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  1. Take your pick: The Battle of the Bulge, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen. The film closest to what you describe is a western, Once Upon a Time in the West.
  2. I don't know what it is, but I know it's not an episode of The Outer Limits.
  3. Regardless of the level of the movies, George Arliss had it all over any of the other actors in either of them, not withstanding George Sanders' smooth urbanity.
  4. >I can scann the photo, and add it to one of my websites, if it would help any. but for now I am not going to post it anywhere. till I know more Posting a link to the photo would help someone identify it for you.
  5. To my thinking, personality and character are the same. If not, I'd like to hear your definitions of the two. Joan abandons her whole life's ambition. If that's not (to her) earth shattering, I don't know what is. Torquil enters Moy castle, thus exposing himself to the fateful curse (the irony being that by the end of the film, it is one he most gladly submits to). This is an act he plainly asserts neither he, nor his father, nor his grandfather has done. The society in this corner of the world is portrayed as, not so much tradition-bound, but certainly infused with it. Something which
  6. >TopBilled writes: >I expected more from I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!...I liked it and found it charming, but it falls flat, because there is no real plot contrivance to move it forward (she is on her way to meet her future husband, that is all). Paradoxically, it is Joan's inability to move forward that drives the plot forward, or rather allows the personalities of the characters to lead to the result. This is a character-driven movie. Plot is not so important. Of course you know where the movie's going, the pleasure is derived from watching how it gets there, how the characters
  7. One of the finest achievements in American cinema, underrecognized because of its identification as a children's film. The stunning cinematography won it an Academy Award. Take note of how the interior scenes are lit, particularly the kitchen/living room of the Baxter's (see how many lighting sources you can identify). Judging from the lighting in other of Clarence Brown's films, it looks like he had a lot to do with it. Although he did more recognized work (National Velvet, and many important Greta Garbo films) this is his greatest film. Look how he stages Penny Baxter's bear hunt s
  8. Another favorite of mine is A Canterbury Tale. Charming and delightful. Kinokima, you should certainly see The Red Shoes again. And again, and again. Masterpiece is a term used too often for movies that people just happen to like a lot. But this film is truly one. One of the great works of art. I rate it on the same level as the best works of the best painters, sculptors, or authors. In every aspect of filmmaking, on every level, in the direction, the cinematography, the cast (Walbrook, Helpmann, Massine), the music, the choreography the movie is surpassing. And through it and abo
  9. The best of the lot: Them!, The Thing From Another World. Most glaring omissions: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Day of the Triffids (maybe). Some may have wanted to see an Ed Wood feature. Not me, but some. Then there is the one, I forget the title, with the alien in a gorilla suit and diving helmet that has killed off the human race, except for one last family he terrorizes in Griffith Park. Some suggested awards: Best slime/slather/exudate. Best latex costume. Least rational scientific explanation. Best consumption of a human
  10. I like this film only just that much less than than The Red Shoes, which is a true masterpiece. In the Powell/Pressberger cannon, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (also with Livesey) is probably more important, but I can't help liking this better. The first time I saw the film, I wasn't familiar with Michael Powell. I was expecting run-of-the-mill regular British ho hum, but I decided to give it a look. The first scene I saw was Hiller and Livesey coming to Moy Castle and we see her framed in the doorway when she opens it. Hey, that was something else! I asked myself who is this guy?
  11. I remember seeing that once. If I'm correct, it was a pseudo-documentary. I'll check it out.
  12. The second movie you are thinking about is probably Too Many Husbands, with Jean Arthur, who is terrific in it. Fred MacMurray and Melvin Douglass are fine, too, but it is Arthur's glittering personality that makes the film worth watching. The theme has been used in many movies with the various roles being reversed. My Favorite Wife had Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a wife returning. Move Over, Darling had James Garner and Doris Day.
  13. The second movie you are thinking about is probably Too Many Husbands, with Jean Arthur, who is terrific in it. Fred MacMurray and Melvin Douglass are fine, too, but it is Arthur's glittering personality that makes the film worth watching. The theme has been used in many movies with the various roles being reversed. My Favorite Wife had Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a wife returning. Move Over, Darling had James Garner and Doris Day.
  14. I don't know about the film, but You Go To My Head has been done by all the great singers: Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson. But if I were you, or you were me, I'd look for a rendition by Ella Fitzgerald.
  15. One of my favorite films. Clever and witty, both verbally and visually. Her travel up to Scotland is one of the most delightful passages in film. It also has its powerful scenes. Check out the dance sequence where the floor bows under the weight of the dancers. Wendy Hiller, in her best role, is at her most. And Pamela Brown, wow! What a fresh gust of Scottish wind. She has one of my favorite entrances in film.
  16. Hm. It was my impression that Granger tried to emulate the spirit of Coleman's performance, abandoning his ruggedness/virility ?a la King Solomon's MInes, for a (for him) more refined, sophisticated portrayal. And which is why I don't care for him in this movie so much as in others.
  17. >SansFin said: >It is sad to say that is not practical. There is no 'color or black and white' setting. One must reset the color to the lowest setting and the picture is washed out very much but it is still tinged with color. If one does that and then adjusts the saturation to the lowest level then it is black and white but it is true black and white with no shades of gray. How right you are. I just tried it and it didn't work. And taking the risk for you, I fiddled around with the different settings and couldn't get anything to work. Then I thought about the cable box. I have a
  18. Well, if you really don't want to pay to see it, you can always wait until it come around again on TCM. But don't hold your breath, the last time it was on was just over three years ago.
  19. Wouldn't you know the only movie I'm not likely to see is the one where the monster doesn't die. And it's TWO monsters!
  20. Unbeknownst to me, I live in a corner of the universe where OBC is unavailable. So, not only has the chance to remove the one lifelong thorn in my psyche passed me by, I was not even aware of the opportunity I missed. Now I feel all bad. (And no, I am not going to drive up to Los Angeles at midnight on a Saturday night to see it. You can't even get me up there during the day.) Let me know how it turns out. Here's a guess: the monster dies. I wonder if there's a movie where the monster wins?
  21. Yes, yes. But be generous. You might be just as confused if you woke up 100 million years after you were supposed to be extinct. The image in my mind is of a long neck and the small, light figure sliding to the rear of the mouth. But it is the dim memory of a small child seen on the screen of a Black and White TV with rabbit ear antennas in the days of broadcast analog signals. If Gorgo turns up anywhere, I will take the opportunity of watching it.
  22. Maybe. . .I'd have to see the movie. Judging from the poster on imdb (French!: Du Jamais Vu!) it's a fire-breathing Godzilla-like monster. The one I remember is more like the actual Apatosaur. But maybe it's my memory that's monstrous.
  23. I do not much like the remake, but because Jane Greer was in it, I recorded it, as I do all her movies. Something has always nagged me as I watched it in the past (not all the way through, but different parts), and I discovered what it was. James Mason should have played Michael, not Rupert. He lacks the light, careless touch needed for the amoral blacksheep opportunist that Rupert is, and has the drawling, polished exterior, with the undercurrent of danger required for MIchael. Imagining him like that, he would have given Raymond Massey a run for his money. For Rupert? Gilbert Roland?
  24. Thanks for the trouble you went to, but those were two of the movies shown last night, and ones I had high hopes for, especially The Giant Behemoth, as it was from England, and I associate the croft with a heathy context.
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