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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Boy, if that isn't bait. Anyone gonna rise to it?
  5. Omigod! Something in a Hollywood film was historically accurate! I stand corrected.
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. Bummer it wasn't on, but now I don't feel so bad I missed recording it.
  9. Don't think it was Panic in the Streets. Jack Palance was shooting the gun in the chase sequence. He was trying to hide himself. It's a great movie, though. Best use of location shooting that I can think of.
  10. 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.
  11. I don't know what it is, but I know it's not an episode of The Outer Limits.
  12. 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.
  13. >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.
  14. 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
  15. >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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. I remember seeing that once. If I'm correct, it was a pseudo-documentary. I'll check it out.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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