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19 minutes ago, Hibi said:

 

Trust me, we do not! I WISH (tropical jet stream) Was 31 this morning. A record.

It was a record low temperature in my area yesterday.... so kind of alike where we are.

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1 hour ago, Hibi said:

Trust me, we do not! I WISH (tropical jet stream) Was 31 this morning. A record.

It was almost 90 here in Portland Area over the past weekend... now it's back to mid-60s, rainy.  True to form for Oregon.

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NOBODY DERAILS A THREAD LIKE ME BABY!!!

ps- it was 51 FRIGGIN degrees in FRIGGIN NORTH CAROLINA in MID FRIGGIN MAY for a good part of the morning!

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35 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

NOBODY DERAILS A THREAD LIKE ME BABY!!!

ps- it was 51 FRIGGIN degrees in FRIGGIN NORTH CAROLINA in MID FRIGGIN MAY for a good part of the morning!

Gross.  It's going to be all rain and wind in Oregon for the next week and a half.  I hope my fellow Oregonians enjoyed their three days of summer (inside).  That might be it for us.  Lol.

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Hey, I just bought the 1965 movie MARA OF THE WILDERNESS on VHS about 10 minutes ago from Amazon.  We'll see if I get it in good time.  The seller lives in North Carolina. 

An' when I get MARA I shall endeavor to watch it!  :)

As to what I've watched recently well . . . I stuck this 1971 softcore Western into my VCR called THE LAST SUNDOWN.  I wanted to look it up on the IMDb and see if there were any reviews about it -- but I couldn't find it right away.  Apparently the original title was the very bland '6 WOMEN' and the movie was re-titled for video.  That was a good idea.  It's on the EVEN STEVENS PRODUCTIONS label from 1987.  The video box reminds the viewer "IN 35MM COLOR!". 

So there's these six ladies all being sent to prison in the Old West, mostly because of a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher who couldn't get his agent to work while being willingly seduced by two of the ladies.  So he gets all bent out-of-shape and has them arrested for prostitution.  Of course.  And so goes the wagon ride to jail with a pervy wagonmaster and his mentally 'not all there' sidekick along with The Hero Of The Piece (who also gets a piece).  Oh, and there's ra pe and murder, too!   

And so it goes . . .

 

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2 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

It was a record low temperature in my area yesterday.... so kind of alike where we are.

7 months of this sh-t. I've had it!

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59 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

NOBODY DERAILS A THREAD LIKE ME BABY!!!

ps- it was 51 FRIGGIN degrees in FRIGGIN NORTH CAROLINA in MID FRIGGIN MAY for a good part of the morning!

Yeah, everyone complains about the weather, but no one can do anything about it.......Is supposed to start warming up tomw. It's rare to have frost here in May, but it can happen. I think we've had 3 or 4 nights of frost this month, Had to go out many nights to cover things....

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I cannot tell a Lie:  I ♥ the cooler weather here in middle GA.  But, alas, it's supposed to get to 86 by week's end (according to my folks).  Pity. 

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24 minutes ago, Mr. Gorman said:

Hey, I just bought the 1965 movie MARA OF THE WILDERNESS on VHS about 10 minutes ago from Amazon.  We'll see if I get it in good time.  The seller lives in North Carolina. 

An' when I get MARA I shall endeavor to watch it!  :)

As to what I've watched recently well . . . I stuck this 1971 softcore Western into my VCR called THE LAST SUNDOWN.  I wanted to look it up on the IMDb and see if there were any reviews about it -- but I couldn't find it right away.  Apparently the original title was the very bland '6 WOMEN' and the movie was re-titled for video.  That was a good idea.  It's on the EVEN STEVENS PRODUCTIONS label from 1987.  The video box reminds the viewer "IN 35MM COLOR!". 

So there's these six ladies all being sent to prison in the Old West, mostly because of a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher who couldn't get his agent to work while being willingly seduced by two of the ladies.  So he gets all bent out-of-shape and has them arrested for prostitution.  Of course.  And so goes the wagon ride to jail with a pervy wagonmaster and his mentally 'not all there' sidekick along with The Hero Of The Piece (who also gets a piece).  Oh, and there's ra pe and murder, too!   

And so it goes . . .

 

Not to be confused with 7 Women?

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Definitely not, Hibi.  I don't recall any full-frontal nudity along with the requisite amount of upper frontals on display  in '7 WOMEN'.   :P  

But, hey, the strangulations are off-camera.  Although the rap-ist getting blasted is on-screen.

It stars Marsha Jordan and Mikel Angel, btw.  Mr. Angel also wrote the script and plays 'Charlie' the nasty 'n' sleazy wagonmaster. 

Think I'll watch SWEET GEORGIA (1972) next . . .

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1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

NOBODY DERAILS A THREAD LIKE ME BABY!!!

ps- it was 51 FRIGGIN degrees in FRIGGIN NORTH CAROLINA in MID FRIGGIN MAY for a good part of the morning!

Our HIGH today was just a few degrees above your LOW. :(

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The Story of Temple Drake

***SPOILERS***

I watched this 1933 pre-code last night.  I had apparently recorded it during Miriam Hopkins' SUTS day, as that is what Ben Mankiewicz mentioned in his intro.  I finally watched it.  Better late than never, I guess.  This film was apparently the one that finally encouraged Will Hayes to implement his Hays Code and enforce it.  Between 1930-mid 1934, the Hays Code technically existed, but nobody really gave it any thought.  Then Hays got wind of the production of 'Temple Drake' and was thoroughly scandalized enough to actually enforce his production code.

The Story of Temple Drake is based on the William Faulkner novel, Sanctuary.  Apparently this novel was very racy and controversial when it was published.  When Hays got wind of Paramount's attempt to film this story and bring it to theaters across the country, he was outraged.  Joseph Breen, Hays' PR man, on the other hand, felt that Paramount's version was so tame in comparison to the novel, that Hays' outrage was much ado about nothing.  However, Hays prevailed and got Temple Drake's rape scene heavily toned down.  In the final version, her rape is only hinted at with the rapist's approach, Temple's scream, and her traumatized look afterwards. 

Elizabeth Patterson, aka "Miss Trumbull" makes an appearance as Toddy's Aunt Jennie.  She has a funny scene where she is reading the society section with the old articles that say things like: "Buddy Bird is out of town this week visiting family in Salem."  She reads a planted item that says something about Temple visiting friends in Philadelphia.  Jennie says derisively, "I just don't believe that story." 

Louise Beavers makes an appearance as a maid at Madam Reba's bordello. 

Florence Eldridge who plays the aforementioned Ruby, was married to Fredric March.  I recognized her from Another Part of the Forest where she played the mother, who might have been the only sympathetic character in the film.

In The Story of Temple Drake, Hopkins plays the titular character.  She's portrayed as a small-town Southern floozy debutante (think a 1930s Blanche Devereaux) whose promiscuity with men makes her the talk of the town.  She was raised by her grandfather, the very old-school Judge Drake.  It seems that her father died in WWI.  No mention is made of her mother, but presumably, she's also deceased or is MIA.  Temple has a suitor, Stephen Benbow, an up and coming lawyer.  He passes Grandpa Drake's test.  Stephen and Grandpa would like nothing better for Temple to settle down and marry Stephen, but she has no interest in marrying.  Her reluctance to marry further fuels the town's negative perception of her character. 

Temple has a hard-drinking boyfriend, named Toddy, (who might be more of a friend who's a boy, rather than a boyfriend) with whom she attends a society party.  After turning down Stephen's second proposal, Temple and Toddy leave the party to find something more exciting. In a typical crazy drunk driving at night scene, Toddy crashes and flips the car and both he and Temple are ejected.  They end up being found by Trigger, a local bootlegger/gangster.  This film was made prior to the end of Prohibition--speakeasies were still the norm.  Trigger forces both Toddy and Temple to accompany him to the dilapidated house aka speakeasy, near the crash site.  It is there where Temple meets a variety of weird, creepy characters.  The men leer at her in such a gross way, that I thought for sure there'd be a terrifying gang bang right then and there.  I'd read that this movie was very controversial in its time, so this idea didn't seem unlikely to me. 

Fortunately (I use this word loosely), Temple is rescued by the other woman in the house, Ruby, who is very brusque, but tries to keep her safe, however still isn't a pleasant woman.  I get the sense that she is just miserable in her life and cannot believe that her husband has gotten her involved in this cast of characters.  She seems to have become complacent in this terrible life, and given the opportunity, she'd thrive in an environment that was cleaner, free of creepers, and not illegal.  She also has a baby whom she keeps in a bread box and leaves alone in the dark kitchen.  "Keeps him away from the rats" she says, matter of factly. 

The remainder of the film deals with Temple trying to escape Trigger who seems to have taken a shine to her and wants to make her his personal escort, i.e. prostitute with only one client.  And later, her actions force her literally into a life or death situation.

I thought that this was a good film, though I'm not sure if I'd need to watch it again and again. It also had some scandalous scenes, such as the aforementioned rape, the depiction of a woman's promiscuity, and later Temple's appearance at a brothel.  The film never explicitly says that it is a brothel, but I guessed it from the madam's appearance in a big, ruffly dress with giant hat.  She reminded me of the woman who runs the brothel in Springfield in The Simpsons.  Later, there is some other dialogue that supports my assertion.

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10 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

The film never explicitly says that it is a brothel, but I guessed it from the madam's appearance in a big, ruffly dress with giant hat.  She reminded me of the woman who runs the brothel in Springfield in The Simpsons

The Simpsons....America's educator.

Actually, I'd like to make the point that "guessing" more salacious aspects of a movie plot is often far better than actually seeing it. It allows you to watch a movie with your teen or grandma without embarrassment.

You don't have to know what trouble a woman is in, just that she's in trouble.

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The Accused (1949) Psychological Woman's Noir

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Directed by William Dieterle (Rope Of Sand, Dark City). The film was written by Ketti Frings and was based on the novel Be Still My Love by June Truesdale. The cinematography was by Milton R. Krasner and the music was by Victor Young.

The film stared Loretta Young as Dr. Wilma Tuttle, Robert Cummings as Warren Ford, Wendell Corey as Lt. Ted Dorgan, Sam Jaffe as Dr. Romley, Douglas Dick as Bill Perry, Suzanne Dalbert as Susan Duval, Sara Allgood as Mrs. Conner, and Mickey Knox as Jack Hunter.

Wilma Tuttle is a prim and proper Professor of Psychology. In her class is Bill Perry, a former serviceman, is also egotistical and a very confident womanizer. He notices a bit of arousal in Wilma when he puts his sights on her. That weakness he exploits. Wilma seems a bit flattered by his attentions, but is also aware of the impressions upon her class that Dirk posses. In the interests of decorum she  confronts Perry and tells him that she made arrangements for him to be transferred to another class

Perry gets his big chance when Wilma misses her bus and he offers to drive her home. Perry takes the PCH and stops on a turnoff above the cliffs over the Pacific North of Malibu. While the waves crash below Perry explains that his hobby is abalone fishing. He shows her his snorkeling gear laying on the back seat and explains that he pries the abalone from the rocks with an old car leaf spring. Abalone are sort of giant sea snails with one oblong shell and hairlike tentacles, that graze the sea bed.

Perry wants to show Wilma how he does it. He tells her to change into one of the suits he has while he runs behind his car to slip on his trunks. Wilma hesitates Perry suited up, now begins to pressure her. He grabs her she runs around the car. Perry likes the chase. He pins her up against the door and kisses her tenderly.

Whats interesting, here in the film, is that for one brief second she reacts, melting into his grasp like the love starved matron she appears to be. But she freezes and fights him off even more fiercely, no to Perry means yes and faster. He pushes her down onto the bench seat. I wonder occasionally how many bench seats were accounted for in the cherry-popping of American womanhood?

Wilma rises up a bit and reaches up over to grab something she can use for a weapon. Unfortunately for Perry, she chills him, after gabbing the leaf spring and bashes in the back of skull.

Now panicked, Wilma, like countless male characters in Film Noir, makes the bonehead play, instead of running out to the highway, flagging down a car and reporting to the police, in a panic she fakes Perry death.


Dieterle's direction and Krasner's cinematography are riveting for the first third of the film. They also nicely depict Wilma's transformation from a professional, wound tight "schoolmarm," into a flowering beauty with the simple addition of love into the equation of her barren life. All of the performances are spot on and well executed. Even Sam Jaffe as the laboratory criminologist in a small part is impressive and I'm surprised that .


The film also has an unexpected ending, how they got that one past the MPPC would be interesting to find out Bravo! 7/10

Streaming on line for those interested 😉

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I Remember Mama (1948) TCM On Demand 7/10

A young woman reminisces about life growing up with her family especially the  Norwegian immigrant matriarch  (Irene Dunne).

This is an episodic but often very touching film, a first time viewing for me. Dunne gives one of her very best performances. Barbara Bel Geddes is also excellent as the oldest daughter who is an aspiring writer. Oscar Homolka provides comic relief as the obnoxious uncle. It seems a bit long (134 minutes) but once it is over and the story comes full circle, you realize how good it was. I would like to see it again in the near future.

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13 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

The Story of Temple Drake

***SPOILERS***

I watched this 1933 pre-code last night.

The Story of Temple Drake is based on the William Faulkner novel, Sanctuary.  Apparently this novel was very racy and controversial when it was published.  When Hays got wind of Paramount's attempt to film this story and bring it to theaters across the country, he was outraged.  Joseph Breen, Hays' PR man, on the other hand, felt that Paramount's version was so tame in comparison to the novel, that Hays' outrage was much ado about nothing.  However, Hays prevailed and got Temple Drake's rape scene heavily toned down.  In the final version, her rape is only hinted at with the rapist's approach, Temple's scream, and her traumatized look afterwards.

  This film was made prior to the end of Prohibition--speakeasies were still the norm.  Trigger forces both Toddy and Temple to accompany him to the dilapidated house aka speakeasy, near the crash site.  It is there where Temple meets a variety of weird, creepy characters.  The men leer at her in such a gross way, that I thought for sure there'd be a terrifying gang bang right then and there.  I'd read that this movie was very controversial in its time, so this idea didn't seem unlikely to me. 

 

also worth mentioning is the poster:

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 RE: THE NOVEL SANCTUARY

DURING our last hurricane, I checked out an anthology of FAULKNER novels from the library with the intention of reading PYLON- on which THE TARNISHED ANGELS was based. I ended up reading SANCTUARY instead. I have somewhat mixed feelings on FAULKNER- I hate THE SOUND AND THE FURY, but I like ABSALOM, ABSALOM! and was ambivalent towards A LIGHT IN AUGUST.

FAULKER'S novels are nearly always CHALLENGING and CRYPTIC- reading them is like trying to do a jigsaw puzzle upside down - and SANCTUARY is no different, but I actually liked it quite a bit, in spite of the fact that it is A CHALLENGING READ (to say the least)

it is a MYSTERY NOVEL where the MYSTERY is not A MURDER or a THEFT, but instead....

 

in the very end of the book (like the last page), it is revealed that TRIGGER- the kidnapping gangster- is a EUNUCH and that on the night in question, he actually used a corncob to assault TEMPLE. All this time, he has been watching her have sex with men to gain perverse satisfaction that he cannot himself gain.

To make sure that i was understanding the book halfway through, I went to the book's wikipedia page where THE LITERAL FIRST LINE OF THEIR WRITE-UP was "SANCTUARY is a novel by WILLIAM FAULKNER about a gangster who is a Eunuch who assaults a woman with a corn cob."

Thanks wikipedia!

Got me wondering if their plot summation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is "they all did it" or THE CRYING GAME is "she's a dude."

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The War Wagon (1967)

Fun, unpretentious western about the plot to hold up a gold bullion carrying armored coach protected by legions of hired guns as well as a gattling gun. John Wayne recruits the usual motley collection of characters to pull off the scheme. Adding to Wayne's incentive is the fact that the coach is owned and run by Bruce Cabot, a scoundrel who had done him wrong three years before with a frame up which sent him to prison.

There are no real surprises here but, as breezily directed by Burt Kennedy, it's a pleasant diversion. Wayne fans will be satisfied with a rather typical late career Wayne performance. But to me the biggest kick of the film came from co-star Kirk Douglas as dead shot Lomax, a renowned gunslinger hired by Cabot to kill Wayne but who joins in on the robbery scheme with the Duke instead.

Douglas brings a lot of enjoyable flash and flamboyance to his role, demonstrating in showboat fashion his athletic ability by leaping from the ground into the saddle of his horse numerous times. At one point Douglas even leaps over top of one horse to land in the saddle of the horse beside him. And it is clearly Douglas doing it, too. There is no stunt double.

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Wayne's character does some ground to horse saddle leaping, too, but I noticed that every time he did it it was at a distance and you couldn't see the actor's face. The leaper also looks thinner than Wayne. Clearly at age 60 the Duke was not nearly as adept at this kind of stunt as was Douglas at 51.

And speaking of flash I recall a scene in this film when I originally saw it at the show which got a big laugh from the audience. That occurs when Douglas, a holster strapped to his hips in a medium shot from the waist up, walks away from the camera to revel he's buck naked, with his butt cheeks on display. When watching the DVD of the film last night I was anticipating this scene but was a bit disappointed to see that when Kirk starts to walk away there was a fast cut to the next scene. No Douglas cheeky humour in this version of the film.

Other cast members of the film include Howard Keel (the former baritone of Kiss Me Kate and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers rather demeaningly cast as an Indian, even though it's obviously intended as a joke), Robert Walker Jr. and a grizzled, sour tempered Keenan Wynn. Dimitri Tiomkin, an old hand at western musical scores going back to Duel in the Sun and High Noon, provides the score for this one.

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3 out of 4

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2 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

The Accused (1949) Psychological Woman's Noir

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Dieterle's direction and Krasner's cinematography are riveting for the first third of the film. 

Even Sam Jaffe as the laboratory criminologist in a small part is impressive and I'm surprised [at]  that .
 

Streaming on line for those interested 😉

EDDIE MULLER gives this an intriguing write-up in DARK CITY, I also watched it online a looooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago (maybe even ten years now) and, like you, I was REALLY INTO IT for the first third of the movie...only I felt it sort of went off the rails in acts 2 and 3...

as i recall it (and I often do not recall accurately) it has A LOT OF INTERNAL MONOLOGUES DELIVERED IN VOICE-OVER, so much so that it almost felt like one of those classic coffee commercials "hmmm, Ed never tries to sexually assault after he asks for a second cup..."

still, even for its faults, it is one of those movies I would recommend people seeing- in part for its attitudes about women and in part for the attempted ra pe scene, which is SHOCKING.

you don't like SAM JAFFE as an actor? I'm surprised....I think he is exceptional in GUNGA DIN, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and THE SCARLET EMPRESS.

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19 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

you don't like SAM JAFFE as an actor? I'm surprised....I think he is exceptional in GUNGA DIN, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and THE SCARLET EMPRESS.

No I like him, he comes off as an sort of clone between a Mad Scientist and Igor the way he is shot with the frizzed out hair with the smoke behind him and the rack of laboratory  test tubes and equipment, lol.

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32 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

No I like him, he comes off as an sort of clone between a Mad Scientist and Igor the way he is shot with the frizzed out hair with the smoke behind him and the rack of laboratory  test tubes and equipment, lol.

That was Sam Jaffe in those films?    I always believed it was this guy going solo.

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The funny thing about Jaffe is I was imprinted with Jaffe in the role of Dr. David Zorba way before I ever saw him in a film.

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1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

also worth mentioning is the poster:

3731511-2494822.jpg?ae=1110858140

 RE: THE NOVEL SANCTUARY

DURING our last hurricane, I checked out an anthology of FAULKNER novels from the library with the intention of reading PYLON- on which THE TARNISHED ANGELS was based. I ended up reading SANCTUARY instead. I have somewhat mixed feelings on FAULKNER- I hate THE SOUND AND THE FURY, but I like ABSALOM, ABSALOM! and was ambivalent towards A LIGHT IN AUGUST.

FAULKER'S novels are nearly always CHALLENGING and CRYPTIC- reading them is like trying to do a jigsaw puzzle upside down - and SANCTUARY is no different, but I actually liked it quite a bit, in spite of the fact that it is A CHALLENGING READ (to say the least)

it is a MYSTERY NOVEL where the MYSTERY is not A MURDER or a THEFT, but instead....

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in the very end of the book (like the last page), it is revealed that TRIGGER- the kidnapping gangster- is a EUNUCH and that on the night in question, he actually used a corncob to assault TEMPLE. All this time, he has been watching her have sex with men to gain perverse satisfaction that he cannot himself gain.

To make sure that i was understanding the book halfway through, I went to the book's wikipedia page where THE LITERAL FIRST LINE OF THEIR WRITE-UP was "SANCTUARY is a novel by WILLIAM FAULKNER about a gangster who is a Eunuch who assaults a woman with a corn cob."

Thanks wikipedia!

Got me wondering if their plot summation of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is "they all did it" or THE CRYING GAME is "she's a dude."

I sat there and stared at the poster on my computer for a solid 5 minutes.  Specifically, I stared at Temple's crotch region.  I was trying to decide if the flesh colored dress and shaded crotch region was supposed to make us think Temple was naked and au natural.... or whether it was just some unfortunate shadow work  by the artist.  I still don't know.

re: the content in the "hidden contents."  The only allusion to that that is made in the film is that a pile of the implement of choice is seen in the background.

I don't know if I've ever read Faulkner... He seems like he'd be intense.

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3 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

I sat there and stared at the poster on my computer for a solid 5 minutes.  Specifically, I stared at Temple's crotch region.  I was trying to decide if the flesh colored dress and shaded crotch region was supposed to make us think Temple was naked and au natural.... or whether it was just some unfortunate shadow work  by the artist.  I still don't know.

re: the content in the "hidden contents."  The only allusion to that that is made in the film is that a pile of the implement of choice is seen in the background.

I don't know if I've ever read Faulkner... He seems like he'd be intense.

If that's the case I can say definitely that the carpet doesn't match the drapes. 😎

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2 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

I don't know if I've ever read Faulkner... He seems like he'd be intense.

Intense and confusing, which is no small feat.

he was, I think, ahead of his time when it came to really experimenting with telling a narrative TOTALLY out of sequence, not all of his books are like that- but THE SOUND AND THE FURY and ABSALOM ABSALOM! most definitely are...I dislike the former INTENSELY and was forced to read the latter in college and- to my surprise- I liked it quite a bit. 

FAULKNER is, in his way, a MYSTERY WRITER- the mystery being "what the **** is this guy going on about?"

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2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

EDDIE MULLER gives this an intriguing write-up in DARK CITY, I also watched it online a looooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago (maybe even ten years now) and, like you, I was REALLY INTO IT for the first third of the movie...only I felt it sort of went off the rails in acts 2 and 3...

as i recall it (and I often do not recall accurately) it has A LOT OF INTERNAL MONOLOGUES DELIVERED IN VOICE-OVER, so much so that it almost felt like one of those classic coffee commercials "hmmm, Ed never tries to sexually assault after he asks for a second cup..."

still, even for its faults, it is one of those movies I would recommend people seeing- in part for its attitudes about women and in part for the attempted ra pe scene, which is SHOCKING.

you don't like SAM JAFFE as an actor? I'm surprised....I think he is exceptional in GUNGA DIN, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and THE SCARLET EMPRESS.

Has TCM ever shown this? I haven't seen it in many years. Would be a good choice for Noir Alley.

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