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  1. We went to the National Portrait Gallery in London a few years ago for a Hollywood photographers exhibit. It was smashing. Hurrell and Bull were amongst the many featured. Most impressive, to me at least, was the display of the originals vs. the retouched versions. As great as the lighting, makeup and wardrobe was, the retouching really sealed the deal for many of the stars and belied their years (and miles!).
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    The Thin Man movies

    Well, I give Ida credit for coming out into the ring swinging! That said, I find the Thin Man series to be fun, funny and alluring in so many ways. The leads are one of the most famous screen-pairings of the golden age, or perhaps any age. It's all played for fun, including the drinking and Nick's "friends," many of whom he sent to prison. Seriously, in what world would the criminals come back and go to a Christmas party of the guy who caught them? On the topic of Bringing Up Baby? I remember seeing it in a "film appreciation" course I took in college in the 70s. I utterly hated it; all this running around and shouting and improbably crazy antics. (yes, the word antics was created to describe screwball comedy.) Though that was a different time and I was busy musing over Bergmann and the French new wave.... Over the years, I've mellowed on it. The leads are stellar and everyone seems to be in on the gag....
  3. Submitted for your approval.... Funny thing about Serling. The story is that he was extremely nervous shooting the intros, which is one reason he smoked frequently during the early ones. He seems to be the height of cool, but apparently he was not!
  4. Some notes on the schedules! I voted via PM, but I wanted to call out some bits and pieces of the schedules that I particularly like. Here's to Stevo's choice of Saul Bass. The master designer, who knocked every title sequence out of the park! Here's to CinemaInternational for the "Actresses directed by their husbands" section. An interesting and, as far as I know, unique twist. Here's to Lydecker for a couple of things that really appeal; John Garfield in the "what if" category, Paul Douglas as SOTM and the "Mama's Boys" collection of films. Here's to SanFin for the "Variable" movies, featuring X in the title. Not being good in math, it took me a minute to make the connection, but I love it! And here's to SpeedRacer for "Flashbacks," a concept taken to the limit in "The Locket," but used so very in so many movies. Thanks to everyone! I only participate as a sort of lurker here, but may, someday, try my hand at my own schedule!
  5. "...its liberal bias." Huh? This is a logical fallacy presented as a legitimate fact and I for one am not falling for it. There is no way to prove or disprove your point. If you want to discuss the lack of labor-oriented movies over the Labor Day weekend, fine, let's do that, but let's leave politics out of it.
  6. Was that Million Dollar Movie in NYC? It was a long time before I realized (as a kid at the time) that the theme was from GWTW!
  7. I've been a fan of Williams for a long time. His acting was, shall we say, "of its time," but that doesn't lessen his impact to me. His turn in The Match King is just wonderful. He has this forceful, in-your-face style, but always a glint in his eye. Also love him in Skyscraper Souls and Employees' Entrance. He plays a great scoundrel! By all accounts he was a very nice guy and died young, possibly due to chemicals he used on his farm, if I recall correctly from his biography...
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    Goldfinger, the best Bond film?

    I recall reading "Dr. No" and then watching the movie. It was a jarring experience. The movie was fun, but the book had so much more going for it; at least I felt that as a young teen. Still my favorite Bond flick.
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    Noir Alley

    Interesting about the orchids. Was he channeling Nero Wolfe? He certainly resembled that fictional character...
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    Noir Alley

    I think Powell's "boringness" is actually his appeal. I agree that Murder My Sweet is a better movie with a better script (in which he shines) but Pitfall does have its charms and he holds it together. And man, is Burr a terrific bad guy. Considering how often he was cast this way, it's sometimes amazing to me that he was so completely rehabilitated as good guy Perry Mason. I still remember than "knowing smile" he did in one version of the open to the TV show!
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    Forced Perspective

    Agreed. I was probably being way too narrow in my conception of this. Fun thread!
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    Forced Perspective

    I'd say that using a miniature in the BG (as shown in the Python example above) is not forced perspective at all, just a usual trick of the trade. To me, forced perspective is much more accurately used in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, where the sets were built to fool they eye and create a sense of depth that doesn't really exist.
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    quatermass nite

    I love Quatermass and The Pit / 5 Million Years to Earth. Having traveled frequently to London, it strikes such a familiar note. Hobb's End just seems like a tube stop I've happened upon... The story is so well told and acted. There is rarely a false note. In my top ten of sci fi!
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    Michael Curtiz Spotlight

    I'm huge fan of Curtiz as well. As someone who directed commercials for a long time, I am well aware of how you can get pigeonholed. "Oh, he's a live action guy. Or a car guy or a ...." You get the point. Meanwhile, a really GOOD director has skills that easily transfer across all genres and that's the same for movies as it is for commercials. As Lydecker noted, he could do it all and do it all really well! And unlike some of the genre directors (Hitchcock, Ford, Woody Allen) he didn't really have any "tells." If you closed your eyes during the opening credits you wouldn't necessarily know you were watching one of his movies, you'd just know it was good...
  15. I don't find that watching a movie needs to be an "event," whatever that means. Putting a fedora on does not enhance the experience of watching a noir for me. In fact, I find that watching movies with others is mostly a disappointing experience that involves too much talking and not enough listening and watching. If you have to dress up in period garb or uncork a bottle of Vichy water to be able to enjoy Casablanca, you're missing the point. This isn't the Rocky Horror Picture Show.....

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