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  1. Hibs, have you seen her in Mystery Street ? This is a noir I really like, and, although Jan isn't exactly in a starring role in it, I enjoy her performance in it very much.
  2. james, I think you're being just a bit overly-literal. Clearly TikiSoo meant she wished Julie Haggerty had acted in more movies. And I agree with that, Miss Haggerty was a charming actress, with great comic timing and a likable demeanour. I know to mention Woody Allen is anathema to most posters on these boards, but I'll just say that Julie Haggerty appeared in Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, where she played an ingenuous yet sexy nurse. She was very sweet and funny in the role.
  3. I also like the idea of Jan Sterling playing the Sherry Conley role. Although she did get a few leads in a few noirs ( most notably Ace in the Hole), I always felt she never got her due. She was talented and had a unique style, she wasn't like everybody else, maybe it was her voice. Anyway, Jan Sterling definitely would have had the requisite combination of toughness, street smarts, and vulnerability to play the lead in Tight Spot.
  4. Thanks for the list, sewhite. I'd add to that, Last Night in Soho, which I saw last week ( in yes, a little "arthouse" cinema) and The French Dispatch, a new Wes Anderson which I haven't seen yet, but am hoping to this week ( again, in that same little cinema.) Of course we all know that Wes Anderson 's work is not for all tastes, but if one is a fan, I've heard his latest is also one of his best. Also...I suppose this is a little blatantly self-promotional, but what the hell...I posted a write-up about Belfast on the "I Just Watched" thread a little while ago. Probably 3 o
  5. ...Also, a word about Lorne Greene: Who knew Mr. Bonanza could be so menacing ? I thought he had a very Raymond Burr vibe in this role. He even looked a little like Burr, or maybe it was just the evil expression on his face. Apropos of nothing, I just want to add that Lorne Greene was Canadian. ( See, we're not just polite wimps ! )
  6. Watched Tight Spot this morning hoping maybe I'd like it better this time around. Maybe a little, but not much. It was as I remembered it, extremely static, almost everything happening in that fancy hotel room ( and by "happening" I mean, not much.) The one thing I'd forgotten, and which turned out to be the most interesting part of the movie, was SPOILER ALERT when Brian Keith goes for a ride with those goons, and we find out he's a crooked cop on the take, in very thick with the bad guys. This in itself was a surprise, and added much-needed tension to the tale. But what add
  7. I recently finished Funny Girl. No, nothing to do with Barbra Streisand. It's a novel by Nick Hornby, whom some of you may know as the author of Hi Fidelity, About a Boy, and numerous other works, several which have been made into films. Funny Girl follows the story of a very smart, very pretty working class girl from Blackpool who goes to London to make her fortune. She wants to be a comedian, her idol is Lucille Ball. But her beauty and sexy appearance get in the way, lots of people want to hire her, but not as an actress, never mind a comedian. They think she should be a show gi
  8. Maybe what we need is for Ginger to break into "The Continental" in the middle of that living room. It would liven things up, even without Fred's participation. ( Perhaps Brian Keith could give it a whirl? No ! Better yet, Edward G. ! )
  9. Well, I'm willing to give Tight Spot another try. I saw it a few years ago, I think it's on a boxed set I have of Columbia noirs. I remember I wasn't too impressed - and not just because of Ginger's unfortunate hairdo! I found it quite static, as I recall it's all set in one room ( a living room in an apartment ). And not terribly exciting to make up for that one location thing. However, sometimes upon subsequent viewings, I change my mind about a film I didn't like ...maybe this time I'll enjoy it more, especially with Eddie's commentary, which lends context and also inter
  10. Well, Brian, you make an excellent case for the quality and validity of The Red Shoes as a first rate film. I bow to your well-written argument that the film deserves respect, and that it can sustain comparisons to great tragedy * . However, sometimes as you know, our reactions to a movie can be visceral, emotional, and illogical, and on that basis, I still dislike the film. * I can go with putting it on the same level as Greek tragedy, but I do not regard it in any way as a fairy tale. Maybe "fantasy" would fit the description better. Truth is, I love folk and fairy tal
  11. Interesting point, Brian, and yes, that must have been an artistic decision on Powell's part. Vicky's story echoes the story of the ballet - a life imitates art thing. Guess that would make Lermontov the evil magician !
  12. I try not to watch classic films through 21st century lens, and I was not imposing a 21st century feminist sensibility on the film. But it's obvious that in The Red Shoes, both the men in her life think it's Vicky who would have to give up her career for her marriage. No character in the film, not Vicky, and certainly not Julian, ever seems to think that maybe Julian could take a break from his career to accommodate Vicky's. Yet it would actually be easier for him to do so than for her, since he could continue to compose while she danced. Although he was also a conductor, his first
  13. That is a good point. However, I've never thought of The Red Shoes as a "musical", per sec. I'm not sure what you mean by "musical film" - I guess The Red Shoes is that; at least, it is a film in which music plays an important part. But obviously it's not a musical the way Top Hat or Meet Me in St. Louis are. I think of it rather, as a drama that integrates ballet and classical music into its story. And as a drama, it's not that unorthodox that one of the characters dies ( although in a very unorthodox way.) edit: Just out of curiosity, I googled "1940s movie musicals",
  14. I saw A Little Romance last time TCM aired it, and quite enjoyed it. I'd never heard of it before. I found it to be both sweet and quirky, but not so much so as to be precious. It's a fun little movie, charming and different.
  15. Yes, the ballet sequence is wonderfully done, it's the best part of the movie.
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