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    Magic Moments

    Martin Potter in "Fellini Satyricon" -
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    I Just Watched...

    The segment with Cyd Charisse and Roland Petit is breathtakingly danced.
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    I Just Watched...

    I think that Salome Jens, who didn't have a movie career, moved over to television dramas. In person, onstage, she was gorgeous - I saw her in "The Balcony". But somehow, that beauty did not translate onto film.
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    I Just Watched...

    Helen Mirren had more material to play with - she played the sex scenes well - and without shame, too. But you did get the feeling - quicker than in the film - that she was on a quicker slide into oblivion. When the stalker appproached by opening his fly, well, what can I say?, the end was in sight. Next stop, degradation!
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    I Just Watched...

    I don't know if you're familiar with the Helen Mirren TV adaptation, which was far more faithful to the novella. Sex was a far more important component in the original material and in the TV adaptation. Paolo ravished her - totally. The stalker exposed himself. But can sex keep you "alive"? Not for long, I'd say.
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    I Just Watched...

    I agree, Karen Stone is not an interesting woman. She has no resources - except youth and beauty which have faded now. I don't know if Vivien Leigh could have deepened her approach to the role. She is at the end of her rope. There is no way to go. Her quickest exit - Paolo and the stalker. Paolo has done his job. Now, let the stalker take over.
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    No Words

    Below, John David Carson as the gorgeous young man who saves us from the giant ants in "Empire of the Ants" (1977) - unfortunately, not fast enough, the star, Joan Collins, gets eaten by a giant ant (?!) -
  8. There are just so many so-called straight films that actually turn out to be gay. A recent example is "Dead Reckoning" with Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott. In the film, Bogart goes through hell and high water to prove that his war buddy was murdered and the reasons for it. At the end of the film, Lizabeth Scott, who is going to be brought to justice by Bogart, says to him, "Don't you love me?" He says to her simply, "Of course, but I loved him more.". Suddenly, the film is thrown into an entirely different light. Also, throughout the film, the overall narration by Bogart has some definite gay vibes, which do point the way to the unexpected conclusion.
  9. Jeremy Sumpter in "Peter Pan" -
  10. Brad Stoll as Jay Kurmitz and Mike Damus as Arty Kurmitz in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" (1993) -
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    I Just Watched...

    Very interesting take on the controversial material, but I think that the story is about a woman, a star, who has always been devoted to a glorification of her self and relied on her husband to manage the details of her life. Now, that her husband is dead and she is unable to cope, she cannot manage on her own. Becoming "involved" with the contessa and Paolo, is her way of saying, "Yes, I still matter." But she just doesn't know how to manage "a love for sale" life. It has always been about her, Karen Stone. You pay allegiance to her - and damn the consequences. A moneyless giggolo is not the answer. He can barely take care of himself. In the end, when Paolo deserts her and she throws her keys down to the stalker, she is, in effect, saying, "Yes, life is over." Degradation from here on out. She doesn't have the resources to re-invent a new life for herself. The young stalker won't kill her, but he will be the means to "her demise". She wants to "die".
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    I Just Watched...

    "Pauline at the Beach" - Eric Rohmer - 1983 - starring Amanda Langlet (Pauline), Arielle Dombasie (Marion), Pascal Greggory (Pierre), Feodor Atkine (Henri), Simon de la Brosse (Sylvain), Rosette (Louisette) - this film was the third in Rohmer's famed 6-film cycle, "Comedies and Proverbs" - it illustrates the proverb that people who talk themselves to death do themselves a disservice - Pauline and her cousin Marion go to the beach and get involved - with men - Marion meets an old lover, Pierre, but she doesn't want a second chance with him - she hooks up with an aging playboy, Henri, who is more to her liking - Pauline seems interested in Sylvain, but he proves elusive - meanwhile, a girl who sells candy at the beach, Louisette, proves a complication with all of them - did she sleep with Henri? - it looks that way - but Pauline is led to believe that she slept with Sylvain - the amusing thing about this film is that nobody can stop talking about IT - that is, their attraction to the opposite sex - maybe if they stopped wagging their tongues - and became more involved with their feelings - things might have sorted themselves out - or perhaps - not have sex in the first place - in this film, sex becomes a mystery - in the end, Pauline believes that Sylvain slept with Louisette - and Marion believes that Henri slept with Louisette - so, everyone feels somewhat - cheated - and not too happy - hey, what is wrong with going to the beach and reading a book? -
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    I Just Watched...

    I am sure that Vincente Minnelli knew that he was dealing with a falsified version of "Tea and Sympathy", not the already famous play that everybody said COULD NOT BE DONE. Well, the famous play was not done - the subplot involving Laura Reynolds' husband's homosexuality was dropped. Dropping the REAL HOMOSEXUAL from the plot meant that the screen version was now about what was happening to Tom Lee, in other words, homophobia. On that basis, I think that Vincente Minnelli did a very fine job. Don't forget that Mr. Minnelli was often thought to be a homosexual, too. Yes, the indelible Minnelli trademarks are there, that is, the attention to "the facade". Yes, Minnelli packed a watered-down version of some pretty explosive material with considerable wallop. If he hadn't, that devastating ending - Tom, meeting the husband, the long-departed Laura and her letter - would not have hit home so hard. Forced to work with a lot less, Vincente Minnelli delivered a "Tea and Sympathy" that was different, but no less true - the ingrained destructiveness of homophobia.
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    Recently Watched Romantic Comedies

    I can't seem to appreciate Hedy Lamarr.
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    I Just Watched...

    Terrific movie, Kevin Bacon should have received an Oscar nomination., Years later, it opened Off-Broadway as a stage play. It was well-received.
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    I Just Watched...

    If the film were re-made today - and remained faithful to the play - it would still be as controversial, I think, as the play in its' initial run.
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    I Just Watched...

    When it was made as a film, it was too bold for the screen. The fact that the husband was gay, and not Tom Lee, was such a revelation. It upended everyday conceptions of what it meant to be "gay". It should be re-made - with all of the original material that concerned Laura and her husband and his need for the young men in his house. His homosexuality was almost beside-the-point - but it was very real. When push came to shove, the young men were far more important than his wife.
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    I Just Watched...

    You must read the play - it might be the very essence of "queer".
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    Bibi Andersson R.I.P. (1935-2019)

    Could never forget her in "Persona", one of the great films of the 60's. Saw her at a reading of a musical - she was in the company of a famous agent. She was exceedingly beautiful.
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    Obscure films with well-known stars

    Sounds very interesting, whatever happened to Kevin Anderson, who seemed destined for stardom?
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    I Just Watched...

    Such a shame, this fine, but brutal film has fallen into oblivion. At the time, Susan Strasberg, fresh off her Broadway triumph as Anne Frank, was such a big name.
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    I Just Watched...

    I saw a stage version of "The Tempest" at Lincoln Center Uptown that starred Sam Waterston and Carol Kane. It was both enchanting and mesmerizing.
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    I Just Watched...

    Since the year was 1960, I do realize the limitations that were imposed on the production,. But Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas never even touch each other. They do not embrace and they do not kiss. They seem like contentious friends on the same side of the same issue. The film is very good in that it concentrates on the emotional toll of the three trials - yes, all three trials are included. Peter Finch gives an understated but heartfelt performance. And John Fraser is a beast of a boy. But, as films about Oscar Wilde go, I prefer "Wilde" with Stephen Fry and Jude Law. And the most recent one, "The Happy Prince" with Rupert Everett, is a devastating glimpse into his last three years, in which old age, poverty, alcoholism and depravity got the best of him.
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    I Just Watched...

    What went on between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas is left in doubt in the film. But the casting of John Fraser, who is quite good, makes it quite obvious. The ending, in which Wilde can't even acknowledge Douglas, is very sad indeed.

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