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lpetiti

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  1. This is such a helpful list! I especially love the tropes you gave. I had forgotten about the smoke filled rooms.
  2. I was hesitant to watch Baby Jane for the longest time because I'm a horror wimp. After watching Feud on FX, though, I knew I had to give it a try. I found it enjoyable and Ms. Bette, as always, was fabulous. Joan Crawford...while she is good, what can I say I've always had a preference for Bette in their feud.
  3. Hello all! I've been a fan of film noir and mystery/detective stories for a long time. Although I'm a great fan of film noir, I realize that I have limited myself to only a handful of noirs (i.e., The Maltese Falcon, Laura, Double Indemnity, and The Postman Always Reads Twice). I'm interested in seeing more of them (especially through programs like Noir Alley). The reason I'm really starting to look for information right now is that I'm planning on running a DnD game (admitting that always makes my nerdiness stand out even more, haha). One of the campaign settings I'm working with is very noir-ish and I'm looking for inspiration. So, what are some of your favorite noir films? What are some good examples of iconic noir characters/story tropes. I've got some ideas, but also wanted to pick others brains!
  4. As a "yungin" myself, I have to disagree, not to mention the reality that some of those films will become classics someday. I will say something that I imagine will be an unpopular opinion for some people. It's 2020. The reality is that those of us who were born in the late 80s/early 90s are either in our early 30s or reaching our 30s. The 90s was not 10 years ago (as much as we wish they were). Disneyworld is about to reach it's 50th anniversary. The 70s were forty years ago. Movies that were made in the 90s are considered old by today's high school students...nevermind movies made in the 80s or before. I think that what we have to consider is that there are some great film created beyond the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1969. I think it is clear that movies made beyond that time period have withstood the test of time and should be considered classics alongside the great films of the 20s-60s. So it makes sense that as time goes on TCM expands it's list of classic films to include ones made after 1969, while still showcasing what makes the channel great in the first place. I've said this on another forum before...but part of the job of us classic filmmakers is to show those people who look down upon classic films (or, as a high school student told me when I was teaching a class on comedy..."black and white movies aren't funny because they're in black and white" (what does that even mean btw?).) what a treat they have in store for them rather than looking down on modern classics.
  5. I need to begin paying more attention to the films shown on Noir Alley. I love the film noir style, I've always loved mysteries and detective stories, and thoroughly enjoyed the course that TCM did a few years ago on film noir. Beyond that, I'm an avid DnD player (what can I say, I'm nerdy on many different fronts) and there is a campaign setting that I've fallen in love with that feels very noir-ish, so I can't wait to watch more through Noir Alley to help me get more inspiration for my writing!
  6. I think it'd be great to do a film festival on TCM, have interviews done remotely, things like that. I know there are so many people like me who have anxiety already without a pandemic. Now that this is happening I'm having anxiety attacks daily. TCM could be a great space to forget about the world for a little while.
  7. This would be a great time to have an online course roll out. Everything is so uncertain and scary, we could use something fun.
  8. Hopefully there will be a course in 2020. I always enjoy them.
  9. I wish Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte was airing. I finally got around to seeing Baby Jane after watching Feud, which also made me interested in seeing Charlotte. I think it's on Amazon Prime?
  10. I think the global perspective matters a great deal in animation. It's not only about how an audience views media, but also what they view. Previously, we only worried about what they viewed, but now we must consider both. I think global animation is far more experimental and daring than most American animation. To a certain extent, much of American animation is limited to what we see being produced in Hollywood. While there is some amazing stuff coming out of Hollywood animation, it is often limited to family oriented films (not always but often). The independent circuit is often more experimental, but again, many times that seems to come from countries outside of the United States. If we don't consider what is coming out of animation around the world, then we are missing out on some wonderful pieces of animation exploring things that Americans don't While I agree with you about live performances, and that there is a magic that we don't see on screens, I don't agree that the fact that society views things primarily on computer/tablet/phone screens detracts from the performances and stories being told. Are they all great? Of course not, but neither were all of the films in Classic Hollywood.
  11. Very well said! I've (fortunately or unfortunately) known both types of people.
  12. Again, that is a generalization of an entire generation - two actually. While I agree that work ethics have changed and that certain things are true about certain members of my generation and the generation that came before us, do not be so quick to assume that we are all leftists with a "gimme" attitude. When people generalize about a generation, I have to ask if they know people of that generation and if the generalizations being made are 100% true of every person that they know who is a millennial or Gen-Xer. Chances are, that is not the case. Honestly (tying this back to the original post), is it any wonder that younger generations are less likely to discover the joy and/or the lessons to be learning in older films or different times in history if we are constantly being put inside what is an unfair box and constantly judged as being lazy entitled people who have trouble "adulting"? We are a classic film community should be saying things like "you've only seen Citizen Kane? What a treat you have in store for you when you discover other things that Orson Welles produced (or when you discover classic comedy, or musicals...whatever!) I could argue that older generations made a plethora of mistakes and judge the entire generation as racist, sexist, homophobic, draft dodgers, hippies, beatniks....any sort of category that some member of previous generations fit into. But that is doing a disservice to those previous generations who, like every other generation in history have both positive and negative aspects to it. So, to answer your previous question, no. We could not have built bridges because the world we live in is different than that time in history...but we can look back on those events and be inspired to create new things and push the boundaries of science, technology, engineering, film, art, etc because of the work done before us.
  13. Unfortunately, this comment seems like a great generalization of millennials. While I agree that there are many in my generation that feel this way (as well as the generation after mine...today's high school students are not millennials, yet we always seem to get grouped together), I also know many millennials (myself included) who do NOT subscribe to revisionist history, who will freely admit that there is a lot we don't know and who, in spite of having grown up in a recession and in a post-9/11 world in which we were told to do things like go to college and get a high paying job (in spite of those things not always being practical), have worked hard to try to adjust to being an adult in an ever changing world, just as generations before us have done. Are we perfect? Far from it, but I wager that every generation before us has been told by generations before them that there was something "wrong" with them as well. It's unrealistic of us to think that earlier times in the 20th century did not have things wrong with it, just as there are things wrong with our society in 2019. For example, while Gone with the Wind is in my top 3 movies of all time, I can't ignore the fact that it does portray many African Americans in a, shall we say, less than flattering light. That doesn't take away from the greatness of that film, but there are some racist elements in it (case in point, the portrayal of Prissy). Is it as racist as Birth of a Nation? Absolutely not - but it is unrealistic to dismiss the racist elements in that film, just as it is unrealistic to dismiss the film as a whole because of the racist elements in it. To parphrase Whoopi Goldberg, we shouldn't censor films like this because doing so would deny the existence of stereotypes that were common and acceptable in previous years. And as a side note, personally I've never quite understood the fascination with Citizen Kane. I adore the cinematography, but I've always found Orson Welles to be somewhat off-putting to me (not the character of Kane, but rather Welles himself) and the plot is just not as engaging as I thought it would be. Again, that doesn't take away from the greatness of the film, I just fail to see the fascination that many of my fellow film students had with the film.
  14. Two things come to mind as I'm reading these comments. First...I remember hearing a description of The Apartment and how Shirley McLain "made this black and white movie feel as if it had color" during an Oscar broadcast. That always annoys me because a statement like that implys that colored movies (or sound for that matter) lack something and therefore can't ever possibly be of the same quality as a sound film. Similarly, I once introduced my high school students to classic comedy and asked them what they thought about black and white movies. One student said they couldn't be funny because they were in black and white. Chaplin...the Marx Brothers...Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot couldn't be funny without color. I'll say this...the pictures weren't the only things to get smaller. I think as cinema has progressed, especially in modern years, people's mindsets of good cinema has gotten smaller, which results in people bashing older films.
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