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Posts posted by slaytonf

  1. The man is not kissing her head, but resting his against hers.  The woman looks like Joan Fontaine.  And the chin looks like Robert Mitchum.  But they never appeared in a movie together.

    The pic of Telly Savalas is from The Dirty Dozen (1967).  The woman is Dora Reisser.

    The man in the cap looks like Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. to me.  But don't hold me to it.

  2. 3 hours ago, scsu1975 said:

    At this point, I couldn't tell if that was Agar under the makeup, or someone else who just needed a paycheck.

    Maybe it was Agar who needed the paycheck. 

    But seriously, how did you do that copyright symbol?  So cool.

  3. We don't see his movies so much now as some years ago.  Weren't most of his movies at Paramount?  Maybe that's why.  I'm sure lots of them can be seen on other venues, paid or not.

  4. 7 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    The original GOJIRA (1954) is stunning.  Any other film or the USA cut of the original are inferior.

    Another movie, like Frankenstein (1931), that is a victim of its own success.  It spawned an entire genre of take-offs and sequels, fun enough to watch in their own right, but which were essentially campy exploitation that robbed the original of due respect for its more sober elements.  A fine movie, exciting, well-crafted, and at times moving.  The identification of the scientist (Dr. Serizawa) who develops the doomsday weapon with the monster, who both share the same fate, sends a powerful cautionary message.  Its open discussion of atomic weapons and parallels with Hiroshima and Nagasaki must have been a shock to Japanese audiences.  The monster's morphing from destroyer to ally and protector of the Japanese people, notwithstanding his continual leveling of Tokyo, must be a way for them to feel in control over the horror of nuclear weapons.

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  5. 9 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

    Woke folk do make me anxious because they naively feel like they are at the peak of human moral superiority. Like Bill Maher said - and I can't find the exact quote - 20 years from now the woke of today will be horrified by what they once considered normal. 

    With so much anxiety-inducing wokeness all around, it was regrettable you were expending any on a false perception.  It was my aim to ally your fears so none of your anxiety would be wasted on faux-wokness, so that you may more appropriately direct it at real sources of woke concern.

  6. 7 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

    The original Tweet stated that he won't watch any old movie made before 1975 (not sure if that is the year he was born, or an arbitrary date) and then went on to say that watching Citizen Kane is like trying to read hieroglyphics.

    I wonder if he won't read any books before then.  Or look at sculpture or painting before then.  Are Boccaccio, Chagall, Cervantes, Twain, Raphael, and--oh, yes, Shakespeare--hieroglyphics?

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  7. Ilsa tells Rick in his office that night that she will never have the strength to leave him again.  She intends to stay with him, because the pull of her love for him is too strong.  Up to the last moment, she expects to stay in Casablanca with Rick, which is the basis for his hill-of-beans speech.

  8. Re the airing of Casablanca (1942) yesterday.  I actually watched it.  I end up doing so about once a year, because despite the adulation it gets, it's actually a good movie.  Something makes me wonder, though.  I think there's little doubt Rick and Ilsa slept together in Paris.  A vital love like theirs cannot grow or be maintained otherwise.  And it's hard to imagine Rick plunging into such an abyss of disillusion from something solely platonic.  But the night they reunite in his office in Casablanca, we see them kiss, but would that be all?  We see the tower with the rotating searchlight, not the usual surrogate for sex.  And later, as Ilsa recounts the parallel events to their affair, they are clothed.  That doesn't mean much, though, as it's not possible the censors would allow even the merest hint at undress.  But is it possible they could have gotten Paris back with only a kiss?

    Or is is sacrilege to consider?

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