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  1. I am VERY frustrated about this new schedule format. I live on the West coast. The 'Pacific' time option won't 'stick'. So, it's Eastern time...secondly, once I get the time to go to Pacific the schedule is still showing the Eastern time schedule. Can't use it. I really relied on the schedule. Not happy.
  2. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? It would have felt that she was channeling Ethel Merman. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? Nicky is not overtly coming on to her--but letting her lead the way. Fanny was showing him her feelings by turning to him at times and singing directly to him but at other times sharing her feelings by singing but not directly to
  3. I love Victor/Victoria. I have probably seen this film at least 20 times if not more. I am not sure exactly what the allure of this film is for me. I think maybe it's the friendship between Victoria and Toddy that continues through the film, as well as other friendships that happen. I think Preston gives Toddy gives a view of masculinity that isn't frought with apologetic nuances for being gay in that era. Preston, in his portrayal of Professor Harold Hill, in The Music Man, is on the outside a flim flam man. But ultimately his character, through Preston's singing and acting and dancing abili
  4. I have yet to get an email from TCM with the "Now Playing" guide....I have subscribed a lot of times, with different emails, with different browsers. NOTHING. I have contacted TCM with my problem. NOTHING. Really frustrating.
  5. Is anybody else surprised not to see the film "Double Indemnity" on the list for Barbara Stanwyck's day under the stars? I know the picture has been shown on TCM this year, but still it is surprising not to see it today.
  6. For actresses: Robin Wright, Kim Basinger (for the blondes). Both actresses can be emotional, icy, cool and act in both comedies and dramas. Robin Wright in her current role in House of Cards, shows her range and Kim Basinger's role in L.A. Confidential, was the classic blonde but with depth. For actors: Like others, I agree that Tom Hanks is the Jimmy Stewart of today and I see George Clooney as the Cary Grant type. But I would suggest also that Anthony Hopkins can play the smooth evil character (like the husband in Dial M for Murder), John Cusack I can see as the every man type characte
  7. "The Lady Vanishes" was remade in 2013 for PBS's Masterpiece Mystery series. I watched this and loved it. When I read it was a remake of a Hitchcock film, I then saw the original. Although the PBS remake was good on its own---if you compare it to the original, well, I think the original is far superior. What I liked about both pieces was the starting at one point and then going through the 'tunnel' of a storyline into something that you never would have thought would happen when you start watching the films. Hitchcock brought in other storylines that added interest to the film. The PBS remake
  8. I think Cary Grant works very well as a villian in Hitchcock's movies (or perceived villian). He can be menacing without being over-the-top which adds to the suspense of the plot using his character to make us wonder. What's interesting from what I have read is that Cary Grant looked at his 'persona' of CARY GRANT as a character unto itself. So, if you look at how he uses this persona in Hitchcock's films (debonair, sophisticated, man of the world) it works with how we look at Hitchcock's use of Film Noir for his own personal strategy for whatever film he is making. It is not the end product,
  9. Ah, so glad to be back into the world of Film Noir. Question #1 One thing I wanted to mention was the scene that was discussed in today's lecture video in regard to who Uncle Charlie is. Uncle Charlie shows the misogyny that can be one aspect of the Film Noir world. It is juxtipositioned against the hearth and home of his niece which really gives it a stark contrast. I think this scene really shows the ruthlessness of the character of Uncle Charlie. Charlie isn't a big fan of women. Question #2 The scene we viewed today for the Daily Dose uses starts with dialogue but toward the
  10. Very sad to hear of the passing of Robert Osborne. I am glad to have been able to 'spend' many years with him enjoying classic films.
  11. I agree with your comment. The brief opening scene dialogue sets up the character of Marlowe and the people he will be dealing with. There's one piece of dialogue that is interesting to me looking back in history. Marlowe is college educated. In that time, college wasn't an expectation for the vast majority of people. The economic situation didn't make college a necessity to get a fair wage that would support a family. College degrees were for certain professions. I think when Marlowe says that he 'still can speak English" he is making sure that he is 'relate-able' to the Colonel.
  12. Like many other folks have said, the narration reminds me of those educational films we used to watch. (Yes, I'm old---and yes, I was, at one time, a teacher---but started teaching long after these types of films were popular. ;-) But I digress... The narration is one thing, but the fly-over cinematography really helped set the tone that this film was going to be something objective, informative and probaby not fictional or at least told in a literary form. The light of day, the narration highlighting what the viewer is seeing all help make the opening something that gets the audience
  13. I have seen the movie "Gilda" several times. Viewing just this scene while just focusing on the dance and how it affects other characters was really interesting to me. This dance is a way to give Hayworth's character another dimension that dialogue or other action can't convey. When she is dancing (like others have said very clumsily) it is an expression of her frustration of wanting to get 'out of the box' that she has been put in. She does want to attract attention, but I don't think it is the attention of the customers, but of Ford's character, "Johnny".
  14. Excellent post. I agree that the music hasn't been discussed as much as other elements in Film Noir. One thing I am wondering about in terms of the Studio System of the late 30s-40s-50s is that studios hired the same composers for their films. So, if, say, a Max Steiner was hired to compose the score for a movie, how much of the score really lent itself to the actual movie? I guess what I am trying to say is how did the music help or hinder the film?
  15. I agree with you. I think what I really appreciated was the linear way he wrote about Film Noir--not only the history of it, but also expanding on how others view it. It's a great overview to help focus on elements of Film Noir.
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