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Everything posted by Palmerin

  1. Speaking in the Puerto Rican jerga=slang of the 1950s to the 1980s, commercial TV was everything that was not in WIPR-TV, the radio and TV station of the PR Department of Education. Since later in the 1980s, the TV of Boricua is as you describe it here.
  2. OK, so most here have regard for the PBS with which they grew up; what about what in PR is called=dismissed as commercial TV? I still have regard for THE NAKED CITY. Speaking of creature features, master limey, do you still have any affection for the sci fi of Irwin Allen? Back in the 1960s, his shows nourished my hunger for fantasy and adventure; now I'm embarrassed at having had such poor taste that I actually cherished those piles of horse droppings.
  3. In his time Dickens was often dismissed as a popular entertainer who only wrote for money, whereas the Brownings and Baron Tennyson were lauded as exalted artists whose verse made the English language into something divine. Are either Grisham or King widely regarded as likely candidates for the Nobel?
  4. Orwell is the exception; every other so-called reporter had an ax to grind.
  5. I have never found any satisfactory material on the subject. It seems that practically everybody in the USA sees the 1936-39 War through the eyes of Hemingway, who was no historian.
  6. MANY PEOPLE ... of the USA, for whom CIVIL WAR means strictly one very specific conflict during the 1860s; they should learn the remarkable fact that every country in the world has had at least one major civil war. I would gladly kiss the hands of Ken Burns if he created a documentary series dedicated to the Spanish War of 1936-39, complete with the complex story of its origins in the French Revolution--an story of which Hemingway knew absolutely nothing.
  7. John Grisham, Stephen King, Robert Frost, and Carl Sandburg. You are not from the USA? Which is your homeland, and which literary luminaries does she have, please?
  8. Thanks for your replies. Now here's something that NM did not take into account: TV, like all the other art forms, is a gigantic supermarket that offers everything from high art to cheap commonplaces, and its customers buy what they fancy. The House Kardashian may not be THE FORSYTE SAGA, but as long as there is a demand for their brand, they have the right to earn a profit from it, according to the most cherished examples of free enterprise. Consider that other gigantic supermarket, Literature. Grisham and King may not be Frost or Sandburg, but as long as there is a demand for their bran
  9. Try others; the best brands of yogurt carry many flavors that are more piquant than vanilla.
  10. I grew up with PBS, and, with the sole exception of some MASTERPIECE THEATRE-type dramas, I never felt any affection for the deadly dull programming of that drastically overrated station. Nothing interesting for children, and very little of interest for adults. You mention shows deserving of Minow's poor opinion; which shows and channels would you say deserve praise for taking to heart NM's opinion that TV had potential for more than soaps and game shows?
  11. What do you say about that famous (notorious) quotation? I would apply it to PBS, which is about as bland as vanilla yogurt.
  12. Didn't know about that one; could you please tell me more? And would you regard Corman's THE SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE as a movie appropriate for the noir genre?
  13. If this has not been asked already, I will ask it now: will Muller eventually present post-big studio noir such as Polanski's CHINATOWN?
  14. Myself and M1791 may come across as awful pedantic, but it's simply that we are kindred spirits who love to be knowledgeable. To quote a very famous example: did 007 arise in a vacuum? No, indeed; the spy genre is one of the most venerable of cinema, and even someone like Mary Pickford, who was no Mata Hari or Fraulein Doktor, performed as a spy during the Great War.
  15. That is why Marisa Berenson in BARRY LYNDON wears her hair and makeup in a manner that makes her look like a 1970s disco queen in Georgian petticoats. So much for Kubrick's reputation as a director obsessed with accurate detail.
  16. I cannot bear to be indifferent to anachronisms as blatant as the women of the time of Richard the Lionhearted looking like flappers of the 1930s. Such obvious mistakes ruin forever the credibility, and thus the enjoyment, of any story that is supposed to be set in the past. How did you feel about the mention of CLOCKS in the JULIUS CAESAR of Shakespeare?
  17. Rex Harrison was too vain to wear a beard for his role as HH Pope Julius II in Reed's THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY. Poor decision, for, as the portraits by Raphael abundantly reveal, Pope Julius did not look anything like RH.
  18. Almost the moment I started THE HARVEY GIRLS I noticed something typical of practically every movie set in the past: the women have their hair done in the fashions of the time that the movie was made, in this case the mid 1940s. Why do movie hairdressers keep acting as if there was no abundant accurate evidence of what the hair styles of the past looked like? Certainly there are plenty of photos of the time of the real Harvey Girls! No surprise here, of course: there is already the precedent of a movie like THE CRUSADES of 1935, an story set in the 12th century in which Loretta Young
  19. So try pitorro=Puerto Rican moonshine; there is a different liquor for every thirsty palate.
  20. Interesting proposal that should at least be tried, yes.
  21. Flynn was supposed to star!? Now that is the kind of story that BM likes to mention in his prologues and conclusions; why does he keep omitting it?
  22. To belabor the obvious: I have already watched MINES several times, so naturally I want new insights that will keep that movie, and of course any other, fresh and exciting; otherwise why bother with TCM at all?
  23. EM is amazing in his job as host of the Film Noir hour. He explains every movie in detail, and always finds something interesting to say about even the most average productions. In a word, he is ENTHUSIASTIC about his work. About Mankiewicz, his typical demeanor is one of ill concealed apathy. Two Sundays ago, when he introduced KING SOLOMON'S MINES of 1950, he limited himself to a mechanical repetition of what he has said before about how pioneering that movie was by being filmed on location rather that on a backlot, exactly as if that were late breaking news. I waited to see how he woul
  24. EVERYBODY; Heaven is not the place for snobbery and class consciousness.
  25. I have posted more than 900 notes, and some of you have posted tens of thousands. I would like to be able to revisit some of the subjects that I have previously discussed, so is there a way to go back to posts that date back to a year, and perhaps even earlier, please?
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