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About cigarjoe

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  1. I wrote this back in 2008: Westerns that were made in the 1939-1973 "Golden Age of The Western" (both in film & TV) have a certain pallet, part of it is a look that we who lived through that period or those of us that are Western Aficionados or just have seen a lot of Westerns recognise as being the "correct look" a feel that is the "correct feel" and certain traits that comprise the "correct deportment's" for a Western. Once you get those conventions correct then you can, within those conventions, try and push the envelope in a creative way. Granted that during that time period there was a gradual flexibility in character motivations between 1939 and and the early 1960's, look at the controversy surrounding the psychological Westerns and notably "High Noon". Later a more jarring one with coming of the anti hero in the Spaghetti Westerns, but the conventional look stayed generally within the same boundaries. We also had a more realistic depiction of violence ratcheted up over that period. Our stable of actors that could make a convincing lead in a Western are very limited. In the Golden Age the lead actor had a weary weathered leathery look and was usually in his thirties or older and was show to be wise beyond his years. The actors in their twenties played the young hot heads or the naive and inexperienced kids who usually made a fatal mistake and got blown away early. Now a days the scheme is turned on its head, it's the young adults and teens who are showed to be more knowledgeable than their elders, it may be playing to today's audience demographics but it doesn't ring true. On top of all that you had a stable of conventional character actors who made a career of just appearing in film Westerns and in TV Westerns who also contributed to that same "correct look" over the transitional change from cowboy as boyscout to cowboy as anti-hero in the span of their lives. Forget the hewing close to historical accuracy BS, or trying too hard to get the archaic speech patterns correct, the more modern directors attempt to make a Western too true to the actual historical West the farther they get away from the classic Western and its look. For me watching a Western should be like slipping into a comfortable old pair of shoes.
  2. It's pretty good, been a while since I've seen it though.
  3. Best known for Dark Shadows but in some films also. R.I.P. Willie.
  4. Not quite what you are asking for but I'll throw it out there. Academy Awards, USA. 2011 Winner - Honorary Award (13 Nov 2010) AMPAS Governors Awards: Given 'For a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters'. Eli Wallach - should have got nominated for The Good The Bad And The Ugly
  5. The book is great, you should also read his Film Noir dames book where he interviewed, Jane Greer, Evelyn Keyes, Marie Windsor, Audrey Totter, and others. BTW Muller's festival this year will be comprised of foreign films Noir City
  6. Are you asking for a picture of a bell housing? 😉
  7. Caught the beginning to about a 3rd through.
  8. Ever notice with TV shows and series we judge the complete run. Even though the individual shows occasionally have wide ranges of quality. It's the most memorable ones we remember. For instance Twilight Zone is remembered as pretty top notch, this is enforced by one of the cable channels yearly marathon of episodes, those episodes that they select are the great ones], but if you watch the complete series you realize there was an occasional almost stinker here and there among the greats. A series has a chance to find its way, it may be hit and miss but eventually it gets fine tuned. Films are more hit and miss.
  9. I've never seen Captive City
  10. A thing and an expression. A Gas Holder or Gasometer. Two of them at the far right below and below alongside the Queensboro Bridge in the film The Unsuspected. I lived pretty close to the two in the top picture. We kids just called them gas tanks. They were located at the ConEd's Astoria power plant, and were a part of ConEd's manufactured gas division. The Gas Holders got bigger or smaller depending on how much gas they held. Operating from the early 1800s to mid-1900s, these plants used whale oil, rosin, coal, or a mixture of coal, oil, and water, to produce a gas that could be distributed and used as fuel. The ones at Astoria used coal. However, some of the byproducts of gas production, such as coal tar (oily waste containing chemicals) are potentially hazardous to human health and the environment. I don't think there is one these expansion type holders left anyplace in the US.
  11. They should both be disqualified in a sane world.
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