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About maximillian1917

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  1. How about Jack Carson? Often the straight man or comic relief, his parts in such classics as MILDRED PIERCE and A STAR IS BORN highlighted that hostile edge that glinted beneath the surface of his acting. I always loved it when, commenting on his own sharp business practices in MILDRED PIERCE, he commented, under his breath, "I'm so smart, it oughta be illegal..." In A STAR IS BORN his studio publicist character's loathing for James Mason is evident in each of his queasy smiles as he attempts to corral the actor into toeing the studio line. Later, after a chance meeting at the race track
  2. Here's some suggestions of some apparently forgotten movies: 1. TUNES OF GLORY (1960): A great performance from Alec Guinness, unlike anything he'd ever done, as a blustering Scot lording over a regiment in the postwar period. John Mills is equally good as a psychologically fragile returnee from the war. 2. THE LOCKET (1946): Larraine Day is excellent as an unbalanced beauty whose quirks lead such diverse men as Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond and Robert Mitchum close to their doom. Don't miss the fascinating effects during the wedding sequence. 3. THE BIG COMBO (1955): Ugly as sin and
  3. Patricia Collinge in "The Little Foxes" (1941), as Birdie gives one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. Her broken, alcoholic character sees her family for what it is, tries to warn her young niece (Teresa Wright) about the reality of the situation, and, still longs for whatever tenderness she can find in her life. She breaks your heart as she winces at the sound of her husband's voice. This actress only made 7 movies in her career, but this one probably ought to be studied by any acting student. Interestingly, according to director William Wyler's bio by Jan Herman, Miss Collinge
  4. Mrkgeegee, You're probably kidding, but just in case you are unaware of the fame of these two living American singing institutions, you may wish to check out a couple of their web shrines, as seen below. Both gentlemen came to fame in the fifties, and are still going strong. Jerry Vale is in the bel canto singing tradition of Italian-Americans, as exemplified by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Vic Damone and others. His repetoire includes love songs from the great composers such as Berlin & Porter, but he also sings in Italian. His singing has a distinctive warble to it. Las
  5. I'd love to see someone tackle an adaptation of J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", even though 95% of the story takes place in Holden Caufield's mind. Perhaps a Steven Spielberg or Robert Zemeckis might consider it--that is if the grouchy Salinger allowed it to be made into a movie. Any Guy de Maupassant story could be adapted and easily updated, since so many of them seem utterly contemporary, though they were written over a hundred years ago. "Sailor on Horseback", a biography of Jack London by Irving Stone would make a great picture too--though I believe a film about London was
  6. Some of the info in this article from the Sunday New York Times might be interesting to regular viewers of TCM. Please note-this article is being reproduced for informational purposes only and is not intended to violate any copyright laws.: April 20, 2003 The Living Room Revival House By STEVE VINEBERG TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES is a movie lover's paradise, an unending film festival. The revival house is dead in all but a handful of fortunate cities, and most neighborhood video stores stock a limited number of pictures made before the youngest clerks were born. Many titles have gone o
  7. Too bad this obvious non-thinker didn't catch that misspelling of "Therfore" in the subject line.
  8. Film has recorded such feats as a pirate's leap, an embattled cavalry charge, and a balletic dance, but there's one human activity that the most accomplished actors and actresses strive to suggest to an audience--THINKING. Could you name any classic actors or actresses who are especially adept at drawing us in and suggesting that they are wrapped in thought? Or, conversely, anyone who might want to leave the cogitating to others on the silver screen?
  9. How about Mary Renault's books about ancient Greece, among the best are "A Bull From the Sea" and "The King Must Die"? The new digitization techniques could add crowd pleasing fantasy to the wonderfully told stories. I'd also suggest "The Daughter of Time" about a modernday hospitalized detective trying to solve the mystery of Richard III and the two royal boys lost in the Tower of London 5 centuries ago. It's very entertaining and speculative history!
  10. There's another well done telephone scene by Montgomery Clift in "The Misfits"(1961). Clift has just gotten out of hospital after being bucked off a horse(or is it a bull?), and he's quite banged up, with a bandage round his skull and a broken nose. While Gable, Monroe, Ritter and Wallach wait for him in the car, Clift calls his mother from a phone booth, reassuring her, (and lying to her), telling her, (and himself), that everything's fine, and he's doing great on the rodeo circuit. The way he speaks to her and the things he says aren't significant or true, but there is something about i
  11. I like Paul Newman and I admire his charitable work, but there's something restrained about many of his performances to me--even "The Hustler" and "The Verdict" seemed like self-concious acting to me. For some reason, I liked him much more in small, later movies, such as "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge", "Blaze", "Nobody's Fool", "Twilight" and the very well done, "Where the Money Is". In these later movies he's not trying to win awards or prove anything, and I think his acting is all the better for it. Hey, I hope they give him a month celebrating his movies. Maybe I'd change my mind about hi
  12. Well, I don't think Streep's ever been cast as a sexy siren of any kind. Don't you think that she's more in the tradition of such actresses as Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland? I hope that she'll always find some work, even in our often crass, shallow world--look at her this year, she's in "The Hours" , "Adaptation", the mini-series "Angels in America" and a current production being filmed called "Flora Plum". I'd say she ain't washed up yet! On another part of this subject, it just occurred to me that if Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas were young actors today, they'd
  13. Yeah, Nick, like MGM didn't cannibalize their own scripts on a regular basis...it worked once, it might work twice, I guess!
  14. There's an interesting telephone scene in "A Place in the Sun" when Montgomery Clift, who is embarassed, speaks to his evangelical worker mother (Ann Revere, around the time that her career was cut short by McCarthyism). His awkwardness, as he speaks to her from their relative's palatial mansion, is palpable and helps to underline his desire to bury the past and make something of himself in what he thinks is a better life.
  15. How about Brendan Fraser? His square-jawed good looks could have led him to be a swashbuckling type in the golden era as well.
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