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  1. "Dr. Strangelove" is definitely a 'black comedy', which becomes funnier and funnier as you know more about Cold War politics. The situations created by the emnity between the USSR and the USA were often absurd. Stanley Kubrick was going to make "Dr. Strangelove" a very serious drama, but someway through production he saw how ludicrous the idea really was. Politicians arguing about the fate of the world, but not actually accomplishing anything. As I've learned more about the Cold War, the movie has become more humorous. For example the phone conversation between the US president and the Sov
  2. No, he does not. I was trying to make the point that if I saw an actor play a character like my dad on the screen, I would probably think it was well acted, but other people might not think so. Because there are so many different types of people, there should be a variety of characters on screen and thus actors to play them.
  3. I don't know if this exactly fits the discussion, but I'll write it anyway. I think one problem with asking a question like this is that opinions vary greatly. Also different people act differently. I know people who could be considered melodramatic, but it's simply their nature. I recently watched "Bicycle Thieves". I had always assumed that people exaggerated how much Italians talked with their hands, but seeing this film shot on the streets of Rome suggested to me that it is not completely a stereotype. I'm not saying there aren't bad actors, there certainly are. But, I think that pe
  4. I like both movies, but I prefer "White Christmas". I love Fred Astaire, but I don't really like his character in "Holiday Inn" because of the way he treats Crosby's character(almost stealing his fiance and the show put on at the Holiday Inn). This may seem like a minor thing, but it kind of bothers me. I also love the ending of "White Christmas" and always tear up. I love how the general is honored. Another great thing about "White Christmas" is the number "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" which in my opinion is one of the best, or at least the most fun, dance numbers on film
  5. I prefer the '59 version, probably partly because I grew up watching this one. I'll admit I sometimes have a hard time watching silent movies and found some of the acting overdone in the '25 version, so this is probably another factor. One thing I love about the '59 version is how Wyler portrays Jesus. We understand Jesus' magnificence by other's reactions to him.
  6. I agree with you that manipulation is not admirable. I mentioned "Stage Door" because it contains strong roles for women and the women are not necessarily dependent on the men. I would add this is just one possible interpretation. I also mentioned "Roman Holiday", in which Audrey Hepburn's strength is much more admirable to me and something I personally would like to emulate.
  7. I certainly do not view the world this way either. I think I just phrased myself badly. I meant that the women are independent and have identies outside of their interactions with men. I am a woman and do not see the world this way, but I think that you could interpret "Stage Door" in this manner.
  8. In no particular order: Gregory Peck Humphrey Bogart Cary Grant James Stewart Fred Astaire
  9. I would also add Audrey Hepburn's character in "Roman Holiday". Although she doesn't show the Katherine Hepburn/Rosalind Russel female strength, the great character traits she shows in the final scenes are extremely admirable. Instead of relying on Gregory Peck's character she knows the right decision and makes it. "Stagedoor" has several strong women including those played by Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers who in a way use men to get ahead or as distractions or even free meals. These women are very independent.
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