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  1. I visited some graves in LA recently and one person who had an interesting number of kiss marks on his grave was the one and only Bugsy Siegel!
  2. This thread was really interesting to read through so I guess I'll add my two cents. I'm also 23. When I was in high school, I dressed up as Charlie Chaplin for Halloween and wore my costume at school for the entire day - bowler hat and cane and all. The vast majority of students who reacted to my costume called me "Hitler." I got a much better (and correct) response from some of my teachers. The funny thing is that I've always preferred Keaton to Chaplin. I wanted to dress as Keaton instead but axed the idea after I realized that nobody would recognize my costume. Seems like I flopped anyway. I started watching classics in high school after I signed up for a film class that I thought would be pretty easy to pass. It ended up being really writing intensive and was basically centered around TCM's schedule. We had to watch certain films on the channel (I think it was probably at least one every single night, usually around primetime) and write up reviews about them. I was completely overwhelmed because I didn't have the time back then to devote to watching so many films because I was also trying to juggle AP classes and playing sports. I did horrifically in the class. However, something ended up changing in me. I don't know if it was the history loving part of me that responded so much to these films but I did realize something important about this experience - it was the first time I was ever made to watch classics in school. I remember being forced to read books such as ANIMAL FARM, FAHRENHEIT 451, OTHELLO, and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD even before I reached high school. What is the difference between reading a book first published in 1945 (using ANIMAL FARM as an example) and watching a film like THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES from 1946? These are both forms of popular culture from the past that can be easily analyzed and consumed in a classroom setting. Both books and films were created from the desire of an individual or a group of people with a clear point of view that can be criticized and dissected. These are both forms of historical documents that each have something to say and think about, yet the latter is not taken nearly as seriously as the former. Why is classic literature like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or 1984 still famous and talked about? One could argue that the themes in these books seem timeless and relevant even in the modern era, and that's why they're still brought up in schools today (I've noticed that's a way to get younger crowds interested in old material). Then why are excellent and relevant films such as THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES or A FACE IN THE CROWD not studied in schools? I really think modern education has played a big part in younger generations not caring about the history of film and the older I grow, the more obvious this becomes to me. Since this has been mentioned with some of the stories in this thread, I want to add that my parents/family members were never into classics so I feel like I'm more of an unusual case. In fact, I've been the one introducing them to new films and genres. I have always been interested in history (and I ended up studying it and film) so classics are just another form of historical study for me. I complained about this in another thread not that long ago but issues with having access to classics through streaming sites is an issue...actually, probably the biggest reason why younger people don't seek out classics through their own will. When I first started watching them, I was able to see a bunch of 20s Keaton films back to back on Netflix through their streaming service. I remember watching Valentino's THE SHEIK, M, and some Marx Brothers movies too. This is totally unheard of today. Every time I check their "Classics" section, more and more oldies are wiped to make way for Netflix's definition of the genre which apparently includes titles like THE BREAKFAST CLUB. I would jump to making the statement that it should be Netflix's responsibility to maintain a healthy selection of all films from all sorts of years but that's obviously asking for too much. I believe that Netflix and Amazon Prime are probably the two most important tools for getting more younger people into older films, yet Netflix seems to be failing at this faster than I can even describe. I mention Amazon as well because they seem to have a greater variety of films so the average person might find it easier to slowly segue into watching older things. Filmstruck/Warner Archive/Kanopy/TCM on Demand are too specific and clearly for bigger film devotees. I think the average 20 year old would be totally overwhelmed and uninterested with streaming services like those. I use my local public library to get DVDs and they've been a great resource for me (but many of my friends have not walked into a library or even read a book, unless it was for school, in years). YouTube is a decent tool but a lot of the prints (and films!) on there are of poor quality and, again, I don't think the average person is going to get up one day and decide that they're going to dive headfirst into classic film. People need to be exposed to this type of media/history as young as possible. This way, their interest can blossom and they can start to dig and really go out of their way to find and appreciate these great films.
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    WarnerMedia Streaming Service

    Wow, thank you for this post. I was also under the impression that the two services were to, essentially, merge into each other and retain the Filmstruck branding. I had a free trial with Filmstruck a while ago when they were doing beta testing and their library didn't impress me enough to end up subscribing to them after my few months ran out. I was always more interested in the Warner Archive's selection anyway because Filmstruck seems to be more for students or people who are interested in dabbling into classics and getting familiar with classic film staples (ie. KING KONG or DIAL M FOR MURDER). I know that their library has grown since I had my trial, but it's still not really appealing enough for a person like me who is more interested in specific actors' filmographies or more obscure/strange films. I never subscribed to Warner Archive either but I remember looking through their selection and they seemed to have way more of those sorts of films. TCM's on demand service is still probably the best streaming resource for someone like myself because they have a good mix of lesser known films and big name classics. Netflix has transformed itself into trash over the years; I remember when I used to watch one Buster Keaton film after another when I was in high school and now they don't have anything before 1942 listed in their "Classics" section which also includes THE BREAKFAST CLUB for some reason. Tragic!
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    Tyrone Power

    I love his voice and diction. This clip you posted reminds me of these videos I randomly encountered on YouTube and I find them so relaxing and pleasing to listen to. I've adored him for years and it seems like the more I read about him, the sadder I get. He seemed to be a very generous yet driven man. My favorite thing about him is that he always worked to improve himself and his skills and aimed to the greatest actor he could be. I visited his grave in June and it was a very moving experience.
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    interesting poll on IMDb

    This one isn't included in the poll but I wish I could see the original GREAT GATSBY!
  6. I was thinking about going to see this at NYFF but I ended up going to see THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE '21 and MEMPHIS BELLE: A STORY OF A FLYING FORTRESS '44 which were both awesome (especially the Valentino picture). I wish I had gone to see THE RED HOUSE '47 with Ed. G. Robinson as well but it didn't work out for me. Anyway, I figured I could wait until next month to just watch the Orson film on Netflix and save a few bucks.
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    favorite pre-code film

    Jewel Robbery with William Powell and Kay Francis! It's so sexy and funny.
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    [Poll] Your favorite decade for films??

    The 1930s are my favorite by far!
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    Your three favorite male actors of all time

    William Powell Tyrone Power John Garfield

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