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  1. Mr. Gorman, I'll bet it was the Burger King chicken sandwich that was the red flag! Everybody knows that the profile of a '64 Falcon thief is an appetite for those sandwiches. (And boy! Did we learn that the hard way one night at Lakefront Park in Port Huron!) But I'm so glad that your record is clean enough to have been cleared for participation on this forum.
  2. OH, yeah! I remember this one. This is just flat out bizarre stuff. Clouds hanging out around the Alps causing people to disappear, right? The movie poster does its best to get you in to see it. After that, you're on your own.
  3. Boy, the joke's really on us, isn't it?! Here, I thought TCM was plotting to turn into the new AMC; but no, it's now Car Talk! Hey, this is great! I'm thoroughly enjoying this turn in the road. I've never been all that interested in automobiles, but in the last couple of years this retiree has "discovered" NASCAR, hot rods and drag racing, and the Mecum Auctions. Right now the Mecum Auto Auction is going on in Kansas City, and my wife and I turn it on to watch and have as background. It's really fascinating to hear all this new stuff about old cars. You want a "Then meets No
  4. Sure, you just gotta have color so you can see what Robinson's amateur masterpiece paintings really look like! Makes perfect sense -- unless he painted only in black and white. (Incidentally, when I was in college I knew an art student whose paintings were all in deep, dark earth tones. When it came time for his Master's exhibition, his parents were thrilled that the pictures had bright colors in them. Another friend of mine told me that, in order to finish enough work for the show, the artist had to lay off drugs for a while and therefore had extra cash to buy the brighter, more expe
  5. I agree, Tikisoo. I watched this when it was on and thought that this is what a documentary should be. Extremely well-done with fascinating bits of information scattered throughout. I've been quite put off lately with some of the contemporary documentaries and series that TCM has been running that seem to focus more on the filmmaker's journey through the subject. How many shots from a moving vehicle on a rainy and windswept coastal road do we have to look at before you get to the point? That's been my reaction, anyway; and many of you will see it differently, I'm sure. (The excepti
  6. My word! So this is what happens when people actually start thinking about what they've seen! And all from a pretty little movie with a red-head dancing all over the place on her tip-toes. Seriously, Slayton, this is a well-thought out and crafted response to add to the discussion so far. Simply amazing all the stuff one can draw from watching this movie. I think that it is in large part because it truly deals with universal and elemental themes of love, loyalty, aspiration, and despair. And I think you've nailed it with this very detailed look at what leads to the final scenes. I w
  7. Wonderful, MissWonderly! I really hadn't thought that much about the film until this discussion started me down a certain path of discovery. So this is all kind of off the cuff reactions to things. Where to draw the line between Greek tragedy and fairy tales? I think we can hold off for our next graduate seminar. I'm sure you know that all the babbling on my part wasn't meant to persuade you to like the movie! We all have all sorts of reasons -- as you stated -- for liking and not liking any particular movie. I still don't understand why my wife doesn't like the "Stooges!"
  8. Thanks, MissWonderly. We are dealing with fairy tales in "The Red Shoes." And fairy tales deal with elemental fears and emotions; that's why they are so frightening at times. In the real-life story of the movie the fates of the three characters are intertwined. And I think I'm going to have to push back a little on the idea that the men are demanding Vicky set aside her career for them, because I think the opposite is what is happening. Lermontov sees her as worthy of his creative, artistic power and demands from her all she has in order to fulfill that. And she goes along with it
  9. MissWonderly and Cineman: some thought-provoking comments on this so far. I wonder, though, if we take this line a bit further it may come back to what I think is the integral aspect of the whole film. For what has happened by the time we see those final scenes of the three main characters? Vicky has been drawn back into Lermontov's world while Julian has escaped it. Now, at the moment of his success, Julian has left England to try to get back his wife. Lermontov is trying to convince Vicky that her place can only be at the mountain-top of his making. Gosh, where do we go from here?
  10. MissWonderly, thank you for your responses toward some comments I had made. I appreciate your point of view on these things, and I'll add a bit more later on. Now I'll admit that "The Red Shoes" is overwrought: and I, too, share your aversion to such display being paraded through many movies. Yet somehow, given the style and artistic vision that the Archers group brings to this movie -- as well as to "Black Narcissus" -- I'm with them straight down the line. I know if had a neighboring office cubicle with any of these chucklehead characters, I wouldn't be able to hold my tongue ver
  11. Didn't Virginia Mayo once mention that one of her eyes was slightly askew? Maybe it was in that filler piece where she pooh-poohed "Mr. Skeffington."
  12. Maybe a well-positioned profile shot could yield that resemblance? Actually, I think in his early years, Elam did have some similar characteristics to Garner. Then they kinda went down different paths later on in life. And then, curiously enough, the later Garner started to converge with the Elam. So, in answer to your question, I will go ahead and say, "Yes."
  13. Thanks, Dargo, for that heart-warming photo of one of the country's beloved characters of western folklore.
  14. Wow, this is one of these list-makers where titles just pop into your head all day. For now: The Three and Four Musketeers (1973-4), and I'll add: You Can't Take it With You (1938)
  15. Thanks, Dargo, for "Executive Suite" and "The Great Escape." TGE, for me is as close to a perfect movie of its kind as there ever was, in that there never seems to be a second wasted in the whole thing. Everything propels the plans and the escape at a terrific pace, all the while introducing us to very highly individualistic characters. This is a big topic, so I think we can add "The Big Country," along with the John Ford trilogy westerns. And throw in "The Longest Day," for good measure.
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