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    Off Topic: Favorite Music?

    Thank you, Glen Campbell, for making this timeless.
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    Off Topic: Favorite Music?

    The Moody Blues Your Wildest Dreams
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Al Stephenson: You see, Mr. Milton, in the Army I've had to be with men when they were stripped of everything in the way of property except what they carried around with them and inside them. I saw them being tested. Now some of them stood up to it and some didn't. But you got so you could tell which ones you could count on. I tell you this man Novak is okay. His 'collateral' is in his hands, in his heart and his guts. It's in his right as a citizen.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    Citizen Kane Mr. Bernstein: A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.
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    Strong Women In Control?

    Of course, to be strong, feminine, and beautiful is the grail of performance for an actress. To be attractive visually and irresistible in an attention-grabbing complex character can be a hard combination to handle. Their character is a someone who makes you think of both, but I wonder if we do it really simultaneously. I think of Jean Arthur's Saunders, who we notice first for her cynicism and street smarts about DC as a comparison to Sen. Paine's flighty daughter, Susan (Astrid Allwyn) --remember her career? Jean's Saunders (we don't even know her first name until half way through the movie- it's Clarissa) gets one of the better character arcs in 1939 to develop. We see her prettiness not in the first scene. Man, Capra was great at what he did.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    All About Eve (1950) Margo Channing: Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    All About Eve (1950) Margo Channing: Funny business, a woman's career - the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. That's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing's any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed, and there he is. Without that, you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings, but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end.
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    Strong Women In Control?

    I like the comments on Rosaline Russell and Barbara Stanwyck, concur on the suggestion of Jean Arthur in characterizations. But for me, it's still Bette, Bette, Bette. Example : All About Eve maybe misunderstood if you think if Bette only hard and manipulative. The truth of it is that Anne Baxter's character is the soft and manipulative (which makes us hate her more). Bette's characters tend more to the complex and not that predictable. Maybe The Little Foxes and Of Human Bondage shades the opinion of her. She didn't just fight the perceptions of Jack L. Warner, but the audience perceptions of feminine strength as well.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    Susan: Phoebe, if a herring and a half costs three hey-pence, how many for eleven pence? Phoebe: Eleven. Susan: William Smith says it's fifteen and he's such a big boy. Do you think I ought to contradict him? May I suggest that there are differences of opinion about it? One can't be really sure, Phoebe. Phoebe: It is eleven. I once worked it out with real herrings. Quality Street (1937)
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    Mrs. Green: You know something, Phil? I suddenly want to live to be very old. Very. I want to be around to see what happens. The world is stirring in very strange ways. Maybe this is the century for it. Maybe that's why it's so troubled. Other centuries had their driving forces. What will ours have been when men look back? Maybe it won't be the American century after all... or the Russian century or the atomic century. Wouldn't it be wonderful... if it turned out to be everybody's century... when people all over the world - free people - found a way to live together? I'd like to be around to see some of that... even the beginning. I may stick around for quite a while.
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    Favorite Line from Movie

    Phil Green: They are more than nasty little snobs, Kathy. You call them that, and you can dismiss them; it's too easy. They're persistent little traitors to everything that this country stands for, and stands on and you have to fight 'em! Not just for the 'poor, poor Jews,' as Dave says, but for everything this country stands for. ************** Kathy: You think I'm an anti-Semite. Phil Green: No, I don't. But I've come to see lots of nice people who hate it and deplore it and protest their own innocence, then help it along and wonder why it grows. People who would never beat up a Jew. People who think anti-Semitism is far away in some dark place with low-class morons. That's the biggest discovery I've made. The good people. The nice people.
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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) -- why does...

    I had always carried the idea that "Potter's field" was a reference to the slum properties that Potter owned that many of the working class were renting for there were few other options. George Bailey's subdivision was now giving Potter competition for affordable housing. I know that until after WW2 most Americans were renters not owners of their homes.
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    Off Topic: Favorite Music?

    Giving Thanks. Sam and Dave and Soul Survivors -- I Thank You
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    Brief Encounter (1945)

    I do see there is much to chew on here. This movie is so filled with subtext. The opening is heavy with the air of it, like the steam and fog at the station obscuring what is really not in focus until the train approaches. That is why, to me at least, when Laura starts her thoughts that we hear, these are unfiltered and her genuine observations of how she is feeling. We can't ignore them. We finally see Laura and we discover that no one else will. She is very direct in her moments, with her darning basket in her lap, when she looks at Fred and thinks: Fred, dear Fred. There's so much that I want to say to you. You're the only one in the world with enough wisdom and gentleness to understand. If only it was somebody else's story and not mine. As it is, you're the only one in the world that I can never tell. Never never. Because even if I waited until we were old, old people and told you then, you'd be bound to look back over the years and be hurt. And my dear, I don't want you to be hurt. You see, we're a happily married couple and let's never forget that. This is my home. You're my husband. And my children are upstairs in bed. I'm a happily married woman - or I was, rather, until a few weeks ago. This is my whole world, and it's enough, or rather, it was until a few weeks ago. But, oh, Fred, I've been so foolish. I've fallen in love. I'm an ordinary woman. I didn't think such violent things could happen to ordinary people. I don't see a sense of social standing at this point; she is not ashamed. She knows how her experience can hurt someone who trusts her -- and now she must protect Fred's image of her and their marriage. I see she conveys her state subtly about Fred and very direct about Alex, that it's not about propriety or social acceptance.

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