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Everything posted by Walt3rd

  1. I saw Burton twice during the 1980’s tour in San Francisco. Would have loved to see his performance filmed for prosperity. Same with the rest of the cast. Robert Goulet as Lancelot....Roddy McDowell. So much better that what the film turned out to be.
  2. Not quite true...Mickey was their first choice, and Walt was fine with it. It was his brother Roy that put the kabooms on the deal.
  3. I know I’m in the minority but I don’t like Vera-Ellen. Especially in White Christmas where she’s paired with Danny Kaye. Watch their first dance number together - why is she always looking at the camera? Compared to the other three she’s unneeded. Not a great actress, not a singer...
  4. I agree. My favorite Astaire - Cyd number is not the Girl Hunt ballet but the elagent and simple Dancing in the Dark number in the Park.
  5. Cary Grant couldn’t see it either....he told they should get Rex Harrison! btw. Harrison did a MFL tour in early 80’s with Cheryl Kennedy as Eliza. Cathleen Nesbit, who originated the role of Henry’s mother on Broadway and in the film, was also in the cast! Rex made sure everyone knew that in his curtain speech. She was, or close to 90. Died in Aug of 1982.
  6. So another remake is coming out. Actually this is a remake of a remake with the basic story intact. Boy finds girl, girl becomes bigger than the boy, boy ends up dying so girls can state for all to hear... My name is Mrs. Norman Maine. for God’s sake, can’t anyone think outside the box anymore? You want an updated story? Fine. Here’s your payoff line - “My name is Mrs. Norma Maine.” Have some guts Hollywood.
  7. You could start with the 70s and go to modern day. Musicals part 2. The disco years, the animated 90s ....
  8. All that Jazz has become my favorite Fosse Musical I wish we could have seen, and I wish they would release the Roadshow version of Dr. Doolittle. They cut out one of my favorite Leslie Bricusse songs - “Something in your Smile”. You can it on the Soundtrack album.
  9. In today’s lecture, cabin in the sky was compared to other supernatural films of the time, as in Here comes Mr. Jordan, etc. I think a better example, especially thematically, would be the 1950’s musical Damn Yankees, in which the Devil tries to lure a basically decent man with a good, loving, caring wife away with the help of a temptress. walt3rd
  10. I rather like the idea, after all, the first talking picture was a musical! But I would narrow it to Musicals from 1920's to 1990. Week one, 1927 - 1939 Beginnings (emphasis on Song and Dance) Week two - 1940 - 1950 (The War Years) Week three - 1950-1960 (The Golden Age of Musicals) Week four - 1960 - 1975 (The waning of the film musical) Week five - 1975 - 1990 (the live action musical at the end of the 20th Century) Problems I foresee. Notice I left off in 1990, After that, Disney seems to have ruled the musical, especially ANIMATED Musicals, and we all know TCM would have
  11. Hello, I enjoyed being part of the fan panel today, thought you might like my "lecture notes" - Walter Twitter handle: @popcornbytes Alfred Hitchcock and the James Bond films.pdf Alfred Hitchcock and the James Bond films.pdf
  12. Collaborators in today's cinema? Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The current two main writers for the James Bond franchise. They would be able to translate well, I think. There is a sequence of an escape in Spectre when Q realizes that he is trapped in a funicular with the bad guys that I feel would be right in place in a Hitchcock film. I agree on some of the actors I've seen in other posts, and have added a few others: Clive Owens, Christian Bale, Michael Caine (especially as the villain), John Cusack, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, and Ben Whisaw. Scarlett Johanson, Lea Seydoux f
  13. I think we need to really think about why we call some of the films the "Worst" films and we some others we disagree with. Bad films to me are all around bad: the script, the direction and/or other production values, and bad acting. There are some films I've seen on peoples' worst list because they don't like the genre, or the actor actress. With that in mind, Here are my "worst Hitchcock films" 1. Topaz. Thrust upon Hitchcock, and Hitch could not save it. 2. Torn Curtain. When the best line in the film is "My Sponsors.", you know there is a problem. Zero chemistry from
  14. I rather enjoyed Frenzy, it was a bit of a throwback to his British work, and I think Hitchcock did also, being away from the studio. Both Torn Curtain and Topaz suffered from Studio interference. In the first, Paul Newman was thrust upon Hitchcock, and Newman and Hitchcock did not get along, plus Newman having almost zero chemistry with Julie Andrews (but what did you expect, he was playing a physicist, he's not supposed to have chemistry!). Topaz was a film the studio insisted Hitchcock do. So while he tried to experiment with sound and color, even Hitchcock admitted defeat on that one.
  15. Two related questions. Why Psycho? What's the fascination that remains with this particular film? Also, can you distinguish after watching the shower sequence so many times which shots are of Janet Leigh and which are of Marli Renfro, her body double? Thanks - Walt3rd
  16. Actually, By the time Marnie came out, Connery had done both Dr. No and From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger was released the same year as Marnie. Connery probably was glad to get away from Bond for at least one film.
  17. Daily Dose #20 (Collect them all!) I'm in a bit of a frenzy today, so I'll be quick.... I saw this years ago when it was released on VHS - back when I owned a video store. I enjoyed it and agree, it's really Hitchcock's last great film. So the questions today are: 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. Hitchcock takes his time, if only a minute or so, before the first scream in Frenzy. We also have the Hitchcock cameo (in a bowler standing watching while ot
  18. Daily Dose #19 - Marnie "My name's Rutland, Mark Rutland..." Looking forward to seeing this film, as I am a huge Connery fan. The look of Tippi Hendren in the daily dose reminded me or two actresses - One a contemporary of Hendren's, the other with a strong connection. She first reminded me of Sandy Dennis (Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf) and of course, Hendren's daughter Melanie Griffith. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objec
  19. Daily Dose #18 - The Birds "Tis a fowl, fowl better thing that I do, a fowl, fowl better film to go to...." "Feed the Birds....Tuppence a bag..." This film scared the bejesus out me the first time I saw it. I truly think it is more horrific than Pyscho. With Pyscho, all you have to do to be safe is stay away from the Bates Motel. With The Birds, no place is safe. So - bring on the queries! In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Tay
  20. Daily Dose #17 Psycho "And I'm Crazy...for loving you..." Wherein we delve into the most famous of Hitchcock's films. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The graphic design is very stark. Crossing lines that meet and pass on, like people on a train, ships that pass in the night, while the piercing shriek of the violins connotes danger. This is setting up a fi
  21. I found this on YouTube and want to share with the rest of the class - week 5 resource! Includes Janet Leigh talking about Hitchcock's direction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mpliAmZACQ Walt3rd
  22. Daily Dose #16 It's a nice face. It's the wrong time, and the wrong place, but your face is charming, yes it's a nice face.... North by Northwest is in my top 5 Hitchcock movies. And contrary to what the lecture video implied, Ian Fleming did not write James Bond as Cary Grant. However, the Producers of the Bond film had Cary Grant in mind when they were casting the first Bond film before they decided to go with an "unknown" for the role in Dr. No, the first Bond film. One of the things I find great about this course is the now I have a greater appreciation for this film. A
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