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  1. "Some Like It Hot" is sheer perfection, hilarious from beginning to end! But with "Philadelhia Story" my feelings are mixed, because the script is so damn sexist I can't enjoy some part of it. Such wit, such brilliance, such charisma... but to enjoy thise I have to put up with all those speeches about how a wife ought to be "yar", and never criticize a husband even if he's an alcoholic who's totally wasting his potential. And then there's the father's speech about how he blames his daughter for the fact that he cheated on his wife... how can even the most avowed sexist watch that with
  2. "The Conqueror" is the funniest non-comedy I've ever seen. Truly a laugh a minute, and it was meant as a serious epic film. Check it out, it's hilarious!
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    MARX BROTHERS!

    My favorite is "A Night at the Opera" in which their act achieves perfection. My second favorite is "Animal Crackers", which has a raw energy lacking in their later films. I read up on the brothers a while ago, and FYI Chico was a true pathological gambler, Groucho supported his wife later in life because Chico had gambled away everything. My not-really-favorite example was the time he made a bet on one of the horse races being filmed for "A Day At The Races". The race was set up for the camera, the jockeys had been told in what order they were to finish, and everyone on the set knew it
  4. "The film I thought under discussion was "Guns of Navaronne" in which the two female actresses performed as infantrymen carrying guns, killing Krauts, and either teasing or avoiding sex." I'm not going to get into the issue of women in the miliary except to correct this: The women in "Gun of Navarrone" were not infantry, they were resistance fighters. Members of the resistance faced all the dangers that official soldiers did, and got none of the benefits. No pay, no medical care, no military-industrial complex providing equipment, and if they were captured they had none of the rights
  5. "The Guns of Navaronne", for three reasons: 1) It's a damn good film, with solid performances and lots of action 2) It deglamorizes war; the characters are fully aware that horrible things are being done to them, and that they're doing horrible things to others and at a terrible cost to themselves. But as Gregory Peck says, it'll only be worse if they do nothing. 3) Strong female characters. So few films even mention that women are involved in war at all, or suffer as a result, or can have any effect on its progress. And Irene Pappas is just incredible, and made so few englig
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