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Everything posted by EugeniaH

  1. "Can anyone think of an example of "bad acting" in a classic film..." Uh, oh, another loaded gun. But I'm feeling brave this morning, so I'll put my head on the chopping block... I didn't care for Bette Davis in *Mr. Skeffington*. I felt that she was overacting a tad bit and I had the sense of her trying to say, "Look at me, everyone, here I am!"
  2. Mongo, I've been following your thread pretty much every day for the last year and a half, and I'm just amazed how you've been able to have access to all these great/rare pictures. Are you a Hollywood insider? Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work on this thread. I know you've been doing it for years...
  3. I saw Mommie Dearest long before I saw any of Joan Crawford's films, and I have to say that I think it tainted me in seeing JC objectively. I've watched a fair amount of her films, but I can't seem to get beyond this perception of her as "strange". Mommie Dearest became such a cult classic that her reputation was as good as trashed after that. It's too bad... I thought Mildred Pierce was okay but I wouldn't reach for Joan's movies first on a given night.
  4. I agree. And sometimes if you have two actors together in a scene with one who is mediocre, your attention is drawn to the better actor - that is, his/her reactions and body language.
  5. That would have been interesting casting, sarcastic Joan and sweet, staid Joel. I could see them together in a screwball comedy.
  6. I have a friend that lives in Sonoma County and she took me to the schoolhouse where they filmed THE BIRDS. Pretty cool.
  7. misswonderly, you'll have to make up a new cheer with both Joel and Joan's names in it.
  8. In continuing with the theme of all films Borzage, last night I watched Street Angel. A very different film from Lazybones and Sunrise, as it is set in Italy, and the direction seems to be a lot more fast-paced. I first saw Janet Gaynor in "A Star is Born" (and Sunrise, of course), but here I think she shows a broader range in her acting, her moods alternating from sad to angry, etc. A few scenes I liked: 1) where the circus man was caught by the street vendor and being accused of stealing his sausage, and there is a quick shot of the monkey dressed in a circus outfit staring with his mouth
  9. Jonas, thanks. I can kind of see what you mean by the music jarring with the austerity of the direction. I guess I think of the soundtrack matching more with Joan's story - of hearing God's voice, of confronting the English, where she's just a teenage peasant girl on a divine mission, etc. I definitely want to try and watch it in complete darkness and silence. It will be interesting to see if my viewing of it changes. On another note, I don't know that I've ever seen an Eisenstein film. Can you recommend one?
  10. Hi Scott, The Parson's Widow is on my list (though I keep pushing it back in favor of "talkies" of late).
  11. For me it would be THE OMEN. I wouldn't want to see this one without one of three things - a strong guy with me, a security blanket, or a priest! LOL
  12. Wow, I hadn't realized how many movies she'd done. I liked the films of hers I did see. She definitely deserves to be a SOTM (er, that is, the month after Joel McCrea...)
  13. I love Fields. He was brilliant. I don't know if everyone would agree that he was a genius but he was (and is) certainly iconic.
  14. {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}Carl Dreyer is my personal favorite of the silent film directors. I first saw The Passion of Joan of Arc one late night and it haunted me so much that I had trouble getting to sleep… Sometime later I finally got a friend, who isn’t into classic movies, to watch it. She said that in the middle of the film she realized she had things to do but she couldn’t tear herself away from watching it. I think this illustrates Dreyer’s grip – he reaches in and takes you on the visceral level. {font} {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}The sets ar
  15. I found out about Anousheh Khalili completely by accident while browsing on iTunes. Another song she's done, "Sleep", isn't on You Tube but it's a great song as well.
  16. Thanks so much. I missed this one so I've also added this to my Netflix queue. I'm looking forward to seeing these other ones next and will hopefully revisit here to write about them.
  17. If you could be there to watch the making of a film, which would you choose? Assume you could also interact with cast and crew if you wanted to (between takes!). My four for starters: 1. Any comedy with Carole Lombard - watching Lombard at work in anything would guarantee a good time with a lot of laughs (from what I read of her, anyway) 2. *All About Eve* - I'm not a huge Davis fan but she was stellar in this. The whole cast was great, in fact. I would love to hang out with Thelma Ritter 3. I'd love to be on the set of an early Frank Capra picture (e.g. *Ladies of Leisure*, *T
  18. Oh yeah, I love *Sunrise* and own it! (Wouldn't it be great to see a movie like that on the big screen!) That's too bad about the poor quality of *Street Angel*. Well, I guess it's better than not being able to see it at all. I would love to own that Murnau/Borzage set but the price is too high for me. Gagman, I don't have a region 2 player, unfortunately. I should consider investing in one.
  19. Laurel would be my favorite of this group. In his acting, the comedy is in his innocence and dim-wittedness, where he is both "everyman" and yet so different. You sympathize with his character because he is well-meaning but still so comically stupid. In his writing, Laurel took very simple premises (e.g. delivering a piano in The Music Box) and raised it to absurd levels, but still retaining an element of reality somehow.
  20. I've been a classic film afficionado for some time now but it's only fairly recently that I've been paying more attention to silent films. So far I think Frank Borzage is my favorite director in this area (along with Dreyer, though their work is very different!). I found *Lazybones* (1925) to be an incredibly moving film - with depth in the storyline, depth in the acting, even depth/richness in the scenery. Buck Jones was more known for his Western roles and it would be interesting to know how this masterful stroke in casting came about. *Sunrise*, of course, is a known masterpiece and
  21. EugeniaH


    One comedy I really enjoyed that I don't see mentioned often is "Six of a Kind", with George Burns, Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields and Alison Skipworth. Great chemistry among the actors. Gracie Allen is her usual brilliant, scatterbrained self and I loved her constant permutations of Flora Whinney's name whenever she addresses her ("Oh, Mrs. Phinney!" "Oh, Mrs. Minney!", etc.). Edited by: EugeniaH on Aug 16, 2011 5:41 PM
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