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  1. I think it's pretty obvious that it's absinthe.
  2. > {quote:title=JoeLynn wrote:}{quote}Is Blackboard Jungle available in color? I don't mind black and white but it would be nice to see it in color. Oh, please. Go away.
  3. > {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote}Years ago (I can't recall the source) I read or heard that when they shot the airport scene for the ending of Casablanca that the plane seen in the background here is actually a very small one because of the limitations of the size of the Warners set on which it was shot. Those people that you see at the plane are actually midgets. > > I forget which book I have that noted that, but it also claimed that the prop plane was actually made of cardboard. > Yes, the entire scene was shot on a Warner Bros. soundstage, except for the shot of the
  4. {font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}What I always liked about Holden was that he, more often than not, played complex characters that exemplified the "modern American male who is often cynically torn between doing what was "right",per se, and what is "expedient"...which, as you suggest, was a similar style to Cooper's.{font} Yes, and a lot of movies revolve around just that basic story (only most don't have the advantage of having a Cooper or Holden or Bogart starring in them). It's even more common in TV shows: every series that runs long enough usually has several episodes in
  5. Wayne's appeal is actually very straightforward, and always has been: both the characters he played, and the man, himself, projected a simple message "If you want to be my friend, I'll be your steadfast friend, but if you're not my friend, watch out." That kind of unspoken declaration fashions a universe of simple and unambiguous morality and interpersonal relationships, the kind that many people yearn for, but never really find for obvious reasons. Wayne is a comforting presence in all his films, and that cannot be discounted. I think it is, in fact, the very foundation of his success a
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    >Well, James, violence has solved many a problem. It's in the Bible or your favorite History book. And I think it's a good bet those problems will continue and violence will solve many of them. The word "problem" is entirely subjective. In SHANE the homesteaders were the problem from Riker's point of view; Riker was the problem from the homestaders'. Violence may eliminate whatever it is that one side or the other objects to, but it never proves who's right (a subjective word in itself). And that's the real problem.
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    >I agree with you but Shane is somewhat unique in that there isn't any law in the film at all. In a lot of westerns with a similar theme there is at least some law. E.g. Liberty Valance. No so very unique. Because he helped open the frontier, as Riker explains to the Starretts, he feels entitled to dictate "law" as he sees it, and that revolves around unfettered rights for cattlemen on an open range, and few or none for homesteaders. It is, in fact, analogous to the modern argument here in the U.S. as to the rights of Big Business versus those for consumers (hint: Big Business
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    I had a long conversation with a Paramount executive this afternoon in a friend's living room. You'll all probably be pleased to hear that SHANE is being prepared for Blu-ray release in 2012.
  9. > Mel wanted to create a comedy, and at the same time, I feel, have an affectionate tribute to the Flynn that I presume he really did meet. And the reality is that the Alan Swann character is only partially like the aging swashbuckler. Brooks' characterization of him (perhaps, as clore suggests, with a bit of John Barrymore thrown in for good measure) presents him as a flamboyant drunk who was also, at heart, a sweet, even sentimental man, softening the portrait, and making it more attractive than the real Flynn was in the '50s. Mel Brooks was an uncredited executive producer on th
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    Riker's speech, when he meets the Starretts and Shane as they return from the July 4th festivities, is a model for how to humanize a villain in a drama. Riker makes several valid points; in the final analysis the problem isn't his point of view, but his methods, and it's those brutal methods that lead to his undoing.
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    Oh, I think the film, does go into that, as it must, only it's done largely through action, and not dialogue, which is why SHANE is an intensely cinematic experience. There is dialogue concerning it, however; perhaps the most important is in the exchange between Shane and the cattleman, Riker, during their final confrontation: SHANE: Your kind of days are over. RIKER: What about you, gunfighter? SHANE: The difference is, I know it. One can impute that Shane may have killed one too many men, but the the overarching sense is that he knows the West that Riker extolled, r
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    > Why doesn't Paramount release this classic Western {#3 on AFI's Greatest Westerns} list and # 45 on its greatest movies of all time. They considered it about four years ago, along with THE QUIET MAN, while THE AFRICAN QUEEN was being restored and bonus materials prepared for Blu-ray. In the end, the studio decided that they didn't want to spend the money restorations of the other films would entail. While I think that it's inevitable that both films will eventually find their way to Blu-ray (possibly via a small specialty video label, such as Olive Films, which has a contract to put
  13. >Using a ' as a replacement for certain letters is a well known principal to those who are learning English. Principle, not principal.
  14. {font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}What would of stunk more is for Hallie to marry a man she didn't love. It's "would have stunk..." You're never gonna learn, are you, James? {font}
  15. I'm wondering if any other actor/actress ever received this kind of preferential treatment? Know of anyone else? Jean Arthur; she was adamant that the right side of her face never be photographed. Those rare instances when some part of that side were captured on film confirm that her concern as to her appearance was genuine.
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