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  1. quite an experience! 1971 re-created. It doesn't TOUCH the drama and clarity of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, though. (Though this film is a tribute to INVISIBLE women--Katherine Graham doesn't appear, and most of the newspaper females hand research work in, seen only by their HANDS, not to distract us from the heroic 2 Male reporters who "break" the story). Perhaps the reason is it was easy to ignore the "Pentagon Papers" at the time (lots of other horrors going on at the same time) But "WATERGATE" was impossible to ignore---it was a drama that went on and on for years, with a cast of thousands, each more creepy and fascinating and odd than the last. I had some beefs with this movie, mostly technical stuff, which we ASSUME is the great strength of a period piece. It's not. 1) all respect to wonderful Tom Hanks, he can't ATTEMPT to challenge an actor like Jason Robards (who played Ben Bradlee in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN). 2) in 2 separate scenes, Meryl Streep (Katherine Graham) comes to a restaurant table and the men seated do not stand up to greet her. Is this supposed to portray the complete "boorishness" of the Ben Bradlee character? Katherine Graham is not only a LADY, she is rich and a newspaper owner. This REALLY killed the "authenticity" of the movie for me. 3) Ben Bradlee's wife (played by Sarah Paulson), attractive and well-dressed, is WAY TOO well-dressed for hanging out at home, and working in her pottery/sculpture studio. She is dressed in a full-skirted shirtwaist dress with a belt. Looks new. This is NOT realistic. It's also not a dress to stretch out on a sofa in, or to work in with messy clay, etc. 4) Endearing of Speilberg to make script and visual points about Women's Liberation with Streep's issues and triumphs. This is ONE facet of the film where the costuming is perfect. Streep's character is told through her costuming---it doesn't need extra emphasis. But by 1971, many women in all fields had succeeded in male-dominated ( which everything on earth is ) business settings--AND in committee meetings, board meetings, faculty meetings, etc. cf: MOMMIE DEAREST(1981), when Joan Crawford sits with the Pepsi, Inc. board. [addressing the men in the Pepsi boardroom] Joan Crawford: Don't **** with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo
  2. Just finished watching this super film, with all the ups and downs of Hedy's fascinating life and times. She was stunning in every way, and a true individual---a refugee from Nazi-occupied Vienna, like so many fine filmmakers. She's also portrayed in an episode from the second season of "Timeless" (episode 3, "Hollywoodland"), and her inventions are discussed in the commentary track of THE SNIPER (1952), because her inventing "partner", George Antheil, composed the cutting-edge soundtrack for that film.
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    Alan Ladd---tragic "noir" superstar

    What DIDN'T happen to ruin Alan Ladd's life? His Mother committed suicide in front of him. He drank himself to death. But---what a movie star---what movies! I just watched APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER (1950) and it's a "Laddathon" -- nothing could be closer to his tragic persona, and no star could be more doomed or beautiful at the same time. If you love "noir" and want to see the thrilling underbelly world it created, with the best of the best (actually a total dream cast), don't miss this film. Even Jack Webb is there---a vicious, ape-like thug Jack Webb that you won't see anywhere else.
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    Alan Ladd---tragic "noir" superstar

    Yes, this does involve the (very brave) Catholic NUN, played by Phyllis Calvert. Didn't Bela Lugosi say that the trick for getting more screen time is to say your lines slowly? And---the point of Alan Ladd on-screen is to watch him as along as possible, because he is so beautiful.
  5. Theodore Dreiser, who wrote the book AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, was a "realist" ( a literary movement in the U.S.) and prided himself on never writing about any incident in his books that hadn't really happened IRL, to someone. This of course, makes his stories rather serious and grim.
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    The Ghost And Mr Chicken

    A little masterpiece! I love this movie! Small town America in all it's creepy coziness.
  7. Making this film was quite an adventure. (as described in: CHARLTON HESTON-HOLLYWOOD'S LAST ICON, by Marc Eliot.) Charlton Heston kept typed journals of his daily experiences during this film. No sound was recorded for the Israelites' exodus from Egypt because the herds of animals made so much noise--it was dubbed later. 10 COMMANDMENTS had a fascinating array of "extras", probably just about anyone available in Hollywood, including Patricia Hitchcock, Alfred's daughter. Victor Mature almost got the role of Moses. But he and DeMille fell out, and Charlton Heston was hired instead. Raymond Massey almost got the role of Dathan (played by Edward G. Robinson), but he chose instead to film EAST OF EDEN. Exotic dancers and strippers were hired to fill out the scenes of "golden calf" worship, but they regretted taking on the job---it was weeks of filming in rough ancient clothing. Martha Scott, who played Moses' birth mother, also played Ben-Hur's mother in BEN-HUR. The "prop" stone tablets of the 10 Commandments are on permanent display in DeMille's church in Hollywood. Cecil B. DeMille suffered two heart attacks while making this film.
  8. middle-aged love, and the terrors of night time BERLIN---two touching spy tales from the Cold War, and WW2: SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD - Richard Burton and Claire Bloom have a few moments of happiness before the bullets fly. ALONE IN BERLIN - Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson wage their own sort of "war" against Nazi Germany, leaving notes telling the "truth" in random locations in Berlin. (Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)
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    True Love conquers Totalitarianism in these 2 spy thrillers

    ALONE IN BERLIN is based on real people---a husband and wife who set out to "inform" people in Berlin about the Nazis with postcards left where they might be found and read. A lot were! They got the death sentence for this, but their story is wonderful. Not content with keeping silent, they did SOMETHING at least.
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    Any suggestions for Nazi movies?

    vincent sherman's UNDERGROUND (1941) has everything this sort of movie needs! (from the imdb.com WEBPAGE:) A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers, Kurt and Erik Franken, whom are SS officers in the Nazi party. Kurt learns and exposes the evils of the system to Erik and tries to convince him of the immoral stance that marches under the symbol of the swastika. We see the family dynamics---the proud soldier who doesn't think about his victims in the war. The sensitive brother who runs an underground "cell." And there are great scenes of the "cell" at work.
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    Raymond Burr just keeps amazing me

    Of course, he RULED television series as "Perry Mason" and "Ironside". But his "noir" films are pretty wonderful. And he is unforgettable in these great triumphs in black and white! DESPERATE (1947) not a mobster to get on the wrong side of RAW DEAL (1948) a mobster fascinated with fire, who dumps cherries jubilee on his girlfriend WALK A CROOKED MILE (1948) - A communist--enough said? BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (1951) - passionate scenes with gorgeous, doomed Barbara Payton BLUE GARDENIA (1953) - a eager playboy who dumped the WRONG woman! REAR WINDOW (1954) - pathetic neighbor across the courtyard from Jimmy Stewart CRY IN THE NIGHT (1956) - he plays the creepy dangerous massive "mama's boy" who finds Natalie Wood irresistible CRIME OF PASSION (1957) - he learns the hard way not to turn his back on Barbara Stanwyck
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    Raymond Burr just keeps amazing me

    Even more fun stuff: Michael Starr: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT - THE SECRET LIFE OF RAYMOND BURR
  13. This FINE cop procedural is for Sidney Poitier fans and anyone who loves cop procedurals. Of course we have seen Sidney in the megahit gothic and grungy IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Fun and horrifying, but as always, at the center of a murder is a WOMAN. A very excellent ride through the 1970's, MR. TIBBS is great. If you like groovy interiors and "neat" housewives, this is the film. But don't miss Sidney Poitier to the MAX as the call center volunteer in A SLENDER THREAD.
  14. Help! The heroes had to go through a rat-infested tunnel to get to the USA. What was the disease that the sister got from the rats? thanks, if you know! :-)
  15. watching the "extras" for DR. STRANGELOVE, it seems that Kubrick is totally supported and styled by British crew and experts. Shouldn't we see his work as a "hybrid"? And why the MASSIVE fascination and hilarious treatment of DEATH? Artistry, or just weirdness?
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    10 COMMANDMENTS - fun facts from Heston's biography

    Watching Charlton Heston in this clip, doesn't he remind you of Prince William (Prince Charles' son) ? Just saying....
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    Raymond Burr just keeps amazing me

    I don't know, there is just something about Raymond Burr that's wonderful. I love to watch him--villain or hero. As Alfred Hitchcock said (of him, I think, describing what it takes to be a great film actor) He's extremely good at doing nothing at all. (Maybe another poster can remember the exact quote.)
  18. Hilarious and sometimes creepy, it is fascinating to listen to the very young film people on the COMMENTARY TRACK of PILLOW TALK (1959) yes, those were strange times when this movie came out. Sex was a serious business. (All that would be over soon, of course, unless you were one of the women who got pulmonary blood clots from the wonderful new invention "the Pill", etc.) Venereal disease doesn't seem to exist in the new people's universe, either! Much worse (in their opinion) is the "fat-shaming" restaurant scene with the woman fictitiously named MOOSE by Rock Hudson. And, of course it seemed only the rare lucky woman could work. (Unless you remember women joined the work-force in a big way during WW1 , and never looked back. I guess no one ever told the young film critics this) No one mentions that "cleaning Lady" Thelma Ritter never actually CLEANS, or anything else. NO ONE mentions the critical beefs of the time about PILLOW TALK----that Doris Day's new york apartment would be a total fantasy--how could she afford this? (but, strangely enough, Rock Hudson's pad is quite reasonable looking for him).
  19. Films (especially classic ones) show up in all sorts of places. And, in some television series! One is VERTIGO in "House, M.D." (with some references to the Bro-mance between Dr. House and his oncologist best friend) another is: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT in the series "Timeless". Any movie fans recall others?🦄
  20. Everything about this film is a joy---it is cruel and vicious and still---just right. One of the "Washington paranoia" black-and-white films that came out in the 1960's, this little number hasn't dated at all. Because we love (and hate) the characters, and "politics" sorts of fades away, and the film belongs to the actors. STOLEN by freaky Shelley Berman. GRACED by the real Mahalia Jackson!
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    THE BEST MAN (1964) cruel and wonderful!

    whoa!!!! In some people's eyes Cliff Robertson might be Nixon, but I've always believed he was modeled after Robert Kennedy (a man that Gore Vidal knew well, and despised!) What i LOVE about THE BEST MAN is that BOTH main characters (Fonda, Robertson) have flaws and strengths. We also get handed a "background" on both men that explains these. So, we are ready for the "showdown".
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    Gone with the Wind: My thoughts on the classic film

    2 POINTS: 1) Ashley Wilkes had (with good reason) PTSD. It's a miracle he could function, let alone concentrate on anything. 2) Strong women, weak men. This is a spectre that haunts the "South" - the men lost the war. They lost their "Cause", and everything related to it. Many people wound up homeless, broke, starving. People had to either leave the South, or claw their way back to some sort of livelihood, which took decades. Simply getting electricity was a hurdle many parts of the South didn't clear until the 1960's. That is a CENTURY from the Civil War.
  23. anyone know what the NEXT James Bond film will be? And, will IDRIS ELBA be picked to play James Bond? thanks, if you know!~!
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    All About Eve: new stage production in London

    Thanks for this information! But Gillian (IMHO) is still too "perfect" (unlike the wonderfully seedy Bette Davis.) I wonder who we are supposed to "root" for in the play? One imagines her stunning persona too exacting to be distracted by a wanna-be P.A.

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