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Chuck V.

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  1. Thanks. Pity that the page dedicated to TCM Underground for the month is gone.
  2. Is it still on? I can’t find a webpage dedicated to it.
  3. Anyone hear/read anything about a course for this year?
  4. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/87519/Rabid/full-credits.html TCMdb's "full" credits for Rabid omit the leading lady, Marilyn Chambers. ?????
  5. On the other hand, Lili is often classified as a musical, but yet only features one song and two short dance numbers. Genre classification is not as of yet an exact science.
  6. True, it is not very active, but it is still usable. I suspect the problem of people falling out of touch is just as likely to occur with a facebook forum as this one, so why create a new one?
  7. I don't think it's really necessary to create a facebook group. This forum will remain open. The forum for the first TCM class from 2015 is still open.
  8. Personally, I don't think that music plays a prominent enough role for The Producers to qualify as a musical. However, I don't see how labeling the film a musical constitutes an insult. Movies can fit into more than one genre.
  9. Horror would be a natural for October as TCM always shows a slew of horror movies every October.
  10. Thanks. Only just saw this. The system only alerts one to replies if they directly quote one's post.
  11. I still haven't gotten around to seeing this one yet, so I can't comment on the film's aesthetic qualities, but I just wanted to say that it was quite a timely choice for the final video lecture.
  12. Sounds great, although TCM would have to cooperate by airing the films. (I recall a French New Wave festival in the past.) Not certain if the French and British new waves should be mixed though. That might be taking on too much for one relatively short course.
  13. But not just a complete world within the realm of one film, there were connections (of studio/unit style, performers, directors, composers) across the genre at the time. However, once we start leaving the prime musical era, these connections begin to be lost. The musicals become more isolated in the culture, less able to reinforce each other's power, as for example the current Marvel superhero movies apparently do. Darkness, pessimism and irony needn't have precluded popular success in the '70s, for example. That was a very common theme, especially post-Watergate. But Cabaret inspired no
  14. Ken Russell, The Boy Friend's director, can be difficult for some, and although passionate about music, having directed several musicals and/or biographies of celebrated composers, he's usually not considered one of the great musical directors. I'm quite fond of his work myself, but even so, I wouldn't immediately label him as a musical director. (Perhaps due to a disinterest in traditional choreography on his part? TBF is probably his best on that front.) What he does excel at (or horrify at, depending on one's taste) is spectacle, and for that one might be better off going with tonight'
  15. Which lecture video was this? Maybe I haven't gotten that far yet, I'm still a bit behind. To pick a couple random examples off the top of my head, I'll bet there are more versions of Dracula and Alice in Wonderland. Or am I missing some context?
  16. This seems appropriate. From the 1967 Beatles-directed TV movie Magical Mystery Tour.
  17. The 1962 film Jack the Giant Killer was a virtual replay of 1958’s The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, same director, same actor as hero, same actor as villain, fairly similar plot structure. JtGK’s producers get sued by T7VoS’s producers which interferes with the re-release of Jack. After sitting on the shelf for roughly ten years, the film is partially re-dubbed as a musical and sold to TV. It's been recently re-released on Blu-ray in both the original and musical versions. Enjoy and marvel:
  18. Can anyone provide any thoughts (or links) that give some information about Sewell's editing style? I would be especially interested to see some analysis of what personal touches she may have brought to the material(s) she worked with.
  19. Citizen Kane Apocalypse Now Ordinary People The Blair Witch Project The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
  20. It is true that when Shirley Eaton was painted for Goldfinger, they did leave her partially unpainted so her skin could breathe. However, this was unnecessary. People do not breathe through their skin. So, unless Ms. Eaton was an insect, she should have been alright.
  21. One can see Lena Horne perform in an abbreviated version of Show Boat at the beginning of the Jerome Kern biopic Till the Clouds Roll By. She only sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (in the Show Boat section of the film.) To me, in this clip, she seems just a touch too dark-skinned to pass for white (for the time period, when deliberately getting a tan was not the custom), but I suspect more could have been done with make-up and lighting if so desired. For those interested, here's the entire public domain film of Till the Clouds Roll By, which climaxes with Frank Sina
  22. When Ginger Rogers sings "tummy," if she's performing to playback, then it has to have been a pre-conceived gag rather than a flub. Una Merkel's reaction certainly looks like an attempt to further sell the gag.
  23. I wonder if this was intentional on TCM's part or not. I recall an instance or two where they accidentally aired pan 'n scan prints (and as I recall were apologetic about it afterwards).
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