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  1. The only scene I believed and liked in *The Gift of Love*: Lauren Bacall whinnying like a horse and Evelyn Rudie responding in kind. Betty was fine, but oh, that schmaltz-greased script. Thank you so much for finding *Sentimental Journey* (1946), Miss G.
  2. Hi Anne- You should able to log on without any problem. I checked your connection to the SSO and all seems well. Please let me know if you have further issues. Thanks, Moira
  3. {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote}Moira, > Do you have an Ikea near you? They have great bookcases for us mid-century modern lovers. > > They also have mail order! Oh, yeah, Lynn, do I know Ikea!!? I am halfway between two Ikea places and have already purchased their Swedish modern bookcases 8 times (yeah, there are that many books, dvds and assorted tchotkes littering my world). I think it really may be time for one of my Spring purges. This Spring, I finally gave Goodwill my M.C. Hammer and Palazzo pants from the '80s (am I dating myself? But girl, they were really comfortable). Now, if I can just extend that streamling approach to the home.
  4. Wow, the clean and modern decor and architecture in this thread makes me wish I were clean and modern enough to live in such a place. I thought I was doing okay when I stopped having a home that looked like a dorm room, but you guys are amazingly well-versed in styles of interior decor. As long as I don't create a home that looks like something the legendary Collier brothers would think of as "homey" I figure I am still alright. Drawing on your vast knowledge of styles in home furnishing, do you have any suggestions about how to display lots of books without creating that cluttered look? Anxious to fit in but knowing I won't--your obedient fan, Moira
  5. Thanks to everyone who has posted their festival adventures, comments and pictures in this section of the boards. Those of us who could not be there can warm ourselves before the glow of your fresh memories! It's a joy to read.
  6. Jeez, Bronxie, Before I got glasses I once thought that I saw Samuel Beckett driving a bread delivery van, but you have me beat by a mile, finding Signoret and Demon Babes lurking amid the glue sticks and silk flowers in Michael's Store. I'm glad you're posting, though Bela's appeal also eludes me, I'm afraid. I did like seeing him in the silents despite my lack of insight into his intensity. How do you feel about Boris Karloff?
  7. See, Bronxgirl. I don't get Valentino. I don't get Ricardo Cortez. But I do get your yen for Yul ...Or is it just Pharaoh ants in your pants? :0 (Who said that?)
  8. Have you ever wished that you could step into a silent film like *Buster Keaton* did in Sherlock, Jr. (1924) and experience that other world? The upcoming guest at *The Silver Screen Oasis* in April will bring us as close to that wondrous experience as possible. In fact, retracing the steps of *Keaton, Chaplin* and *Lloyd* (and more) are on the horizon for discussion at the classic film discussion site the SSO later this month. The non-profit site is pleased to announce that film historian John Bengtson will be our Guest Author from Tuesday, April 24th through Saturday, April 28th, 2012. You can see more about the site and this visit here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/index.php Mr. Bengtson, a lawyer as well as film historian, blends cinematic archeology with social and urban history through his unique approach to examining the locations where and when films were shot. His work, which The New York Times described as a “Proustian collage of time and memory, biography and history, urban growth and artistic expression,” takes us on a virtual tour of the sites that provided inspiration for such giants as *Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin* and *Buster Keaton* through his books, films and website. Researching his discoveries of locations where films were shot and placing them in a social and cultural context has proved fascinating as he unearthed subtle class differences among these comic stars, the way that sequences were edited together (sometimes jumping from city to city, as in the case of Lloyd's hectic 1928 comedy, Speedy), and sometimes taking walking tours of the actual places that still exist in some form. *John Bengtson*'s books include the following : [silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd (Santa Monica Press, 2011)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=silentvisions&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5] [silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin (Santa Monica Press, 2006)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=chaplin&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5] [silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood through the Films of Buster Keaton (Santa Monica Press,1999)|http://santamonicapress.com/index.php?page_name=silentechoes&page_type=book&show=desc&hide0=excerpt&hide1=author&hide2=reviews&hide5=number5] In addition to these enchanting books, which make city streets and spots where early films were made come alive with their history, Bengtson has hosted events at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He has also contributed to many of the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of films of Chaplin and Keaton, which are linked at his blog, [silent Locations|http://silentlocations.wordpress.com/](shown below) where he writes about his ongoing passion for Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd. [sILENT LOCATIONS - John Bengtson's Blog|http://silentlocations.wordpress.com/author-dvdblu-ray-special-programs/] For a taste of the kind of film history that *John Bengtson* can unearth on just a simple walk around the streets of bustling Los Angeles, please see this brief youtube video: Please consider this your invitation to join us between April 24th-April 28th at the Silver Screen Oasis for this exciting special event and welcome John to our classic film discussion group.
  9. The book does sound more interesting than the movie...but, Christy, an important question is--Did you see *Rod Taylor*?!
  10. {quote:title=tapit wrote:}{quote} > I'm teaching a class on Herzog's "Grizzly Man" and want to mention a few other films, docs and features, about people who live with/identify with wild animals. > > Any suggestions would be great. > > > > > > The one that's gnawing at my brain and I can't remember its name is set in the early 20th century and features a researcher who's dropped off with his gear in Alaska and who lives with the wolves- eventually identifying with them. I think he's naked at the end running around with the pack. > > > > > > Thanks! > Tapit, I hope some of these suggestions might be useful to you as well: *Sequoia* (1934-Chester M. Franklin) is an early talkie that featured some remarkable footage of pumas, deer and other animals peacefully inhabiting the same frame. Starring Jean Parker, it was based on Vance Joseph Hoyt's novel and has a quiet power that is hard to forget--especially those scenes when humans are no where to be seen. I saw this on TCM some time ago, but I don't believe it has ever been available on VHS or DVD, though there might be a transfer to a DVD-r somewhere that you could view. *The Yearling* (1945-Clarence Brown) might be useful for your class to examine the relationship between a boy and a fawn and the inevitable separation. This movie is on DVD and is frequently shown on TCM. *Andre* (1994-George Miller) is a fictionalized account of the impact on a Maine family who formed a relationship with a sea lion who eventually went back to the wild, but continued to visit for years in the early '60s. It has some cutesy moments, but the seal's presence in and around a human home seems more impossible than endearing. This movie is on DVD. *Christian the Lion* (1971-Bill Travers) is a documentary that tells the true story of a lion cub, born in a zoo, who was puchased by two London shopkeepers, who raised him in the shop window, loved him, and realized he could not stay with them. After a year, a chance meeting with Bill Travers (of Born Free fame) led to their meeting the real life George Adamson, who helped them to re-orient Christian to his natural habitat in Africa.This movie is readily available on DVD. *To Walk With Lions* (1999-Carl Schultz) is a fictional dramatization of the last years of the life of George Adamson (well played by Richard Harris in the movie). The dramatic story deals with efforts to continue to protect lions and elephants in a nature preserve under great pressure in Kenya's changing environment. It is available on DVD.
  11. > {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}:_| :_| > > This is wonderfully edited. I think I had a catharsis, Doctor Maven! Thank you, though I wonder if the Bee Gees were a bit peppier than needed about wringing those teardrops from us?
  12. > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote}{quote} > > It's that face of hers....she has the worn, bitter looking face of a film noir femme. She always seems like it's a struggle for her to smile. This makes her automatically "deeper" to me in the sometimes lightweight roles. For instance, remember her in *The Mating Season* with Gene Tierney and John Lump I mean Lund? She plays Lumpy's ex-girlfriend and to me her whole presence in that movie lent a strangely dark and noirish slant that I kept expecting to go somewhere, lol. I have that problem with Jan Sterling too. I expect her to be edgy all the time, even when she's playing a bland, innocuous character that any other actress could play in her sleep. Sterling never seems to stop thinking, even when she's playing walking cliches. When I saw Rhubarb (1951), a comedy about a cat who inherits a baseball team that she made just after Ace in the Hole, I kept expecting her to be more than arm candy for Ray Milland--but no, she was just a girl! I think that I forget sometimes that an actress like Sterling made movies that we might regard as wonderful now, but in their day, films such as Ace in the Hole and Mystery Street, weren't necessarily likely to lead to more roles for her. She had to be commercial as well. I take it you and John Lund will not be an item any time soon, Miss G.?
  13. I like Baldwin much nore now that he has become a character actor, though I've never seen more of than five minutes of 30 Rock. I don't think he always parodies himself if the role calls for something more. In *The Cooler* (2003) he was great as a conflicted if weasely guy who'd been in casino management a little too long. Now that I discovered that movie was as long ago as 2003 I guess maybe the actor has decided to go for the steady paycheck if it calls for parody. If you ever have a chance to see Baldwin's first appearnce on Inside the Actor's Studio (yeah, I know) PLEASE watch it. It is an hour and a half of this guy describing what it means to try to make decent choices as an actor and the differences between ideals and realities. It's also so ruefully hilarious my face hurt from smiling and laughing after watching it.
  14. Hubba Hubba Alert: *Rod Taylor* near the top of his form is in *Hotel* (1967) on TCM tonight starting at 8pm EDT. At times it's a wee bit OTT, but it is saved by a great cast with Melvyn Douglas, Merle Oberon, Michael Rennie and Karl Malden, among others showing the back of the house efforts that keep a hotel humming...or not, since Kevin McCarthy is trying to take over. Somehow when Arthur Hailey wrote about earth bound organizations instead of airplanes, it didn't seem as dumb. But of course, maybe it's just because I get to see Mr. Taylor in this movie.
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