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MareyMac

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  1. Hi All, I host a monthly Classic Film Discussion Group via Meetup in Vancouver. If anyone in town would like to join us, please message me. It's been going for over a year now and my average turnout is 12-15 to 25 or so, every month. We meet at a downtown pub during Happy Hour. I'm getting enough people joining through meetup, but I'd love to meet more local TCM fans!
  2. I host Vancouver's Classic Film Discussion Group. Too bad there's no Backlot chapter here though! A number of people in my group would love to join. Cliff, if you would care to message me, we meet once a month via Meetup.
  3. Lord, I found this non-film monumentally, dreadfully and painfully tedious. I couldn't get past 20 minutes of it. Then I bailed because truthfully, it wasn't going to get any better. If you love it, good for you. So sorry, no amount of explaining why I should appreciate it due to some historical merit will win me over.
  4. OK, 1776 is showing on 4th of July (of course) on TCM. I will try watching it. But honestly, watching actors singing and dancing as colonials debating American Independence sounds like 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.
  5. Yes, there was mention in the wrap up. Just a passing mention though. Meanwhile not one but two discussions, at length, on 1776.
  6. I seriously don't get the gushing about this movie. Maybe it's because I'm not American??? I consider myself a pretty well-informed film buff. Frankly, I've never even heard of this movie-based-on-a-stage-musical. And, after listening to the lecture discussions, I'm not exactly itching to watch it. Seems the only thing recommending it is it's a pet-fave of the instructor. In fact, this seems to be an example of letting personal prejudices influencing academic perspective. Meanwhile, where is a discussion of Saturday Night Fever as "disruptive" and a landmark musical film for the 70s? I was NOT a fan of the whole disco wave, but in hindsight, this movie was HUGE and a real game changer. Even if you look at it in terms of soundtrack sales. Is it just me?
  7. I'm just surprised that Week 1 talked about house style of various studio musicals in the 30s and it's not even mentioned in Week 2. I know MGM was the major studio for big Technicolor musicals in the 40s, but what other studios were doing should at least get a mention. All the behind the scenes experts covered (set & costume, scriptwriting, editing, etc) were all MGM as well.
  8. The Love Parade, discussed last week, was a Paramount picture
  9. In reviewing material to make notes for the quiz (yes, I actually do that), other than Yankee Doodle Dandy from Warners, the emphasis is squarely on MGM and Garland, Kelly, et. al for the 1940s, principally a handful of films.
  10. Musicals were fantasies right from the get-go. In "Footlight Parade" the premise of travelling prologues for movies is laughable. I mean, these were supposed to be presented on a simple stage in movie theatres. That "By a Waterfall" Busbey Berkeley production number had 300 choreographed swimmers, along with movable swimming pools.
  11. I have a weird obsession with collecting out-of-print movie-tie in editions. Search ABE books (Advanced Book Exchange) for reputable editions but apparently this is a long out of print title. There are a few editions that are slightly cheaper, but you'll still have to pay for an early tie in edition. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=Bradford+Ropes&tn=42+street&kn=&isbn= FYI, one of my most prized possessions is the 1929 photoplay edition of "The Broadway Melody" from 1929.
  12. I've always thought of Ruby Keeler as a triple non-threat. She couldn't sing, dance or act. But I wait for the lines in (I think) 42nd Street (they were all the same) where she she responds to "you're going out a youngster, but you're coming back a star". With "Who, me?". And when Ginger Rogers says something like "I can't carry a show, but you've got a great little trooper who can". Of course Ginger could carry the show. She could dance rings around Ruby. But Ruby non-talent is totally charming.
  13. I was going to add my thoughts on this but you've pretty much touched on all the points I was going to make. Considering the amount of material to be covered and all the juggling that I'm sure the Prof had to do, kudos on a brilliantly executed course. A few lecture notes were posted a bit late and I think everyone took it in stride.
  14. I'd sign up for a Pre-Code course in a heartbeat. Lots of late 20s/early 30s"social context" a prof could cover. It has to tie into a month long festival that TCM would run and I think that would be do-able summer festival on their end. I believe they've done some Pre-code evenings in the past?
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