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Who else is excited for Burt Lancaster day tomorrow?


I'm especially excited to see "The Leopard" on TCM, which I don't believe has ever been shown before, other than on FMC. I like the movie, but wonder what version of the film they'll show?


I also want to see "Jim Thorpe, All American" and "His Majesty O'Keefe", which are two Lancaster films I've never seen before.

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Burt Lancaster is one of my favorites, so many great films to feature, how to decide what to show on his day? I guess it all comes down to what's available at the moment. I am sure many viewers will find something on the schedule that they have never seen, or one they haven't seen in a long time. Several of my favorite Burt films aren't on the days schedule, but TCM has shown them before and will certainly show them again sometime. One film that I believe they haven't shown in quite a while is *Criss Cross* which is one of the best film noirs.

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The entire daytime schedule for Sept. 1st is Burt again, although a couple are repeats from today.


h1. 6:00 AM

h2. [Jim Thorpe--All American (1951)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/79770/Jim-Thorpe-All-American/]



The famous Native American athlete fights prejudice in his pursuit of sports stardom.



*Dir*: [Michael Curtiz|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/42547%7C111394/Michael-Curtiz/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Charles Bickford|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/15892%7C29029/Charles-Bickford/] , [steve Cochran|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/36080%7C142620/Steve-Cochran/] .



BW-105 mins, TV-PG, CC,


h1. 8:00 AM

h2. [Ten Tall Men (1951)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/4265/Ten-Tall-Men/]



A Foreign Legion sergeant leads ten volunteers against a mighty Arab army.



*Dir*: [Willis Goldbeck|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/72827%7C157555/Willis-Goldbeck/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Jody Lawrence|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/1130781%7C84004/Jody-Lawrence/] , [Gilbert Roland|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/164396%7C61449/Gilbert-Roland/] .



C-97 mins, TV-G,


h1. 9:45 AM

h2. [south Sea Woman (1953)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/27294/South-Sea-Woman/]



A Marine sergeant battles Nazi agents to help a showgirl escape war torn China.



*Dir*: [Arthur Lubin|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/117105%7C16061/Arthur-Lubin/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Virginia Mayo|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/125682%7C151852/Virginia-Mayo/] , [Chuck Connors|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/37993%7C31922/Chuck-Connors/] .



BW-98 mins, TV-G,


h1. 11:30 AM

h2. [His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/16812/His-Majesty-O-Keefe/]



A Yankee sea captain tries to make his fortune in the South Seas.



*Dir*: [byron Haskin|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/82588%7C25258/Byron-Haskin/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Joan Rice|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/161020%7C83728/Joan-Rice/] , [Andre Morell|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/135200%7C12341/Andre-Morell/] .



C-90 mins, TV-PG, CC,


h1. 1:15 PM

h2. [Flame and the Arrow, The (1950)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/75084/Flame-and-the-Arrow-The/]



Roman rebels fight against invading barbarians.



*Dir*: [Jacques Tourneur|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/193367%7C77165/Jacques-Tourneur/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Virginia Mayo|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/125682%7C151852/Virginia-Mayo/] , [Robert Douglas|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/52494%7C131624/Robert-Douglas/] .



C-88 mins,


h1. 2:45 PM

h2. [Crimson Pirate, The (1952)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/71842/Crimson-Pirate-The/]



A pirate gets mixed up in a Caribbean revolution.



*Dir*: [Robert Siodmak|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/178509%7C132626/Robert-Siodmak/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Nick Cravat|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/40790%7C117324/Nick-Cravat/] , [Eva Bartok|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/10936%7C49801/Eva-Bartok/] .



C-104 mins, CC,


h1. 4:30 PM

h2. [Trapeze (1956)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/25707/Trapeze/]



An aging trapeze star and his protigi fall for the same woman.



*Dir*: [Carol Reed|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/159115%7C27697/Carol-Reed/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Tony Curtis|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/848347%7C148433/Tony-Curtis/] , [Gina Lollobrigida|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/115674%7C61604/Gina-Lollobrigida/] .



C-106 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format


h1. 6:30 PM

h2. [Devil's Disciple, The (1959)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/17513/Devil-s-Disciple-The/]



A preacher and a rebel leader change places during the Revolution.



*Dir*: [Guy Hamilton|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/80037%7C64084/Guy-Hamilton/] *Cast*: [burt Lancaster|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107800%7C25098/Burt-Lancaster/] , [Kirk Douglas|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/52463%7C94234/Kirk-Douglas/] , [Laurence Olivier|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/144656%7C96060/Laurence-Olivier/] .



BW-83 mins, TV-PG,



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Tonight's Premiere showing of *The Leopard* on TCM made the NYTimes today - in the "Home" section! It seems the film is a favorite of interior (and other) designers for its "fantastic visual treats."




The article even quotes from Ben's introduction of the film.


Kyle In Hollywood

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I think Burt had a tendency to "overact" at times. But when I watch him I think he picks his spots rather well. Elmer Gantry was a character that required being big and overbearing, and who could have played the part better than Burt Lancaster? And in that film he has some very restrained, thoughtful moments too, his relationships with the two women show that. Lancaster was a very good actor, he willingly took on some challenging roles and always played them well. I tend to favor Burt the action hero, the swashbuckler films, Gunfight at The O K Corral, The Train (probably my favorite Burt movie). And he comes close to equaling Robert Mitchum as the ultimate film noir fall guy. I only wish I could always see Burt Lancaster on the big screen, his presence demands big screen viewing.

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> {quote:title=Ascotrudgeracer wrote:}{quote}Have to say, Lancaster's finest screen performance was "Atlantic City" (1980).

> Couldn't stand him as Elmer Gantry...so florid and corny; painful to watch. Academy must have liked it, obviously, but he would have been better with a tiny bit of restraint.

Hmmmmm. Hey Ascot! I take it you've never caught Jimmy Swaggart or any of his "brethren" or "sisteren"(if that's a word) on your TV set as you're surfing channels, eh?! :^0



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I am excited to see The Leopard which is a film I wanted to see for a long time. Although I am recording it. I'm too exhausted to watch a long movie tonight. Hopefully I will have time to watch it this weekend.


I also recorded Brute Force


And I mentioned this in another thread but I just found out the other day that my grandfather (now deceased) actually drove Burt Lancaster in a cab. According to my mom my grandfather told the family Burt was very tall and a real gentleman.


I didn't even know my grandfather was a cab driver.

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The Leopard and The Swimmer are his best performances. I wish the latter film was being shown as well. I actually liked him in Elmer Gantry. I thought that was his best work until I saw the two films above.


Of cours J.J. Hunsecker was his best character.


Just such a talented actor, and a man who could play seemingly any role, despite not being some classically trained actor or one of those Method school people. A truly unique and gifted star.

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I'm digging it! This has been an awesome week!!! WOW!!!


Though I've seen them many times before, I can't ever stop watching him in THE KILLERS (awesome noir!!), BRUTE FORCE (riveting prison drama, very bleak!), and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (one of the best political thrillers with a GREAT cast!)......many other cool flix as well, but those are the faves from today!

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The version they always show on FMC is indeed dubbed, and shorter than this version.


But Italian films back then were always dubbed, with dialogue being added later on in post-production. Here, all the stars were just speaking their own native languages on the set. Delon and Cardinale were speaking French, with Lancaster speaking English.

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He was dubbed in one version, and not dubbed in another. What does that take away from his accepting the role or the film's quality? Every film is eventually dubbed in some country, somewhere.


And it's certainly a terrific performance. Lancaster playing an Italian prince seems a stretch, but it looks like he was born for the role. He was obviously proud that he pulled off a role that not many thought he was fit for, and did it overseas, back when American stars weren't making movies overseas.

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Here, all the stars were just speaking their own native languages on the set. Delon and Cardinale were speaking French, with Lancaster speaking English.


Oh I realize that. But I get a certain comfort in watching it and thinking that Visconti conceptualized his film in one language - his own. It is after all a film set in his native country, it's not some spaghetti western where a director might well be thinking in terms of things "borrowed" from earlier American westerns.


However, for international distribution of either this or some sagebrush saga, the mulch-national cast is almost a must. Certainly for THE LEOPARD it was as this was an expensive production. To get Fox to put up three million, a marquee name had to be up there.

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Except that Italian films at that time were made without sound and dubbed afterward. Even the voices of Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon were dubbed in by them. Either Lancaster would have to phonetically recite the Italian, or you would have the extremely disconcerting condition of Lancaster speaking in English with the other cast members speaking in Italian.


I will say it is off-putting to hear him dubbed by someone else's voice, and distinctly detracts from the value of his performance.

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I have to disagree - imagine Burt Lancaster's performance as if this were a silent film, and his physical presence and body language is the major reason why this is such a tremendous performance, and it becomes abundantly clear why this is one of the greatest of all male performances in cinema.


It's not Lancaster's voice but Visconti, one of the great perfectionists, did not slouch on the dubbed performances - lip synching aside, it's very good. It's Visconti's film first and foremost afterall, of which Lancaster is but one part, and as important as B.L. is, Alain Delon's transformation is as vital to the ultimate success of the film.


Lancaster's voice is fine in the truncated English dub but it's not the same film.

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