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  1. Good question. Oh, that's been said already. I'm not going to read all these responses. One correction in order. The question should be "as a star" and not "as an actor" because he certainly did not dominate as an actor. That's been said already too, eh?
  2. Last thing I saw him in was, "The Seagull" (2018) as the the old man Sorin. "There are two things I always wanted to do in life. Get married, and write a book. Never did either."
  3. Don't know what to say since most of my great "films" come from the BBC. But what about the Golden Age? How about Dodsworth, maybe. It would be hard not to continually appreciate Ruth Chatterton. A great story. And not to forget that I have been in love with Edith Cortwright despite the fact that she is fictional (hey, you can't everything).
  4. I'm not sure, but I know what you mean.
  5. I was there when she first came out (big deal, right. It just means that I'm old. But I DID her first ). I had a delayed crush on her as many as 20 or more years later. I couldn't look at her without a mist. Some of those early photos with Jimmy are so appealing. I love seeing them together. What a magnificent couple they were. I caught up her much later when she did a television interview with her and Jimmy's son. I was shocked to learn all that. But she will always be unforgettable.
  6. The Orange Fool can be defined as a Philosopher King. Out of the main and with loose-cannon mentality. and who has utter disdain for standard norms. There's your philosopher King. He may not be a smart philosopher in the eyes of many, but many like him a lot. Looking back there during my French studies, Voltaire, author of Dictionaires Philosphiques and other innumerable masterpieces settled on a good old philosopher king as the best way to run a country, the masses being too stupid to choose their own. The only trouble with espousing a philosopher king is, what if he/she has a bad philosophy? A philosopher can be different to different people. M. Voltaire is famous for, "I will talk to you about anything, but ... define your terms." (approx quote) I wonder if he ever got around to actually defining this term. But we know what he meant, a philosopher that was "enlightened." But what happens if this one is replaced by the next one who may not be enlightened, or enlightened enough to our liking. I don't know whether he ever got around to thinking about the idea of infrastructure. That's more important than all the by-and-for-the people stuff by itself, but with a constitution and a bill of rights and all that, an infrastructure so hallowed and embedded in out psyches that not the worst pain in the azz (a self-acclaimed philosopher king) for instance) could screw it up.. We used to have something like that.
  7. Good luck with that. I couldn't get through it. More Die of Heartbreak, and some other of later ones are more difficult that the earlier ones IMO. I like The Victim, his second ; The Adventures of Augie March (great but finally rather exhausting). William Einhorn was the first superior man I knew. A beautiful sentence. Henderson the Rain King (funny in a lot of ways, the opening section before departing for Africa is a fine piece of reading). As you know I'm sure, he the intellectual finally made a dent in the wider public domain with Herzog, which contains a great idea, the letter writing to anyone, anywhere, living or dead. Humboldt's Gift seems to search for spiritual meaning (If I remember correct) which was a great subject for a literary author to undertake. I had a friend who love Bellow and in the early 80s had this prototype computer where he labored on a screenplay for a 10-14 part television adaptation of Augie March. He never finished it. I had this idea that Saul Bellow was going to do something with the novel, and answer the question that yes novels and novelists can make a difference in practical life (a real meaning, as critics, authors, and others like to talk about in an idealistic sort of way, but in a way, that will never threaten the writing and reading of great literature that will always be with us and fervently enjoyed, as we do today). My theory is a little vague and as far as I can see, nothing came of it (in that idealized way, at least). My overall understanding of Bellow is admittedly rather shallow, he deserved study and I never got around to it. He is rather over my head in the main, but even less perceptive readers can still get a lot out of him. In the vein of the general reader (as opposed to intellectual depth), try one of his simpler (but admirable) early short stories, "A Husband To-Be." This may not be the exact title, but it's close. It's a short, tight, little slice-of-lifer (the protagonist's rather agile imagination notwithstanding). It's amusing and with a touch of wet symbolism at the end. Beautifully constructed, should be studied in a short story class.
  8. IMO is often seen around these parts. Sometimes he goes by full name, In My Opinion. Michael Hanake is a sadistic French filmmaker who hates his audience.
  9. Psychologically manipulating, wow, the Top Award for this lack of distinction would be Michael Hanake. IMO. In one movie, he allows a scene that brings tons of relief to harried viewers, only to have one of the bad guys pick up a device and actually rewind the movie to where it was prior to all the relief. And then hammer the audience with more agony. Now, that's really cheating!! Funny People, I think it was. Actually, if you're an intellectual you might viewed this as hilarious ; but as a general viewer in the peanut gallery, I thought it was annoooooyying.
  10. Yeah, and we can yell out loud just like they did.
  11. It is impossible for you to interrupt a thread.
  12. This is my favorite symphony of all. Lenny Bernstein loved it so much he had the score buried with him. Weirdly, the Adagietto is my least favorite movement, but that happened over time. I get very obsessive of 2M and the 5M. The symphony in some respects a spiritual journey. The 2M is angst with a very brief (and wonderful) respite, a fleeting glimpse of enlightenment near the end of that movement. This and other sections of the symphony move me so that I can't really listen in public (on the iPod for instance). The 5M is uplifting to an degree that exhilarates. My favorite is Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony. Perfection. It's the only one i can listen to.
  13. I was thinking the other day of an amazing sequence. Alice was doing a talent show (I think it was) and she did this marvelous little turn as a hula dancer. And did she knock it out of the park with that. Stirring, to say the least. Trixie was on the side of the stage dressed as a sailor while playing a fake Ukulele.. Now if she had done that for hubbie, he may have been nicer to her. She may have incurred fewer threatened trip to the moon. A few less of those BAM-zooms may have made her life a little bit easier. Maybe.
  14. Pillow to Post (1945) Ida Lupino in a delightful comedy. Ida in a comedy? That struck me and my curiosity was so great that I stopped watching in the early moments and googled the film to find sure enough that this was her only leading lady comedy of her career. And she was a good comedian in the sense that she was very cute albeit lacking perhaps in extreme comedic acting chops that many "real" comediennes have as they have been trained to have. The war is on and on her way to work she sees a billboard asking, "What are you doing for the war effort?" She does a cute double take in the mildly guilty mode. The cab driver says something similar to her and she another cute double take. Getting out of the cab a uniformed woman hand her leaflet, "And you, what are doing to help the war effort." She finally reaches an office where her father is working and who is complaining about not getting enough people---you guessed it---to help with, well, you know. Ida plays a salesgirl who enthusiastically volunteers to help by going "over there" and push her wares. There is a problem. After getting there she finds that she must be married in order to get on a base to do the job, etc etc. This is common idea, a girl finding a man to pretend being her husband (or vice versa), "just for a while, you know." Although I've said a lot (sorta), there are really no spoilers so far because everything up to hear was a fairly rapid process, and the spouse hunt is when the story picks up steam. And I doubt I am giving anything away by stating that they will, you know, probably end falling in love. These sorts of stories always end this way. Ida again has some cute moments while selling her other wares, her considerable charms, one of which she gets a little tipsy in the grand effort to, uh, land him. But there is not dark strategy, it's just real girl who has fallen in love in spite of herself. Very cute, Ida. Sidney Greenstreet plays the commander of the base and the supervisor of the faux husband. He is all light and nice, against type. He is okay. So is William Prince, who plays the "other half." I don't know him, in fact I had to see a cast list to even remember his name. And while there I saw Robert Blake (!) in the cast list. Gosh, I had no idea. Of course he is rather young so he could be easily not recognized, at least by me. The overall starts rather contained but seems to evolve into more and more of the zany and the screwball. I sure recommend it.
  15. The Book Club has solved the social distancing problem. We are now video conferencing using ZOOM. Works great, and it's free. Last week we used it for the first time as a trial run, though someone suggested reading E.M. Forster's early short story "The story of a panic" and so we did both. On the 29th we're discussing Kay Chopin's "The Awakening," which was originally slated for an in-person for last week, and I am now an Organizer (ooh, big deal) and have planned "Miss Harriet" by Maupassant for the next day (the 30th), a long-time fave short story of mine. Depending apparently on what device one is using, Zoom works a little different for each. I used my phone and whenever someone began to speak, that person appears on my screen with the name just below.. If I scroll sideways I can up to four at a time but others get to see everyone in a sort of Hollywood Square grid. There were about 15 present and it was thrillingly enjoyable to be able to do this. If we ever get over this C Virus, we will no doubt honor the in-person events but it is hardly likely that the vid conference will fall by the wayside. It's interesting to note that we could do that here, if there is sufficient interest. We are keeping our attendee list at about 15 in the book club (but not necessarily the same 15 every time), but I suppose it is possible to do more. there is an option to turn off video and still be there to enjoy, I believe your name (here by screen name, I assume) will still appear without the video. Just start talking and everyone will see you (or a blank screen) with your name at the bottom,. Has anyone ever used Zoom? I guess it's as bit like Skype, though I don't know this latter. If you have, then you'll know that this sort of activity will nave nothing to do with this site, other than we will know each other from here, of course. You can use phone, laptop, and even a desktop (if equipped with a camera). Actually, the site could be used for preliminary scheduling. Someone might announce a subject (a movie, or actor, a genre, a director, etc.) and a date chosen, the size of the attendee list, and then those interested could sign up, first come, first serve. I don't mean to necessarily push the idea in faces, actually the idea only occurred to me after beginning this post. The simple realization that what can work in one place could possibly work in others as well. It's possible, even likely perhaps, that no one will be interested, but OTOH, it would be nice to see a bit of interest here and there ... it certainly is a lot of fun.
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