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About mandarinparade

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  1. My cat will sit on the arm of the sofa and reach over and nip off a bit of pizza as I am holding the piece between bites. My favorite movie animal is Pie from "Bell, Book, and Candle" because of the amazing rapport the cat had with Kim Novak but Lassie the dog wins overall for sheer beauty, ability and courage (after watching the dog enter swift moving water to save someone)and all around screen presence.
  2. That's it! I still don't think I have seen that movie from start to finish, although this last time I saw almost all of it but the beginning, but I really like this movie--particularly because she worked with Miriam Hopkins in it. I like Miriam Hopkins but rarely see her in anything.
  3. One of my favorite movies with Burt Lancaster is "Come Back, Little Sheba". He is not showy like "Elmer Gantry" but there is raw honesty in "Come Back, Little Sheba" that doesn't put Burt's character in a good light, but is so valuable to see. My favorite movie of Burt Lancaster though is called "The Swimmer"; this is mainly all Burt with some terrific supporting work; when I watch this movie I feel as though this is as close as I can come to understanding what drives artists; not that I get the impression that Burt is acting in it--quite the contrary.
  4. Oh, my goodness, I love her in everything but especially in Now Voyager, Dark Victory, that movie she did with Miriam Hopkins set during the civil war (such a touching movie) and her edgy modern pieces where she wasn't always good and she wasn't always glamorous. They don't make stars like Bette anymore, at least not in the US.
  5. I love Irene Dunne on the screen and I think fondly of her in "I Remember Mama" whenever I need to figure out a way to pay for something; just the other day I told my son "I'll have to go to the bank" and I laughed and explained to him why that phrase had special significance. What substance she had.
  6. I think it is a piece of cinematic perfection and I watch it every chance I get on television. Anyone who liked Joan Crawford in this should try to see one or more of her many pictures. She is my favorite actress.
  7. I'd rather see an unknown in a biopic of James Cagney. I never knew that about The Godfather II, that would have been a good role for Cagney. I went to a screening of The Godfather last summer; the theater was packed, with a lot of young people in attendance, but also plenty of people like me who saw it when it was originally released.
  8. I agree! Those scenes in winter, that eery quality of silence and light. Wonderful movie.
  9. I remember he had diabetes at the end of his life; did you see the interview/documentary (?) where he talked at great length about his life and some of his roles? (I saw this after "Ragtime"). I believe it was filmed at his home. That's the last memory I have of him, and although he was old and not in the best of health he seemed happy. I think during that interview he mentioned he might do another project. (Or maybe he had? Maybe the movie you mentioned--which I have not seen) He's one of my favorite actors (but I have so many) and in my mind's eye he is forever vital and full of fire.
  10. Anyone a fan of this movie?
  11. I like James Cagney from the earliest pictures of his I clear through to the last thing I ever remember seeing him in: "Ragtime".
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