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  1. I tend to like Italian films more than French films, but some French films that come to mind right off that I enjoyed are: Police Python 357 (1976) - Yves Montand, Stefania Sandrelli Shoot the Piano Player (1960) Priceless (2006) - Audrey Tautou Tell No One (2006) - Le Secret (1974) - Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marlene Jobert Dernier domicile connu (1970) - Lino Ventura, Marlene Jobert As for Catherine Spaak French films: I think that Les puits aux trois verites (1961), Weekend at Dunkirk (1964), and Un meurtre est un meurtre (1972) are OK. Perhaps my least favorite French film is La ronde (1964).
  2. I agree with previous posters concerning Darker Than Amber and Dark of the Sun. I include Dark of the Sun on my list of hidden gems.
  3. The Man Who Had Power Over Women is another Rod Taylor film that is difficult to come by.
  4. Ha! True James! I like the way you think. I'll go with The Far Country, although I could just as well pick another Audie Murphy or John Wayne film.
  5. "You must think I'm a reeeal...dangerous...man." John Wayne to Richard Boone in Big Jake. I could rattle off 7 or 8 more from that movie that are among my all-time favorites.
  6. Big Jake Destry (Audie Murphy) Ballad of Cable Hogue Outlaw Josey Wales Once Upon a Time in the West Rio Bravo El Dorado Winchester '73 Bend of the River The Man From Laramie I could rattle off a few more along those same lines, but those are the ones that come to mind right off.
  7. I think that the Il sorpasso article is generally good, but it contains a glaring error. Catherine Spaak plays Gassman's daughter, not his "disillusioned ex-wife."
  8. Thanks for the replies. Saimo, I'll check out the blog. Sounds cool. Costello, I've been meaning to watch Rocco and His Brothers for a while, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
  9. I have come to really appreciate Italian films of the 60's and enjoy them a lot (to the extent that they are available). It's a shame that they are not more readily available in the U.S. (even though many of them had at least limited theatrical runs in the U.S. back in the day). TCM has shown "Mafioso" over the last year, which I think is a very good film. There are some really enjoyable films from the likes of Catherine Spaak, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi, Nino Manfredi, Claudia Cardinale, Stefania Sandrelli, Marcello Mastroianni, Vitorrio Gassman, etc. I find myself tending to like these movies more than some of their French counterparts from that era. Anybody else here like these movies? What are your favorites? Perhaps it's an acquired taste.
  10. There are a lot of actors that I like a lot, but if I had to name only 3, then I would say: John Wayne - I grew up watching his westerns with my grandmother. Alberto Sordi - Absolutely fantastic Italian great of whom I have become a fan in recent years. Mafioso has played on TCM. It would be great for TCM to show more of his films. He was so gifted at playing the Italian "everyman" type character. Elvis Presley - I know that one will be funny to a lot of folks, but I'm a fan and grew up watching his movies, which I find fun.
  11. My favorite is Catherine Spaak. In her mid-60's heyday, she was just fantastic. Besides Hotel, which has been show on TCM, it would be nice to see some of her classics like The Empty Canvas, The Easy Life, and The Warm Life. I've always been partial to Ann-Margret, too, even though I have found some of her films to be real duds.
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