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Everything posted by BruceGhent

  1. The Flynn version of THE SEAHAWK is not the first filmed version..A silent was shot around the transition to sound and some of the battle scenes in the Flynn film were culled from the earlier work, thereby saving some money for some other purposes, possibly to stay in the bank. This economy does not detract from a very enjoyable film. The novel, by Rafael Sabatini, is quite different from the Warner film. Completely different script etc.Interestingly(for myself at least) I bought a copy of the SEAHAWK at a flea market some years ago and was surprised to discover it had many black and white ph
  2. Yes there is some sepia coloring in the Panamanian jungle, possibly to denote the heat and humidity of the area. I find CAPTAIN BLOOD to be the better actioner. The film is a bit shorter, consequently the story and action is very tight. Curtiz was a very fine and economic director.THE SEA HAWK is a longer, more complicated film and denotes an era somewhat earlier than that of CAPTAIN BLOOD, but that is beside the point.Brenda Marshall is no Olivia DeHavilland. Flora Robson is a great Queen Elizabeth. I have the somewhat longer British version with Robson rallying the troops as it were, remin
  3. Agree wholeheartedly. Mitchum's schoolteacher is a tragic figure and admirable for forgiving his young wife's indiscretions. He always tried(Mitchum) to have an authentic accent in his films. This doesn't have much to do with DODSWORTH. but the contrast between the two men is notable. Wheras the protagonist in DODSWORTH sees a hopeful future at the end of his loveless marriage, the schoolteacher in RYAN'S DAUGHTER (as portrayed by Robert Michum) is resigned to a life of possible misery, now that the couple are forced to leave their village, probably forced to wander for a long time to come.Hop
  4. You're quite right about being slightly confused. Seems to be the story of my life lately. Occasionally I jump into a conversation about a particular film I like, not necessarily following the exact drift of what was discussed before. As it happens, I haven't blogged in a long time, so perhaps my observational skills, such as reading, and possibly even thinking have atrophied somewhat. My apologies to you and anyone else who tried to decipher my convoluted logic. Will try harder next time.Best, BG.
  5. The movie THE THIRD MAN was not based on a best seller but on a screenplay written by Graham Greene which he later adapted into a novel. As for the 1940's technology, what else did you expect it to be? As for THE GOOD GERMAN it was a weak homage to films like the THE THIRD MAn. However, beside the general dislike for the movie, I thought it had some very good moments. As for having filmed it with 1940's cameras and such, it was a interesting technical failure.Using old equipment does not a classic make. Casting, musical scoring, directing, and overall ambiance contribute to the success or fail
  6. Fred, The Criterion edition of THE THIRD MAN has a wonderful documentary on the man/musician responsible for the unique sound and score of the film. Mr.Anton Karas was a Viennese zither player who attracted Carol Reed's attention, and of course, the rest is film history.Best,BruceG.
  7. Finace: I've seen the film several times and I've never had any problem understanding Mr.Price, but then again, I grew up among many British/English people, so I never thought much about it perhaps I just grew accustomed to their accents and speech patterns. Best, BruceG.
  8. Scottman, I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Brownlow, but I purchased his bookTHE PARADE'S GONE BYE, nearly forty years ago and I still consider it one of the finest, if not he finest book about the silent era ever written. Every film buff/historian should have it. Best, BruceG.
  9. Hello again, everyone. It's been a while since my last inquiry. Recovering from surgery. Does anyone remember a TV film about ghost crewmen of a B-17 or B-24 crashed in the desert(probably North Africa). They spend a lot of time standing around their wrecked aircraft discussing how much time has elapsed and whether or not they'll ever be found(their remains, that is!). May have a man who survived the crash and sees the ghosts of the crew. Can't really recall much more of the details, as I haven't seen the film in over 30 years. It's one of those pictures that would occasionally crop up on late
  10. King Rat. How about Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL or David Lean's THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Not exactly train films for plot purposes but they have lots of action and keep the plots rolling along(if you'll pardon me for that). UNION PACIFIC was a great actioner as was THE IRON HORSE.Powell and Pressburger's THE 49TH PARALLEL featured a great train scene in the Canadian Rockies which contributed greatly to that film's success. I suppose it's whether you like movies about trains or movies which have trains in them as plot devices. Much the same can be said about airplanes for the same reasons.
  11. Hello again,King Rat. I corresponded with you sometime earlier this year about the same film. I think personally KING RAT, is one of the finest, least appreciated war films ever made. As you and others have said, the performances were first-rate and equally festooned with subtle nuances of character. I've never seen a film with so many, highly charged, excentric,and volatile performances.How Bryan Forbes elicited such work from such a huge ensemble cast is miraculous. Even brief cameos from the likes of John Mills and James Donald and a whole slew of others is superb. One can almost feel the
  12. apologies, Sprocket man. I wasn't denegrating your superior knowledge of the war, I was merely trying to pont out that movies, are, after all, merely entertainment. I suppose, Hanks vindicated himself somewhat by being involved in the far superior BAND OF BROTHERS, which was based on Stephen Ambrose's book.Nothing malicious was intended. I'm only a humble Canadian whose nation's involvement in D-Day may not have been on the scale of your country, but we did do our part, to the best of our abilities.Best, BruceG.
  13. I think that possibly, surviving D-Day veterans might chose to differ with you, as you were definitely not there. Many, illogical and perhaps downright stupid things were done in the heat of battle. It doesn't alter the fact that this story is reputed to be true. So, why bother to nit-pick? It is, after all a movie, and a great one at that.As for the ending of BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, why worry so much about the accuracy of picayune and arcane little factoids regarding mines and/or charges attached to the bridge. David Lean was a vivid and brilliant image-maker. He couldn't possibly have kno
  14. The composer's name was Hugo Friedhofer.He labored for many many years in Hollywood adding his innumerbable musical contributions to many, perhaps undeservung films, which were probably saved from oblivion on the basis of his scores alone. His other great film score is for BISHOP'S WIFE with David NIven, Cary Grant, and Loretta Young. As far I know, he was alive at least twenty years ago. Best,BruceG.
  15. A very interesting film. Loosely based on Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST and possibly a template for the original STAR TREK television series. In fact one episode with James Daly is quite similar in content and plot to Forbidden Planet.The lesser known factoid that Walter Pidgeon and Leslie Nielsen were both Canadians is a good thing. Aliens in a movie about aliens.Stands to reason then that William Shatner was cast as Captain Kirk, he being from Montreal. A little joke, not a vast conspiracy. Best, BruceG.
  16. I think William Lundigan was in THE SEA HAWK with Errol Flynn and company. Best, BruceG.
  17. It might have helped if I'd mentioned that William Lundigan was the not so nice villain in INFERNO.Sorry about that. Just in case you were confused by my blog.Best, BruceG.
  18. Wouldbestar,If you can find it, check out a film called INFERNO with Robert Ryan and a not so nice villain, who, with Ryan's wife, conspired to try and kill him by abandoning him in the desert with a broken leg(I believe). Haven't seen it for years, but a pretty good yarn.Haven't seen MEN INTO SPACE since it aired nearly 50 years ago on TV.I was six years old at the time and remember the show being pretty neat. Is it available for purchase somewhere?Best, BruceG.
  19. I think you're overreacting just a little. Cousteau was innovative for many different reasons. Firstly he coninvented the aqualung or scuba system. He experimented with different gas mixtures to prolong deep diving which is commonplace now. He also developed several underwater camera systems to enable cinematographers to freely film beneath the sea. He developed a diving saucer ; a submersible years before others did.To say that TCM couldn't honor the man for one day is not asking too muc. Perhaps they should show several movies with key underwater scenes.That way, you might begin to more read
  20. Holly, Maybe Kurt Vonnegut himself was a time traveller. He certainly looked otherworldly or like a man out of place or time.Unfortunaely for him, he did run out of time, and that is a great loss to literature and possibly, time-travel. In their own way, movies are something like alternative universes, depicting what-if and when themes, or remember-when plots.Books are the same. They are gateways to the imagination and roads to the impossible. All that is needed is a good storyteller, either a director or an author, to steer the course for us, and to let us off once in a while to rest.Best, Br
  21. The commando sequence wasn't irrelevant. It placed Rommel's imortance in the proper historical context.Several raids were mounted against him and others in his command.the British tried in many different ways to get him,either by subterfuge,kidnapping or assassination.That he was never captured was something of a miracle, given his penchant to command from the front, unlike the unfortunate British general, Richard O'Connor, or Rommel's replacement General Von Thoma.Best, BruceG.
  22. Rommel wasn't Hitler's best strategist. Erich von Manstaein was. Mind you, Hitler thought he was the best strategist of all. Best, BruceG.
  23. Ham, The series is worth every penny.I was fortunate enough to record it off air about five years ago. It is deeply informative, and so incredibly chilling. Someone decscribed the Nazis as the "Banality of Evil". The everyday workmanlike routine of persecution, torture, and above all else the genocide and race war against the Jews and Russians beggers the imagination.Stripped of their powers and trappings of authority, most of these creatures(I say creatures, because they don't deserve any sympathy) are non-entities who received the justice they deserved at Nuremberg and the hangman's noose
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