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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. Sorry, wrong adjective. Extraneous. I was trying to copy italicized text to the title. But. Titles. Just. Will. Only. Be. In. Plain. Text. Damn. The lady is Kay Francis in Mandalay (1934), which we saw tonight. Noah Webster wasn't completely successful in eradicating French 'u's from American.
  2. Sorry, spurious 'that's'. Now excised along with the superfluous 'u'.
  3. Man, you don't know what to look at.
  4. When one tells you what you like to hear, it is wisdom. When one tells you what you don't like to hear, it is preaching.
  5. It's a hit with me, Dargo! Can't miss with John Barry. And Nancy Sinatra nails it.
  6. Many movie songs have transcended movies and time to take a place in our consciousness, and the consciousness of the world. I don't need to note any, and anyone could make long list. But every once in a while I hear a song in a movie that's really good and makes me wonder why it has been forgotten. I can think of three off the top of my head. The first is from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). It comes at the end of the movie and is called "Doll on a Music Box." Sung by Sally Ann Howes, it's a lovely, lilting, simple song, yet quite affecting: Another I understand why has no
  7. Oh, good! Another thing to get outraged about. Wait, TCM doesn't show looney tunes.
  8. It seems you are using a three-prong strategy of micro-analyzation to obscure the issue, introducing other topics to confuse the discussion, and a tide of words to overwhelm the reader. All for what? All to maintain you position that it's wrong to criticize Gone/Wind (1939) for racist content because it takes place in slave times. Or that it's a love story. Or that its the story of Scarlett O'Hara. My comments aren't focused on the movie, but like others it has overt stereotyping, mis-characterization of the conditions of slavery, and, through it's portrayal of plantation society, gives t
  9. To consider it possible to own someone is to not consider that individual a person. An example of the white-washing of plantation system by southern apologists. It's hard to follow your point. Perhaps you're trying to say people are being hypocritical. That they are not justified in criticizing racism in movies if they don't criticize voter suppression. How do you know they don't? Or perhaps you are trying to distract the argument by introducing elements outside the focus of this forum.
  10. Just read the introductory to Gone With the Wind (1939). You won't find any movie set in the slave-era that condemned the plantation system. At the least they tacitly endorsed its sanitized portrayal, at worst lauded it. It had everything to do with the story. Just like it had everything to do with the Civil War. It was the basis for the southern way of life. The entire socio-economic system was based on it. It was not discussed directly because that is the dictum of the apologists of the southern culture. To maintain its legitimacy, they obscure it bestiality. Ah, now y
  11. With Hitchcock, everything was a metaphor for sex. Except sex, which was a metaphor for perversion.
  12. The objection is that movies set on plantations during slavery glorify the peculiar and perverted system, deny its horrors, and portray its victims as willing and complicit.
  13. I'm shocked! shocked! to find that cross-promotion is going on here!
  14. Why would it be not ok to examine the effects of ingrained racism in America on moviemaking, but ok to examine other aspects of moviemaking? And what's wrong with trying to sway people into thinking a certain way? And what's wrong with condemning racism, and pointing it out in movies, and saying that they are worse for having it in them? It seems to me objections to what TCM is doing are being raised because people have a certain comfortable way of thinking, that it is annoying to have the shortcomings of that way of thinking pointed out and illustrated, and they don't want to think differe
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