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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. That is a great list. I would only add Other Men's Women. She was a supporting player, but had a great part and played it well. My only other comment is that A pictures, though they may have bigger budgets, are not necessarily better than B pictures (Casablanca is the the famous example of a B picture that outshines many, or most A pictures). I hope TCM programmers take quality of product and performance, rather than classification of film, into account when considering the qualifications for SOTM
  2. Although it was not a huge role, it would have been great to see him in 1900, opposite another giant of American Cinema, Sterling Hayden.
  3. The print TCM shows of Idiot's Delight has both endings.
  4. It's shown on TCM occasionally. Keep your eyes open.
  5. The point of our responses was that there were many silent film actors that did not tread in the stereotypical path you described as "hammy." They eschewed the aghast countenances and raised hands and did something most actors never did, even in the sound era: act like a human being.
  6. Marion Davies, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, to name four.
  7. Thank you for that clarification. I forgot that scene.
  8. I believe it is considered justifiable homicide to kill someone in the defence of another's life.
  9. >Per Ascotrudgeracer: >I could see him appreciated insofar as "English music hall" cornball routines, but that's about all. He just was not funny. Now, I am not one to gauge myself by social conventions. I decide for myself, and if I diverge, well I will just have to reconcile myself to my misfit status. And I realize that people or things can have a reputation, either good or bad, which persists through social inertia, and that reassessments can be made, from time to time, which causes a reputation to either rise or sink. But I would at least initially put a certain amount of we
  10. Chaplin for the way he integrated comedy and art. The other great silent comedians (Lloyd, Keaton, Tati) were as polished in the delivery of the stunts and routines, but Chaplin's had that extra level of refinement and sophistocation. Added to that was a strain of social criticism/commentary and rebellion against authority that was largely lacking in the others. He got overly sentimental at times, but you can easily ignore that. Keaton's foil was the ironic contrast of the energy of the comedic stunts with his impassive demeanor. A methodology he refined and almost exclusively relied o
  11. I think it was definitely Oscar (trademark) worthy. Who would he have been competing against?
  12. Two books I would recommend are: The Cinema as Art Film Theory and Criticism Here are links: http://www.amazon.com/Cinema-as-Art-Ralph-Stephenson/dp/0140119817 http://books.google.com/books/about/Film_theory_and_criticism.html?id=fqcqAQAAIAAJ These Books will give you the basics about how films are put together and how to look at them. Edited by: slaytonf on Aug 14, 2011 8:06 PM
  13. An illuminating comment. Now I understand. But what about Pompey and his cactus?
  14. >lzcutter writes: >I think Tom Doniphon expected Ranse to stand up and correct the mistaken impression that everyone had but Ranse "Nobody fights my battles" Stoddard was all to happy to ride the fame that being the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance brought him. Tom would not have relied on anyone to speak up about him. If he wanted it known he shot Valance, or was upset about Ranse taking advantage of the lie, he would have said so. When he revealed to Ranse the truth and metaphorically shoved him back into the convention room to accept the nomination, he knew what he was doing, that
  15. The film perhaps embodies Ford's own ambivalence toward the history of the West. He recognized the importance and inevitability of the oncoming civilization that Ranse represented, yet it is clear his sentiments sided with the way of life Tom personified, that of the wild, rugged--not so much lawless, as unrestrained frontier. That's why he goes out of his way at the end of the movie to rob Ranse of his dignity and worth with that almost offensive last line. Perhaps Ford's opinion was that it was not enough for Ranse to be willing to face Valance. Such an act, without comensurate abilit
  16. It's one of my five favorites, too. It's been shown every six months or so, so there may be a good chance of it showing up soon. You can request it at the official suggest a movie section: http://www.tcm.com/suggest-a-movie/index.html
  17. The movie is Idiot's Delight, with Clark Gable and Norma Shearer. Here's a link: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/900/Idiot-s-Delight/
  18. >As clore: >Very good sir, that made me laugh. I'm glad. Watching these movies and writing about them should be fun.
  19. >After 3rdManTheme: >The more you fight against my ideas the more you are proving me right. So, by accepting your ideas, we---prove you wrong? >Years later they faked a criminal case against him & he beat it but it took a toll. I is my understanding that on his return from a trip to Europe, Charlie Chaplin was refused re-admittance to the United States. I do not think he fled from criminal charges or convictions.
  20. Assembly lines were already in effect in the 20s. The financial world does not revolve around filmmaking. Strict production schedules and cheap budgets were the rule during the entire studio system era (1920s into the 1950s). The European Jews (whose influence is overstated, but not vastly) came here in the early thirties. What did they do, go to sleep for ten years? The entire history of filmmaking is wall-to-wall bad movies with some exceptions. So, flashbacks are the key element in great filmmaking?
  21. Why I don't like *any* movies: 1910s--too crappy 1920s--no sound 1930s--poor production values 1940s--Alan Hale (hey, what's so bad about Alan Hale?) 1950s-Adult themes without adult language 1960s-Adult language without adult themes 1970s-Adult themes and adult language, but not necessarily in the same movie, and disco music 1980s-um, I didn't watch any movies in the 1980s 1990s-inadequate technology to accomplish goals 2000s-adequate technology to accomplish goals
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