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Everything posted by Toto

  1. I find parts of the film "Pan's Labyrinth" scary. The monsters are scary and the realistic torture scenes. Even though it's scary, I love this movie and it's artistry. Amazing. This is a dark fantasy film that takes place during the end of the Spanish Civil War. It was directed and written by Guillermo del Tormo. Even though it is a fantasy, it is anchored in the reality of war.
  2. I agree! Bette's hat in "Now Voyager" is so stunning. When she transforms her look during her trip, that hat is just perfect. Now that we've started this path, I love the hat Audrey Hepburn wears in the film "Sabrina" after she has redone her look while living in Paris. It's a simple little hat (or actually turban) but feels so French to me.
  3. I think the trend in fashion over the years has headed in the direction of more comfortable and practical clothing. People today are dressing in a more casual way. It's startling to see older movies when everyone dressed up. They wore suits, ties, hats, etc. just to do something like taking a trip on a bus or to go out of the house. I'm glad I live in a time when women no longer have to always wear stockings, heels, gloves, girdles, etc. but it's too bad that hats are no longer very popular. They're so much fun and I think men look really handsome in a great hat. Here's a few of my mo
  4. Young children feel particularly scared of a person transforming from someone who is friendly to someone fearsome as with the witch in Snow White. Snow White, Cinderella and other fairy tales were not originally stories for kids. The "Cinderella" story was done in many different countries and cultures and some versions of the Cinderella fairy tale were really gruesome. An old German Cinderella story has Cinderella forcing her evil stepsisters to "dance" in red hot iron shoes after she marries the prince. Even in the less scary movie versions of these fairy tales, there's still a scary e
  5. I relate to what you are saying! When I was a kid, the annual showing of "The Wizard of Oz" was a huge deal. Every other time, kids were running around outside. During "The Wizard of Oz", every kid was inside watching it and the streets were strangely quiet. I do love South Pacific too.
  6. The Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein and the film was so beautifully directed by Robert Wise with musical numbers integrated into the gorgeous scenery of Austria. I've always been a big fan of Julie Andrews. What an amazing voice she has and she is so endearing in this movie. The Sound of Music was hugely popular when it was released but critics felt it was too "sugary". I don't have this problem. i love the sweetness in this film. Only problem I have is that the story really misrepresents history. The Austrians welcomed the Third Reich into their country. I understand that fi
  7. So interesting about the changed line! I love your story about being in Carousel when you were young. Thanks for sharing it.
  8. Yes, the little girl who accidently turns her back on the King is so cute! I just watched The King and I again. I hadn't seen it in a long time. I was so surprised when I read the opening credits and read that Rita Moreno (who is also in West Side Story) stars as Tuptim. She's very good.
  9. My apologies! I corrected the title of this post to "Rodgers and Hammerstein". How could I have not included the great composer Richard Rodgers.
  10. I have no problems with being pc however, the expectation of visitors to the museum will be to learn about the history of film. I hope that interesting information is posted about North by Northwest describing the making of this great film.
  11. Recently, TCM had Rodgers and Hammerstein night. I watched "Carousel" which I find to be one of the most interesting Oscar and Hammerstein movie musicals. The story is surprisingly dark and emotional for a musical with a story that includes domestic abuse and the death of a main character. I love the fantasy/dream sequence when the daughter is imagining her father (who she has never met) who she knows was a good-looking carousel barker. Ballet dancers become the carousel horses. It's beautifully done. The songs in Carousel (or almost any Oscar and Hammerstein musical) are nonstop fantas
  12. I always found Cape Fear (both the older version with Robert Mitchum and the newer version with Robert DeNiro) scary.
  13. Me too! I was really scared as a kid of Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch - particularly the scene where Dorothy is locked in the room in the witches castle watching the hourglass and Auntie Em's face turns into the face of the Wicked Witch. Thank goodness Toto came through to help save Dorothy!
  14. As I recall, in the original thread there was a concern expressed that Cantone would make fun of some of the greatest classic horror movies. This hasn't happened. He's clearly really enthusiastic about the films he's introducing, I enjoy his film choices and he's entertaining.
  15. I found the scene where the dad is playing with his son in the pool then starts abusing the son and almost drowning him really disturbing. The transition from play to violence is so sudden. Oliver Reed as an actor can really play a character with simmering tension. His portrayal of Bill Sykes in "Oliver" was dark and really good. I thought Burnt Offerings was good but not great but I agree with others that it's got one of the most surprising endings. I didn't see it coming.
  16. That's so funny that I kept thinking about the weird camera movements while hosts are talking and wondering if I should post about it then you did! I don't understand why. The camera movements are distracting. I noticed that sometimes they're a little quicker and other times slower.
  17. Sorry! I have tried but I can't figure out how to adjust the size of pictures that I post.
  18. I wish "Noir Alley" wasn't on so late. Why not in prime time?
  19. The architecture of Cameron's house (called "The Glass House") in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off is really interesting. Also, the architecture of a more recent movie Bong Jong Hoo's Parasite (2019) is stunning. Parasite is a South Korean film about greed and class discrimination and won the Oscar. As beautiful as the house is, I would feel a bit creeped out to go into the basement. Below: Top two photos of The Glass House and bottom photos of the Park's house in Parasite.
  20. Interesting question and great houses have been posted. Here are my picks. I love the hominess and setting of the house in "Holliday Inn". Pretty windows and fireplace. When I was a kid, I loved the idea of Holiday Inn and only working on holidays. I also love the gorgeous house in the woods on the lake in "Leave Her to Heaven" starring Gene Tierney.
  21. I watched Star Trek with William Shatner as a kid. I loved the optimism and idealism in Star Trek (not to mention the humor!). The stories, characters and good feeling you got watching the show helped you look past sets etc. that weren't too high budget.
  22. I just watched the The Bad Seed and the discussion with Cantone and Ben Mankiewicz before and after the film. Cantone was spot-on to praise the great performance of Eileen Heckart who played the grief stricken mother of the little boy who was killed. She was so authentic. As Cantone pointed out, she appeared in only a couple of scenes but she is so memorable. He also pointed out the great acting of Patty McCormack (who was the child actress who played the bad seed) and Henry Jones who played Leroy. Have to agree that these were wonderful performances. Cantone mentioned that in the play "
  23. Ida Lupino was not only a great actress but one of the very few female directors of an earlier time. She started directing in the late 40's. It's hard to think of any other female directors at this time. I love the noir thriller she directed "The Hitch-hiker" about a couple of fisherman on a trip who make the mistake of picking up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a sociopath. Great suspense, characters and location shooting in this film. I read that Lupino is considered the first female director of a film noir. Playing the part of Baby Jane in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"
  24. I absolutely love both Stanwyck and Davis - two of the greatest actresses of classic movies. I just saw "All About Eve" again on TCM. I loved Davis as the mature professional who in fact wins over her nasty predator Eve. I love Bette showing that strength of personality can win over superficial beauty. I can't imagine this film without her. I also love Davis in one of her earlier roles "Of Human Bondage" (1934) based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham about a callous, manipulative waitress. Bette was not afraid of parts where she didn't look glamorous or she wasn't a good girl. Stanwyc
  25. You have a great list. Here are my favorites in order of most favorite. 1. Giant 2. The Searchers 3. The Red Balloon (French film without words) Has a theme of innocence and imagination. I find it very unique. 4. The Killing - directed by Stanley Kubrick with Sterling Hayden. I love this film noir about a planned "job" at a racetrack. 5. Carousel - wonderful songs by Oscar and Hammerstein.
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