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Everything posted by NewYorkGuy

  1. Poignant is an understatement. And it's a fantastic film. There seems to be something wrong or incomplete with Robert's outro, though. It was very sad to hear him say that both boys who played the friends were killed in an earthquake that pretty much leveled that village two years after the film was made. But last night's *Story of Film* episode indicated that the boy playing the lead was indeed found and appeared later in *Through the Olive Trees.* And iMDB indicates that the boy who played his friend was also in that later film.
  2. Agree with how Dolly's clothes wouldn't look out of place today. They actually found an actor who looked like the Gump cartoon character -- completely chinless. It was kind of astonishing. "The Birth of a Hat" was the stand-out film to me. Just looking at how much repetitive physical labor went into each step of the process -- and how many people were employed at each step -- compared with how much today is automated... Can't imagine what some of these employees did to occupy their minds while going through the same motions for hours every day 100 years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed these two nights of silents.
  3. Well that was a neat little bundle of four films last night. So I thought I'd start a thread. I can just imagine how "...Runaway Train" made audiences squirm in 1921 -- it was hard to stop squirming in my seat last night, even though I was very aware of the cuts and tricks used to create the speeding effects. The "Happy-Go-Luckies" Terry cartoon -- the train running into and out of the water shows animators were cleverly inventive from the very beginning. The "Strong Boy" trailer -- at least we have this if not the full film, since so many silents have been lost. "Upstream" was fascinating because the performers were so unfamiliar. I was as interested in imagining the real-life stories of the supporting actors/vaudevillians as I was in the main love triangle story. Looking forward to Part 2 next week.
  4. Ah, me. When you go to the "Article" link that was on the daily schedule for "Go West" (http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/492448/Go-West/articles.html), the soundtrack is listed as being by Konrad Elfers. I was looking forward to hearing that, but instead it was the Eric Beheim soundtrack -- perfectly fine if obviously performed on a synthesizer, and I have it from a previous TCM airing of the movie. But I enjoy hearing how different composers handle silent film scoring. AMC's airing of "Go West" some years ago had an excellent score but there was no credit listed at the end. I was hoping perhaps it was the Elfers score and I'd confirm that last night... I see that Bill Frisell also recorded a soundtrack for it in 1995.
  5. I haven't looked at this thread since I posted before, but the list of complaint topics was pretty funny. And since this has veered off in so many directions, I thought "Xala" was fascinating. A little long, but still...
  6. I'll take it back to the original topic. And I want to complain about the complainers here. TCM scheduled Vincent Price movies during an all-too-appropriate month, October, and aired a good number of movies that haven't been on the channel in a long, long time, if ever. The final night's line-up of his 60's films was as good an idea for Halloween night as any from the past, such as featuring Hammer films. I have no problem with people's urging that other films/genres be given attention in the future -- I'd like to see some of the titles suggested in this thread myself -- but there's an ongoing negative gripe-a-thon about TCM in so many of these threads that just gets ridiculous after awhile.
  7. LOL. It was on again just now. It's the North by Northwest of interstitial programming.
  8. I hope so -- sadly, it also meant not being able to watch or get a time-delay recording of *Daisies*, *Andrei Rublev* and *Ashes & Diamonds*. So it would be great to have them all shown again in the not too distant future. And with that, I think this buttons up this thread.
  9. LOL. I did try both the regular channel (82) and HD (782) last night -- same thing. I rebooted; no, it was just TCM, for whatever reason. This went on all night. It finally cleared up this morning while I was getting ready for work. Went to shave and shower and the picture was still dark; came back to dress and it was fine. As they say in New York, go figure.
  10. Anyone else not seeing the film? Other channels on Time Warner here working fine, but picture went out after about 30 minutes, then audio towards the top of the hour, and now we have nothing. I miss the old days, when stations would at least put up a sign saying they were working on it and apologize for a loss of signal due to "technical difficulties."
  11. I didn't know either "Rawhide" or "Nightmare Alley" before the other night. I liked the former better overall -- and was scared witless when that little girl was around those horses' legs -- but certainly Power's performance in the latter was superb. I also thought maybe there was more lurking under the script's surface towards the end of "Nightmare Alley" when the hotel employee asked Power's character if he'd like anything else. But maybe that's a 2013 mind overthinking a 1947 screenplay.
  12. LOL. I sympathize with Grant in the situation, but I still find it hilarious and wish I could see it. I was a kid when Paar was on but I was aware of him enough that it sounds totally like something he'd do.
  13. To state the obvious (which I don't see anyone having said in the four pages of this thread so far): TCM is broadminded and permissive of late because they're bundling up a whole lot of films in and around The Story of Film series. Mark Cousins' cited IACY in this week's episode, et voila! I think it's great. In fact there are too many films and filmmakers in the series that we're still not getting to see that break my little heart. But I realize there are limits to what the channel can acquire and air.
  14. Some of the criticism is baffling to me. He gives credit to what happened first when and where, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere. Those are facts, not opinions. I'll make up my mind about the worth of the whole series, and its supposed prejudices, after it's concluded -- not based on just the first episode. But the comments below have certainly been interesting.
  15. The film selection was pretty great. But Ben's intros and outros weren't particularly illuminating about Glenda herself -- that was a disappointment.
  16. Responding to the poster below, I watched a time-shifted "You Were Meant for Me" last night during "Pinky," which I already knew. YWMFM was OK but it was hard for me to accept the performers as characters instead of this just being a variety show starring Dan Dailey and Oscar Levant. "Dangerous Crossing" -- looking forward to seeing that later. The one that I found fascinating but definitely no more than 2 stars was "Take Care of My Little Girl," with its depiction of 1940s sorority life and the various humiliations some people suffer to take part in the Greek system. Most of the actors and actresses were way too old for the part, particularly Jeanne -- but that casting practice goes on still today.
  17. Several times in the last several years I've mentioned on the boards that I'd enjoy seeing one of my guilty pleasures, "Gidget Goes to Rome," on the TCM schedule, and yesterday we got that chance. And in letterbox, at that. It's a perfect summer Sunday afternoon picture with a number of charms, including Trudi Ames and Lisa Gastoni in supporting roles and a completely successful Gidget turn by Cindy Carol. And I enjoy what's going on in the party scene about two-thirds of the way through much more as an adult than when I saw this * *ahem* * decades ago. So, I don't know if my comments had any impact on the TCM schedulers, but I'm glad to have seen this one "missing" Gidget movie again. Now can I speak with the schedulers about "Simon and Laura"...?
  18. I thought it was terrific. What an enjoyable silent film I'd never heard of before. It's a film I'd think older kids could enjoy -- those with patience to watch a silent -- but it also has plenty of subtext one can only appreciate as an adult.
  19. I'm happy to let her have a day. I mean, she does have one of the great all-time names -- Vir-JIN-ya VALE!
  20. In "Funny Girl" I always get a kick out of the upswept hairdos on the ladies, which was totally a late-60s trend. See: Jo Anne Worley on "Laugh-in."
  21. Maybe you had to be 9, like I was, and experience Jason & The Argonauts in a typically huge 1963 movie theater. That movie was the stuff of dreams and nightmares and replays in my head over and over, and stuck with me like no other fantasy film of the period. Yes, seeing his Sinbad when in college didn't have the same effect on an older me. But I'm not about to belittle his overall career and what he accomplished in the industry and how I thought and felt about it when I was a little boy. RIP, Harry, and thanks for the fond memories. I look forward to a TCM tribute soon.
  22. There's another good one coming up tonight on TCM around 9:30 -- "There's no place like home!"
  23. Not quibbling with the many heart-tugging endings people have posted. I just want to chime in with one of the most memorable last lines/endings I've seen in more contemporary films, a comedy (someone else can chime in with "Some Like It Hot"). It's the last, perfectly-in-character, line of the last scene showing these two gals are moving on: "Let's fold scarves!," said Michelle (Lisa Kudrow), in "Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion."
  24. Looking forward to seeing it in letterbox format. I've only seen it in pan and scan and, yes, it gave me the heebie-jeebies.
  25. I thought the day was superbly programmed, coupling the two of them. Never having known Etaix's work before, I found his films a lot of fun.
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