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  1. And I have one: Chet Baker. Great with a horn, too. And the obvious one: Nat King Cole. I think I like his piano playing better.
  2. >Per FredCDobbs: >The situation is, this is America, not Arabia. In Arabia they make the kind of films the professor would probably like. In America, they make the kinds of films we Americans like. Am I right in understanding that you like the ways racism in America has expressed itself in stereotyping, and that you think movies that have it are better for it? Well, maybe you mean to say that because they do it about us, we should do it about them. Yeah, that's a good formula for American society: live down to other people's standards. >That's why we are here on the TCM c
  3. >Per TopBilled: >you want to discredit valid criticism of the professor by devaluing poster comments. And to do that, you seem to need to invalidate individual views of history. But you really cannot do that without a thorough knowledge of each person's ideology I am saying your criticism is not valid. You say Professor Shaheen is wrong for having a convenient interpretation of history, and tailoring it for his own predetermined ends. But that criticism is not valid if you do the same thing yourself. Bank robbers cannot say other bank robbers are wrong for robbing banks. Swindle
  4. I don't think there is a formal set of criteria. If you watch TCM a lot, you will know that all kinds of films, from old studio movies, international films, cult films, independent films, and others are shown. What TCM shows the most of is Hollywood studio films from the thirties, forties, and fifties. I suppose what the title Turner Classic Movies means is not so much that the movies they show themselves are classics, but that they come from what they describe as the "classic" era of filmmaking in Hollywood. It may have come about as result of circumstances. Ted Turner, who started this,
  5. Some quotes: >TerryEllsworth: >I'm only interested in actual history, not one aggrieved person's "interpretation" of history. I don't particular care if it's "comfortable" or not. But, as a starting point, it must be factual. And: >TopBilled: >Yes, I understood what you were asking. I didn't answer you because the original poster is not questioning my view of history or your view of history, but is instead questioning the view that is being advocated by TCM's month-long guest. The point I am making, and I think this is applicable to the general run of posters who comp
  6. This is it. Great movie. Jeanne Moreau. Francois Truffaut directing.
  7. But you didn't answer the question. You criticized Professor Shaheen for tailoring his interpretation of history to suit his ends. What I would like to know is if you have an interpretation tailored for your convenience, or wether you have one that at least in part is uncomfortable for you to consider? I would just like to make certain you are not criticizing the Professor for something you do yourself.
  8. Golly, that's never been done before. Tell me, do you have an interpretation of history that is uncomfortable or inconvenient for you?
  9. The point Professor Shaheen was was trying to make was that the prejudicial stereotypes of Arabs are so ingrained in mainstream culture that we don't even realize their existence, or that they give offense and insult to the object groups' members. Of course, there is a reluctance to change one's way of thinking, it takes a lot of trouble and is inconvenient, especially if there is no perceived need. It is natural to expect impatience, anger and offense quickly growing out of what is thought of as an unjust and unmerited criticism, and it's seen in the posts complaining about this series. Pr
  10. How about male vocalists? And by the way (just to have some tangential connection to the subject of this thread), Bette Davis was in a musical on Broadway, I hear. I don't know how she did.
  11. Or Nancy Wilson. Or June Christy. Edited by: slaytonf on Jul 13, 2011 11:08 PM
  12. Entr'acte is misspelled in Lawrence of Arabia. It is a famous movie goof.
  13. TCM showed it recently when Julie Christie's was star of the month.
  14. Professor Shaheen lamented that Lion of the Desert was judged by the critics not on its content, but because of the source of its funding. Well, I will judge it on its merits. The only difference between this film and a conventional Hollywood historical/adventure film with the likes of Victor Mature or Brian Donlevy--and not a very good one at that--is that in this one, the Arabs are the good guys and the Europeans are the bad guys. I won't compare Mr. Akkad's work with David Lean, no one should be expected to live up to that almost impossible standard, but in spite of the fact that he seem
  15. Definitely one of his best performances. Another one, overlooked, and I think his best, certainly my favorite of his is in In Harm's way with Patricia Neal, and Kirk Douglas, Otto Preminger directing.
  16. Soooo. . . . .Tonight. Don Juan--good film. I might see it again. Hey, two Japanese films. And one by Ozu! And it's not Late Spring or Early Summer, either. I'll be recording thos---lookie: lots of early thirties films. Love 'em. Short, snappy, some even less than an hour. And the characters and stories don't ususally seem underdeveloped. And Madge Evans, Ann Dvorak, Ruth Chatterton, Bette Davis, Aline MacMahon, Glenda Farrell. Oh, Sporting Blood, good movie. Great photography in the opening scenes. Some nice direction, too. Like that tracking shot as Gable and Evans walk and ta
  17. There is a flaw as I see it in the way the story develops. I don't know how it got into the script. Perhaps through revisions. As others have noted, at the beginning of the film a conflict is clearly set up between Matt and Cherry. But at the end of the film Groot talks of his long time worry about how the latent conflict between Dunson and Matt would work out. Yet that is the first time he mentions it, and there has been no basis for this established earlier in the film. What arises out of the cattle drive is situation-specific. I have to disagree about the Joanne Dru character. Sh
  18. Red River may not be the best western ever made--well, maybe it is--but it is sure my favorite. Though Montgomery Clift is slighter built than John Wayne, he stands up to him well. But it is Joanne Dru, always overlooked here, who steals every scene she is in. Some see a lot of Ford in the directing. And you can see it some in the shots of the women, and the camera mounted in the chuck wagon crossing the river, and even the cast, which has a generous sampling from the unofficial John Ford Repertory Company . But overall, it's Hawk's picture, from the naturalistic conversation, to the comp
  19. Boy, if that isn't bait. Anyone gonna rise to it?
  20. Omigod! Something in a Hollywood film was historically accurate! I stand corrected.
  21. If you mean 'fin' as in the French for 'end', then you might look for a French film that is in the public domain. You can search the internet for sites that sell clips. Search under 'film clips', or 'stock footage', or some variation. Some of the sites are also royalty free. That is, you pay once for the clip, and then you don't have to worry about paying royalties every time you show your film. As for doing it yourself, are you doing it on film, or digitally?
  22. Anyone catch British Agent? I recorded it and just watched it. Really good red stuff, in all senses of the word. Love it when those provisional government crazies mow down the Red marchers with their machine guns. Cossacks stampeding the St. Petersburg streets! And in the British Embassy, they waltz on, the revolution foaming and fomenting around them, bullets shattering the mirrors and chandeliers. If I remember correctly, there were no blanks at this time, so that must have been live ammunition flying above the heads of all those extras. No wonder they shrieked. Kay Fwancis, Lenin
  23. Bummer it wasn't on, but now I don't feel so bad I missed recording it.
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