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  1. I find this not so much troubling as implausible: despite being the subject of profiles in fan and movie magazines, that’s her with son William from a 1923 issue of Motion Picture Magazine, there is no such thing as A Hedda Hopper Film. She appeared in silent films, such as Don Juan (1926) with John Barrymore and Children Of Divorce (1927) with Gary Cooper and Clara Bow, none of which, I suspect, will be included among those screened. She often appeared as part of an ensemble cast, such as in Let Us Be Gay (1930) and Midnight (1939), with other top billed actors and actresses. In Doughnuts And
  2. I have had something of a love-hate relationship with the films of Woody Allen over the years, which has more recently mellowed into a can't wait to see what he does next sensibility. I agree with Emily that his choice of music/songs for the soundtrack is one element I loved from the beginning. I prefer his nostalgic visions of the past, and his early work reflects his developing style as a filmmaker, but his tendency to revisit certain subjects can produce mixed results. I recently caught Irrational Man (2015) and found it interesting, but a weak attempt to duplicate his Crimes and Misdemeano
  3. Filmie, that's hilarious; this could be the new standard, replace the tomatoes with numbers of asthma attacks a film induces. The scene of the floating head singing Brazil in the opening of the film reminds me of Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985), or any film by the director. Derek Jarman's films also tend to be on the surreal end of the spectrum; Tilda Swinton as Lady Ottoline Morrell in Wittgenstein (1993) is classic Jarman.
  4. In the immortal words of Monty Python, and now for something completely different: films that range from a bit weird, to artsy, to bad to a touch odd. The Color Of Pomegranates (1968): directed by Sergei Parajanov, this visually fascinating film explores obscure (to me) references to Armenian culture and history. The Ballad Of Tam Lin (1970): Roddy McDowall directed this film based on the Scottish legend, starring Ava Gardner, with Joanna Lumely in a bit part, the soundtrack captures the brief popularity of British Folk Music featuring the music of The Pentangle. Peau d'âne (1971
  5. I'm so mad I could bite myself! ~ Roscoe Ates as Peter Higgins to Polly Moran as Ivy Higgins in Politics (1931):
  6. EricJ, I remember a similar comparison, in the late 1990s, for some magazine or other no longer in publication. The comparison was between Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott. The rationale being similar names make it impossible to tell one from the other, ignoring the fact they share only a passing resemblance, one based mostly on hair color.
  7. Funny thing, Dargo, Candy Darling has more natural glamour than, say, Jayne Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe late in their respective careers.
  8. Mr. Snow: You would think a woman with nine children would have more common sense. Mrs. Snow: If I had more common sense, I wouldn't have nine children. ~ Mr. Snow to Mrs. Snow in Carousel (1956):
  9. The image of Jack Benny in drag, for his role in Charley’s Aunt (1951), reminds me that many of silent film’s biggest comedians often found themselves in predicaments requiring slightly more feminine attire. Roscoe “Fatty" Arbuckle dressed in women's clothing in many scenarios, and as much as I love Buster, frills and lace was probably not his best look. Charlie Chaplin dressed as a woman in a Keystone Comedy, but never after leaving the studio, however, his brother Syd had a role in Charley’s Aunt (1925), which required him to pass as a woman throughout most of the film. I chose this
  10. SansFin, I saw this recently based on your comments in Cave Girl's thread about magical films/magic in films. My knowledge of Russian cinema is extremely limited, and I really enjoyed discovering this film. The subversive humor came as a wonderful surprise, a bit of Month Python meets Peter Sellers. I understood the significance of some of the references, and I'm sure many more were over my head. I want to thank you for bringing this film to my/our attention.
  11. Dr. Ed, I couldn't agree with you more; I'm enjoying watching some old favorites featuring Marie Dressler. I find it a bit sad that when discussing her films, the focus is on another actress, such as Garbo, but her turn as SOTM gives her time in the spotlight. My favorite sound picture is Let Us Be Gay (1930), which, although a showcase for Norma Shearer, allows Marie to shine in a role tailor made for her humor and talent.
  12. Speaking of Crawford and McCambridge, two additional roles, from two separate films, come to mind. Joan Crawford plays a woman who becomes increasingly unstable in Possessed (1947), but with extenuating circumstances. If we accept the notion of the femme fatale in film noir, this film is proof of the homme fatal. Van Heflin takes far too much pleasure in causing Joanie's fall from grace. Mercedes McCambridge's character in Lightning Strikes Twice (1951) is a bit problematic: if you have seen the film, you will know why this is the case. If you have not seen the film, which is worth seeing
  13. Two films come to mind: Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring (1971) and The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), both of which I saw on television, either cable or PBS. The first film stars Sally Fields and has a somewhat heavy-handed anti-drug message. I thought, at the time, the film gave SF a chance to break free of her Gidget persona, but can't say if it would hold up after the passage of so many years. The second film stars Martin Sheen in the title role, a role that first introduced me to the actor. The intense subject matter is handled with sensitivity, and I still recall how it made a pro
  14. Hi Jeff, nice to hear from another fan of the glorious world of silent films. I suspect you won't have reason to check back for and answer, as the silent film forum doesn't have the same level of traffic as in the past. The answer to your question is, unfortunately, the website doesn't support the search capabilities you and many of us would hope for, allowing us to focus on silent films. For the present, the best means of uncovering a film that might be new to you is, as you said, searching the schedule a week or so in advance. Best wishes and hoping all your silent dreams come true.
  15. I had marked this on my calendar, and I was looking forward to Annette and Michael's intro and outro to the film. I suspect both will dazzle us with their pithy insights, but I hope you don't mind if I gush all the same. This is my favorite version of Strindberg's play, as I struggle with the 1999 film version starring Saffron Burrows and the 1987 play starring Janet McTeer. I realize the play depends on the claustrophobic nature of the stage-bound action to heighten the sense of panic in the lead character. However, the director's willingness to open the narrative to exterior filming make
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