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Stephen44

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  1. It's not just AMC that has changed it is the whole media business that has dumbed down it's offerings with reality shows and celebrity gossip. The 1979 movie Network accurately predicted the media world that we are being subjected to today.
  2. I would agree that Keeler is a little unpolished but, like you said, it has become one of the charming elements in the film. She is certainly more interesting to watch in black and white than a more polished, slick performer like Esther Williams in Technicolor.
  3. I just watched this movie for the umpteenth time and continue to be impressed with it's Camp style. I heard that they originally wanted to use Greta Garbo for the part of Dominique Francon. That would have been glorious. The Queen of Camp in this classic. As a consolation, the steamy off screen affair between Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal gave the movie plenty of oomph to go along with the film's highly stylized characters.
  4. I just watched this movie for the umpteenth time and continue to be impressed with it's Camp style. I heard that they originally wanted to use Greta Garbo for the part of Dominique Francon. That would have been glorious. The Queen of Camp in this classic. As a consolation, the steamy off screen affair between Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal gave the movie plenty of oomph to go along with the film's highly stylized characters.
  5. Another thought...I would be interested in seeing Robert Downey Sr's other films. The only one that I have ever seen is "Putney Swope", which is probably his best known and commercially successful film.
  6. Pink Flamingos was one of the movies that made me a cult film nut You have got to be kidding. You'll never see this film on tcm. I'll look at anything but the ending to this film is pushing that statement. I would like to see John Waters host a segment with John Osborne. I don't think he has unless I missed it. Anyway back to the topic. I would like to see "Putney Swope" on tcm.
  7. I knew I wasn't losing my mind she was marvelous in that role. I was wondering what ever happened to Ms Hartley. Oops! It's Elizabeth Hartman, sorry. She commited suicide in 1987 at the age of 44. She also starred in an early Francis Ford Coppola film "Your a Big Boy Now" in 1966 with Karen Black, Julie Harris and Rip Torn.
  8. Shelly Winters If I remeber wasn't she in A Patch Of Blue? Yes, your right. A Patch of Blue also featured Elizabeth Hartley, who didn't make many movies but was an interesting actress partly because of her early demise.
  9. In my opinion Elizabeth Taylor has consistently given the best performances in her films of any other actress on the planet....."Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", compare her portrayal to the 1998 Showtime version with Jessica Lange. "Father of the Bride", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Taming of the Shrew", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf", "Butterfield 8". Another actress that I am most fond of is Shelly Winters. She has always had a strong prescence on screen. Compare her performance as the mother in the 1962 version of "Lolita" with Melanie Griffith's performance in the 1997 remake. Other memorable performances to me are "Night of the Hunter", "Alfie" and "A Place in the Sun".
  10. I'm not really a big Ken Russell fan, usually try watching his films out of curiosity, though. I would like to see "Valentino" with Rudolph Nureyev again, because of my dance background and the terrific tango he does with Antony Dowell at the beginning of the film. Haven't seen this in decades, and I can't really remember how bad and/or camp the rest of the film is. That's another film that I haven't seen. I remember hearing about it. This man has produced a lot of films. I wouldn't categorize his work as Camp. I don't think his work is at all "tongue in cheek". I think his films are energetic, exuberant and silly at times but this is not Warhol silly. Have you seen the BBC Docudrama about Issadora Duncan that he made in the mid 60's? I would be interested in your opinion of this film with your dance background.
  11. I would love to see Andy Warhol's three great flesh flicks: "Trash," "Heat" and "Flesh.", I remember "Trash". I also remember a Warhol film about Dracula, maybe the title was "Dracula". The story line was that Dracula could only drink the blood of virgins and all the women that he attacked always told him they were virgins. Of course they were not and so Dracula would become violently ill after feasting on their blood. This movie was in the style of Trash and very funny. Would love to see it and the ones that you requested. Thats two votes.
  12. Of the Russell films that I have seen I tend to enjoy the more conventional ones. "Women in Love" and the two made for BBC tv documentaries that I mentioned. The fringe films like "The Devils" and "Lair of the White Worm" are more challenging to watch but well worth the effort.
  13. Yes, his films are definitely over the top, in a positive sense. I haven't seen "Salome" or "Crimes of Passion". I'll make an effort to see them although I would be surprised if they will be offered on TCM.
  14. I very rarely see his films shown. I don't even know if TCM has ever shown them. I think he's first rate. The Russell films that I have seen are definitely on the edge. The only film that I have recorded of his is "Women in Love", which I must have recorded off HBO or something years ago. I have seen several of his films over the years, including "The Music Lovers", "Tommy", The Devils, Altered States, Gothic and The Lair of the White Worm. In addition to his films I saw two shorter dramas that Russell directed in the mid 60's for the BBC. "Always on Sunday" about the life of the French painter Henri Rousseau. The other drama was "Issadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World". I saw both of these films in the 70's on PBS. I don't know if they are still available but they are excellent and left a lasting impression on me. All of the Russell films that I have seen have a great deal of energy...Baroque style.
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