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    You might not believe this, but I'm interested in classic films.

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  1. How dare you, sir! What's wrong with sax and violins? If children aren't exposed to sax and violins, they won't appreciate good music, and they won't drink milk!
  2. Man, Ava Duvernay's tenure on the Essentials ended more than a month ago and people are still complaining about her. That's what you call having a lasting impact!
  3. Yes, the German and English versions were shot simultaneously. The actors delivered their lines in both languages for different takes, although several of their voices were still dubbed for the English cut, including Kinski. French-born Isabelle Adjani and Roland Topor were actually dubbed in both the German AND English versions, but that is indeed Topor's laugh! Herzog has explained that he cast Topor specifically for his laugh. Despite the dubbing, the movement of everyone's lips matches the spoken dialogue in each cut. The only actor whose voice I am certain can be heard in both versions is Bruno Ganz. I happen to love this film. It's very moody and hypnotic, and there are sequences, often without dialogue, that are just breathtaking and eerie. One is Harker's quest on foot through the Carpathian Mountains. Another is the shot of all of the coffins being carried through the town square, and later Lucy's walk through the plague victim's revelry. I love the original silent film as well, which Herzog has called the greatest of all German movies. I don't think he was trying to improve on it all, just make an homage to it. And as for Alexander Granach being "quietly psychotic," uh . . . tell me who in the world would see this guy and not think he's off his rocker? (Play the clip below)
  4. Last Summer actually did air on TCM several years ago (perhaps during Oscar month?), but I believe it was a censored, non-widescreen version. Perhaps TCM could only acquire a TV edit.
  5. Kathy Bates has no shortage of nominations, and of course she won Best Actress for her role in the Stephen King adaptation Misery. But one of her absolute best performances was in another King adaptation, Dolores Claiborne (1995). For reasons that I'll never understand, that film was completely overlooked by the Academy and the general public at the time. Perhaps it didn't catch on with King fans because it's not a horror film, but that didn't stop the book from being the #1 best-selling novel of 1992. Bates is excellent as a woman accused of killing her employer, which dredges up old resentments and rumors from her past. As the film alternates between flashbacks and the present day, she must play her character at two different ages and from two different mindsets (that of a younger woman discovering terrible family secrets and that of an older woman made bitter and cynical over time). Cases could be made that Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, Christopher Plummer, and (the as yet not nominated) Judy Parfitt were also deserving of Oscar nods for this same film.
  6. Japanese Actor Jo Shishido Dies at 86 https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2020012101106/japanese-actor-jo-shishido-dies-at-86.html
  7. The Jazz Singer is not exactly the first talkie, although its success did effectively bring an end to the silent era and kick off the talkie "fad." It's really a silent film with synchronized-sound musical numbers. I believe Al Jolson only has one line of spoken dialogue that is audible, the rest appears in intertitles. The first true all-talking picture, Lights of New York (1928), is airing on March 7 at 8:29 am Eastern, so set your recorder if you're interested. By all accounts it's pretty terrible!
  8. The most mysterious disappearance on Happy Days wasn't that of Chuck but of their dining room. Like, how do you misplace a freaking dining room? They went from having a nice dining room between the living room and kitchen, complete with a large table, in the first season to sitting at a rinky dink table IN the living room for the rest of the series. Also, their front door swapped sides, having previously been on the opposite side of the house as the kitchen. On I Love Lucy, one of her friends' names also changed. The character generally known as Carolyn Appleby was called Lillian Appleby in one episode. Also, much is made of her being blind as a bat without her glasses when she visits the Ricardos in Hollywood, yet at no other time was this an issue. On George Lopez, his mother mentions having outlived her own mother. Later in the series, her once-thought dead mom waltzes in without explanation and is played by Rita Moreno.
  9. I happened to wake up the other night while Female Trouble was on. I'd seen it before, and while I remembered much of the "plot," as it were, I'd forgotten some of the more revealing scenes. I turned on my TV just in time to be treated to, shall we say, an introspective look at Divine's loverboy. Now that's a wake-up call! 😂 Oh how I wish straight-laced Dave Karger provided an intro/outro to this!
  10. I hope they don't include her now. She deserves more than to be shoehorned in for the last four remaining days of December. I hope they just wait and give her a proper inclusion next year, as they did with Debbie Reynolds. Poor Carrie Fisher received only a split-second clip added in when she passed away at the end of December, and it seems few people saw it in the four days it aired.
  11. I'm not surprised Ava DuVernay will not be coming back after this season, not due to any "backlash" or controversy, but because that's fairly normal for most hosts of The Essentials. After Robert O.'s passing, Alec Baldwin only hosted for one season with guests like David Letterman and Tina Fey. Didn't Molly Haskel, Carrie Fisher, and Rose McGowen only co-host for a single season? As for the films being repeated, that's also normal. They only choose so many films per season and then the intros and movies are just repeated for a few months. As someone who had absolutely NO interest in The Essentials prior to DuVernay's hiring, I actually like the choices she's made. I haven't watched any of her picks (I rarely watch anything on TV these days as my personal DVD collection keeps building), but I have seen several of them before and see nothing wrong with shaking things up a little from the same, stale "classics" that have been heralded since day one. As for her choosing films that are focused on non-white male filmmakers/characters, I just don't see the issue. After all, films of the golden age were directed primarily by white men implicitly because they were white men. To act as though race and gender never entered into it prior to contemporary "woke" times is to blind yourself to reality. I don't think it was ever DuVernay's intention to say that her picks are better than the more traditional picks in the past, or that older films are bad because they aren't PC. She simply made choices based on what seemed essential to HER and to open people's eyes to films beyond those in the canon. You might not like them, but on the other hand, you might. I dare say most people probably don't like every film that's currently in the canon. Nothing wrong with a little variety. Perhaps in hindsight, it would have been better to have her host a different program, maybe something like the various studies of race/ethnicity that Robert O. used to host back in the day that took a month-long look at depictions of blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and Asians throughout film history, or even the Trailblazing Women series. But if future hosts make choices less typical than the 300th airing of Ninotchka, Now Voyager, and Bullitt, I think that's a step in the right direction for a single time slot per week.
  12. No they are not because Doris Day received a 24-hour tribute earlier in the year. The year-end tribute (which was only last night and early this morning) is only for people who did not receive such treatment (that would also leave out Stanley Donen, Peter Fonda, and Albert Finney, who each received dedicated tributes earlier this year). Specifically, the people they paid tribute to last night were Julie Adams (Creature from the Black Lagoon), David Hedison (The Fly), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tim Conway (McHale's Navy), Rutger Hauer (Eureka), D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop), Bibi Andersson (Wild Strawberries), and Franco Zeffirelli (The Taming of the Shrew). This December memorial scheduling is something TCM has been doing regularly for years now. Last year was an exception, as they only paid tribute to Burt Reynolds rather than a group of people.
  13. It's been a long time since they last showed the Hedy Lamar film Ecstasy, but that would certainly be worthy. Some mainstream classics that deal with sex rather directly (if not explicitly): Design for Living (menage a trois) Cat People (more about a lack of sex, but worth discussing anyway) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Kockenlocker) Madame Bovary (in which Jennifer Jones practically **** as she thinks of her first tryst with Louis Jourdan) A Place in the Sun (unwanted pregnancy) A Summer Place (the most seXXXed up story I've seen in a 50s movie. Almost every discussion is about sex.) Splendor in the Grass (sexual frustration and pressure to be popular) *Edit: I see my comment on Madame Bovary was censored. The basic idea is that she has a "release" while remembering the experience.
  14. Let's not forget there was a nearly 30-year age gap between Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. I really have no stake in this matter insofar as how I determine whether to watch films with either Allen or Farrow's involvement. Like speedracer5, I prefer to leave someone's personal life out of the equation when judging their artistic work. To draw a parallel to a case closer to what Woody Allen has been accused of, Gloria Grahame did in fact marry her former stepson. Her fourth husband was Tony Ray, son of Nicholas Ray whom she divorced a mere 8 years earlier. None of us will probably ever know what truly happened in the Allen-Farrow case. Like LawrenceA, I do believe that Dylan Farrow believes she was a victim of sexual assault, and I genuinely feel sorry for her. If it really happened, that's awful. If her mother coached her, that's also awful. She is a victim of someone, perhaps even of both parties to some degree. I have no desire to boycott either Farrow or Allen's work, but the beauty of it all is that it's our individual prerogative to do so if we choose.
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