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Everything posted by AndreaDoria

  1. Or William Shatner as the youngest brother, the religious, moral center in, "The Brothers Karamazov." I love him in that. Agree with Bogie that Walter Houston in, "Rain" was stunning. I've always liked Tom Skerritt's Presbyterian minister in "A River Runs Through It." I grew up Presbyterian and they often have well educated, wise ministers like that. The mainstream doesn't get much coverage in movies, the ranting fundamentalists raving against rock 'n roll music are so much more dramatic.
  2. "Elmer Gantry" and "The Apostle," are tow of my favorite films glad to see others appreciate them. Oh yes, the energy he puts into the roll! I love jean Simmons in this too, she does a great job of showing that some big time evangelists are actually coming from a sincere place. I really like the Tammy Faye documentary, I've always found her fascinating but I'm still not sure what I think of her. An old one about religion that not too many people have seen is, "Susan and God." I love this thing for all sorts of reasons. Joan Crawford plays a shallow socialite who runs into
  3. Awww. I like to think somewhere Nancy's dancing in those high cowboy boots and the awesome fringed jacket.
  4. I'll add my list because it's a bit different, but I know I'll be thinking of other great movies tomorrow that I'll wish I had mentioned. Mainly, I'm just trying to list the ones I've watched over and over and over. Stella Dallas, -- Barbara Stanwyck Mildred Pierce -- Joan Crawford Now Voyager -- Bette Davis Leave her to Heaven -- Gene Tierney Double Indemnity -- Barbara Stanwyck Too Late for Tears --Lizabeth Scott Wuthering Heights -- Merle Oberon Rebecca -- Joan Fontaine Remains of the Day --Emma Thompson Howards End -- Emma Thompson Y
  5. One reason Saratoga Trunk, is so good is that it was written by Edna Ferber. I was on a Ferber kick long ago and read about a dozen of her novels through the library. I checked recently and they now have zero. Just from the ones adapted for movies we had, Giant, So Big, Cimarron, Showboat and a few more. They're all a little bit soapy but in such a good way!
  6. I'm not very familiar with most of her movies, but, last night, I watched "Wuthering Heights," for the third or fourth time, primarily for her performance -- although I appreciate David Niven and Olivier more each go around. I was surprised to hear Ben M. say that Olivier wanted his wife, Vivian Leigh, to play the part. Fortunately she was busy making GWTW. I can easily picture Vivian Leigh playing those moments when Catherine was feeling greedy for pretty dresses and fine living, but I can't imagine her bringing the dark intensity that Oberon gave us during those wonderful romantic speeches
  7. I want to see them convert the set to the interior of Barbara Stanwyck's house in "Double Indemnity" and all the hosts have to come down that staircase wearing nothing but a towel and an ankle bracelet.
  8. That's the British who tend to be more patient and dainty with their meals than Americans. Cook your soft-boiled egg the way James just said to do it. Have your slice of toast buttered and lying face up on your plate. Hold your nicely cooked egg by it's two ends with your left finger and thumb. Give it a good whack with your butter knife! Use your spoon to scoop out the two halves onto the toast. Spread it out a little, salt it and eat it with a knife and fork. One of the best flavors ever is hot salted runny yellow egg on toast.
  9. Never in the middle of a movie, but often while reading -- at which point my brain takes over and continuous the story in my dream -- worst writing ever.
  10. I've watched Wuthering Heights several times just for Merle Oberon's beautiful performance, I don't know any actress who uses her eyes as wonderfully as she does -- but I think Olivier as Heathcliff was a huge mistake. I don't think anyone ever read the book and pictured half-wild Heathcliff running like a girl with his elbows pressed to his side.
  11. One of my all time favorites. Thanks TCM! I never would have seen this otherwise and I had no idea who Eddie Bracken or Betty Hutton were until I first watched it a few years ago. It had such a fun story. The whole time I was trying to imagine my mother, a very young woman at the time, watching Betty Hutton get plastered, wreck her friend's car, have sex with a stranger, (we all think it must have been the tall handsome one) then end up pregnant and unmarried, or at least alone and unmarried -- all things I would have expected to scandalize her generation, but instead played for laughs an
  12. I just read the Wikipedia on it and it sounds like such a mess, I'm going to watch it now. It won several awards; worst actress, worst supporting actress, worst movie of the year, etc. Reportedly Melanie refused to read the book, saying the shoot was hard enough as it was, plus she had a breast implant during a break causing a lot of wardrobe and continuity problems. Bruce Willis wasn't a star yet, but he made all sorts of demands, once making everyone involved speed up a scene because it was hot out. Seems like all the biggest vanities were behind the scenes.
  13. Great movie. I love how Bette manages to do her famous, pelvis forward walk, down those steps while shooting someone.
  14. Orson Wells and ridiculous are never far apart.
  15. I'll go a big step beyond and admit I love them best acted out in a nice BBC miniseries. I had read and loved, "Middlemarch" and "Silas Marner" both before seeing them on Masterpiece, but I loved them even more afterward. Ben Kingsley was perfect as Silas. I have a vague memory of seeing some version of "The Mill on the Floss." Now I need to actually read that one. I just watched, "The Bad Seed. ' Holy moly. The acting, by everyone, was mesmerizing, even the mother whose physical acting was over the top for me, was still pretty awesome, but the one who left me an emotional wr
  16. One reason we knew the Broadway stars without ever leaving our small towns was the variety shows. Mary Martin and Carol Channing were frequent guests. I really miss those things, without them I would never have heard singers outside my usual teenage bubble and I have always loved sketch comedy.
  17. My favorite Dreyfuss movie is, "Once Around." In that one he takes a character most people would hate, a pushy salesman who always has to be the center of attention, and makes him vulnerable and loveable. He's just brilliant in that, as are Holly Hunter and Danny Aiello.
  18. I saw the thread and quickly thought of about five films I've seen more than ten times -- now that you've all reminded me, I have about twenty in mind. Stella Dallas Now Voyager The Letter A Letter to Three Wives Jane Eyre (all versions) Mildred Pierce Double Indemnity The Wizard of Oz The Music Man Easter Parade My Fair Lady Marnie Fargo Raising Arizona Howards End Remains of the Day Far From Heaven Heaven Can Wait This is not the same as my favorites list. Some of my favorites, like, The Last Pict
  19. I've always blamed, "The Goodbye Girl," for starting a genre of movie in which the female star acts like a self-centered, ill mannered, mean, nasty, crank throughout the entire film, while the male star scurries around like a nervous Pomeranian, endlessly trying to please her. By the end I always hate her and have lost all respect for him and think they deserve a long hellish marriage.
  20. I'm just catching up on this thread, way behind, but wanted to say I live in Ohio half way between Columbus and Cincinnati, thought Jim Jordan was some sort of comic parody when I first heard him speak, but my son said he was real, hated The Piano, love Fargo, own 3rd Rock, yes Julie Andrews looked particularly beautiful in that clip, and I thought I was the only person in the world who liked, Fear Thy Neighbor! Yes! Going to watch it right now.
  21. I'm looking forward to "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at six. I remember when Sally Field was the guest, she said she thought Hurd Hatfield's rather wooden performance was awful, but I kind of like it that way, and I absolutely love Angela Lansbury in this. Dorian's treatment of her is one of the most emotionally brutal things I've ever seen. "Pillow Talk" will be a nice refreshment afterwards. Tony Randall and Doris in the diner? Hilarious.
  22. We always needed this thread and didn't know it. It makes me think of one of my favorite movie lines, spoken by Olympia Dukakis, "If you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, sit right here by me."
  23. I'm not a particular fan of Judi Dench, but I would take that article with a grain of salt. All Marcia had to go on was that Dench, "didn't look happy," so for all we know Dench's feet hurt. Then Marcia uses the interview to humble brag. "However, I’m a big one for effusive congratulations. That’s who I am." Yeah. I wanted Julie Waters for "Billy Elliot," too.
  24. Great summaries, Lucky Dan. I wish I had found this while it was showing last week. I'm usually riveted by Ken Burns' documentaries, just the sound of Peter Coyote's voice puts me in a pleasant trance, I watched all 80 hours of "Vietnam," but this one interested and irritated me in equal measure.
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