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About phroso

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  1. It's weird that Diane Werts seems to have a working knowledge of Lee J. Cobb and Rex Ingram, but is baffled by Adolphe Menjou or Monty Woolley. I remember learning about all of them at around the same time.
  2. . . . And the number 1 sitcom of the mid-1980s will henceforth be known simply as "The Show."
  3. One of Cosby's choices was *MONSIEUR VERDOUX*, Chaplin's dark comedy about an ostensibly charming millionaire who murders women for their money. In one scene, Verdoux picks up a homeless woman as part of an experiment to see if the poison that he slips into her wine would show up in her autopsy report.
  4. I'm going with Billy Wilder, who I think should have directed 10 Oscar-winning performances.
  5. In *The More ther Merrier,* Charles Coburn's character really, really likes to repeat Adm. Farragut's quote "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" He even composes a song about the quote! Just a few years earlier, GWTW producer David O. Selznick was fined $5,000 for letting Rhett Butler use the dreaded "D" word just once!
  6. How about Veronica Lake's shower scene in Sullivan's Travels? She presses up aganst the curtain to talk to Joel McCrea and nothing is left to the imagination. I guess the censors thought it was too perfect not to share with the rest of the world.
  7. I have a DVD and screenplay for this film and like to dust them off every few years. It is truly a movie to grow old with. But Tiki, your math is perplexing me. How could you be 22 in 1973 and 54 now?
  8. But they repeatedly say that they weren't interested in the money. Before Joe and Al go to Vegas, they agree to give the majority of it to Pete. They only wanted an adventure, which they got.
  9. I thought the whole point of the movie was that each of the main characters went out "in style." Willie died after pulling off a bank robbery. Al died after a big weekend in Vegas. And we can presume that Joe will spend his remaining time as a bigshot in prison, helping out Pete's family, and thumbing his nose at the FBI. A great movie, although I was surprised that Robert Osborne described it as a movie that few have seen or even heard of. I remember it being a modest hit in 1979.
  10. I think it's the use of the word "inarguable" that's making me mad. For one thing, I believe that almost any subject is open to debate. And since a consensus agrees that Citizen Kane is one of the two or three greatest movies ever, it's silly to suggest that any other Welles film is "inarguably" better. It's like saying that Scottie Pippen is "inarguably" the greatest Chicago Bulls player ever, instead of Michael Jordan. Like many critics, Edelstein has a bad habit of not checking his own hyperboles before saying them out loud.
  11. Did I just see David Edelstein describe Chimes at Midnight as "inarguably Welles' masterpiece?" I'm about halfway through it, but, so far, I think "fascinating mess" is a better description. Welles is a perfect Falstaff, but the slapdash filmmaking, especially the looping, is really throwing me off. (Edelstein tries to rationalize that these filmmaking errors actually make the film aesthetically better, but I'm not buying it.)
  12. Upon re-reading this post, it occurs to me that I have a friend who is a "Neddy" type, who has lost his wife and home since I've known him, still talking about big deals which mysteriously never come to fruition. The next time I watch The Swimmer, I'll try to relate my friend's life to Ned's. It may enhance my understanding of my friend AND the movie.
  13. Thanks for your input, top-billed. Actually, your theory makes the most sense of the three, and incorporates elements of the two theories that I've tossed around. I'll have to re-read the Cheever story (which didn't seem to support my theory at all) and see if that makes sense.
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