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Everything posted by woody

  1. Very simple. They attached the camera to the set, which was shaped like a drum. The camera would have been right at the axis at one end of the drum, looking straight into the drum. and then they rotated the entire set, including the attached camera. The girl was never anything but straight up and down, and simply stepped in place at the bottom of the drum which was rotating beneath her. I hope that makes sense.
  2. > .... a brilliant video came on by > a jazz/swing ensemble. It was in black & white; ... That was "Jammin' the Blues" (1944). It received a well deserved Oscar nomination. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036968/
  3. Those who caught the Pete Smith short on high speed photography (Quicker 'N a Wink, 1940) on Saturday morning, might want to pay attention to the closing narrative. Pete Smith takes a subtle stab at James FitzPatrick's trademark wrap-up style: "And so it is with this happy thought that we reluctantly bid farewell to Stroboscopes, and sail into the setting sun..."
  4. I had my DVR recording at the problem area between "Crisis" and "Dream Wife". The audio was as follows: -- Crisis -- next-three-films-are-... -- Young Composers short The video was as follows: -- Crisis -- Young Composers short So the video component of the "next-three" was left out, and instead the viedo component of Young Composers started at that point. So now video and audio are out of synch by the length of that "next-three" spot. This was on Shaw Cable in Winnipeg, Canada.
  5. Major Blade Runner Site: http://www.brmovie.com/ http://www.brmovie.com/BR_Special_Edition.htm Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner I prefer the voice-over version... gives it more of a "film noir" feel.
  6. > ...Was the film preceeding "Duck Soup" an "Essential" > with a Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell introduction > or just a standard TCM offering? The preceding film was "Foreign Correspondent" in the US, but in Canada they substituted "A Guy Named Joe". > Do Canadians get > the Essentials series? Just curious. Depends on the individual "Essentials" film, and whether TCM has distribution rights in Canada. For example they didn't show "Foreign Correspondent" last weekend, and back on the Dec 16/17 weekend they didn't show "Sunset Boulevard" in the essentials s
  7. > ...I see someone thinks the Marx Bros. were running long > but I didn't notice a problem. Duck Soup ended at 25 > minutes after the hour which is just when a 70 minute > film should have ended if it started at 8:15.. I am > thinking someone's DVR may not have been programmed > right.... Duck Soup started 15 minutes early on Shaw Cable in Winnipeg, Canada. And the next few Marx Brothers films also started 15 minutes ahead of schedule. There were at least two other Canadians who posted something similar. So perhaps it was only the Canadian feed that was afftected
  8. I agree with markfp2's explanation, but in a lot of cases I really can't believe that any Canadian network would have obtained the broadcasting rights. Especially for some of the old silents that are not being shown on the Canadian TCM channel. I say that because I don't think I've seen any silents on Canadian channels in recent years, not out West anyway. One example would be Sparrows (1926). It showed on the TCM US yesterday, but not TCM Canada. Does that mean a Canadian broadcaster has the rights and plans to show it? I seriously doubt that. One possiblility might be that var
  9. > So far it has not been populated. The Canadian July monthly schedule showed up sometime over the last 24 hours... Thank you!
  10. He is probably talking about the Canadian schedule for next month. I would expect to find it here: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/month/?cid=CAN&timezone=CST&oid=7/1/2006 So far it has not been populated.
  11. The mother of all tracking shots is "Russian Ark". The entire film is one continuous take, over 90 minutes in length. No edits, no cuts. They did it with hi-resolution video equipment and a huge hard drive. There were several thousand extras involved, so planning was critical. I think they got it on the third take. Hitchcock would have loved to use that technology for "Rope". He was limited by the ten minute length of film stock.
  12. Probably the most unusual thing about "Russian Ark" is that the entire film was shot as one continuous take, about 90 minutes long.
  13. > First, we don't want to you to pay for the Now > Playing guide if you don't want it... Actually, some folks can't get the Now Playing Guide at all. TCM refuses to take subscriptions from Canadian addresses.
  14. Just want to add a vote for the old monthly program page. It was readable, printed very nicely, and had all the essential information.
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