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annsblyth

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  1. I just moved a few weeks ago and haven't had the chance to even see if there's a library near me, much less go to one. I was more suggesting that TCM and Ball State keep FilmStruck in mind when making their viewing recommendations.
  2. It's a streaming service that has partnered with TCM that has many classic films available to watch. Basically think Netflix or Hulu for old movie lovers, though there are modern, foreign, and indie films on there too!
  3. Good morning, fellow musical lovers! This will be the third course that I've taken from TCM and Ball State University, and I'm more excited about this topic than any other so far! ? I just couldn't wait to start looking at the modules and the film recommendations for the first week, but I have to admit that I was disappointed that only one of this week's four suggested films is currently available on FilmStruck, Top Hat. ? Luckily I own Wizard of Oz as well, but I don't have access to TCM, so I'm going to have to rent Broadway Melody and I'm out of luck with Born to Dance because I haven't bee
  4. I think the main four musicals that I always come back to are Cover Girl, On An Island With You, Singin' in the Rain, and High Society, though there are many, many others! I'm trying to think of a theme that connects the four and one that would explain why I keep watching them again and again, and I think it's because they're all visually appealing, are beautifully shot in Technicolor, have talented stars and inspirational songs that help lift my spirits, and have a steady romance that I always end up rooting for. I think you could say that about most musicals, though! ?
  5. I was just looking to start a Philadelphia chapter as I found out (after putting all of the effort into starting a chapter where I am now) that I'm moving to West Goshen in a couple of weeks for work reasons. I still don't know the area well, but I'd love to step up as president if need be and gather everyone together! I would also be very interested in a West Chester chapter as that's even closer to where I'll be.
  6. I am ecstatic to announce that we only need one more member in order to be recognized as an official TCM Backlot chapter! If you live in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Largo, Clearwater, or any surrounding area in central Florida, please consider joining us and message me privately if you're interested! I'm in the process of planning fun events nearby like games, screenings, and movie-themed dinners in my home, so let's get that last member and LET'S MOVIE!
  7. We still need two more members in order to be recognized as an official chapter! If you live in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Largo, Clearwater, or any surrounding area in central Florida, please consider joining us and message me privately if you're interested!
  8. Hi! I'm in the process of recruiting new members for a TCM Backlot Chapter for the Tampa/Saint Petersburg, FL area. I hope to step up as president if we get enough members, but I'm wondering if there's anything that I should know about forming a chapter in addition to what's on this page. I've read it thoroughly, but it doesn't answer some of my questions. Is there a list of rules for how to organize or run a chapter that I should know about? Specifically, I was also wondering if it would be allowed or appropriate to host events or screenings in my home for the chapter. There are few classic f
  9. Hi, everyone! After months of deliberation as to whether I should invest in TCM Backlot or not, my family made my decision for me and got me Backlot for Christmas! I've noticed that the closest chapter to me is in Miami which is still pretty far, so I wondered if there would be any interest in a central Florida chapter, specifically Tampa and Saint Petersburg. I would love to step up as president and do what I can for the group like plan events nearby and host fun games, screenings, and movie-themed dinners in my home (if that's allowed). Let me know if you're interested and live in the area!
  10. Hi, everyone! I've been debating for a while whether TCM Backlot was really worth it for me, and while the contests and archive footage both sound great to me, I had decided that I wasn't going to invest in it because the subscription wouldn't really affect my life on a daily basis. However, I just found out that apparently there are different classic film loving chapters all around the US that schedule events? I live in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area and I think it would be really fun to connect with other old Hollywood fans, and I think that it would make the price of the subscriptio
  11. I first want to mention how much I applaud Hitchcock for including such an inventive shot in the scene. I feel that it evokes a sense of dread and builds suspense (especially without any sound), and the slow pace of the dolly also makes the walk from the door to the headmaster’s desk feel like a mile. I think Hitchcock wanted the audience to feel a sense of panic, like they’re really a student that’s about to be scolded by the headmaster, on top of the emotions the shot gives off as I mentioned above. I still haven’t had the chance to see all of the films (I plan to before the week is out),
  12. My list is pretty tentative too, I have five favorites but it's hard to put them in order! Rebecca (1940) North by Northwest (1959) Marnie (1964) Rear Window (1954) Dial M for Murder (1954) That was actually way harder than I thought it would be! I should also mention that The Birds (1963) is probably tied for at least one of those spots, and Rope (1948) and Suspicion (1941) are gems in my book but I simply haven't seen them as many times as the others, at least not enough to put them on my list. I actually hope that this changes as I learn more about Hitchcock and become more familiar with h
  13. I would say that even in such a short clip I saw examples of how Hitchcock set the standard for many of the films that he would make thereafter. What stood out to me the most was the long, sweeping camera movement over the audience which captured each individual face and unique reaction in the crowd. Many of Hitch's other films have similar shots, as the Royal Albert Hall climax of The Man Who Knew too Much (1956), the audience for Mr. Memory's act in The 39 Steps (1935), and the crowd for the tennis match in Strangers on a Train (1951) all come to mind. As others have mentioned, I can't say t
  14. Yes, this helps very much! I'm fairly familiar with Hitchcock's films from the forties and fifties onward, so the silents and thirties films were the ones I was having trouble with. I'll definitely be watching those silents this week and the sound films next week! Thank you so much!
  15. They have to structure it this way unforunately, as they did with the slapstick course, because they have to fit a seven-week course into a month of programming (as themes on TCM usually only last one month). I just wish that the course was more aware of this and gave suggestions as to which films would be relevant to the lessons and a good idea to view each week.
  16. One that I'm definitely going to be checking out is The Pleasure Garden (1925), as it was Hitchcock's solo directorial debut and has already been mentioned in the course. Thankfully a lot of the silent films are available on Openculture, and I hope that their quality will be better than what I would find elsewhere online. Interestingly enough, White Shadows (1924) is one that I wanted to see after poking around Hitchcock's IMDB and seeing how deeply involved he was with the film (he's credited as a writer, set decorator, production designer, editor, art director, and assistant director), but t
  17. I truly adored the video lecture! It made me feel like I was watching a sports replay, but it was far more interesting! I also found it so intriguing that Chaplin was one of now many comedians to do the 'slip on a banana peel' bit. It's thought of as a cheap laugh today, but was likely considered cutting edge comedy back in 1915. What was truly shocking to me was when I heard that such a simple comedic gag in By the Sea (1915) and something so complex as the scene in A Dog's Life (1918) were filmed only three years apart, and were it not for the film style I would have guessed that A Dog's Lif
  18. Before this course I was certainly aware that films were being produced in the late 19th century, but I had no idea that slapstick films stretched so far back! I really admired L'Arroseur Arrosé, and it made me think about the cause-and-effect patten that was shown in this and later slapstick films. First a set-up that is devoid of humor is performed, like the boy stepping on the hose, and then the humorous punchline comes in, like the gardener being sprayed. I'm surprised that this recipe for comedy is so prevalent in such an early film, as there are countless examples of the set-up and punch
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