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Barcelona and Whit Stillman and the theory of TCM film introductions


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I finally watched Barcelona, which TCM showed in September, along with Metropolitan.  The films were introduced and followed by interviews between Robert Osborne and the films' director, Whit Stillman. I loved Barcelona -- hadn't seen it in years. I prefer Metropolitan; and my favorite Stillman film is still The Last Days of Disco, but it was great to see Barcelona again.

 

But my point is this:  I'm not a fan of film intros on TCM. I tend to record films I want to watch, and skip the intros. But the RO/Whit Stillman conversations were different. Although I'm not in the least bit interested in Sally Field's comments about film, or other people (like Mo Rocca!) who pick films and talk about them, I definitely am interested in the kind of conversation RO had with Stillman, giving an insight into the creation of the films by the man who created them. 

 

I also liked the idea (more than the execution) of the Jewish films introduced and followed by conversations between RO and the academic. What I mean is, I like films introduced by someone who has some intimate connection, in terms of creation; or who has specialist knowledge of the specific content.

 

The Stillman chats were very special.

 

Wish we could have more of that -- and less of the star-*******.

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I finally watched Barcelona, which TCM showed in September, along with Metropolitan.  The films were introduced and followed by interviews between Robert Osborne and the films' director, Whit Stillman. I loved Barcelona -- hadn't seen it in years. I prefer Metropolitan; and my favorite Stillman film is still The Last Days of Disco, but it was great to see Barcelona again.

 

But my point is this:  I'm not a fan of film intros on TCM. I tend to record films I want to watch, and skip the intros. But the RO/Whit Stillman conversations were different. Although I'm not in the least bit interested in Sally Field's comments about film, or other people (like Mo Rocca!) who pick films and talk about them, I definitely am interested in the kind of conversation RO had with Stillman, giving an insight into the creation of the films by the man who created them. 

 

I also liked the idea (more than the execution) of the Jewish films introduced and followed by conversations between RO and the academic. What I mean is, I like films introduced by someone who has some intimate connection, in terms of creation; or who has specialist knowledge of the specific content.

 

The Stillman chats were very special.

 

Wish we could have more of that -- and less of the star-*******.

 

I don't mind the intros but I don't like watching them until I've already watched the movie ... they give away too damn much! Actually, I rarely even think to go back (with a DVR) and watch, though I usually watch the end notes. Guest programmers or associates (directors, etc.) tend to be interesting, but again; I can't stand spoilers. The little paragraph that the Netflix writers do are for the most part dreadful. They'll say something like "A pregnant woman finds out that ... [blah blah blah] " ...and you watch the movie and she doesn't find out she's pregnant until half the movie is over, they do this sort of thing quite a lot. Yes, they want to make it sound interesting, but gosh ..... etc

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