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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. Here's two links: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/80016/Junior-Miss/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037840/
  2. What a fine last shot of the mule eating the cover of "Civilization!"
  3. Though it is generally a good French romantic farce, watching the music sequences in Princess Tam Tam shows just what a genius Busby Berkely was. This is not to take anyting from Josephine Baker, who was a blazing presence. In fact, the dance sequences only come alive when she dances (and all too little).
  4. It's not likely there would be a meatpacking plant on the Anglels Crest Highway. As for Reseda, it went directly from orange and lemon groves to subdivisions. It's possible there may have been a meatpacking plant there, but not likely. You may have done this already, but there are numerous historical societies (it's amusing to consider anything in Southern California as historical), in the area. Search Reseda Historical Society and you will get a number of them. Not one for Reseda, but others for the Basin and the San Fernando Valley.
  5. A generation is a kick in the pants. Kanal is a kick in the gut. Ashes and Diamonds is kick to the psyche.
  6. Too bad. It's his best film. A true masterpiece. Not in the usual line of HItchcock material, though.
  7. I will give you three guesses, no, one guess as to where the idea for this movie came from.
  8. A man goes journeying through the wilds of the African desert in. . . . a business suit.
  9. I know it will be little consolation, and I don't like recommending it, but since it looks like the supply is artificially being restricted to increase the price, you can see a lot of Avenger shows on youtube, even really early ones with Honor Blackman. I don't think there are any of the super early ones with just Patrick Macnee. The quality of the video isn't great.
  10. Believe it. I stand by my assessment. It is a prime example of the triumph of ego over good filmmaking sense. It is obvious and so awkward they had to speed up the film to keep the pace from being too slow-a trick which I HATE.
  11. What I have in mind are films such as Letters From Iwo Jima. The color is so depleted, it's almost like being in a sensory deprivation chamber, it's so oppressive. This is not the same effect derived from watching a black and white film, which is not black and white, but all the silvery greys from black to white. A couple of examples of how great black and white films could look are Out of the Past, and Roseanna McCoy.
  12. I agree with you completely. It seems as if today the style is not only indifference, but an actual antipathy toward color. Directors can't establish their credentials unless they demonstrate how thoroughly they can degrade, deplete and dampen the color in the world. It is popular these days to speak desparagingly about "garish" Technicolor. What people who do so don't realize is that it is not Technicolor that is garish, but the art direction and the lack of understanding on the part of the director of how to use color. Most directors, as I have seen, have a poor understanding of how to
  13. The first sounds like KItty Foyle: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032671/ The second is tantilizingly familiar. I remember seeing a movie with a rose business. Claudette Colbert comes to mind. I did not watch the whole movie, as it did not appeal to me.
  14. The plot is not exactly as you describe it, but consider Light in the Piazza: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056183/ A charming movie. Olivia de Havilland her usual fine performance. Yvette Mimeux in her best role (that I have seen), playing simply and honestly, which could easily have been overplayed painfully and embarrassingly. Even George Hamilton is good.
  15. I think it is The Solid Gold Cadillac, with Judy Holliday.
  16. If you can't get up, you can record The Night is Young. I don't like doing it, but the easiest way to describe what it's like is to compare it to an Ernst Lubitsch film such as The Smiling Lieutenant. It has just the right light, frothy touch required for romantic farce, with enough heart to deliver an emotional punch when needed. Sometimes it's silly, but there's a nice sad-sweet-sad ending. Oh, and there's a great song (Romberg and Hammerstein): When I grow too old to dream I'll have you to remember When I grow too old to dream Your love will live in my heart So, kiss me my sweet
  17. I think you are thinking of Teahouse of the August Moon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Teahouse_of_the_August_Moon_(film)
  18. I was having that problem, but it now seems to have cleared up. Try a movie search with Safari, it might work. With regard to Firefox, are you saying you can't download it onto your iPad?
  19. I agree with you for the most part. What appeals to me about Love Affair are the scenes with Dunne and Boyer. They have an appealing offhand way of delivering the dialogue.
  20. I forgot about the MIniver house. That's definitely one of my favorites. I've thought of a few more: Steve McQueen's Boston townhouse in the The Thomas Crown Affair. Jack Lemon's New York townhouse in How to Murder Your Wife. Duffy's wild pop-porn filled flat in Duffy. And James Mason's shore-side shack (after he fixes it up) in Age of Consent.
  21. Seeing Love Affair brought to mind houses I have seen in movies that I would want to live in. The grandmother's (Maria Ouspenskaya) house is one of my favorites. The only other house I like as much is the villa Mary Astor rents in Italy in Dodsworth.
  22. I could never understand why Leo McCarey remade this movie. Or why it is highly regarded. I have never been able to force myself to watch more than fifteen minutes of An Affair to Remember.
  23. Jean Luc Goddard, rarely among directors, often uses three-sixty shots effectively, in Made in U. S. A. and Bande á part, for example.
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