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    100 years...

    "Film unknown - three moving images on the screen at the same time, split into triangle view" Is this Napoleon (Abel Gance, 1927)? "Film unknown - James Stewart in suit, looks over - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?" I'm almost positive that it is from that film. "Film unknown - Gene Kelly & Judy Garland smiling at bar, then dance turning in unison" For Me and My Gal (1942), of course! "Film unknown - shot of Lena Horne singing" Probably Stormy Weather (1943). "Film unknown - Idol with fire in belly falling and crushing outdoor market in Egyptian times" Probably Samson and Delilah (1949). "Film unknown - Two black guys hugging each other" Those two black guys are Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The film is Boyz N the Hood (1991).
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    a face in the crowd

    Hear hear. I have to refer to my man Voltaire on this one: "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
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    Request: We need another Kurosawa tribute

    Frankly, I'd like to see more obscure titles by Kurosawa. Or, and it's a long shot, some titles by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Oshima, Imamura, etc.
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    Any plans to showcase William Haines?

    I know that they showed Tell It to the Marines a few months ago, but that may have been in connection with a Lon Chaney tribute. TCM released a documentary about Haines several years back, but the name of it isn't springing to mind. By any chance, have you ever picked up the book about Haines called Wisecracker? I picked it up and met the author at a 5-week Haines retrospective on Haines at NYC's Film Forum in 1998.
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    Network

    Peter Finch DID win Best Actor for Network, albeit posthumously. The film also scored 1976 Oscars for Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight) and Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky). It lost Best Picture and Director to Rocky and its director, John G. Avildsen.
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    a face in the crowd

    Maybe it's just me, but I have no problem with any and all political sparring, if it is done calmly and respectfully. I trust everyone at this board to engage in such a fashion, and I think that any censorship, imposed either from within or without, does us all a great disservice. One of our board members feels that Lonesome Rhodes' living testament is Rush Limbaugh; I don't. We can merely agree to disagree and leave it at that. But the very fact that SOMEONE in here sees cues from that film in real life today is a testament to the film's prescient and resonant themes, and isn't that exactly WHY we are discussing the film here? You are all among the most intelligent, rational movie fans I have ever come across. Let's not sell ourselves short by assuming that any of us will give in to evil inclinations just because a hot-button topic comes our way.
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    Did anyone see "Smile"?

    Props on mentioning the dog show mockumentary, Best in Show (2001). Just as good are Christopher Guest's other films, such as Waiting for Guffman (1997).
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    Happy Early 69th Birthday, Gene Wilder!

    Why don't we all drink...some very sexy wine?" Now, you have to reeeeally be a Wilder fan to get that one!
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    Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

    I was in second grade when Ronald Reagan was re-elected, and a sharp lad in an excellent learned very quickly about the difference between electoral and popular votes (not that it mattered that year!) I was in third grade and watching live in class when the Challenger exploded on takeoff. I was also in class when Reagan offered solemn but comforting words. I was in fourth grade when Genesis' video for "Land of Confusion" provided me with my first glimpse into political lampooning. I was in fifth grade when I learned about the dark side of politics, with the Iran-Contras, Oliver North, Robert Bork, et al. I was in in sixth grade when I watched Reagan offer a stoic, uplifting farewell address. I was in Times Square last Saturday when I looked up to an electronic news ticker to check the Belmont Stakes results to instead find that the greatest president since Roosevelt and Truman was no longer. I gasped and fell to tears, so that a stranger felt compelled to ask me if I was okay. I am, but a key part of my childhood and growth is no more. Part of me has left as well.
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    year older

    Yep, you got it right. I hate you.
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    Balance of Movie Eras

    El Brendel was actually a SWEDISH dialect comedian signed to Fox, and an unfunny one at that! Yet, with the advent of sound and the in-flux status of Hollywood's comic titans at the time (Keaton floundering at MGM, Chaplin working on City Lights at a snail's pace), a void was made, which Brendel filled. He was actually considered one of cinema's most ingenius comics for a VERY brief time period, even meriting a starring role in Just Imagine (1930), but watching him today is an exercise in ****. He's become something of an in-joke between my 73-year old cinephile father and myself, and we go out of our way to find any film which features him, even if only in a perfunctory fashion.
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    The Prof RECOMMENDS This Movie!

    I'm a BIG fan of Robert Siodmak and all of the UFA emigres. I just wish they'd air The Suspect (also with Ella Raines!) for a change, rather than the ones tonight (all admittedly great) which they show with greater frequency.
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    Cecil B. DeMille - Sadistic or Charming?

    Both! I'm a big fan of C.B., but the story behind the DGA meeting ca. 1950 always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. DeMille veered a little too close to antisemitic rhetoric for my liking.
  14. Good picks on Gyllenhaal and Wood. I'd have gone with the former myself. I managed to tape Parts I, II and III of the MGM doc when it aired, so yay for me.
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    ages of everyone on the board

    26 years old here, been into classic films in some capacity since I was three or four.

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