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About ThePaintedLady

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    San Francisco, California
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    Vintage apparel, antiques, film noir, swing dancing, tattoos

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  1. I'm bilingual fluent in Spanish. I always use the Spanish pronunciation even among those who don't speak Spanish. Here in the Bay Area (where I'm from), people always say "oh you have a slight accent! Where are you from?" From which I respond, "I do? I'm a 4th generation Californian. I've always spoken this way." I just can't anglicize Spanish words when I can speak the language. Whether I hear a hard or soft g in Los Angeles, doesn't really bother me, but there are some pronunciations that make me cringe like San PEEdro. .
  2. I have ATT U-verse. I tried watching some programming on TCM app, through my Fire Stick but I keep getting an error message. Nothing will play. So I tried the Watch TCM app on my web browser and it says that it can't verify my account. What's the deal here?
  3. Same. Except I woke up super early (California) only to meet a blackout screen with "Content Unavailable". Moments like these make me hate Sling. I've also seen Force of Evil before.
  4. You're not the only person. I, too, am a HUGE Hitchcock fan, and I border on "not caring for" and "hating" Vertigo. I love the cinematography, the set location (I'm a San Franciscan), and the fashion. I just really hate the plot and the idea that a man has that much control over a woman to fulfill his selfish desire. I actually come out of the theatre angry each time I see it. My top Hitchcock films: Rear Window Foreign Correspondent Shadow of a Doubt Strangers on a Train Why do I stop at 4? Because the fifth one often changes.
  5. It has been a long time since I posted. I hadn't been watching too many modern films as of late. Let me clarify, I haven't been watching any modern, American films as of late. I've been on a Korean drama kick, and I just watched one film that blew me away. I would add this title to the list of international neo-noir. Inside Men (Korea, 2015) Director Woo Min-ho This film stars Lee Byung-hun, who has crossed over into Hollywood films (Terminator Genisys and Magnificent Seven). I might add he is one handsome man. He stars as the thug/gangster in the film. Cho Seung-wo
  6. Agree completely. I think Tippi Hedren is just an awful actress. It's her performance that makes me dislike The Birds, too.
  7. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. Judging from the facial expressions of the seated guests, the mood seems to be that of frustration contrasted by the light hearted charm of Ms. Froy. In a way, she is already set apart from the rest as someone to pay attention to. After all, she is the lady who vanishes later in the film. The clock seemed like a cattle call which indeed it was as the innkeeper gathers all g
  8. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? Pattern: Angled shots, long tracking shots, large crowds/spectators, entertainment/sports venue Deviations: In all previous openings, a crime and/or victimization occurs. (I believe Luis is a victim of the young girl's disrupting his ski jump). 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening seq
  9. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) Considering this is an espionage theme, characterization is most important and we really have to pay attention to each character's persona and motivation. Who can be trusted? Who can't? Is there a red herring? 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? He s
  10. It's Doris Day's singing that makes me dislike this film. I felt it was completely out of place and a bit ridiculous.
  11. My tope of five. I feel that each of the characters had very strong character development and growth from beginning to end. Well, except for Robert Walker. He just gave a great performance as the charming psychopathic murderer. 1.Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt) 2. Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train) 3. Robert Cummings (Saboteur) 4. Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest) 5. Grace Kelly (Rear Window)
  12. Shadow of a Doubt as I am a fan of Joseph Cotton. I also like seeing Santa Rosa in the 40s. I also enjoy The Trouble with Harry for its black humor and the set direction.
  13. I had that problem, too, on my mobile device. I attributed it to being on the ferry as I was commuting to work. On my laptop, it played normally.
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