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  1. The 25th roughly coincides with the release date of a major new biography of Russell, so that may be the reason. I'm sure whoever does the intros will mention the new book.
  2. Its confounding visual style somewhat blunts (or at least calls into question) the power of the film as a whole. He made the deliberate choice to make an homage to New York City, one of the most vibrant locales on earth, with an extremely set-bound, old-Hollywood feel to it, which put it way out of step with filmmaking trends of the time, which he himself had helped to establish. But it helps if you think of it as also being an homage to 40's films like On The Town. After the much-ballyhooed exterior location shots were out of the way, that too was a very traditional, set-bound Hollywood film.
  3. And he puts his money where his mouth is. He's done so much to help film preservation and film-related causes. When he speaks (or compiles a list) it comes from a lifetime love of (and study of) film. As someone who's made a career of making films and who's made a sterling reputation for himself in the process, he can be trusted to make careful, thoughtful choices. His incredible range also qualifies him to speak. Some of his forays into the darker side of human nature are difficult for me to watch, but I'm amazed by his ability to also interpret more cerebral material like The Age of Innocenc
  4. I take your point about books being a more in-depth way to get at history and that the sourcing for a documentary film can be less clear. My own preference would be a written source as well, though a good documentary film could be supplemental. I'm old enough to remember biographical films being shown in my school and basically being presented as "history", despite the fact that the "love interest" probably never even existed and it was filmed on soundstages and backlots. I liked your example of Random Harvest, also a favorite of mine. "Film-losophies" should have it's own sub-
  5. Lots of food for thought. I'm a little puzzled why you'd advise against going to documentary movies for history, but to go to books and the library instead. I don't see why a book would automatically be more reliable than a good documentary, especially since a film can provide a fuller visual context. There are any number of history books which have had to be reevaluated over the years. On the whole, I'm probably more susceptible to superficial diversion than you are. I can actually enjoy improbable historical scenarios, especially if they're done with total conviction. The best example I
  6. John Ashley was one of my favorite pre-fab dreamboats from that era. That number was hysterical. It was supposed to be rock 'n' roll, but the dancers looked like the chorus line from the Copacabana, totally in the wrong context.
  7. It's not great, but I'm a fan of Vincente Minnelli's final film, A Matter of Time (1976), featuring his daughter Liza and Ingrid Bergman. In her interview with Robert Osborne Liza recounted that he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's and that the final edit was taken away from him, so that could explain a lot about the film's shortcomings. But there's still a fairly clear vision and a beautifully luminous performance by Ingrid Bergman as a woman caught between her present and her past. It's not the exquisite fairy tale it might have been, but it's one I've enjoyed re-watching. And there's a
  8. I think the impression of her being hardened comes from the fact that she was always "acting". She could modulate, to give her credit, but there was always the feeling that it had all been worked out in her mind down to the last detail. I always get the same impression from Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. They obviously did their homework, but we don't watch movies just to grade someone's homework. Having seemingly dismissed them, I'll now say they're three of my favorite classic film actresses to watch. I watch them because their intense self-awareness demands that they always be in the moment
  9. Thank you for the link but that site is privately maintained by MovieCollectorOhio, a frequent poster here, and it's invaluable, but TCM up until fairly recently maintained a full movie database (or contracted third party services to maintain it?) similar to the IMDB. In many cases it was more helpful and detailed than the IMDB. There was an link at the top right of the TCM home page. Many TCM fans posted thoughtful (mostly) reviews and comments and it was a quick way to refresh your memory about films, directors, actors and all aspects of filmmaking. I especially liked the links to contempora
  10. Just out of curiosity, how did you manage to access the TCM database? I thought it was defunct. I used to go there a lot.
  11. The same goes for Wild in The Country (1961), another Fox film which also rarely shows up in these Elvis-a-thons on TCM. I'm not a big Clifford Odets fan (screenwriter) but it's a decent film and features the actresses Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld and Millie Perkins, none of whom were treated as interchangeable arm candy for Elvis the way women in the later films were. It got to be a little like the "Bond Girl" phenomenon, with new it-girls being trotted out as co-stars for each new Elvis movie. As sepia noted above, there are fans of that formula, and I could personally watch Nancy Sinatra sing "
  12. I've only seen parts of it on TV, which means it must have been heavily edited. John Phillip Law was a much better "love machine" as Pygar, the blind angel in Barbarella. I was so jealous of Jane Fonda when she was picking feathers out of her hair the next morning.
  13. Rich is the master. His sci-fi thread was great too. It seems like he tapered off on the JD thread right around the time he started his mammoth project of reconstructing the schedule from 100 years ago from the local theater in the town where he grew up, complete with stills from the films and plot synopses, many from films that no longer even exist. I can't imagine the man hours it's taking to do that. (Plus, I seem to recall that in one of the Board overhauls he lost the pictures from the JD thread and had to go back and reinsert them all. I think lzcutter ended up doing the same for one of
  14. I enjoyed Ben's intro to High School Confidential!. A few weeks ago, Ben interviewed Russ Tamblyn for CBS Sunday Morning and they spent some time reading aloud from the script with all the stupid hipster lingo and cracking themselves up. I liked Ben's "insight" that Mamie Van Doren was what Marilyn Monroe would have been if she had studied acting under John Waters instead of Lee Strasberg, though it's probably giving Mamie too much credit to compare her to Marilyn in any sense at all. Mamie was such a "niche" actor (and a personal favorite of mine) that I was glad he took the time to put her i
  15. The Egyptian is definitely a movie Fathom Events should be bringing back to theaters. I haven't attended any of their events because there's no showing that isn't a 2-3 hour drive, but I'd find a way to get to see this one on a big screen.
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