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  1. I found Arthur Aylesworth's Find A Grave information with a picture located here. It doesn't look like it's the same guy.
  2. I would have loved some time devoted to female screenwriters. TCM wouldn't have even needed to negotiate licenses for many of them either. After all, only Leigh Brackett probably understood the plot of The Big Sleep.
  3. I've only seen 9 of these films too. Some are on the Criterion Channel, so I will probably check out a few before September. I hope they show the "Be Natural" documentary on Alice Guy-Blaché again in October. They are showing "The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ" as part of this spotlight. I love silent film and I had heard of her only in passing, so I was glad that TCM showed her work a few months back. I watched everything they showed. I am most interested in watching Wanda directed by Barbara Loden and Seven Beauties.. I am also looking forward to seeing Salaam Bombay! again after many years.
  4. Well, I am known as the movie buff in the circles I frequent. Topics such as films being pulled from viewing and needing more context has become a topic of conversation. I try facilitate a respectful conversation between differing viewpoints while offering what historical background on the films I know. I had a conversation just yesterday, with a few 30 somethings about Gone with The Wind and and one said "well no one protested back then". I told them that in fact there were protests and how Selznick dealt with Frank and Ashley's "political meetings". I also told them how Birth of a Nation really galvanized the African-American community to protest such portrayals in film. Did they learn something and change their mind? I don't know. Basically, all I can do is start the dialog and maybe educate people. In my Indian community, I run a movie club and most of the viewers are in aged 60-80 while I just turned 40. We have discussed phrases used in those classic film that are are really jarring today. The most meaningful discussion was about contemporary Germany events and after watching Fritz Lang's M. I had explained that many German filmmakers had left Germany in the 1930s, and one elderly gentleman in his 80s was surprised to learn how early the persecutions had started and the increasing levels, specific laws etc. I like talking things out and learning different perspectives, which I why I really like Jacqueline Stewart. How I wish I were about 20 years younger and still at the University of Chicago. I would have loved to taken classes with her and majored in something not so practical like economics. Sorry for being rambling and verbose, maybe I should be less annoyed with Mark Cousins, after all.
  5. I believe she used the Albert Speer defense of not knowing about the war crimes. Speer's reputation of being the "good Nazi" has been thoroughly debunked through recent scholarship. While Riefenstahl's propaganda work is not on the same level being in charge of armaments, she probably had to know something. I don't want to justify her actions, I want to understand why so it may be possible to prevent such mindsets from developing in the future.
  6. Regarding problematic works and the artists behind them getting blacklisted, I have long felt that it is the lazy person's way of dealing with things. It's easier to close yourself off to different perspectives than trying to understand. Naturally, this is also true for the people that do not want to understand why some works may now be offensive. This era of the 15 second soundbytes and 140 character limit is doing humanity a disservice. People hear, but they do not listen. Regarding Leni Riefenstahl, I would like to understand why she thought her talents would be best used to serve the Nazi regime. Many directors, writers and actors left Germany in the 1930s, while others did not. The spotlight on German film from a few years back touched on it. I would like to understand the causes behind it and it's how I approach most subjects that I am interested in.
  7. His cadence really annoys me, but I tried to give the Eyes of Orson Welles a chance when TCM aired it. However, I found it rambling and more about Mark Cousins than about Orson Welles. Cousins has some nice ideas on film, and of course the subject matter is endlessly fascinating. It's just that I would rather watch the Scorsese documentary.
  8. I found this just now. 100 Films by Women running from September through December. Here is a PDF schedule. I don't particularly care for Mark Cousins work, but I don't know exactly know why. Some of the movies look intersting.
  9. I like your listing, but I would replace Ben-Hur with Speedy, The Kid Brother and Girl Shy. I really enjoyed the tribute to Harold Lloyd TCM did a few years ago.
  10. You should definitely watch it if you're interested in the Zodiac case. Also try to learn about Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, since Zodiac made reference to that in some letters. Like you I really like Fincher's Zodiac, but I went into it knowing ALA was not a very good suspect. Like Gershwin fan, I am inclined to believe that Gaikowski was the most likely suspect. When EAR/ONS/GSK was caught in 2018, I began to hope that advances in touch DNA and forensic genealogy might help to solve Zodiac. However, it remains to be seen if they even have enough that is not uncontaminated from the letters. I am sure law enforcement has kept back better evidence.
  11. I've had the same problems using the browser version of Watch TCM as well. It's not difficult to keep track of expiring movies. I've cleared the TCM cookies individually, but nothing helped.
  12. I've watched some of the Essentials this season. Does anyone have a listing of Ben's picks vs. Ava's picks. I'm really curious to see who picked what film. I saw Jeanne Dielman when TCM aired it and made myself sit through the whole thing waiting for something to happen. I regret not fast-forwarding through it like many of you.
  13. When I was about 6 I watched The Changeling. I lived in an old Victorian house which was about 90 years old, so I was absolutely sure that my house was haunted for months afterwards. I would sleep with the lights on and forced my parents to put a tent on my bed for protection. Who wouldn't be afraid of a creepy wheelchair?
  14. I buy mine at Screen Archives Classics when they run special sales with tiered pricing. Since they go with the limited press runs of 3000 copies, they heavily discount prices older titles to get them to sell out. I have seen things go on sale from about $8 to $26. However, I find it hard to figure out what will sell out quickly, so $14.95 is the price that suits me. I am way more selective in what I buy from them, since once the licensing agreement runs out another studio usually picks it up a few years later. I missed out on Leave Her to Heaven and I hold out hope Criterion gets a hold of it.
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