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  1. I think you're right! 1939 to 1941 is the greatest 3 year span for movies. You made an incredible list. I wonder why this time was so favorable for artistry and creative excellence in so many films? I hate to complain, but recently for many years, I've been frustrated by the number of super hero/action type movies (possibly aimed toward young males) rather than thoughtful dramas and clever comedies with an adult appeal. I love being able to find great films on TCM.
  2. I love the film "Being There". One of my favorite scenes comes right after Chance is evicted from the old man's house where has been isolated his whole life and spent a lot of time watching TV. He goes out in the world and is confronted by possible muggers. He points a TV clicker at them and clicks and then is very surprised when they do not go away. I love the way Peter Sellers plays Chance as calm and secure unaware of his limitations. When Chance meets the President, his simple statements about seasons and gardening are taken as great sound bites for the President's political views.
  3. Wow - you added even more amazing movies to 1939! Maybe I'll change my mind about which is the greatest year for movies 1939 or 1957. I'm thinking about it.
  4. Dargo, you added some really amazing movies to the 1939 list! I actually didn't know that "An Affair to Remember" had an original version "Love Affair". I can't wait to watch "Love Affair". Thanks!
  5. Quite often I've heard that 1939 was "Hollywood's Golden Year for Movies" with so many great movies being released in that one year including: Gone With the WInd Stagecoach The Wizard of Oz Gunga Din Wuthering Heights The Hunchback of Notre Dame Of Mice and Men - and more I recently watched the wonderful film "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957) introduced by Ben Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz said that he actually thought that 1957 was a better year for great movies than 1939. Here's some of the movies released in 1957: Witness for the Prosecution 1
  6. I just watched the wonderful film "Witness for the Prosecution", a murder mystery with surprise after surprise. Stop reading this post if you haven't seen the film. I don't want to give away one of the best surprises! Marlene Dietrich changes her identity and takes on a cockney accent to fool the barrister (played by Charles Laughton). Marlene had me completely fooled when I viewed the film. She did a fantastic job changing her German accent to cockney.
  7. I'm a big fan of the 1954 version of "A Star is Born". Judy Garland's acting and singing in this film is amazing. I love when Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett (Vicki Lester) sings the torch song The Man That Got Away in the deserted night club late at night. Her voice conveys the emotions of the lyrics with melancholy and longing. One of the most moving scenes for me is when Vicki Lester (Judy Garland) tells Oliver about her husband Norman Maine (James Mason). Tears come to my eyes when she confesses that she "hated herself".
  8. Thanks for the really interesting information HoldenIsHere. If Brando was doing a Polish-American accent in Streetcar, he was spot on. Good point about the authentic sounding accent of Kim Hunter as Stella. I also loved her performance in this film. As you point out, Leigh's accent actually wasn't right. That said, her acting in this role is very emotional and moving.
  9. That's a funny quote! This discussion made me curious about Paul Muni and I discovered that he came from a Jewish family that spoke Yiddish and he was raised in NY. He alternated between the stage and films and was a really accomplished actor. He starred in 4 Oscar Best Picture nominees including "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932), "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936), "The Good Earth" (1937) and "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937). I'm going to check out more of his films. Actually, he'd make a really good TCM star of the month!
  10. In one of his routines, Billy Crystal made up the line "Where's your Messiah now, Moses?" for the Edward G. Robinson character. It stuck, even though nobody in the film ever talks about the Messiah.
  11. Wow - so sorry. I mistook him Paul Muni for Yul Brynner in The Good Earth.
  12. I hate to bring a light to this but there has been some accents in famous films that just didn't hit the mark. In the amazing film "Spartacus" directed by Stanley Kubrick and set in ancient Rome, Tony Curtis has a Brooklyn accent. His acting though is still really good. In the epic Biblical film "The Ten Commandments", Edgar G. Robinson says the line "who's your pharaoh now?" with a thick New York accent reminding me of one of his gangster roles. Yul Brynner was Russian-American and had worked as a French speaking radio announcer during WWII making his accent considered "ambigu
  13. I'm going to add the great British accent work in Spinal Tap by Christopher Guest. This was especially difficult since most of the lines in this film were improvised. Spinal Tap is really funny. It's way out there but still reminds me of actual rock documentaries. Great parody.
  14. Paul Newman's acting was amazing in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Newman plays a dark, cynical character dealing with past and present issues.
  15. So hard to pick one favorite Hitchcock film! I'll have to pick a few as a tie for my favorites. Psycho (1960) A terrific film that takes you on a dark, twisted journey and plays with your expectations. Riveting. The scary, shower scene uses masterful editing and sound. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) This film brings menace to where you'd least expect it - a small town and a typical family. North by Northwest (1959) A really entertaining suspense story with humor and amazing action sequences such as the crop duster scene. Rear Window (1954) I've seen Rear Win
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