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CaveGirl

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  1. I've always thought that John Stamos looked like Glenn Ford. But that's where the resemblance ends...
  2. Really now, John2Bad...you are missing the real point in "Vertigo". Lamps...it's about about lamps and vortexes and illumination of character. Shoot, Hitchcock even shot put a shot of the Moss family house in the film, the creators of the Mid-Century Modern incredible lucite and swirling lamps which would spin on their bases. Spin, get it...as in vertigo. I heard that Hitch has certain scenes shot by Dziga Vertov for accuracy of the whole vertiginous concept. Also since Kim was wearing a good Republican cloth coat, there still might be some Milhous connections...hmmm? B
  3. Okay, I'm just gonna admit it. I always thought the French had little or no sense of humor. Though I loved Jerry Lewis, still...their reverence for him seemed a bit over the top. Consequently for years and years and eons even, I resisted seeing any Jacques Tati films thinking "Oh crap...he's French, and I just know I won't like his films." Even photos of him in scenes were a turn-off to me so I stayed nescient for many moons. Then one day...I saw a Criterion dvd of one of the Monsieur Hulot films and thought, "I'm gonna hate it but I still owe it to cinema knowledge to give it a chance
  4. Well, unless I'm losing my eyesight, and I was told recently it was still 20/20...Mark Cousins had no socks on when he was talking to Osborne. Now, I thought this was hilarious since Osborne is always dressed to the hilt and Cousins looked like he'd just come in off the beach. But hey, if JFK could do it...then more power to Mark. Although he's not quite as cute as George Hamilton might be if he was shoeless. Maybe Cousins was researching "Shoeshine" or "Boots Malone" right before the interview? Mea culpa..."socks", not "shoes". Edited by: CaveGirl on Sep 17, 2013 2:26 PM
  5. Did anyone notice that TCM keeps showing this advertisement for the Greg Bautzer book, and the early clip says that Joan Crawford was his wife, and then a newly minted clip leaves out that edification. To whit...I believe I've read that Joan was married to Franchot Tone, Doug Fairbanks Junior, Philip Terry and Al Steele, so am I missing something here in the hidden annals of her romantic life. I'm gonna put my money on that Joan was NOT married to Bautzer. Where's Christina to clear up such details, when one needs her???
  6. I totally dug Mark Cousins! I missed the first installments of this series, so was wondering if I would hate it since I'm usually bored with this kind of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. I first got a kick out of the fact he was not wearing socks in the segment with Robert Osborne! And his haircut reminded me of Tim Burton. But since neither thing has anything to do with the content of his series, who cares. He was adroit, astute and intellectually stimulating with the thoughts being expressed. The topic was about outre cinema and it did a magnificent job of showing the vagaries
  7. I'd watch anything he shot, but particularly like "The Amazing Mr. X". Of course he did many more famous films, and often one can just tell while watching if he was behind the camera as his style is so distinctive. A lot like the still photographer, Hurrell. But always cognescent of the joys of chiaroscuro on film, Alton makes the black in black and white, really surprise one.
  8. That must have been before William Holden left the newspaper he worked at in Ohio, to move to California and live with Norma Desmond. Name the newspaper...and win my undying admiration.
  9. Sure one always loves to see The Beav in a film but now due to this scintillating discussion of whether Royal Dano sang the song, I shall be listening with bated breath when I rewatch this weekend. Always have loved TTWH as it is so typically the type of Hitchcock humor that he displayed more often in the stories he chose for his series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". So many classic tales there, of a comedic yet perverse nature and of course death paid a call in many of them. I also remember Mildred Natwick being in at least one and she was a fine actress. Part of the Abbey Theatre grou
  10. Hibi, I go both ways on this. I see Mary in TMF and just want to fix that awful hairdo. But then I know that actually it is period accurate so then I say my mea culpas and appreciate it. I mean, yes...Ingrid Bergman looks fab in Casablanca because she tended not to follow trends so she always looks current but then there is something to be said for looking typical for the period as when one sees that cute flapper hair-do of Clara Bow's in "It". Historically it is fun to see Joan in her platforms and shoulder pads and Joan Blondell with her marcels. Another woman's hair I al
  11. OMG, John. This explains everything in "Vertigo". You've covered the Republican connection and all one need do to extend the subtext that Hitch obviously was using is remember the Dem's man, Adlai Stevenson who once said: "A hypocrite is the kind of man who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. It's so clear now...Scottie, a redwood tree, mounting...ahem. Case closed!
  12. Well, I love the Madeleine Stowe idea but if she's unavailable, I think they should hire Mickey Rooney. Now that man might have some interesting choices. He's a living legend and I miss seeing him. And if they don't give him an Honorary Oscar soon, I am going to be really peeved. He can sing, he can dance, he can do comedy, he can do tragedy and he was Laurence Olivier's favorite actor. What more does the academy want???
  13. Jezebel, you are wonderful and more fabulous than Bette Davis! Thanks so much for the assistance.
  14. Me...crack wise? Never. Speaking of Hattie I must say though that she did say she'd rather play a maid than be one, which seems to give her stamp of approval to her films. I saw a very interesting show on PBS once about the controversy over "Amos and Andy". There were some who felt that the comic genius of Tim Moore got lost in the shuffle and others who were against it ever being shown again. I think film's great gift is in showing things as they were and not how people remember them nostalgically. Just like Stalin used to take demoted members of his team out of photographs, I don
  15. Anyone recently catch this incredible short, in amazing color, with Charles Middleton as Satan? I missed the title but it was so hilarious with fires burning outside the windows of Satan's office in Hades and there was a nightclub bit with a medieval Hellmouth on the wall, that had women coming down it like it was a slide at an amusement park. There was lots of good music, as one would expect in Hell and Charles was his usual imposing and wonderfully baritone self. I don't think any of his shorts are listed on IMDB, but it looked early like maybe 1931 or so, but was surprising that the
  16. I have to admit thegreatman has a point though about The Essentials. Seeing the recent clips of George C. Scott speaking at the Cagney tribute, made me think of his refusal of the whole award insanity. One has to admire him but even then one has to laugh to think that probably the best way to get an Oscar is to call their bluff and say it is baloney and then they HAVE to give it to you. I guess one has to look at TE as being a primer perhaps for those who are not big film devotees and leave it at that.
  17. "Seinfeld" was a show about nothing, so if you don't think nothing is funny, you probably won't laugh. In a recasting I'd make Bogie be George Constanza wearing the glasses from TBS, Cagney of course would play Kramer but on stilts and Eddie would be the wry Jerry. I can just see Cagney bursting in Jerry's doorway with the energy he used in WH when he went nutso. I like to cast against type. Mary Astor could play Elaine.
  18. Well, why not do a completely revamped Picnic? If Joseph Cornell could make a film isolating all the scenes of Rose Hobart and it now shows in museums, I think you should take Picnic apart scene by scene and make it fit your synopsis. I'm available if you need anyone for continuity purposes...
  19. She's so talented! Hilarious in TPBS and always believable. Could go from vamp to the most lovely mother, as in MF to MMISL. Maybe she learned to act well after her diary about her love affair with...uh, was it George Kauffman [sp?] came out in the papers. I only have one beef...she was gorgeous but I so wish she had not had that horrid hair-do in The Maltese Falcon. Kay Francis could have given her some tips on being a bit more stylish methinks.
  20. I must concur totally. She was a joy and was really articulate. The lady was able to debate Osborne on certain points since it was obvious that she really knew her films. Some people come on and actually seem totally devoid of knowledge about the film they are touting. Kind of like when supposed celebrities write an article for a mag and you just know someone else ghostwrote it for them. Madeleine Stowe was a pleasure and I really enjoyed her take on SING and the other films. Good call, Dargo!
  21. Have you ever noticed how in "Vertigo" in the green lit scene where Scottie views the newly revamped Madeleine, and peroxided Judy walks slowly out of the bathroom toward him...that the bed light shade, suspended right below the flowered picture behind her, is there...then not there? It's kind of spooky...since the scene is eerie anyway but it appears and disappears. Also in the scene at Scottie's apartment, what is with the bit where the curtains keep hanging up the actors as they walk near the window? It almost looks like someone is behind them. Gee, is Elster hanging out there to w
  22. Lavender always was Kim's favorite color, or so she said in old interviews. I believe I once read and saw an article in which rooms in her abode were all in lavender, with her gracing the mansion in beautiful color photos accompanying. Of course...Kim would look good in any color.
  23. Well, an amazing array of fabulous interpretations. Thanks to all. I love the Mamie Eisenhower connection, as I've always dug the McCarthy connection to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". As for Dietrichson not being on the train, what's more questionable is who the heck is B.Traven and why was he hiding in South America under an assumed name after writing TOTSM? I don't really like to pick films apart and say "Oh this is impossible and Kong couldn't have been brought back to civilization because he was bigger than the boat" as suspension of belief is always fun, but oftimes one wo
  24. Okay, so first I have to make it through "I Confess" as I plan to stay up to watch one of the few Bergman films I've not seen. And I start having this Proustian feeling every time the soaring music comes on during the Hitch film. I'm like...why is this bringing up scenes in my mind of some other film. So I look up Dimitri Tiomkin's film scores in my trusty film library on the shelf and see he scored "It's a Wonderful Life" and then it all becomes clear to me. He's used some of the same motifs in "IC". Well, seems a bit cheesy to crib one's own stuff but okay. So now "WL" is on and I'm
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