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  1. Got into discussion about Vespas in movies and I was trying to remember a movie recently on TCM with a Vespa which was ridden by young dark haired girl and driven by a young man. She gets involved with a guy who I think was in a big older convertible driven by an older French or English man who is friends with the earlier guy. The girl ends up on the Vespa with the young man some more. Think movie was made in mid 40s, right after war and is in Paris I think. NOT "Roman Holiday".
  2. I am huge fan of lists and not just writing my own but seeing lists made by others. With that being said, I was watching a particular YouTube video from a channel that create list videos. The title of the list is "Top Ten Romantic Holiday Movies". Number 10 is how this thread began, the 1998 film 'You've Got Mail'. I have seen said film and I can say I liked it, but I always knew it was inspired by 'The Shop Around the Corner' (1940). Most Classic Movie fans, especially those who love Romance know 'The Shop Around the Corner' had a musical younger sibling titled, 'In the Good Old Summertime'. Both films I love, but it made me think which I liked more. In all honesty if I had to choose a film to watch and it was between these two, I would go for 'The Shop Around the Corner'. I love the acting done by Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, I find the twist of the store owner and his wife interesting. I can say I love musicals and 'In the Good Old Summertime' has some good numbers and the story is beautiful and well there is Judy Garland. Yet, there is something about 'The Shop Around Corner' that feels more authentic than some slice of life classics. So, this brings me to my questions and conversation: Which is your favorite version of this story? Or are you like me where you love both and still go to one or the other. If you have seen 'You've Got Mail' do you feel it showed respect and love to source material while still standing as it own film? I would love to hear input. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Week! ~Kita Rhea~
  3. Dream or Legitimate Movie?

    Answered successfully! Thank you! THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)
  4. There is no doubt in my mind. I will always remember this course as one of the most informative and fulfilling experiences of my life. I have learned so much about Hitchcock and film-making in general it makes my head spin! I've already warned all my friends I will be boring them to death with my newfound knowledge. We've covered The Hitchcock Touch in so much depth. I thought I would challenge my memory and compose a list of 'touch points' I can use a reference when watching a Hitchcock film, or others for that matter. Feel free to challenge my list, add to it, or create your own. The Hitchcock Touch > The double chase > The wrongly accused man and mistaken identity > Ordinary people forced into extraordinary circumstances; need to depend on their own wits > Camera work 1. extreme and meaningful close-ups 2. tracking and dolly shots 3. high-angle shots > Unique editing style (nod to Soviet Montage) > The 'MacGuffin' > 'Avoid the cliche at all costs!' > Star Power 1. brings in audiences and money 2. brings in established personas 3. already on people's minds and in the press > Humor (Light and Dark) > Give the audience more information up front than provided the character on screen > Prominent locales > 'Evil may lurk in the most innocent places'. > Romance > Suspense and Horror genres laced with frequent psychological undertones Hitchcock Style Points, Motifs, and things to look out for: > Trains and transportation. > Keys. > Staircases. > Windows. > Mirrors and reflections. > Music that supports suspenseful editing and imparts emotion. > Color palettes that signal emotional and psychological response. > The icy blonde. > Carefully chosen wardrobes. > The cameo.
  5. Please Help Find!

    Hello all. I have been searching for a movie for a few years now, but none of my searches have been fruitful. I saw this film on the TCM chanel about eight years ago. If anyone could help me find the title of this film I would be forever grateful. The plot I remember: There's an older woman who has recently taken on a younger one to teach her. She's being taught to flirt with men and lead them on to get financial favors. Their car breaks down and a young gentleman helps to fix it up for them. Him and the younger girl hit it off, but the older lady writes him off due to the presumption he has no money. A scene I distinctly remember is of the girl sitting on a couch with a gentleman older than herself. She's playing coy and telling him that is is saving her kisses for marriage. At the end of the movie, the young man from the beginning is revealed to have money from oil. They are happy. And there is an implication of setting the older woman up with his uncle. I have scoured the Internet several times in the past three years. If you can, please help me out! Thank you.
  6. So, here it is: There was a short on TCM Extras, two friends talking about infidelity among women. The first man happens to be cheating on his wife with another woman. He declares his wife would never do such a thing to him. I think the second man was not quite so sure about women always being faithful to their lovers and husbands. The conversation goes on and eventually the cheater leaves. It turns out his wife is cheating on HIM with his best friend/the other guy in the room he was just talking to. I'm entirely unsure about it being a Vitaphone short, but maybe it is? Has anyone ever seen or heard of this short? I'm thinking it was Pre Code because of the content. If anyone can point me in the right direction or knows the name of this short, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance!
  7. West Side Story (the movie) and the 15th Anniversary of 9./11: The year 2001 was a rather strange and sad year, overall. Movies were at an all time low, and, for me and my family, my dad had been bed-ridden with a serious illness that eventually took him over and killed him; He died from his illness in late January of 2001. An autopsy, the results of which came back several months later, revealed a rare but-then-always fatal form of encephalitis known as Limbic Encephalitis. Life that year was saddened for all of us, due to the passing of a warm-hearted, wonderful father, friend, great conversationalist, as well as someone who lived and loved life to the fullest, and stuck with everybody through thick and thin, despite getting assignments all over the country, as a famous free-lance photo journalist. September 11th, 2001, started as an ordinary day for me. When I heard about the airplanes hitting the WTC Towers, thereby causing them to collapse in a mass of smoke and fire, at first, I thought it might be a hoax, but when I saw the grisly scenes on television, I knew otherwise. It was a rather freaky thing to see! Although an old friend of mine who lives up in New Hampshire and I had planned to go to downtown Boston on the following Saturday, she called to beg off, due to being frightened and worried, but I manage to talk her into coming, which she did. She, her oldest daughter, and I met in Downtown Boston, where we went to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) to see an exhibit, walked around, and then had lunch in Boston's North End. It was a perfect September day, with bright sunshine, and crisp air...perfect for walking around the city, and my friend and her daughter were both glad that I'd talked them into coming. Now for the real crux of my essay: In mid-August of 2001, roughly a month before 9/11, I received a small ad in the mail about a special upcoming 40th Anniversary screening of the film West Side Story, at 7:00, on Saturday, October 6th, at NYC's renowned Radio City Music Hall. I had just arrived home from an annual eye-dilation examination when I received a phone call from some old (now-deceased) friends of mine who'd lived in Boston but moved own to NYC years ago, and knew that West Side Story was (and still is!) my all time favorite movie. When they asked if I wanted them to get some tickets to attend the upcoming screening of West Side Story at Radio City Music Hall, I immediately said yes. After a little bit of a snafu, the tickets for the special West Side Story event were obtained. Saturday, October 6th, 2001 dawned bright and sunny, with somewhat crisp early autumn air. Leaving Somerville shortly before seven that morning, I drove down to the Big Apple, arriving at around noontime. My cousin, who then lived in a condominium on the Upper West Side, had graciously allowed me to stay overnight in her condo, while she and her husband went to upstate New York for that weekend. We met, embraced, hung out and talked for afew hours, and walked around in the lovely nearby Tryon Park. Afew hours later, my cousin and her husband departed for upstate New York, and I took a livery cab down to my old friends' apartment building down on Riverside Drive, where we met, and took a bus to Radio City Hall. There was already a line of people waiting to get into RCMH for the special West Side Story screening, which my friends were just as excited about as I was. After a brief look in my pocketbook by a security person (as everybody else had to undergo), we took our seats in the gigantic auditorium. There were throngs of people, and even the press was there to report on the big event of the night. After a spate of rather long-winded speeches from (the late) Robert Wise, as well as members of the cast/crew who'd been able to make it to this event, the movie started. What a Saturday night out that was! Radio City Music Hall was packed with an exuberant, friendly crowd, and there was much applause and finger-snapping from the audience at the end of each song/scene from West Side Story. The film West Side Story, when shown on a great big, wide movie theatre screen, takes on a magical, almost 3-dimensional quality. The scenery appears more expansive, and one can see all of everything. The brilliantly intense Bernstein Musical Score and the beautifully-choreographed dancing by the late Jerome Robbins, as well as the richly-colored costumes and cinematography all seem even more intense and more emphatic when this special classic is played on a great big, wide movie theatre screen, with the lights down low, as well. From the warring Jets and Sharks to the romancing Tony and Maria, to the bitter, bigoted Lt. Schrank, from Doc the Candy Store owner to Anita and Bernardo, and Ofcr Krupke, the various characters of West Side Story all seem to move much more fluidly and freely, and in a much wider, more open space. Moreover, seeing this great classic on a great big, wide screen enables one to see and appreciate the film West Side Story for the great work of art that it really and truly is. The fact that West Side Story was preserved as a larger-than-life piece of theatre when it was transferred from stage to screen also gave it its strength, and helped make it the dynamic package that it really is. I took a cab back to my cousin's condominium, where I was staying for the night, dropping my friends off, as well. It had been a wonderful evening. The fact that five or six thousand people showed up at Radio City Music Hall that night was proof that people could still get together for a spectacular event, despite the freaky, horrific events of 9/11 that occurred less than a month before. I left for home on Sunday afternoon, which also dawned bright and sunny. It had been a wonderful weekend. The change in scenery, along with seeing old friends and relatives, as well as a special movie had given me a badly-needed lift after a sad, strange and rough year. My dad would've wanted me to do that. TAGS: 9/11., radio city music hall, west side story (1961 film)
  8. I saw this for the first time tonight. I realized part way through that this was the original version of the Grace Kelly/Alec Guiness/Louis Jourdan movie that I adore and find irresistible. A.G. was hilarious This is a much more fun film to watch than Black Legion which I watched earlier tonight. Lillian Gish is the princess and of all people, her mother is played by Marie Dressler. I found this hard to get past as they do not look to me as if they could be mother and daughter. I enjoyed the film, but it doesn't hold a candle to the remake from 1956 in my opinion. I say this knowing full well that I am a fan of everyone involved in the remake. I admit this. And finally, I succeeded in watching two PVR recordings that I planned to watch once and then delete to try to cut down on my PVR. ......Granted, being that this movie is short and I'm recording movies overnight, this isn't decreasing the volume much...... Oh, well.
  9. name that movie...

    Looking for the name of a movie shown on TCM years ago - involves a WWII flight crew sent back to the US for a bond tour. The manager assigned to them turns out to be a woman, she and one of the men (the pilot?) of course end up falling in love. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie it's revealed he's sick and doesn't have long to live. He tips his airplane wings at her in greeting when flying overhead. One of the crewmembers has a wooden leg. Wish I could remember more of this so as to give a better description, but I remember loving the movie and would like to find it to rewatch it. Thank you for any info provided!
  10. I remember watching this classic movie, but for the life of me I can't remember the title or any of the names of the actors, just the plot! I recall it was in color, probably a film made in the late 1950's / American movie set in Spain or Italy, period drama about a royal Spanish Lady that's supposed to wed / arranged marriage with a nobleman from England (maybe), and then she get's abducted by a criminal and later on she gives up the throne and elopes with this same criminal, and her lady's maid falls for her English man - I remember a scene at the end of the film where they are both in a small floating boat. For sure, the two leads / the male criminal and lady are both dark brunettes. The plot is similar to The Spanish Main - 1945 but it definitely doesn't star any Maureern O'Haras or Paul Henreids. Can someone pleeeeeeeeeease give me any suggestions here, anything that comes close will suffice because I've been haunted to find this movie for over 20 years now - I just must know what film this is!! Thank you soooooo much!!! )))
  11. While I was waiting for The Ten Commandments to download last night, I whiled away the time watching Casablanca again. I have seen this movie countless times, and for me, it was the film that motivated me into being the movie lover I am today. There is a magic about this story and its production that always grips me. Last night's viewing reminds me that this story takes me to foreign shores, yet the production never leaves Burbank, CA. Well, maybe there's a scene at the Van Nuys airport, but again, not that far. I still buy it. It is such masterful production design, it hooks me everytime, even when fully aware of the actual shooting locales. Am I the only one who feels like this?

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