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About rosebette

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    Vintage movies, especially precodes and films of 30s and 40s, literature, music (classical, show tunes and soundtracks, literature -- college English instructor), public TV and radio, yoga and fitness

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  1. This is one of the most underrated screwball comedies, with Jean Arthur at her most delightful. The automat scene is one of my favorites.
  2. This movie was worth watching just for the clothes, especially Diana Rigg's ensembles. The bathing costume with matching turban and robe was my favorite. She really was a knockout.
  3. I watched the Miriam Hopkins/Bette Davis double feature last night - The Old Maid (1939) and Old Acquaintance (1943) - and after watching them both, realized while Hopkins career waned in the 1940s. I enjoyed her in the pre-codes last week. She was really delightful in The Smiling Lieutenant and Design for Living, and quite sexy in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However, in both of the pictures with Davis, she appears to be mugging and overacting, especially Old Acquaintance. Her character in the latter is so obnoxious that one wonders why the Davis character, Kit, would ever maintain a long-term
  4. I was weathering side effects from the COVID vaccine on Tuesday and ended up watching The Bandwagon and It's Always Fair Weather back to back. As I watched the scenes in The Bandwagon about the production and premiere of a flop, I thought about whether Mel Brooks was doing a bit of back-handed homage in The Producers. When you watch the shell-shocked audience's expression as they leave the premiere in The Bandwagon, I was reminded of the reaction shots of the audience to "Springtime for Hitler." On another Mel Brooks note, the finale of It's Always Fair Weather during the live TV productio
  5. Well you certainly are a worthy imitator of Pauline! The middle finger occurs at approximately 1:05 minutes. Here's the Youtube of the film: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-norton-ext_onb&hsimp=yhs-ext_onb&hspart=norton&p=parachute+jumpers+1933+youtube+film#id=2&vid=dc17705fbfab4ea646a4e4387384ae7a&action=click See, everyone is now going to watch that movie you trashed!
  6. This review had the opposite of its intended effect on me. My hubby (who can't resist anything with old-timey planes) and I decided to watch this one and found that despite its chaotic plot, it was a source of many pre-code delights, from the opening shot of the Latin dancer's rotating derriere, to the fast-paced dialogue, the chemistry between Doug Fairbanks and Frank McHugh, a cute ingenue Bette Davis, and many interesting and occasionally suspenseful plot elements --the parachute jump into the path of an oncoming train, Doug taking a job as a chauffer with benefits for Claire Dodd, some ai
  7. And if he isn't the galdarnist purtiest cowboy I'd ever laid eyes on!
  8. I actually prefer him in the officer's uniform. The aerial stuff is good, but I think the interplay between the actors on the ground is what makes the film. I feel as if the actors are actually listening to each other and reacting, not just reciting lines. It gives the acting a more "modern" flavor.
  9. I watched Sweet Adversity Friday night and was powerfully moved and impressed by the intelligent, articulate, and socially conscious Marsha Hunt - a woman who made a second career out of activism on behalf of the UN, World Hunger, and world peace, despite being blacklisted. The lady is still with us, I believe, at 103. Yesterday, I wept through Meet John Doe. I had not seen this film in many years, and I think until yesterday, had never seen a decent print of it. Apparently, there was only an awful public domain version in circulation for many years; I remember the convention scene be
  10. One of my favorite war films (and I'm not a war film buff either). Brilliant ensemble casting, probably Flynn and Rathbone's best work. Also some beautiful work by Donald Crisp. The chemistry between Flynn and Niven is powerful and touching. This movie manages to convey both the heroics and the futility of war. I ended up tearing up a couple of times during this viewing.
  11. My favorite scene in this film is when Dorothy McGuire sleeps in the barn because she's angry about the purchase of an organ. Coop goes into the barn with a blanket to reconcile with her and then end up spending the night. The next morning, a neighbor comes and visits and Cooper is plucking straw from his hair and shirt. Yes, there is sex after marriage and grown children -- and it can be suggested with great charm and humor.
  12. I remember seeing the blood on Basil Rathbone's shirt in Mark of Zorro (1940), and my dad telling me that that was the first time the screen showed someone run-through with sword.
  13. I watched The Ascent (1977), one of the films featured in the women directors' series. I don't even have the words to do justice this compelling and powerful film about conscience in an occupied rural area of Russia (possibly Ukraine)? On another note, I watched Quo Vadis (1951) on the recommendation of my mother, who claimed that Ustinov as Nero and the situations depict resembles a certain prominent leader of our country, with which I sadly agree. This movie is swell, trashy camp. By the way, I think this is the film that the Coen brothers used for the parody Hail Caesar! Geor
  14. I watched Cave of the Yellow Dog, which was one of the featured women-directed films presented Tuesday night. This is a visually stunning film. The family of nomadic shepherds in Mongolia is played by an actual family. There is both beauty and hardship in that life, and the children were absolutely adorable. I was moved to tears at some points, and was impressed by the courage of this family and especially the little girl and the mother. She basically has to have the child take adult responsibilities, such as herding the sheep when the father is gone, and at one point, the mother has to
  15. Oh Lord, and even Judi Dench is in this as Tatiana, wearing next to nothing! It's hard to believe that they were all so young once!
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