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  1. "The Magnificent Ambersons" - Orson Welles - 1942 -

    starring Tim Holt, Dolores Costello and Joseph Cotton -

    what can you say about this film that hasn't already been said? -

    an obviously great film that was re-cut and re-shot by its' studio -

    and, in the process, almost totally destroyed -

    it ends very abruptly -

    and at least 40 minutes of the film are missing -

    it was released on the bottom half of double bill -

    this time around, I was impressed by the quirky, idiosyncratic nature of the film -

    obviously, the work of a cinematic genuis -

    and the chilling portrait of a young man (Tim Holt) who could see no other way but his own way -

    in the end, obsessed with his mother's reputation, he did aid in her "destruction" -

    the performances by the large cast are spellbinding -

    you can only wonder what would have happened to Welles' career if this film had been released as shot and as the top half of a double bill -

    the search for the missing footage, which was reportedly destroyed, will probably be on-going -

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  2. 22 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Young Lovers (1964)  -  5/10

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    Drama with Peter Fonda as a rebellious college student and budding artist who falls for new student Sharon Hugueny. However, is Fonda ready to accept adult responsibilities? Also featuring Nick Adams, Deborah Walley, Malachi Throne, Joseph Campanella, Kent Smith, Jennifer Billingsley, and Beatrice Straight. This was the sole directing credit for Samuel Goldwyn Jr. The material lies on the divide between the late 50's/early 60's college experience and the late 60's counter-culture. Fonda rides a motorcycle a few years before The Wild Angels and long before Easy Rider, but he's clean cut and looks respectable. There's a sub-plot about Fonda's roommate Nick Adams getting drafted into the army, and the subsequent anxiety, but there's no mention made of any conflicts that he may be sent to. Walley is enjoyable, if underused.

    Source: TCM

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    I prefer the early Peter Fonda.

    He did an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", which is quite unique.

  3. "Wednesday's Child" - John Robertson -1934 -

    starring Frankie Thomas, Edward Arnold and Karen Morley -

    "Wednesday's child is full of woe".

    Short, but succinct film about a sensitive young boy and the dire effects of the break-up of his parents' marriage and divorce.

    The film is blessed with a deeply-felt performance from Frankie Thomas.

    And he gets fine support from Edward Arnold and Karen Morley (as his conflicted parents).

    The ending, which I cannot divulge, is both a surprise - and deeply empathetic to the plight of the child.

    Don't miss this one!

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  4. 6 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Soft Skin (1964)  -  6/10

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    French drama from writer-director Francois Truffaut. A respected author and lecturer (Jean Desailly) has an affair with a young stewardess (Francoise Dorleac). Also featuring Nelly Benedetti, Daniel Ceccaldi, and Maurice Garrel. The performances are good, but otherwise this was nearly a complete wash-out for me, and easily what I would consider my least favorite Truffaut film. The material was too banal to hold my interest, and nothing about the presentation helped to alleviate that paucity of engagement. 

    Source: The Criterion Channel

    Francois Truffaut seemed to treat it as if it were an Alfred Hitchcock film.

  5. 31 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Seduced and Abandoned (1964)  -  7/10

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    Italian comedy from director Pietro Germi. Sicilian patriarch Don Vincenzo (Saro Urzi) tries to reclaim his family's honor when the fiancee (Aldo Puglisi) of one of his daughters has an affair with the youngest daughter, 15-year-old Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli), leaving the girl pregnant. Vincenzo pursues multiple options, both legal and not so legal, to save the family's honor. Also featuring Paola Biggio, Leopoldo Trieste, Lola Braccini, and Lando Buzzanca. Like Germi's earlier film Divorce - Italian Style, this is a send-up of traditional values and the hypocrisy of many who hold them most sacred. The cast is excellent and authentic, and the film depicts Sicily very vividly.

    Source: The Criterion Channel

    It's one of Pietro Germi's greatest films -and who could forget that cast?

  6. It's an interesting article - and I do not object to the edgier stuff.

    But to see a gay couple on "Days Of Our Lives" every week who are obviously devoted to each other is "revolutionary" to me.

    They touch each other, they embrace each other, they kiss each other - and they often do it in close-ups, too.

    They live for one another.

    What you might be objecting to is that their romance embraces the very soul of soap opera.

    They are usually the victims of outside forces, like the successful attempt by a gay young man to blackmail Sonny into marrying him.

    Or the most recent one in which Will is suffering from a brain tumor.

    Perhaps there is too much of the essence of soap opera.

    But their love for each other is so persistent.

    And visible, in the best possible way.

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  7. "Three" - written and directed by James Salter - 1969 -

    starring Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter and Sam Waterston -

    a movie needs a script - without one, the actors are in trouble -

    two friends are vactioning in Europe -

    they pick up a girl -

    they become a threesome -

    the characters aren't interesting -

    and they aren't interested in each other -

    there is a lot of walking -

    and a lot of wandering -

    so little happens that you might start to imagine some profundity -

    here it is -

    one of the friends returns home to school -

    the other two have sex -

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    I think that the film might be about unfulfilled homosexual desire -

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  8. Francois Truffaut broke off all ties with United Artists due to the box-office failure of "The Green Room".

    But could a film that deals with an man's attempts to incorporate an appreciation of death into his life be successful at the box office?

    Truffaut, who made different types of films, was really venturing into foreign territory.

    And he starred himself - not a wise decision, I'd say.

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    I didn't understand the significance of the little boy who could not talk.

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