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  1. drednm

    Finally saw CITIZEN KANE on DVD last night...

    I think the Hearst-led media blackout must have hurt it at the BO. I'm surprised it got the Oscar nominations it did. Taken as purely fictional, it's a brilliant film, one of my favorites.
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    Finally saw CITIZEN KANE on DVD last night...

    My only gripe with Citizen Kane is the continuing perception that Kane was based on William Randolph Hearst and that Susan was based on Marion Davies. Yes, there are some parallels, but Welles' characters are more amalgams like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. The similarities were obvious enough at the time for Hearst to campaign savagely against the film. But that's another story. Davies always claimed never to have seen the film. When her memoir, The Times We Had was published more than a decade after her death (based on a series of audio recordings she made in the 1950s), Welles wrote a contrite apology to Davies. Too little, too late. The major problem was that when Citizen Kane came out in 1941, long before movies aired on TV and long before VHS and DVD releases on classic movies, Davies had already been off the screen for four years. Four years of hundreds and hundreds of new movies released since 1937 had dimmed audiences' memories of Davies and her movies. Arguably, her best work had come more than a decade earlier than Kane. It was easy for audiences to see Susan as a true representation of Davies. Over the following decades, Davies' reputation as a star actress took a bad beating. Only with the rise of "home theaters" that brought the VHS and DVD and Blu-ray editions of classic films, along with stalwart Davies fans like TCM's Robert Osborne and director Peter Bogdanovich did the reclamation of Davies begin. Over the years TCM has broadcast 15 of the 16 talkies Davies made, and several of her 30 silent films. More importantly, these 15 talkies have all be released on DVD as have about a dozen of the silent films. While Davies may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's easy to see that she was a talented comedienne and a solid dramatic actress. In a career that spanned 20 years, including the transition to sound, Davies starred in about four dozen films. For most of her career, she ranked with the top stars of the day. She had a large and loyal fan base. The stories about her films all being flops is simply not true, as can be seen from box-office reports in Variety and other sources. The very first major write-in campaign at the Oscars was for Davies in Peg o' My Heart. Davies was named "Queen of the Screen" for 1922-23 by the nation's theater owners for her mega-hits When Knighthood Was in Flower and Little Old New York. Her silent comedies The Patsy and Show People rank among the great silent comedies. Even today, the discoveries keep happening with Show People screened at this year's TCM Film Festival and Knighthood being screened at venues in Toronto, Detroit and New York. Beauty's Worth, a 1922 film, is being shown this summer/fall at several venues in Italy, including the prestigious festival at Pordenone. Recent DVD and Blu-ray releases have included Knighthood, Beauty's Worth, The Bride's Play, and Enchantment. Untarnishing a reputation takes time. In the long run, Marion Davies' reputation will escape the shadow of Citizen Kane.
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    I think it stays open as long as IMDb keeps the link available.
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    and SHOW PEOPLE the clear winner with GOING HOLLYWOOD, PAGE MISS GLORY, CAIN AND MABEL, WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER, and LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (a 3-way tie for 4th) rounding out the top 5. The latter is the only film in the poll NOT to have aired on TCM.
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    My own favs vs.other moviebuffs,etc

    I can't read long, rambling threads written in dubious English and filled with symbols and such. I have no idea what this thread is about.
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    Never done. Must be easier than making one for IMDb!
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    I omitted JM because only the British version (9 reels) is around from the old Videobrary print. LOC and UCLA have the 11-reel US version so that might happen someday it UCLA will play ball and share.
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    I think she's super in SHOW PEOPLE, THE PATSY, LITTLE OLD NEW YORK, WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER and THE CARDBOARD LOVER. Of the talkies, I'd have to go with PEG O MY HEART, CAIN AND MABEL, GOING HOLLYWOOD, and BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES with FIVE AND TEN close behind. All of her MGM silents are at Library of Congress and copyrighted, so they'll probably never get DVD releases (only a few have) by Warners. They probably need a little restoration and of course music tracks.
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    Which one? I tried to spread 'em between the talkies and the silents since I couldn't list them all. I tried to stick in BEAUTY'S WORTH in place of the repeated title, but it wouldn't let me add it..
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    Yes.... my first poll on IMDb and yes I know I screwed it up by having LITTLE OLD NEW YORK on it twice. I think she's the most underrated star actress of her time. KANE done her in.
  11. https://www.imdb.com/poll/QFKTuIkUfCQ/?ref_=po_ho
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    MARION DAVIES as dowdy Prudence the Quaker.
  13. Here's photo of a screening of MARION DAVIES in BEAUTY'S WORTH (1922) in Trivigno, Italy on August 11. The film was shown to celebrate the birthday of director ROBERT G. VIGNOLA, who directed Davies in 6 films, including WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER (1922) and ENCHANTMENT (1921), which have both aired on TCM. That's FORREST STANLEY on screen. cheap image hosting
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    Changes Coming for the Academy Awards

    The ratings don't put money directly into the studio coffers.
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    Changes Coming for the Academy Awards

    I sorta doubt this new proposed "award" has that much to do with TV ratings. I think it has more to do with box office for an Oscar "winner" and all the related salabilities (blu-ray, dvd, streaming, television showings, etc) as well as theatrical re-releases and franchising endless sequels.

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