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  1. I don't know how much of a lefty or righty Hemmingway was, but B. Travers was an unabashed socialist. I was prompted to seek out the book from my admiration of the movie. I liked it and after reading the rather enigmatic biographical information, I looked for other of his books. Very refreshing to read The Man get it in his writing.
  2. Great line up of movies tonite! First up: *The Three Musketeers.* A rollicking adventure tale from Dumas' famous novel about the lives, loves, intrigues, and adventures of four swordsmen in the service of the King of France. Swordplay! Romance! Intrigue! Adventure! Great! And, to follow up, there's: *The Three Musketeers.* A rollicking adventure tale from Dumas' famous novel about the lives, loves, intrigues, and adventures of four swordsmen in the service of the King of France. Swordplay! Romance! Intrigue! Adventure! And to cap the evening off: *The Three Musketeers
  3. Hey, Lee Tracy. It's good to see him. One of my favorite old time actors. Still has the same old spark. Love Washington Merry-Go-Round. Wonder if this was his last film.
  4. The music is from the soundtrack for the movie and is the main theme, perhaps reorchestrated for the trailer. The music was composed by Alessandro Cicognini. I don't know if the soundtrack has been released. For a movie with its reputation, a soundtrack is likely available.
  5. Intending to take advantage of the success of Cat People, they made this. Usually when they do that, the result is just awful. But in this case, the sequel is better than the original, not that the original isn't great, it's just that the sequel is that much better. Magical cinematography, masterful portryal of childhood alienation, the best performance by a child actor. My favorite moment in the film is when Amy leaves the Christmas party to give Irena her present and sees her singing a French noel. A beautiful, transporting moment. There is only one thing that nags at me as I watch the
  6. I would like to take credit for it, but it is most likely due to chance. Most of the time I'm beat by others.
  7. I think you mean The Last Flight, with Richard Barthelmess: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022054/
  8. It's a magnificent shot. Stanwyck in profile. Expressionless. Predatory. To the right of the frame, gazing left and down. Immaculately made up. Her hair finely groomed, closely following the sweep of her head. The pattern in the door panel echoing the shape of her head. The light reflecting off her, rather than illuminating her. The camera holds on her, and holds. Allowing the enormity of the scene to penetrate and reverberate in the mind, like the sound of a gunshot. What is her reaction? The audience's is one of shock and revulsion. Is she shocked at what she has done? Has she
  9. So many comments, so little time. . . . First, MontyC I did not say Baby Face was *the* high point in Western Art. Although I like the movie a lot (even if it does cop out at the end). I said that particular shot in Baby Face is *one* high point of Western Art. I was going to say in art, but paradoxically, it sounds more impressive to say Western art. For Mr. Fred, I don't necessarily approve or disapprove of Lilly's behavior. And that doesn't add or detract from that moment in the film. For misswonderly, I called it the {font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}Nietzschean apotheosi
  10. Up next is In a Lonely Place. I don't watch it often. Not because it's not a great film, but because it's one of the most downer movies I know. Difficult for me to watch.
  11. I'm sorry I omitted the title. The only defense I can offer up is that I was so occupied trying to get the picture to show up I did not carefully check the text. Thank you, Fred, for supplying the movie title. I would still like to know what you think of the shot. But you need to see how it plays out in the movie, if you have it recorded.
  12. The Killing is rarely mentioned in discussions of film noir. It is rarely mentioned in discussions of Kubrick films. It is rarely mentioned. It is instructive for studies of Kubrick in that his use of the documentary style is early evidence for his detatched, impersonal, even cold and sterile atmospheres. I do not think Panic in the Streets is in a documentary style, as it lacks an external narrator. It would more properly be identified as a police procedural.
  13. Milady's Revenge was the second part of Richard Lester's adapation of Dumas' novel. He did it the service of making two movies out of it, instead of cramming in all into one. The movie on October 18 is the first part, entitled The Three Musketeers. Sorry, October 14. Edited by: slaytonf on Oct 1, 2011 8:41 PM
  14. Didn't you like watching Irene Dunne make strudel?
  15. It's not his best (you can take your pick from his later work), but it certainly is a fine film noir, and has less recognition than it deserves. It has one of the best lines in film noir, as well. Sterling Hayden's final line of the film: "What's the difference?" It captures the essence of noir pessimism and futility.
  16. I was just pleased to see TCM bringing a wider range of work from different directors, and the ones I thought of happened to be German. I might have also listed Melville, Hsiao-hsien, and Ray.
  17. Chester Morris as Robert Sangster in Three Godfathers. What a nasty man. Too bad he turns into a hero at the end. He does die for it, though.
  18. Angie Dickinson is hot. And not a bad actress either. She got screwed over in Ocean's Eleven. The only thing worthwhile in that turkey. And Sammy Davis, who's pure electricity. Too bad they're not showing Big Bad Mama. 'Course they won't show that in prime time. Point Blank's great, though; some good stuff for her to do. Can't beat Lee Marvin. Killer walk through LAX. Not a Noir, but the next best thing. The modern legacy of Noir The other two movies are just. . . .what's this? Makavejev? TCM is showing Love Affair by Makavejev? First Wajda, now Makavejev. Can Fassbinder, Wend
  19. Just after the murder/suicide. No music, no sound to distract the attention. Lilly faultlessly dressed, burnished to a high hard polish, remorseless in her intent. The Nietzschean apotheosis: I have to apologize for it taking so long to figure out how to post the image. Edited by: slaytonf on Sep 28, 2011 9:34 PM
  20. The Zatoichi films and TV series are really enjoyable. Shintaro Katsu is great as the blind masseuse/swordsman. A bit formulaic, but they also have a bit something extra. Not your usual slash, chop samurai fare. Check out also Revenge of a Kabuki Actor, directed by Kon Ichikawa.
  21. Your first movie might be Blue Skies. Bing Crosby, Fred Asatire, and Joan Caulfield: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69230/Blue-Skies/ Was the second in B&W or color?
  22. We were treated to one of his films tonight (The Painted Veil). Though the posters on this sight are more likely to be familiar with his work, he remains one of the many directors whose work was the equal of the better known ones, yet whose memory has faded. Perhaps in this instance, because he died after a short career making films. But he really knew how to take a picture. His shots are carefully composed, yet flow seamlessly out of the flow of the picture. In fact, his pictures flow, easily and naturally, within and between scenes. Movies of his that are my favorites are Rasputin and
  23. For me the human qualities exhibited by Jarrett inspire not sympathy, but revulsion at the sight of those qualities in an insane psyche. Jarrett is only able to maintain distorted imitations of them. They are not the true human emotions of love, devotion, loyalty, and the like, but horrible and perverse parodies ot them. That is why the expression of them is always tinged with the threat of violence. The power of the film derives from the juxtaposition of those outrages with the real ones. One may be able to feel sympathy for him as a sick individual, but not for his human qualities.
  24. I defeinitely think that could have had an effect. He may have been a widescreen director in waiting.
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