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6 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Saturday, September 18/19

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2 a.m.  Taxi Driver (1976).  By Martin Scorsese.

A movie that's definitely not for everyone's taste, still Robert De Niro turns in quite an impressive performance as the disturbed Travis Bickle.

Interesting to see Jodie Foster in such a 'mature' role when she was only a teen at the time. Of course she did turn in another 'adult' performance that same year in the more light-hearted fare FREAKY FRIDAY.

Probably Martin Scorsese's darkest film behind GOODFELLAS.

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Sat., 6:00 AM, Bachelor in Paradise.  A very good comedy with Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige, Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss.   Also some very nice Chrysler Corp. cars from 1960/61 period.  

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Sunday, September 19th

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Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)

Speaking of bores here's the classic one with one of the most incredible film productions in the history of movie-making to illustrate it. I'll take Welles' The Trial, Mabeth or Chimes At Midnight any day over this dreary assemblage, but boy, is it pretty!

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I always wonder where Travis went wrong with Betsy. Was it giving her the Kris Kristofferson

 album as a gift or taking her to a porno movie on their first date. I go with the latter. 

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15 hours ago, Vautrin said:

I always wonder where Travis went wrong with Betsy. Was it giving her the Kris Kristofferson

 album as a gift or taking her to a porno movie on their first date. I go with the latter. 

Oh I'd say it was definitely taking her to an 'adult' flick.  

That may have been her first clue that Travis was someone she did not want to get serious with.

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9 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Oh I'd say it was definitely taking her to an 'adult' flick.  

That may have been her first clue that Travis was someone she did not want to get serious with.

Maybe it  had something to do with Travis taking Betsy to Childs and ordering apple pie with a slice of cheese on top, even though he thought it " was a good choice".

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12 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Oh I'd say it was definitely taking her to an 'adult' flick.  

That may have been her first clue that Travis was someone she did not want to get serious with.

As they say today, that was a big red flag. Too bad because Travis looks presentable in the photo.

And the later mohawk cut wouldn't have improved things. 

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Monday, September 20/21

A great night of Mexican films.

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9:45 p.m.  Sombra Verde aka Untouched (1954).   Mexican film by Roberto Galvadon with Ricardo Montalban.

 

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5 a.m.  Simon of the Desert (1965).  Luis Bunuel under an hour.

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14 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Sombra Verde aka Untouched (1954).   Mexican film by Roberto Galvadon with Ricardo Montalban.

À propos of nothing, this is one of the rare film posters that wasn't actually exaggerating the male star's physique (a cliché that was memorably parodied in the poster for National Lampoon's Vacation):

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On 9/17/2021 at 3:29 PM, Vautrin said:

I always wonder where Travis went wrong with Betsy.

 

On 9/18/2021 at 7:16 AM, Bethluvsfilms said:

Oh I'd say it was definitely taking her to an 'adult' flick.  

That may have been her first clue that Travis was someone she did not want to get serious with.

Although -  

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- when Betsy and Travis cross paths at the end of TAXI DRIVER, she is genuinely impressed with his "heroism" (as it  was depicted in the newspapers) and there's an implication that she wouldn't be opposed to seeing him again.

While some viewers have interpreted this final Travis/Betsy interaction as part of Travis's dying fantasy, Martin Scorsese insists that the interaction happens "for real" in the movie's narrative.

 

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18 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Monday, September 20/21

A great night of Mexican films.

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9:45 p.m.  Sombra Verde aka Untouched (1954).   Mexican film by Roberto Galvadon with Ricardo Montalban.

 

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5 a.m.  Simon of the Desert (1965).  Luis Bunuel under an hour.

These films have disappeared from the schedule. Does anyone know what's up?

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4 hours ago, HoldenIsHere said:

 

Although -  

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- when Betsy and Travis cross paths at the end of TAXI DRIVER, she is genuinely impressed with his "heroism" (as it  was depicted in the newspapers) and there's an implication that she wouldn't be opposed to seeing him again.

While some viewers have interpreted this final Travis/Betsy interaction as part of Travis's dying fantasy, Martin Scorsese insists that the interaction happens "for real" in the movie's narrative.

 

I had forgotten about their meeting at the end of the movie. Not remembering that, I don't know if

she was just being kind or genuinely wanted to see him again. Even if he had changed quite a bit,

it's hard to see these two characters getting together.

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Drat!  I just did a refresh of my Canadian schedule and they are gone from that too!  Thanks for the heads up.

This is really disappointing.  These films were the highlight of the month IMO.

Here's a link to a good-quality print of Sombra verde on youtube, but unfortunately only with Spanish subtitles (if you click on the "CC" closed-captioning button):

 

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6 hours ago, Fausterlitz said:

Here's a link to a good-quality print of Sombra verde on youtube, but unfortunately only with Spanish subtitles (if you click on the "CC" closed-captioning button):

 

Wow! Thank you! Will definitely watch!

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5 minutes ago, lemur said:

Wow! Thank you! Will definitely watch!

You're welcome!  I was hoping to see whether I could also find links to any of the other films that had originally been scheduled, but I don't even know what the rest of them are (since those older schedules no longer seem to be accessible anywhere online).  Maybe Bogie56 would remember?

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20 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Drat!  I just did a refresh of my Canadian schedule and they are gone from that too!  Thanks for the heads up.

This is really disappointing.  These films were the highlight of the month IMO.

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