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  1. If we talk about movie musicals of the 1940's, we have to include Vera Ellen! She not only danced in the 40's but sequeyed into big films of the 1950s as well. Vera Ellen danced as Ivy Smith in On the Town pairing up with Gene Kelly*, as well as in other musical films, such as Words and Music (1948), Wonder Man (1945) and The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) the last two with Danny Kaye. As we head into the 1950's next week, she will appear in 1950's White Christmas, Three Little Words, and The Belle of New York, etc. Vera Ellen was an amazing dancer who could embrace tap, ballet and jazz very skillfully. She had a mean nerve tap as well to rival Ann Miller and Eleanor Powell, but also had an athletic style, vivacious and full of energy. As "Miss Turnstiles" she was the one sought after throughout the film, On the Town, and got to show off her abilities. In White Christmas, she dazzled again with many great dance numbers - classics - and showed off her acting as well. Thee were many dancers of the era in the 40s and the upcoming 50's as well, including Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Carol Haney and of course, Leslie Caron. I hope that we go into all of their films and careers, but let's not forget, Vera Ellen! What do you think about Vera? ----------------------------------------------------- *Quiz #2 was a bit vague in its question about who Gene Kelly paired up with. Vera Ellen was not in the multiple choice list of answers; therefore, Betty Garrett was the one I chose because she was in the film, On the Town, but Vera was the actual dancing partner.
  2. Let me tell you something.I am looking forward to my pre-ordered copy.The fact is about his film is that the two color technicolor is slightly enhanced, but, it's not drastically changed.Still, it should not have been touched.I saw Mab Hollywoods modern trailer advertisement on Vimeo.Most of the scenes color remained pure, but where there was a green reflection on skin tones to props it, it was removed.I'm guessing that the preservationist wanted to bring out the colors marked by the green without making it look like 3 strip technicolor.Once again, probably, the preservationist did not like the color, Why?it's obvious that they were working for the investors of the preservation project.Who were they? Universal and some other wealthy investors who wanted there returns immediately, probably.by focusing only on the casual fan fo classic films, rather than them and us fans of film history, cause we demand accuracy.Money was being put first before history.This is a shame.Nevertheless the less the way the trailer looked was that not all color was changed to look modern.Remember even gone with the wind was enhanced, The original print has softer pastels.King of jazz has it's mono track, since they use one track for everything, in the beginning of sound and talking films.Still, the preservationist should have removed scratches only let it looked in that pristine two color technicolor 35mm print.If you have seen the frames this is the way it looks and was meant to be seen in 1930.The preservationist obviously made a compromise.It isn't that bad as the way d.r. x and mystery of the wax museum and the color sequence in Ben Hur and more recent Whoopee.If Time Warner ever releases Viennese nights or Under a Texas moon to Mamba, if that films are ever restored, or the upgrade version of Mysterious Island, they could give those films a 3 color treatment unless they changed their mind.Mammy color sequence is not enhnaced.I'm guessing there could have been a copyright against the change.That was a blessing. if I'm right.Since King of jazz looked that it was barely touched, it's still worth buying in March or April.I don't think t.c.m. will premiere it yet.Any how it is a lot better than the VHS version.
  3. Let me tell you something.I am looking forward to my pre-ordered copy.The fact is about his film is that the two color technicolor is slightly enhanced, but, it's not drastically changed.Still, it should not have been touched.I saw Mab Hollywoods modern trailer advertisement on Vimeo.Most of the scenes color remained pure, but where there was a green reflection on skin tones to props it, it was removed.I'm guessing that the preservationist wanted to bring out the colors marked by the green without making it look like 3 strip technicolor.Once again, probably, the preservationist did not like the color, Why?it's obvious that they were working for the investors of the preservation project.Who were they? Universal and some other wealthy investors who wanted there returns immediately, probably.by focusing only on the casual fan fo classic films, rather than them and us fans of film history, cause we demand accuracy.Money was being put first before history.This is a shame.Nevertheless the less the way the trailer looked was that not all color was changed to look modern.Remember even gone with the wind was enhanced, The original print has softer pastels.King of jazz has it's mono track, since they use one track for everything, in the beginning of sound and talking films.Still, the preservationist should have removed scratches only let it looked in that pristine two color technicolor 35mm print.If you have seen the frames this is the way it looks and was meant to be seen in 1930.The preservationist obviously made a compromise.It isn't that bad as the way d.r. x and mystery of the wax museum and the color sequence in Ben Hur and more recent Whoopee.If Time Warner ever releases Viennese nights or Under a texas moon to Mamba,if that films is ever restored, or the up grade vesrion of Mysterious Island,they could give those films a 3 color treament ,unles they changed their mind .Mammy color sequence are not enhnaced.I'm guessing there could have been a copy right agaisnt the change.That was a blessing,if i'm right.Since King of jazz looked that it was barely touched,it's still worth buying in march or april.I don't think t.cm will premiere it yet .Any how it is alot better than the vhs version.
  4. Les Stances a Sophie is a French New Wave Film directed by Academy Award winner Moshe Mizrahi. The film is very notable for one of my favorite jazz albums. The story of the band who recorded it--The Art Ensemble of Chicago--is a great tale in and of itself, but the soundtrack is a work of beauty. But I can't find this film for the life of me! I did request it but they only very rarely take requests. Nothing on Wikipedia, Amazon has nothing, and could only find traces of it online. I know for a fact it is not lost, as a blog recently reviewed it, but I just want to see this movie.
  5. Some times back I sent an inquire to universal home video. When they were going to release king of jazz restored version on DVD or home video,Their response was denial that it was a universal film product.These corporate fascist were denying this film that they owned,They are not going to release it .They are being selfish.
  6. Does anyone know that jazzy female sung tune with the horns in the latest TCM promo? It starts with a Memorial Day montage and moves into other summer themes. Is there a thread for TCM promo music? Thanks in advance!

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