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Everything posted by markfp2

  1. I will always remember the first time I saw a film projected in 70mm. It was 1959 and my dad took me to the old Ritz theater in Albany, NY to see BEN-HUR. I can still recall seeing that massive wall-to-wall gold curtain. Then as the house lights dimmed the overture started leaving just the lights on the curtain. Very slowly those lights faded so that as the music reach it's crescendo the auditorium was in total darkness. Then as the curtain opened we saw the MGM logo fill that giant screen and Leo The Lion roaring like I had never heard before. Between the huge picture and sur
  2. When I was growing up in the 50's most theaters in my city ran continuously from 12:30 in the afternoon with the last show ending about 11:30 at night. They always wanted the last feature of the night to be the main one so when working the schedule out the theater manager sometimes had to to start the first show of the day with the feature or possibly the second-feature depending on the running times of each to make it all work out. While it was a hard and fast rule that the main feature was always shown last each night, there wasn't a strict policy on which one started the day. To compl
  3. My feelings exactly. The story has been used a number of times in film, on stage, and television. Always in different but often very creative ways. Nothing has ever been taken away from the classic film.
  4. It's interesting how so many people don't know that the original Broadway show had a different ending. I once saw a local production of the stage version which kept the original ending and the audience, who obviously were only use to the movie, was visibly upset at how the show ended. Some even wrote angry letters to the newspaper chastising the theater group for daring to "change" the ending.
  5. Nothing political about it. The fact is that the increase of streaming channels, some with very deep pockets, forces TCM into a bidding war for those holiday films and they don't always get them. I've seen both HOLIDAY INN and WHITE CHRISTMAS listed on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime recently. That's how things are now, streaming is a big player. Look at the fuss when one of them snapped up the exclusive rights to the Charlie Brown holiday shows.
  6. It's likely that TCM might have shown it at one time. Just about everybody else did. For many years IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE was considered in public domain. That meant anyone could show it and not have to pay anything. As I understand it, the original source material, a story, was still copyrighted and the owners sued to get the movie's copyright reinstated. I'm no lawyer so I don't understand the legalities but to make a long story short, Paramount ended up with the movie and they sold the exclusive TV rights to NBC for as long as they wanted it. When Comcast took over NBC it renegotia
  7. A lot of TCM''s movies have that, it's a description service for folks who are vision impaired. However you shouldn't be hearing it unless you wanted it. The problem isn't at TCM's end, it's at yours. Most likely you inadvertently activated by it by accidently pushing a button on your remote. There should be one labeled maybe AUDIO or SAP (for Second Audio Programming. ) or something like that. The simplest way would be to check the manual that comes with your cable box or TV. That should explain how to do it. If you don't turn it off, you may occasionally hear it on programming fro
  8. I don't know what they usually have in Lancaster when it comes to silent film showings, but I would be surprised if there's any happening right now. Because of the pandemic, most film groups, as well as other performing arts organizations across the country, have had to put film showings and live performances on an extended hiatus for the duration. It's sad, but just a fact of life right now.
  9. I'd be happy to see ANYTHING! Here in New York State all the indoor theaters are still closed because of the pandemic. Although the theaters are ready and willing to comply with all the rules and restrictions, the Governor won't budge on letting them open. The sad thing is while the major chains will find a way to survive, the small independents, especially in smaller communities may not.
  10. If the box or DVR from your cable company is HD and is hooked into your TV with a single HDMI cable. That's the one where the plug is about 3/4" wide, you can't record from that. It's designed by the manufacturers so people can't record HD signals. If you can still hook it up with the older red, yellow and white cables and unplug both ends of the HDMI you should be able to record that way. It won't be HD, but still should work. Just one thing, don't call up your cable company for advise. They'll tell you that's illegal to record from them and that isn't true. The Supreme Court se
  11. That freezing and stuttering is called "buffering" and it's not a problem at TCM's end of things. It's all about your internet speed and streaming device that's used. If your speed is very slow or you have lots of other devices running off it at the same time, that could be the problem. The device could also be it or a combination of both. I was using a first-generation Roku and had that problem with a number of channels including TCM. It could take several minutes to load a movie and then I could never watch an entire thing without buffering. I finally upgraded to a newer model Roku
  12. I don't really know about TCM, but many cable companies won't show what they think of as "lesser" channels in full HD even if it's provided with an HD signal. When I say lesser, I don't mean that as a slam to TCM or any other channel, or a judgement of the quality of programming, just that those are the ones that the cable outfits have little interest in because can't make a lot of money off them..
  13. Oh yes, I agree with you. It was an era when Hollywood movies were maturing in both subject matter and how it was presented. Many people weren't ready for such things as blatant sexuality or substance abuse and even today find such things in a movie objectionable. You're also correct about people giving most of the credit for spectacular dance numbers to just the dancers with little thought to the work of the choreographer. In reality, it's a collaborative effort between both. That goes back to the early days of movies too. People may have heard of Busby Berkeley and knew he had somethi
  14. Not necessarily. ALL THAT JAZZ is one of those films that people will either love or hate without any middle ground. It helps if you know and appreciate Bob Fosse's work both on stage and on film. A lot of people compare Fosse to Gene Kelly in that they were both immensely talented dancers who created new styles of dance, but anyone sitting down and watching ALL THAT JAZZ for the first time thinking it's just going to be a standard showbiz musical like the studios use to crank out will be in for a huge shock. There's some awfully creative, and some have even said, "brilliant" things
  15. Glad I could help. Memory is a funny thing. I'm pretty good about remembering movies I've seen decades ago, but just don 't ask me what I had for lunch last Tuesday. .
  16. I believe you may be thinking of the 1961 French comedy "Le Belle Americaine" (aka "The American Beauty"). It's about a middle-class French couple who get a deal on a large, white, American convertible and their misadventures with it. I haven't seen it since it was first released but seem to remember it was quite funny.
  17. As I remember, when the installer came to install your phone he'd ask how long a cord you wanted. I think that you got so many feet for free and then a small charge for extra length. The apartment that I grew up in only had one phone, but it had long cord so it could reach to just about any room except the bathroom.
  18. From what I understand, even though Warner Bros. (or whatever they call it nowadays) is part of the same parent company as TCM, they're treated as separate entities. Warner distributes what use to be the TCM Library and is responsible for providing digital transfers. For legal reasons, Warner has to treat TCM the same as any other channel that license movies from them. TCM doesn't have unlimited access to those movies and must negotiate and pay to show them. It would be up to the distributor to provide the movie in whatever medium TCM requires. That said, and judging from TCM occ
  19. My guess would be that at some point the movie was reissued to theaters and since it was no longer the anniversary year that message was removed so as to not make it look like "an old movie". Things like that were pretty common with reissues. If that's the case with ADAM'S RIB than it's likely the digital transfer TCM ran was made from a reissue print and not one from the original release. That's not something TCM has control over.
  20. That trailer makes me want to see it. Looks pretty creative to me. I don't think of it in terms of a "remake" of an earlier movie but simply another cinematic interpretation of the original story. I'll judge it on its own merits.
  21. You pretty well nailed it. One point I will make is that the older MGM, Warner, and RKO titles that Ted Turner bought to create the original TCM Library are now controlled by Warner which is another division of TCM's parent company. Even so, for legal reasons, Warner can't treat TCM any differently than it would any other customer. and, as you pointed out, has to charge them for the going rate they'd charge anyone else. In some cases, TCM may find itself bidding against other networks for movies that at one time it had unlimited use of. You're correct, the term "library" really ju
  22. I've always thought it was really charming movie too. I became a fan of the story when it first appeared in Reader's Digest. I have the DVD and have watched it any number of times and I can't recall any "crude" language in it. Maybe there could be the stronger version of "darn" and "heck" but that's about it. Trust me you can't go wrong with that one.
  23. I watched Alicia when she was guest co-host with Eddie Muller for ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS and I thought she was very good and showed a lot of knowledge about the film . It's like Sepiatone said, maybe Alicia doesn't seem that great when she's just reading off a prompter that somebody else wrote. When in a conversational setting with Eddie she more than held here own. Perhaps TCM should give more her more chances to show off how good she really might be.
  24. From what I've been reading the studios aren't even going to be providing new movies until July. So while governors may say it's okay to reopen, the big circuits are saying they don't see the point if they haven't got anything new to run. Here in New York nothing is going to reopen until mid-May at the earliest and then it will be in stages. Theatres are not in the first or second round of openings so assuming things go well that might coincide with what the studios are saying. Of course, if there's another spike in the virus then all bets are off.
  25. It was originally planned to star Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke to cash in on the success they had with MARY POPPINS, but she turned it down because she was afraid she'd end up being type casted and only offered similar type films. I always thought of it as a solidly made British film that simply did not click with audiences on this side of the Atlantic.
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