julisbs

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About julisbs

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    Classic films of course! ;)
  1. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? Overall I think the performances overall are a little looser and more natural as the decades progress. We are allowed to see males be more vulnerable, and it's not just the most conventionally handsome males end up the hero that gets the girl. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Preston is able to be believable in both of these flamboyant roles without being over the top. In the Music Man, he's a fast talking salesman, initially out to scam residents in a small town, yet his heart wins out over making money, which ultimately leads to triumph and becoming part of a family and the community. Victor/Victoria's character Toddy, also perpetrates a deception to achieve some financial gain. But Toddy is also looking out for Victoria's interests, and while he uses her, she's a willing participant, until she isn't. Then just as in The Music Man, the character's heart takes over, and even though we don't see it all play out on screen, it's pretty apparent that Toddy has ended up with love in his life, surrounded by a family of his own choosing. Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now that you are more aware of his dedication to working his craft outside of his stage or film work? He always seemed very present for the other actor or actors he's playing against. In " How the West Was Won", he holds his own with Debbie Reynolds and gives a warm realism to his performance that always makes him a standout.
  2. I'm very late to this discussion, but in my opinion Robert Preston in The Music Man delivers one of the most poignant lines in any film, musical or otherwise: "I always think there's a band kid." Brings a tear to my eye every time I see it.
  3. I searched the TCM shop, but I'm not seeing where this shirt is being offered Dr. Edwards. Would you post the link please? Thanks much!
  4. My favorite musical is Brigadoon. The chemistry between Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse leaves me as breathless as Tommy was when he dances with Fiona at the wedding! Van Johnson in the role of Tommy's best friend Jeff plays his usual post-WWII somewhat world-weary, sarcastic character, but has a couple of truly touching moments, when talking about the character of Harry. The lush Technicolor, memorable songs, beautiful dance numbers, and the story provide a wonderful escape for a few precious hours from our modern cares.
  5. Thanks for replying to my post with this info Marianne, and congrats on receiving your Certificate. Dr. Edwards has replied and is having someone on his staff send me my Certificate! I'm happy because this is no McGuffin as far as I'm concerned! LOL!
  6. Thank you Dr. Edwards, I very much enjoyed this course, and finished with a passing grade, but never received my Certificate of Completion. I've tried to contact you several times via private message and email asking about this, but have yet to hear anything back. Has everyone else who took and passed this course gotten their Certificate of Completion except me? I'd appreciate hearing some response. Thank you, Juli R.
  7. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. The use of the staircase as a place of action is repeated throughout many subsequent films, such as Foreign Correspondent where an the protagonist witnesses a shooting. A staircase is also used in Shadow of a Doubt as the scene of an attempted murder. In Vertigo, the staircase figures prominently as the embodiment of the main character's phobia, and of course in Psycho, it's the scene of an actual attack. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? I agree, in the Pleasure Garden I think we see the first of the "Hitchcock Blondes" in Virginia Valli's character, as she even offers her signature curl to an over ardent admirer. This admirer first spies on Virginia's character through binoculars, in a similar voyeuristic manner that we'll see again decades later in Rear Window, and also in Psycho with the peep hole in the wall. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue? No, not really, as the visual imagery easily conveyed the action for me.
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    Wuthering Heights (1939)

    I must admit that until I watched it last year, I never really got into this film. But after seeing and becoming smittem with TCM's fabulous promo for it, I decided to watch the actual film again. I guess for some of us, you just have to be in the right frame of mind to feel its impact. "To love is to endure!" I wish it'd be released on DVD along with the promo piece produced by TCM. Juli
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    Peter O' Toole

    He is wonderful isn't he? I'm looking forward to seeing him in the new movie "Venus". And speaking of Laurence of Arabia, when the film had first undergone restoration and was re-released for a run on the big screen...Peter O'Toole made an appearence on David Letterman's old late night show on NBC. The curtains parted and in came Peter O'Toole astride a camel! Letterman started to carry over a ladder or step stool, but Peter waved him off and proceeded to direct the camel to kneel so that he could dismount properly. He then cracked open a can of beer and gave it to the camel to drink, saying to Letterman something like, "That is what I believe is known as a Stupid Pet Trick!" A truly priceless TV moment!
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    Streetcar Named...Help

    Streetcar was a play first and has been staged many times, but I haven't seen it with Ms. Dunaway. The movie is considered a classic, as are the other three you mentioned, but my favorite of those is Casablanca. If you can't wait for them to be broadcast on TCM, you might want to rent those titles. Happy viewing!
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    Wuthering Heights

    Glad I was able to help out! I sure wish TCM would add a link to the promos and other "shorts" they put together. The editing is always outstanding, and often does its convinces me to watch a film again and view it with fresh eyes. And it would save all of us a whole lot of Googling!
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    Wuthering Heights

    That promo entrances me to watch Wuthering Heights every time TCM airs it...even though I enjoy the actual film less than TCM's captivating commercial for it. Anyway, the closest I could find to the poem is one called "Extinguish Thou My Eyes" by Rainer Maria Rilke. The original work is apparently in German and has been translated into rather still old fashioned English on various websites. But I also think it could be given a modern English translation that would fit TCM's voice-over...which went something like "Blind me and I would still see you...sever my arms and they would still hold you...to love is to endure" I wish I'd been able to jot down the rest, but I'm hoping they'll show the piece again before they air the film in mid April. Meanwhile check out Rilke's poem and see if you agree. (www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/4027/)

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