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About antoniacarlotta

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  1. Tonight at 5pm PST (8pm EST) the documentary Carl Laemmle (which I'm in!) will be premiering on TCM. Following the movie, they're going to play a few of Carl's films including Dracula, Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera, and All Quiet on the Western Front. I'm excited to be on TV at all, but especially excited to see my face on TCM, and I hope you all enjoy it too! I'd love to hear your thoughts about the doc, as well as some of your favorite Laemmle films. I've included the trailer below - the first part of the video is talking about my experience filming and seeing the doc, but the trailer i
  2. Made this just in time for Halloween! I had no idea about his early scandal! (But it also explains why I never heard much about his personal life.)
  3. I loved watching the Friday night lineup of TCM horror with my grandmother. She's 99 and couldn't remember seeing any of them before (though I'm sure she has.) She jumped, gasped, and made exclamations like "oh my!" or "oh no!" quite a lot. In some ways, it felt like I'd gone back in time and got to experience the movies as original audiences may have. Really fun.
  4. I love that this baseball thread came back around because I just won my fantasy baseball league the other day and now I have somewhere to not-so-humble brag 💁‍♀️
  5. My grandparents are NOT about these concerts. They look forward to their TCM movies every single night, and it's really turned their evenings upside down to have all this music on instead. That being said, I've enjoyed the few bits we have watched. I think the T.A.M.I. Show was my favorite.
  6. I'm watching this movie with my 98 and 99 year old grandparents, and they seemed a little surprised at the title. Would this be considered more bold/improper than usual in 1932?
  7. Incredible that he filmed/worked so much while undergoing treatment. Really heartbreaking to have him gone so suddenly. RIP.
  8. You've got me reading all about the history of Pepsi and Coke now...
  9. In 1927, Walt Disney created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for Universal. After he was fired, Walt was left with nothing, and swore he'd never create a character he didn't own the rights to again. It was during this time he knew he needed to come up with a new character, and Mickey Mouse was born. If it wasn't for his firing and the loss of Oswald, would we have Mickey Mouse and the Disney empire today?
  10. It hardly feels possible that the Summer Olympics should be happening right now. Even though we don't get to enjoy the games this year, I still wanted to make an Olympic-themed video. I was shocked when I learned Universal Studios was responsible for the first ever gold medal winning basketball team in the 1936 Olympics! And THE Jack Pierce had managed the team! As with any story from those days, there's so much more to it than just the headline. And the question I've been asking everyone since making this: would you have gone to compete?
  11. I'd never noticed that before about the long cords, but lately I've loved taking note of the ways phones have changed over the years, and how each generation has such disparate experiences. It was a staple in all teen movies when I was a kid to fiddle with the phone cord, wrap yourself up in it, or to hear the click/dial tone when someone would hang up. Kids these days don't know any of those things, or even realize we say "hang up" because you would actually hang the phone up! They think # are called hashtags. Also someone recently told me this generation doesn't use the standard 🤙 to mimic
  12. Wow, to pay less than $10 for an entire day at Disney! I'm not sure you can get a small fry for that now. I think I remember hearing that the opening day was a disaster though: people forged tickets and over-packed the park, there wasn't enough water, some rides weren't ready to open, etc. Disneyland is such a well-oiled machine now, it's hard to imagine anything like that happening.
  13. Not to say there aren't exceptions (women who don't care for her or men who think she's wonderful) but I think you're onto something here! I'm also of the generation that first really knew her from Halloweentown and then as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace - but going back through her filmography I definitely consider myself a fan!
  14. I suppose this fits the description of my question since it's a different type of role, but wasn't this movie seen as superbly racist and problematic, even at the time it was released? This may not fall under the umbrella of maids, drivers, etc but I'd argue it still reinforced the status quo...or worse.
  15. I was surprised how difficult it was to study Black film history for this video - there seemed to be so little information out there. Less surprising was how much oppression there was, and how roles really did play racist caricatures or simply reinforce the status quo - like exclusively casting Black people as maids, chefs, drivers, etc. Can you guys think of any studio films before the 1940s that broke the norm and cast a Black actor otherwise?
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