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Everything posted by ChorusGirl

  1. "Nice try, though." huh? you were the one who brought up a parallel to being offended by racist material...and asked me if I'd respond with "get over it"...I just took your ball and ran with it. I dont understand what it is you want. Do you just want everything banned, or just edited before it gets to you? Or are you just looking for others to cry with you? Chances of changing european and asian attidtudes toward abusing animals in entertainment are slim. You may want to stick to animation and contemporary American cinema thats been supervised by the Humane Society...you're j
  2. Hibi...the uproar you speak of was one Asian-American organization, and I seriously doubt it was anything more than one or two activists in a home office, claiming to speak for half the world. I'll let you in a little secret about activism, which i learned in my years in the book publishing industry...all it takes is one person and a fax machine to get something banned. If you claim to speak for millions and write to the right executive, you can get things banned or changed. I saw book covers changed because of ONE complaint letter. Still happens today. Things get cancelled because
  3. Willbefree25, if I was to apply that reasoning to a black viewer** who was offended by racist attitudes in old films, no...I probably wouldn't talk like a sorrority girl and say something like "get over it." But I would say "you are approaching art in the wrong way, and are just cheating yourself if you avoid any art that offends you." You might as well avoid SWING TIME, too. That fox-studded wedding dress Ginger Rogers wears? I assure you those foxes nearly gnawed their own arms off trying to get free from the fur traps. You can ride this slippery slope for a long time...heck, th
  4. I used to get upset about animal cruelty in older films (especially that disturbing scene in RULES OF THE GAME, and most American westerns with all the tripped horses). Just saw THE MACOMBER AFFAIR this past weekend and numerous animals were killed and shown in the throws of painful death, all for "big game hunting" sequences. But...I realized there isnt much I can do about the needless/real animal killing in something 70 years old....its like getting upset about a vintage fur coat from the 40s, or a stuffed lion head from the 19th century, or a piece of antique ivory. Best to focu
  5. "The Busby Berkeley Book", published in 1973 with Berkeley's assistance, makes no mention of the film HAROLD TEEN. (the book is out of print, but easily available online for about $30) There are a lot of Warner/First national pictures with "berkeley-esque" choreography...including BROADWAY HOSTESS, GO INTO YOUR DANCE, READY WILLING & ABLE, etc. I think most were done by Dave Gould...who had a similar style (see Fox's FOLIES BERGERE). He's good, but his numbers lack that magic touch that makes you gasp.
  6. > > Loved just overhearing the conversations going on around me in the theater while waiting for the film to start. And loved seeing huge lines for things like LONESOME, THE BLACK CAT, RAW DEAL...all less well-known classics that quickly sold out. The line for the Cinerama showing of HOW THE WEST WAS WON went around the block...even for standby tickets...warms my heart to see that! > Edited by: ChorusGirl on Apr 17, 2012 3:13 PM
  7. I hadn't heard of this "Universal Rarities" collection. It sounds great...but, as you say, their track record is not the best. They tend to re-release the same stuff over and over again, and then wonder why sales are flat (a Universal exec recently stated that the last Universal Horror DVDs had disappointing sales...could that be because they have re-packaged Frankenstein and Dracula about 45 different times since the birth of VHS? How many more people are going to buy them?) They did give is a pre-code set a few years ago, and some of the franchise sets were good, so I'll give them th
  8. Oh dear merciful heavens NO!....your kids saw a woman's breasts?! Keep them away from 1934's TARZAN AND HIS MATE or 1932's THE SIGN OF THE CROSS...let alone all the pre-code movies with women practically falling out of their lingerie. Come to think of it...lets just ban all those movies. Myself, I like to run ahead of the children in museums and put painters tape across the chests of those buxom sluts in those old European paintings. One glimpse of a **** is all it takes...its a one way ticket to the stripper pole and a meth habit.
  9. Love the set design on Fox movies. Just look at the interiors in THE GANGS ALL HERE...there are hues on those walls I dont even have a name for (and I'm an interior designer). I think that adds to the distinct look of their films...I dont think a can of nuetral eggshell paint was ever carried across that 1940s lot. The most spectacular example I've seen of Fox Technicolor is HEAVEN CAN WAIT...if you watch the Criterion DVD on a Blu-ray player the colors are simply astonishing...even THE WIZARD OF OZ never looked this good!
  10. Oh boy, I wondered if I'd ever actually see this one. No VHS release, no laserdisc, no DVD...and (as far as I know of) no TCM showings. Figured it fell behind a shelf in the Fox archive and vanished. Alas...there it is on Christmas Eve! Anyone seen this before? I'm really looking forward to this.
  11. > {quote:title=darkblue wrote:}{quote} > > I guess Schickel takes this stuff REALLY seriously. He gets pretty woeful at the slightest provocation > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
  12. > > > > > > It makes you sound like you are out of your depth with anything but a Bowery Boys movie. > Edited by: ChorusGirl on Oct 13, 2011 4:31 PM Edited by: ChorusGirl on Oct 13, 2011 4:32 PM
  13. > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}I see the point you are making but I have to disagree with this sentence: > > All of society's deepest fears...thrown right in their faces. > > It wasn't 'all of society' but a segment of society. Yea, a large segment but only a segment. Again, agnostics like me felt the movie was a joke. > > The movie did have a major impact but the people it really impacted where Catholics and those that believe in the concepts outlined in the movie. To other the movie is just camp, and not very good camp. All horr
  14. Oh sweet, dear Fred. As usual with your train of thought...I'm at a loss.
  15. > {quote:title=atlantic101 wrote:}{quote}I do! Even when I watch Arbuckle I think about what he did. "what he did." Thank you for putting your lack of information in a flashing neon sign on not one but TWO posts. As demonstrated in your OP, you don't actually research the things you get worked up about.
  16. Just a movie, Fred. Gorillas dont grow to be 100 ft tall, and they dont climb skyscrapers, and single women dont get on freighters with a bunch of strange guys, and there is no way that dinosuars lived, and how did they get Kong on the boat and later into a broadway theater without all new Yorkers seeing it?
  17. > {quote:title=atlantic101 wrote:}{quote}I hate to drag politics into something So don't. I don't think about what repugnant things Robert taylor, Adolphe Menjou, Elia Kazan said and did in real life when I watch their movies. Crisis solved.
  18. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote}Look, fooks... > > These are "movies". These aren't documentaries. > > This is "art" and "entertainment", and most films were designed to be seen only once and then they would be gone forever. > > No director planned for a group of 21st Century people to watch a film 100 times and break it apart scene by scene, line by line. > > Elephants can't really fly by flapping their ears. People having a conversation in real life don't break into a song and dance routine on 5th Avenue in New York. > > Nazis
  19. The movie is "****"? Were you born in 1978...or 1998? If you can't bring yourself to see films in the context of their original intended audience, then you'll have to be sympathetic to all the closed-minded dolts who think classic movies of the 30s and 40s are "dumb and boring" You had to be there in 1973 to understand the impact, to realize the then-dominance the Catholic church still had on American society, the fear of the Devil and Hell that was still a factor for so many adults, and how utterly blasphemous this film dared to be. This wasn't an exploitation film down at the gr
  20. That sound you hear.... Is my eyes rolling upward.
  21. I'd live in 1939's *The Women.* Adrian gowns, beauty spas designed by Cedric Gibbons, Technicolor fashion shows, unlimited money supplied by rich husbands. Yes, please.
  22. > > > TCM claims to show movies uncut and commercial free. The movies ARE commercial free. This is a debate about nothing. Edited by: ChorusGirl on Sep 30, 2011 12:25 AM
  23. *42nd Street* is my favorite. It's the ultimate WB movie: warren & dubin music, racy dialogue, wise-cracking dames, gangsters, busby berkeley, topical & social conscience references, lighting-paced editing, urban setting, themes of downtrodden/poor vs. powerful/rich, and that very distinctive "Warners" sound of the Leo Forbstein orchestra. Runners up: *Baby Face* *Night Nurse* *Footlight Parade* *Gold Diggers of 1933* *Jezebel* *White Heat*
  24. > {quote:title=JonnyGeetar wrote:}{quote} Universal is one of the styoopidest movie studios in town, and is especially dumb about their classics, they maybe just don't give a crap. > > Truer words never spoken on the TCM messageboards. Universal has ALWAYS mismanaged their catalog. They don't even have a Universal Horror attraction at thier own theme park....and Karloff's Frankenstein and Lugosi's Dracula images are two of the most recognizeable faces in movie history. They have the original Lon Chaney *Phantom of The Opera* set still standing on a soundstage, and the
  25. Keep in mind they don't have access to any movie they want. They have contracts to secure a certain amount of films each year from the non-Warner/MGM studios (i.e. Columbia, Fox). Also, not every movie from the Warner/MGM collection is available at all times to the programmers. That would be nice...but it simply isn't the case. Movies...even super obscure ones...have distrubution and exhibition rights that must be dealt with, as well as estates for composers and authors that demand royalties. The TCM programmers--die hard nerdy film buffs all--would love nothing more than to have tons
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