SMS2017

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    Films, TV, Film history, reading, reading film books, reading film biographies, reading film autobiographies...

    baking from scratch, crossword puzzles & word games, growing tomatoes, attempting to grow other vegetables, hoping for a dog soon.

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  1. I adore Betty Garrett and one reason is because she's more like me; not a raving beauty, not a terrific singer, but an enthusiastic person who has a lot of joie de vivre. She is a bright light in every film she's done and one of my favorites. Sure her voice is not on the level of Kathryn Grayson but it's clearly HER voice we hear in On The Town and Take Me Out to the Ball game.
  2. I thought I was the only person who didn't care much for L. Rainer's (sp?) performance in The Great Zeigfeld. Her eye movements are distracting and she rather talk-sings through her cutesy performance too. I would love to see footage, if it exists, of the real Anna Held and compare the two. A HA...the New York Times agrees with me at least somewhat: https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/packages/html/movies/bestpictures/ziegfeld-re.html
  3. I was so anxious to take the quiz that after catching up finally I took it and got an 80. Then I do what I always do and focus on what I got wrong, redid it, and got 100. The key is reading ALL the lecture notes, listening to all the videos, and really thinking about the class material when you have a chance in between the rest of your life and this class. I hadn't listened to the Podcast yet and still did well (I did not have any technical issues with the test). Life is in the details and I like learning about Binnie Barnes, Sol Polito, and the editor of The Wizard of Oz was a WOMAN? WOW!
  4. I can't even begin to guess how many times I've watched and listened to The Cell Block Tango from the film Chicago. The six parts, the six dancers, the six stories, the creative use of the red ribbons, the increasing intensity of the song, all combine to make a mini-movie, at least for me. The Russian (I think it's Russian she's speaking, perhaps Polish) section entirely in a foreign language except for the two English words, "not guilty" is SO creative. When I saw the film for the first time, at the movies, I had never seen the stage musical and wasn't all that familiar with the story. When I saw The Cell Block Tango on the big screen I was blown away by the dancing and choreography.
  5. I double-checked and counted Hitchcock films for Leo G. Carroll. I wonder though, if it's possible he had a brief or uncredited performance in any films early in his career.
  6. I feel so dense, I can't figure this out and I SO want to play!
  7. The 39 Steps has shot to the top of my list and I can't wait to see it again. So many details that I thought, "eh, probably doesn't mean anything (whistling!)" and I should have picked up on. There should be a list of what to do prior to watching a Hitchcock film/this class: 1. Turn off cell phone 2. Feed cat, send him for a nap. Ditto if you have children. 3. Tell boyfriend not to disturb unless he will watch film quietly 4. Get notepad, pens, water, snack ready 5 minutes prior to start of film. 5. Use restroom. 6. Tell friends and relations not to bother me from 7:55pm onward on Weds and Fri nights! Oops, almost forgot...make sure tablet is charged and ready to read tweets and occ. post tweets.
  8. When I look at the notes I'm taking for each film I keep seeing a little staircase and up and down arrows I've drawn for every time I see a staircase, escalator, or elevator.
  9. I don't see To Catch a Thief mentioned as much as some of Hitchcock's other films and I adore it! The scenery is beautiful, Grace Kelly is beautiful, and frankly Cary Grant is at his most gorgeous! Here's a funny bit of trivia I hope I recall correctly: Jesse Royce Landis who plays Grace Kelly's mother is only eight years older than Cary Grant! It's also a movie that I never figured out before the end, what a...(I don't ever spoil!) I've always been a sucker for a good cat burglar movie and there aren't enough of them. There are a couple of modern ones I liked but nothing compares, at least so far, to To Catch a Thief.
  10. Daily Dose Questions: Q1: Similarities/Differences: Similarities: Dramatic and bold gestures for emphasis indicating unease and/or intensity, written/paper info, reflections and barred windows, signs. Differences: Speech intensity increased in The Lodger, far more dramatic music in T.L., dark haired Jill and Patsy in T.P.G., fair haired victims in The Lodger Q2:1. Creative Exposition-Use of visual yet written information, ex. The Avenger small piece of paper and the Telex or printing words that gave us time to read them in full (just like the letter in The Pleasure Garden). 2. People crossing the view from left to right and right to left frequently. 3. Windows with bars 4. Reflections 5. Long sequences or shots, ex. Newspaper delivery van driving down the street. 6. "Fair haired girl" on news crawl (foreshadowing of future Kelly, Novak, et al.) Q3: The view is askew/Dutch tilt. Our p.o.v. of the woman is tilted to knock us emotionally off balance. Marion Crane, shower scene in Psycho. Will definitely think of others while watching films for this course.
  11. SMS2017

    The Rest of Hitchcock

    If you search Youtube for "Silent Hitchcock Films Bill Rafferty" you will find NINE films (YIPPEE) that I believe include Champagne. Thank you Bill, will send him a note! (William Lafferty, Phd., former film prof at Wright State University, Fairborn, OH and former instructor of mine).
  12. I have a feeling I will be writing a somewhat different list in about 5 weeks... (Mine are in no particular order) To Catch a Thief North by Northwest Rebecca Rear Window Vertigo ...and Foreign Correspondent, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, and (this is SO hard!)
  13. Sometimes I think of a particular director and it's quite hard to put into words what I feel, as in a subtle, deep, psychological feeling. Movies that comes to mind that make feel THINK as well as feel intensely are sometimes ones that scare the "bejeezes" out of me but most of the time they're films that are complex, well-directed, well-written, and that I can watch over and over. There are many films in this category for me and they include (but are definitely NOT limited to, just the ones I can think of in [giving myself one minutes] no particular order: The Departed and almost every Scorsese film I've ever seen Rear Window, Vertigo, and almost every Hitchcock film I've ever seen The Godfather parts 1 & 2, but definitely NOT 3! Star Wars IV only There are films that make me think about them for hours after my first viewing and it's not always visuals. Frequently, it's dialogue, use of music, and other factors. (The ONLY thing I liked about the recent Disney live Alice in Wonderland sequel was the costumes and f/x).

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