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Posts posted by DavidEnglish

  1. > what many called a 'directors cut' but was done without Lynch's input and

    > was a lengthened cut that added a lot of material cut from the theatrical

    > version along with some horribly crude paintings.


    Lynch hated the extended television version so much, he insisted the director credit be changed to Alan Smithee (that's a generic director credit for disowned movies). For the writer's credit -- and I think also for his small acting role-- he used the name Judas Booth. It's an amalgam of Judas Iscariot (betrayer) and John Wilkes Booth (assassin).




  2. I'm also a big fan of Lubitsch and Hitchcock. Here's my favorite quote about Lubitsch:


    "I still remember the day of the funeral. After the ceremony, William Wyler and I walked silently to our car. Finally, I said, just to say something to break the silence, ?No more Lubitsch.? To which Wyler replied, ?Worse than that ? no more Lubitsch films.'"


    ? Billy Wilder (Action!, Magazine of the Screen Directors Guild of America; November 1967)

  3. Sandy,


    Yep, that's the famous shot where Mamoulian told Garbo to think of nothing. The theory was that the audience would project whatever meaning they wanted onto her face. Works for me -- but then I'm a Keaton fan, so I'm easily impressed by a stone face.



  4. > Would someone fill me in on the short film "La Jet?e" (1962).

    > I missed the first five minutes


    It starts with the narrator explaining that as a child he saw someone murdered at the airport. Many years later, following a nuclear war, he is chosen to participate in time travel experiments, in part because he has vivid memories of the past. The experiments are initiated in what is supposed to be our future, and he travels back to what is supposed to be our present. He meets a woman there and begins to fall in love with her.


    That should cover the first five minutes or so -- without giving away too much of the plot.



  5. > He was either crazy or supremely optimistic and/or naive


    That's an excellent description of the character Herzog is consistently drawn to, both for his documentaries and his fictional films. Jean Renoir said, "A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again." That's certainly true for Herzog.



  6. A quirk in the forum software places edited messages at the top of the queue, throwing off the chronological sequence of the posts. If someone decides to delete large numbers of posts by editing out the text, it can cause new posts to become lost in a storm of updates. That's the what. As for the why? I haven't a clue.


    Edit: As movieman1957 suggests, it centers around someone wanting to remove all traces of himself or herself. Having a less obtrusive deletion method built into the forum software could help to prevent this in the future.

  7. A scientist interested in all things avian became obsessed with the ways in which seagull biology interacted with that of other mammalian physiology. This rather strange-minded individual found that by feeding live seagulls to porpoises he could make the fishlike mammals live forever. When he was out collecting more seagulls for his nonenvironmentally sound experiments, a lion escaped from the local zoo and took up residence in his driveway. Upon returning and finding the lion rather docile, the scientist jumped over the lion (bearing his cage of soon-to-be-porpoise-food) with the intent of proceeding to his laboratory. A police officer happening by witnessed this and immediately arrested the scientist. The charge: Transporting gulls across a staid lion for immortal porpoises.

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