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  1. Flora Robson Shirley Booth Vivica Lindfors Dame Judith Anderson Marie Dressler Geraldine Fitzgerald Mildred Dunnock Thelma Ritter Edna May Oliver George Arliss Zachary Scott Sidney Greenstreet Barry Fitzgerald Donald Crisp
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    How to Make a Film "Noir"?

    In addition to all of the technical touches, in inner conflicts of the characters are what drive the characters to make the choices they make. The hero usually falls for the femme fatale and believes that a) if he could just have her his life would be better or she is worth throwing his life away for. The Femme fatale is either a bad girl trying to get better or a good girl forced by circumstances to be bad. Then there's the villian... usually a person of single minded purpose willing to stop at nothing to acquire whatever it is he values. Hope this helps. Would love to hear about your film. Ravenjazz
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    Your Favorite Child Stars

    Margaret O'Brien is my all time favorite and even after all these years I never miss an opportunity to watch a Shirley Temple movie but lest we forget RICHARD NICHOLS the sad eyed little Reynald of ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO and Teddy in DISPATCH FROM REUTERS.
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    Movie Music

    Does anyone know of a source for some of those lush piano scores of the 40s? The only ones I've been able to find are Warsaw Concerto and Spellbound Concerto. I am particularly interested in finding the Max Steiner score from THE FOUNTAINHEAD.
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    Your Favorite Cult Movies

    Dear Coffeedan, I MUST agree with you. THE FOUNTAINHEAD is one of my all time favorites. I don't know any of the inside stories about the film or its production. I only know that I saw it for the first time when I was 9 years old and the Steiner score and the sets, especially Raymond Massey's office, haunted me. I read the book in high school which broadened and deepened my understanding of the source material. I have it in my personal collection and watch it three or four times a year. It never fails to enthrall and inspire me. I could write volumes about my personal connection to the film but I'll just say that I'm glad there's someone else out there who digs it like I do! Ravenjazz
  6. I'm a film buff with a fairly large collection of old films that I have no one to share them with. I am interested in hearing from other buffs in the Chicago area that might like to get together on a regular basis to watch and discuss great flicks. PLEASE WRITE! Ravenjazz
  7. I would love to see a new feature of Makes and Remakes screened back to back with appropriate commentary... classic stories told and retold with different sensibilities or from different points of view.
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    TCM Library Database

    Thanks Path40a! After getting your post, I did the same thing and got the same results, HOWEVER, I then searched for Abel Gance both as actor and director and it came up no matches. Now I saw Gance's NAPOLEON (1927) on TCM a few years ago and I just saw Abel Gance in Mr. Skeffington last week and it still came up no matches. Is my access cursed or what?
  9. I have been suggesting several George Arliss movies for several years that never seem to get screened so I decided to check the library movie database to see if they were in the library. When I tpyed in the titles, it came up "no matches". Just to make sure that things were working, I typed in the names of some films that I KNOW are in the library (like Rebecca) that came back the same way. Please advise. Ravenjazz
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    Horror and B Movies

    I never tire of the Universal horror cycle of the 30s especially those with Una O'Connor screaming in them. (lol ) For me, a "horror" film has to transport me out of my world and into another. I love the truly great modern classics like The Exorcist, The Omen, and Psycho, but our world has become so scary that I find the nightly news much more frightening than most contemporary horror films. The one subject that never fails to entertain me in the genre is the mummy. These last two (The Mummy and The Mummy Returns) were great action/adventure films and I enjoyed them but if I had my way, I'd make a real period piece set in the 20s when the world was facinated with Egyptology and the rumor of a mummy's curse.
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    Bible Pictures

    I am by no means a religious zealot but I have always loved the great Bible pictures (Ten Commandments, King of Kings, Ben Hur, The Bible, Solomon & Sheba, Samson & Delilah, etc.) This evening I saw a news report on how Hollywood is courting Christian audiences and it made me curious as to just how much interest there is among real film lovers in pictures based on biblical source material. My personal feeling is that there are some extraordinary Bible stories , especially from thge Old Testament, that could be brought to the screen today given technological advances and social mores, that have never been attempted. Imagine if you will: Liam Neelson as Herod The Great... a facinating character study of the duality of man... Johnny Depp as Joseph... Angelina Jolie as Queen Jezabel... Halle Berry as Bathsheba...
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    MOVIE QUOTES

    Anthony Quinn in "Ulysses" " I have not come all this way merely to gaze into your eyes but to fulfill your destiny!"
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    Fave Cary Grant movie

    Grant was a master and I never saw a Cary Grant film in which I didn't enjoy his performance but ARSENIC and OLD LACE never fails to inspire side splitting laughter in me.

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