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cinemaspeak59

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  1. Cactus Flower (1969) Another comedy from 1969, a year TCM has been highlighting. Some brush must be cleared away first, that is, getting past the improbability that Goldie Hawn’s hippie chick, Toni, would fall for Walter Matthau’s middle-age, commitment-phobic dentist, Julian. So distraught is Toni that she turns on the oven, in a botched suicide, because Julian refuses to leave his wife. She’s saved by her neighbor, Igor (Rick Lenz), who manages to sneak in a few passionate kisses as he’s resuscitating her. Ingrid Bergman plays Stephanie, Julian’s loyal, prim assistant. She keeps a cac
  2. I also pick Faye Dunaway. Diane Keaton did great work as well.
  3. Favorite film: Safety Last! (1923) Favorite short: Number, Please? (1920)
  4. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). A sex farce about the sexual revolution sweeping America during the late 1960s. The counter culture comes full circle in affluent Angelinos Bob (Robert Culp), Carol (Natalie Wood), Ted (Elliott Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon). Bob and Carol view themselves as in tune with the times, with occasional but not unlikeable smugness. The film begins with them visiting a retreat for spiritual and mental awakening. And they come away changed, especially Carol. So much so that Bob decides to have an affair and confess it to Carol. Carol thinks it’s so wonde
  5. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Book and Candle
  6. Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) In theaters now
  7. Peter O'Toole was in Lawrence of Arabia with Anthony Quinn
  8. I saw The Blue Lamp several years ago, when TCM aired it. I remember it as procedural-like, dealing with a different type of post-war criminal, as opposed to say, organized crime types. And yes, it's a fine piece of film making.
  9. Along the Coast (1958) A documentary short from Agnès Varda that looks at the French Riviera. Varda introduces the tourists, regular people, examining their beach habits and beach attire. The short functions as a fashion retrospective on swimsuits and hats. Interspersed are scenes from the Cannes Film Festival, with celebrities such as Sophia Loren. Varda closes with a look at the plant life that adds to the region’s beauty. Filmed in vivid color, this documentary reminds us that, yes, the French Riviera is very beautiful. This was made in conjunction with the French Tourism Bureau.
  10. Terrific discussion on Pickup on South Street. One of the things I liked were the love scenes between Skip and Candy, the way he stroked her face, almost massaging it. The scene was beautifully lit, with the bay in the background, and the twinkling lights of New York (vividly created on the Fox sound stages). Candy gave Skip a shot at redemption, and he took it. Was the ending a little too pat? Perhaps. Moe’s death jolted Skip out of his cynical and dangerous moral equivalency. He finally had to pick a side. I think the women, Candy and Moe, were the heroes, even with their flaws.
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