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EugeniaH

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  1. Thanks for starting this thread, misswonderly.  I miss him very much and this board is a lot less entertaining without him.  I also think about Kid Dabb every once in a while - such a nice man who started great threads. 

    Over time I was able to catch glimpses of DGF that went beyond his one-liners - I think he would have been a really interesting person to know offline. 

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  2. On 12/12/2017 at 9:04 AM, Eric Whitten said:

    Downfall is a beautiful German film that explores the experiences of the war from Hitler's point of view. It weirdly humanizes him in a compelling way. The acting is incredible. If you want something that stretches your thoughts, check this one out.

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    Not sure if you still come to the board, Eric, but I had picked up this movie based on your recommendation and I thought it was terrific:  well-made, with great acting, and I learned more about that period in history.  Hitler is still the epitome of evil, of course, but it was fascinating to see that time from his perspective (as interpreted by the filmmakers).

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  3. 4 minutes ago, CaveGirl said:

    So nice to see you here, Eugenia. Good choice in Russell; I'd always hoped he was in more films, but I guess he had more important tasks to achieve. Thanks!

    Per Wikipedia, Russell also won an honorary Oscar (the same night) for inspiring hope in other veterans - the only time in history someone has been awarded twice for the same performance.  It was so interesting to read that, so I'm glad I have the chance to add it.  :) 

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  4. Harold Russell lost both hands due to an accident while serving in WWII.  He played on this disability in his role in The Best Years of Our Lives and won an Oscar.  Not quite what you are looking for as he wasn't an actor to start, but a great example of overcoming adversity nonetheless. 

  5. For the third or fourth time I tried watching Dinner at Eight, but turned it off before the ending.  I know it's been mentioned quite a bit on the board over time, and I like all the players in the movie (in other roles), but I find it's just so talky, with nothing about the characters themselves to draw me in.  What am I missing here?

  6. 3 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

    Speaking of Bette's assistant, Sermak released a memoir, Miss D & Me, about her time working with Bette.  I think this book looks very interesting and I look forward to getting a copy of it at the library.

    I recently picked up this book but unfortunately I couldn't get through it.  The writing was flat, though it's hard to believe you could ever get bored reading about Bette Davis.  Anyway, Sermak talked at length about how Hyman's book devastated her (Davis).

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  7. I'm a huge fan of both teams.  Taking a look at both - 

    1)  While Jackie Gleason was a brilliant actor as Ralph Kramden, fleshing out the character as his own, he was no match for Stan Laurel, who (in addition to acting) also thought up gags, helped construct scripts, and was very much the force behind what made L&H work as a team.  You may not appreciate the L&H style of comedy, but you have to respect all that Stan did to make their stuff come alive.

    2) Again, I could probably recite scripts from the Honeymooners' "Classic 39" from memory, but their repertoire was more limited.  The themes revolved around Ralph's crazy harebrained schemes, sewer jokes, the Raccoon Lodge, etc. etc.  Even the supporting players were the same, changing roles from week to week.  L&H had set "personalities", but their shorts were a lot broader in terms of range of topics.  Also, sometimes you were able to see some musical interludes, like Oliver Hardy singing (in "Pardon Us"), which didn't exist in The Honeymooners (though a much later format of this show had singing and dancing)

    3) I like what Sepiatone said in his post:  "It was the TIMES both existed in that made their comedy work.  I don't think L&H's comedy would work in Ralph and Ed's time, nor would it be possible in modern times, as the whole country's situation is vastly different then it was in the '20's and '30's.  And even Ralph and Ed's early '50's world was that different." 

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  8. I don't have a lot of blu-rays in my collection, but I find the improved quality is more noticeable with color films, vs. black and white.  Others may disagree.  I would replace my current DVDs with blu-rays if those movies had exceptional cinematography, where it would enhance the feeling of being "drawn in".

  9. Right now it looks like there's no mobile version for phones, and I need to put on reading glasses and expand the page, moving the page all around to read the bigger text.  Otherwise the words are so small even gnats can't read them... (of course, if gnats could read).

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  10. Robert Hardy was so charming as Siegfried Farnon in "All Creatures Great and Small".  I love watching the DVD series.  Even in the scenes where his character was infuriating (blaming James Herriot for things he does himself), he was hilarious and lit up the room.  It's said that his dogs in the show were his pets in real life.  R.I.P.

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  11. I also have Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia;  I find this to be a charming read.    Not much about movies but more of 'an American in Paris' type of book based on Olivia moving to France after she married a Frenchman. 

     

    Me, too!  I couldn't get into it the first time I read it, for some reason, but enjoyed it a lot more recently.  I like her sense of humor in it.  

  12. But do you support this lawsuit?   To me it is downright silly;   There is nothing in the way Olivia was portrayed in that mini-series that comes close to being slander or libel.    

     

    As you believe you know Olivia is my third favorite actress (after Davis and Stanwyck);   I love this grand lady,  but this lawsuit is nonsense.

     

    I read about the lawsuit, but didn't see "Feud", so I can't weigh in on this (I don't know if Olivia was shown in a positive or negative light).  If there were things said about her relationship with Joan, I would imagine Olivia would be sensitive about it (either that she felt what was shown was untrue, or she wanted to 'whitewash' the truth), but again, I can't make an informed decision.  

     

    I was following the other "Feud" thread when the show was on, to get other members' opinions on it, but it seemed to get mixed reviews here.  I'd thought about trying to catch it on YouTube or somewhere else, but haven't been that enthusiastic.

  13. Eugenia, in the other "Bette and Joan" thread that's currently residing on page-2 of this forum, ChristineHoard resurrected that thread the other day and mentioned this, and then it was discussed at some length there.

     

    You might wish to see the thoughts of others expressed about this there then...

     

    http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/125775-bette-and-joan/

    Thanks!! I was surprised when I didn't see it, but I should have looked harder. ;)

  14. LMREO!!!!!  Go Olivia! She's the only person aside from B.D. portrayed in the series that can sue. (someone must've sent her a copy. LOL)

     

    Yep, and given her success with "The De Havilland Law", I fear for Ryan Murphy and FX.   ;)

     

    Just goes to show you, you're never too old to try something new!

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