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  1. On that note, has anyone here seen Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), based on the novel by the same author as Requiem for a Dream? I never see any mention of it in discussion boards.
  2. It would be really great if theaters screened this film and nobody showed up to watch it, and if broadcasters showed it but nobody tuned in. Then it would be consigned to the dustbin of cinema history without fanfare. Arguments in the face of losing money on a business decision usually end up losing in America. lol
  3. Who has seen, and remembers, The Sacrifice? I have some questions. Feel free to answer/comment on any, or branch off into a different topic concerning the movie. The film was awarded a BAFTA for best foreign-language film, and won the grand prize and an award for cinematography at Cannes (also was a nominee for the Palm d'Or, which went to The Mission). Tarkovsky's last film--he died at 54 from cancer just a few months after the film's release. Yet it's not discussed much it seems, outside of certain circles, I suppose. SPOILERS (1) Was Alexander (Erland Josephson's character) supposed to be a younger man than Josephson was at the time? Josephson was about 65. If not, the character was supposed to have been a man nearing the twilight of his career who had recently fathered a new child? (2) The English term the translator uses for Alexander's son is "Little Man," but it sounds like the actors were saying "boykin" in Swedish. Is "boykin" a Swedish term, and is "little man" the usual translation in most contexts? (3) Was Alexander's son autistic? Or did he have some sort of speech impediment? The actor portraying him looked to be about 4 or 5 years old, but I'm not sure how old the character was supposed to be. It seemed the character did not really speak, just grunted or chortled, and I think the other characters made passing remarks to this fact. Yet, at the very end, he finally speaks. Was he speaking for the first time? Which, of course, would have been incredibly ironic, since Alexander was not able to hear it. (4) Was Julia a witch? (5) Was Alexander's friend the postman, I think his name was Otto, a real person? (He could have been, alternatively, for example, a figment of Alexander's imagination, and/or a messenger from God.) Was he delusional, with his stories about the woman he claimed he had seen a photograph of that showed both herself and her son who had died 20 years before the picture was taken? Were his claims about Julia and saving the world more of his delusions? (6) What was the significance of the 17th-century map, the gift of which led to the discussion about what is true and real? (Alexander had pointed out that the view of the world that the map laid out was hooey.) (7) Was a war really underway / Did the fighter jets really fly over the house? Or was that just part of Alexander's hallucinations? The big question: (8) Did God really end/erase the war because of Alexander's sacrifice? (This question is meant to be taken as a "do YOU think?". I watched part of the documentary about Tarkovsky that is included in the Kino DVD release of the film. In it he mentioned that over the course of his career he had become less and less interested in plot development and more interested in feelings and the characters' inner worlds.) (9) Related to that last one - Was Alexander suffering from a serious mental disorder all along, with the episode at the very end of the film being just one flare up? Or did he experience a complete psychotic break from reality for the first time? What I don't understand is how did the ambulance just happen to be there at the end when he went off the rails?
  4. Whether TCM shows it or not, anybody who likes political dramas really should see Washington: Behind Closed Doors. It really puts Netflix's House of Cards to shame. Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and the assorted characters in House of Cards seem very artificial, just soap-opera characters dreamed up by some Hollywood or New York writers by comparison to the characters in Washington: Behind Closed Doors. The characters in WBCD seem about as close to a fictional account of Washington and the real White House during the Nixon era as you can get while still being fictional. Plus, it features some great performances--notably from Jason Robards as the scheming Congressional leader who maneuvers himself into the Oval Office, only to find that the public opposes his war policies and turns vehemently against him. And from Andy Griffith, as the Robards' character's predecessor--a Southern president from the opposing party who tries to leave behind an elaborate enough web to catch up his successor before too much damage can be done to the country. Cliff Robertson is the CIA director who has dirt on the Robards presidency but realizes that, given some of the shady undercover operations he had been involved in in the past, his own reputation and possibly freedom could be threatened if he should find himself on the president's bad side. Stefanie Powers is supposed to be Cliff Robertson's love interest (Robertson being married to somebody else ...), but I think she's mainly there for the eye-candy. lol
  5. Thanks for sharing. I think that for my generation, James' was the definitive **** Southern sheriff. (Andy Griffith's was another iconic sheriff, but not really "****" and definitely not as deep-fried Southern.) Funny to see that he was from Oregon and lived most of his adult life in New York. I was also surprised to see that he had been in several films that I had not recognized him in, or remembered him being in, including The Untouchables, Bonfire of the Vanities, and Cool Hand Luke. edit: I guess the forum does not allow you to use the pejorative that starts with red- and ends with -eck.
  6. Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, there are some freaky murals or paintings hanging on the wall in the hidden passageway to the Castavets' apartment. A scandalous portrait painting figures prominently in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. A possibly forged painting is at the center of How to Steal a Million. Hitchcock's Psycho would not have been Psycho without Norman Bates' favorite painting. Interest in paintings leads Angie Dickinson to cheat on her husband in Dressed to Kill. Apparently, although the scene was set at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, it was filmed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  7. Yeah, don't even have to go back to the 1920s.
  8. And therein lies one of the reasons a miniseries of the sort proposed in the original post would not be feasible. The n***** word is liberally employed throughout the novel. The Klan was described as, as quoted in an article in The Atlantic, "a tragic necessity." Thank heaven we've moved beyond those horrible points of view. Recall that the 1977 Roots miniseries is still one of the most-viewed tv shows ever broadcast.
  9. Except that it would be more accurate to say that about half of that nation are outraged by the notion of wiping the Confederate flag off the face of the earth. And about a third of that nation would like to see the Confederacy rise again.
  10. Gary Oldman has played some pretty nasty villains, such as Stansfield in Léon: The Professional and Drexl Spivey in True Romance.
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