and it is only sad that Mamie never got to perform the part of Grushenka from Dostoevsky, as she wished. The movie is unique in that I could not tell if it was in color or black and white, due to some startling cinematographic technique, or maybe it is just faded, but Mamie and the women are magnificently attired in seashell brassieres and white hip-huggers and still can take on all the astronauts who have travelled to Venus to rescue their lost crew, proving as you've said many times, woman is stronger than man when it really counts. One more reason to look for this gem, is that actor Gennadi Vernov who plays Astronaut Andre Freneau is a dead ringer for Ian Bannen, but of course without the fine Scottish accent. Look for this classic, and no thanks are necessary, Sarge! P. S. Peter Bogdanovich directed this under an alias, but don't blame Mamie for that...okay? Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) Unrated | 1h 18min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
  6. I hate detest, despise and abhor "blockbusters"! P.S. Next research project for you, Sarge is to look up Akira Kurosawa's remarks in the dinner given for him by Spielberg way back, that was televised. Let's just say, Spielberg's name wasn't mentioned in Akira's remarks, but it was obvious to whom Akira was referring, in his cracks about sequels, blockbuster films and the like and why his own films had lived on.
  7. Well, goldang and tarnation...I'm surprised at me too, Sarge! For eons I would say and think exactly what you are saying and thinking, that the times may have changed but things haven't improved, and I had my guidepost of not even wanting to watch any movies made after 1960. But then I guess, I got worn down by people calling me an annoying curmudgeon, and holding to snobbery standards, just because I thought the current movies stunk and so did the cinematography, which doesn't even deserve such a high faluting term. And now, I finally got tired and joined the masses and you give me hope that there are others with such strict standards, and I am not alone finally. Thank you for giving me the will to live again!
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    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    Latrice, if you liked SB, I think you will also enjoy "The Servant" and thanks!
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    Multifarious MacGuffins

    The term MacGuffins, coined supposedly by a screenwriter of Hitchcock's named MacPhail, is the basis of many a progression in films. Just yesterday I watched "The Cat Burglar", directed by cult icon, William Witney. This tasty little crime caper had a MacGuffin in the form of stolen espionage papers which also seemed to take a page out of the handbook of Ophuls, with an item passing through many hands, like a pair of invaluable earrings.The stolen notebook went from a pretty blonde's briefcase, to the cat burglar's lair, to holding up a dresser leg [at least a few pages], to the trash heap and then finally to fill a cat's litter box.Starring June Kenney and with memorable bits by Bruno VeSota and the adorable Billie Bird, as the landlady, this film was so low budget they had to use the same framed print that adorned the abode of Billie Bird, also in the cat burglar's dump flat.If you enjoy watching how without a MacGuffin many films would be a bore, submit your favorites now,
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    Dens of Iniquity

    I always want to enter movies which feature appealing dens of iniquity, like the opium den-ish joint in "The Letter". When Bette Davis enters that Oriental room with all the wind chimes pealing out sounds of warning, to meet up with Hammond's spooky wife [as played by Gale Sondergaard] the whole place just reeks of atmosphere. I feel a good den of iniquity should have some red light habituees, a roue or two, interesting lighting, and possibly Nazimova in full costume. Of course some here might have a more ruffian vision of what their favorite den of iniquity should resemble, and that's fine too if they would like to share. There is actually a silent film called "Den of Iniquity" from 1925 with sets by Alfred Junge that I look forward to seeing sometime.
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    This is fascinating, Stephan!
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    As long as it is not Seth Rogen [sp?], I'm fine, Spence. Miss seeing your posts! Stop in more often...
  13. My other favorite! Most artists know that the truly difficult thing to do, is make a line drawing or pen in ink portrait with less lines, not more. To synthesize something down to its essentials, get a true likeness and have the finished product have sophisticated aplomb, is incredibly hard to achieve unless you are someone like Hirschfield. Let's see how good you are, Sarge. Where's the tribute to his daughter, NINA in this portrait?
  14. Well, you've said it all, Arpirose! Hurrell's works are pure masterpieces. I started buying books with his portrait photos as far back as when I was in high school. The chiaroscuro, the mellow shading effects and even the enchanting poses, make him a star, above others. Thanks for this nod to a true master of art and photography!
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    Dens of Iniquity

    Ewwww...and I mean that in a good way! Nice call... I've never seen that. Yikes, but I love anything by Jim Thompson. You do come up with the best stuff, CigarJoe. Thanks, I'll look for it.
  16. They are sad, lonely people? They are malcontents? They are Luddites? Choose any of the above...
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    Dens of Iniquity

    Funny you mention that as I was just thinking of buying the former on dvd the other day from a catalog. Thanks!
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    Dens of Iniquity

    OMG, why is the idea of you at a pool table not a surprise, Dar? Now I may not be as good as my cousin, Kristy, who could practice nightly on my Uncle's Victorian pool table, but I do know my way around some Eight Ball games, and can bank a few shots, as long as there is a Ladies Aid unit available occasionally. Don't have a personal chalk holder anymore, but game on, if you wanna challenge me. I get skinnies!
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    Dens of Iniquity

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    Dens of Iniquity

    Love Kay also, Lavenderblue! She's so classy so when Kay gets near criminal activity it makes it all the more fun. Thanks!
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    Dens of Iniquity

    Yeah, that was a fast ride down the roller coaster, was it not, with Tierney smiling all the way watching the train wreck! Thanks, TB.
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    Dens of Iniquity

    Seen'em all and love them all, CJ! Whoa, Nellie..."Blue Velvet" is just way out there and I also like the seedy atmosphere in Babs' brothel, but all your choices are winners. Thanks!
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    Dens of Iniquity

    Admirable choice, Sarge! There is a decided air of discontentment and unsavory activities inherent in this film. Love Ona Munson also in her full regalia. Thanks!
  24. I am, but maybe not for the most favorable reason which would be a compliment to it. It's like, when you study the Mona Lisa, you also find it instructive and valuable to see every other version of the painting, some done as studies, some done in Leonardo's own studio possibly, as seeing what might pass as exact copies, educates the eye and one finds instructive. But also in reality, if Hitch's version never existed, I would not be dismayed to recommend the second version as it is at least a true attempted reconstruction of the first. Great topic, TB!
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    The Battleship Potemkin 1925?

    What a wonderful movie. Totally mesmerizing, with such hypnotic scenes of people swaying in action at the exact same time, purposely done like synchronized dance routines. A truly epic adventure to see for the first time and as my old literature professor once said, "Great art is something you can watch or see again and again without being bored. Knowing what is to come is actually even more of a joy as you reexperience it."

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