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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 r
  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?
  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 28t
  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. > > >
  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
  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
  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.
  15. Oh, Thanks, CineMaven. I'll scroll back and read that post about *Tough Guy*. Sorry I missed it earlier. I first fell for Calleia when I saw *Five Came Back*. I also thought that *Gilda* (Rita Hayworth) should have run away with Joe C. or Steven Geray (the men's room attendant) and let Glenn Ford and George MacCready work things out by themselves (neither of them were worth diddly to her). As to Valentino, I think I've seen most of what is available of his films, but I am afraid I can't get past the sideburns and plucked eyebrows. I liked *Four Horseman of the Apocalypse* best, but tha
  16. > {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote} > > > And I've also been watching "tough guy" Joe Calleia all weekend...what's wrong with me? Did you see Joe C. and Jackie Cooper in *Tough Guy* (1936)? I cried more than Jackie did in that one. I think of Calleia as a cousin of Jack LaRue. There's that soulful secret pain in both their faces and something totally unexpected when they break into a smile.
  17. This is brilliantly funny. You had me with the Ed Begley line. Thanks so much for writing this piece.
  18. WoW, JF. Don't hold back on your likes and dislikes in Zhivago, please. I saw this in the theater a few years ago (well, several now, in the '80s). Every time I see Lara ironing just before she and Yuri say goodbye after months of treating the poor dregs of the Russian army and she says she's "sad. really sad, " and the sunflower petals so artfully start to shed like golden tears, I kept wondering where that raucous girl with the great grin in *Billy Liar* went to? Julie Christie was so wonderful in that film, and every one since then seemed to exist to suppress her high-spirited nature.
  19. This is a fantastic idea for a thread, filmlover. I am enjoying reading the items you are posting each day. Thank you so much for making this commitment to share this with others. You're one of the best to give us something to look forward to this way. (Or do I mean look back at?)
  20. > {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote} > Joyce and Kay are both marvelous - Joyce makes *The Old Dark House* worth watching, she really gets layers into that performance that you don't even begin to expect in such a goofy movie. Her role in *The Americanization of Emily* is pretty deep, too, but way too small. > > I think Kay Walsh is marvelous... she's in my top three or four. Never gave a bad performance, and no matter how brittle her character is, you still feel for her, underneath it all. Yes, I really love her. I'd watch any movie she is in. > > Vivien Leigh
  21. Glad you liked seeing this, Fred. Sure wish we could see the whole movie! I agree about Kim Novak's interesting voice change as well. I just thought that Novak was being a tad "theatrical" in a la-dee-dah way, but she was fairly spot-on in her imitation of Jeanne Eagels interesting speech pattern here. > {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote} > >> I took it as Sondergaard meting out wifely justice. Bette Davis' "THE LETTER" is one of my favorite films. Hi CineMaven: The Chinese woman played by Sondergaard in one of your (and many of ours) favorite films in the original ve
  22. For more factual information about Jeanne Eagels, here is a website devoted to her: http://www.jeanneeagels.com/|http://www.jeanneeagels.com/ Thanks to Mr. 6666's "eagel-eye," below are links to two scenes from Jeanne Eagels 1929 version of Maugham's The Letter, found on youtube. It is fascinating to see how much more direct this movie is than the classic 1939 Wyler version with Betty Davis. Even in these fragments, Eagels is quite compelling. The Eagels version was directed by the French filmmaker Jean de Limur, who also worked with her on her second and last film, *Jealousy* (1
  23. Hi Fred, As far as I know right now these movies are the only ones that are currently online in this unedited, fairly high quality video format. I'm crossing my fingers that this may mean that more of the BFI archives will be in the pipeline eventually. There certainly are some films among their holdings that are in the public domain and would not involve costly, time consuming research prior to sharing online. I would also love to see some of recorded conversations with filmmakers who visited the BFI over the years online along with more films. This is a step in the right direction. I
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