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  1. I've just got to say that I think Julie is one of the most intelligent actresses to ever grace the screen -- this is reflected not only in her various characterizations but also in the specific projects she signed on to. Can you imagine another young actress - at the height of her fame in the 60's - signing on to star in "Far From The Madding Crowd"? Or the equally underrated "Petulia"? And later "Heat and Dust," "Afterglow" and on and on...Truly a unique talent with one of the most exquisite speaking voices of all time. It's always great to welcome Miss Christie back.
  2. In reference to movieprofessor's post from 06/23 regarding Vincente Minnelli's final film, "A Matter of Time"...Can you clarify what you mean by Minnelli being responsible for not seeing the production through to a "final end"? I seem to remember that prior to the film's release in 1976, both Vincente and Liza Minnelli made valiant attempts to persuade American International Pictures to not release the chopped up version of the movie and to allow Vincente additional time to edit the film the way that he wanted to (Minnelli's original version was reportedly much longer than the AIP-approved shambles shown to the public). According to the recent Minnelli biography (A Hundred or More Hidden Things), director Martin Scorsese even circulated a petition in the Hollywood trades to protest how AIP had nearly destroyed "A Matter of Time" after it took the film away from Minnelli. Whatever the case, it's a very sad end for a remarkable director -- reportedly, an attempt is being made to determine whether any of the missing footage still exists and if Vincente Minnelli's final film might be restored.
  3. I couldn't agree more...Minnelli may be best known for his musicals (and rightly so) but he could really handle just about any genre (no westerns or gangster films, though, and maybe that's a good thing). "The Cobweb" was on earlier this week and I was surprised to see that he had directed this, too. I've just started reading "A Hundred or More Hidden Things" and I'm only up to "The Clock" but I am learning a lot I never knew -- like before Minnelli landed at MGM he worked at Paramount for a time and apparently he also directed some of Lena Horne's musical numbers in a few films without credit. I peeked ahead at the chapter on "Gigi," which is my favorite musical, and was surprised to learn that Louis Jourdan wasn't the first choice to play Gaston...though I can't imagine anyone else playing that part now. For such a well-made film, it's interesting to discover all of the crazy stuff that went on behind the scenes.
  4. When The Lion Roars is right. This is an absolutely superb documentary...so lavish and thorough and beautifully done in every respect. Well worth the eighteen days, seven nights and 32 minutes it takes to watch it. Just Ars-Gratia-Heaven. Please tell me this won a few Emmys when it was originally broadcast. Thalberg and company would definitely I approve, I think. Just when you think the red carpet treatment is dead and buried, along comes something like this to show you that it's all still possible if people put in a little time and effort. Bravo!
  5. The photos on this thread are absolutely incredible! Somebody needs to turn the whole collection into a book (Hello, TCM-Pinnacle!) More than a few of these shots - the Robert Wagner-Jeffrey Hunter poolside candid, for example, are really ready made postcards. Wicked cool, kids.
  6. Here's the big off-the-wall question of the week... What was the deal with candid footage of the elder Greta Garbo walking around the streets of Manhattan (in the early 70's) being glimpsed in a gay porn film? About a decade ago, A&E's "Biography" series (I believe it was) aired a one hour documentary on The Divine Garbo's life and career and some of this footage was excerpted in it. Does anyone know how Garbo unknowingly ended up as a guest star in "Adam & Steve" (or whatever the actual title was...)? In Other News...I've never seen "Wild Orchids" but the clips contained in the Julie Christie-narrated documentary made it look very exotic and tantalizing. Would others recommend chasing this one down? Thanks for your thoughts, kids.
  7. I always thought "Summer and Smoke" was a truly beautiful movie that featured one of Gerladine Page's most layered performances. She's always extraordinary and mesmerizing to watch but especially so as Alma. I believe this was the story that Tennessee Williams re-wrote forever...I think it first appeared (on stage) as "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale." It contains a lot of his favorite, recurrent themes. Is there a Geraldine Page biography out there somewhere? It would be great if TCM devoted a couple of nights one month to Tennessee adaptations -- there are plenty of them...Everything from "Streetcar," the rarely screened Warner Bros. version of "The Glass Menagerie" to latter day oddities like "Boom!"
  8. I agree with all of the comments here. The original "That's Entertainment!" (1974) is really masterfully edited and exquisitely produced. Truly the best of the best. "That's Entertainment III " (from 1994) is equally brilliant. "That's Entertainment, Part 2," (1976) hosted by the dream team of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, while not bad, could have really used some tightening up...somehow the comedy episodes don't mesh well with the musical sequences and the contemporary animated segments are really weak. Really inventive main title sequence, though. One Note on the soundtracks...In 1974, MCA Records released a 2 album set of the "That's Entertainment!" soundtrack which is almost like an audio "collage" companion to the film with abbreviated versions of the musical numbers and bits of memorable dialogue from Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Mickey and Judy and scores of others. When Turner/Rhino released super deluxe editions of the "That's Entertainment!" soundtracks in lavish and meticulously produced boxed sets (one in the late 90's, another a few years ago), they only made one crucial mistake...They didn't include any of the dialogue snippets and for those really paying attention, it felt like something was missing from an otherwise top-of-the-line, scrupulously produced presentation.
  9. Anyone remember Vivien Leigh...? Two-time Oscar winner? Scarlett? Blanche? Mrs. Stone? November is Vivien's birth month and it would be lovely to see her spotlighted then.
  10. This may sound nuts but I recently had to watch "Annie Hall" with the sound completely muted (long story) and it revealed what a truly unique actress Diane Keaton is. Even without the dialogue, so much was being expressed...In a way, her face would have been perfect for silent films. Reportedly Woody and editor Ralph Rosenblum really shaped the final version of "Annie Hall" in the editing room. Originally, it was envisioned as a very different film I remember reading.
  11. There are rumblings that an independent film producer is moving ahead with plans to film a lavish biopic of The Divine Greta Garbo. While a script is being finalized and locations scouted, the big question remains... Who will play "The Swedish Sphinx"? If you were the casting agent, who would be your choice to play the luminous and eternally mysterious Garbo?...
  12. 1.) Vivien Leigh 2.) Elizabeth Taylor 3.) Barbra Streisand (to keep this little contest interesting...)
  13. I've never understood why Paramount -- which is an industry pioneer in many ways -- is so out of the loop and clueless regarding their vast classic movie library. It would appear that they only consider anything Audrey Hepburn and beyond "classic" and that titles released prior to (let's say) 1950 are too antiquated for them. Sad. Yet another example of Hollywood not being mindful or appreciative of its own history.
  14. From the "Whatever Happened To...?" File: Does anybody know the whereabouts of character actor-chorus boy-bit player Bert May, who appeared as the judge's assistant in "The Clock," danced around Judy Garland in the Madame Crematon number from "Ziegfeld Follies" and later turned up in "Hello, Dolly!", "The Music Man," "The Band Wagon" and scores of other films? According to IMDB, Mr. May was last in the Minneapolis area. If you have any information regarding Metro's prodigal son, please post. Thank You and Hooray For Hollywood...
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