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by Ann Harding
July 15th, 2012, 7:36 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 277804

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Yesterday I saw my first Sarah Bernhardt feature at the French Cinémathèque. I wished I had not... :mrgreen: http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa123/cleteux/SilverScreen/JeanneDore.jpg Jeanne Doré (1915, Louis Mercanton & René Hervil) with Sarah Bernhardt, Raymond Bernard and Jeanne Costa Jeann...
by Ann Harding
July 13th, 2012, 11:07 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 88656

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

I agree, she does seem more approachable, more real than Loren. I like Gina. I never had that feeling. I like them both. But my opinion is based more on Italian films rather than English-speaking films. I guess it makes a difference. Sophia played as many working-class girls as Gina in Italy. It mi...
by Ann Harding
July 13th, 2012, 9:19 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 88656

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

Actually there was a follow-up to Pane, amore e fantasia , it's Pane, amore e gelosia (1954) also directed by Comencini. I'll try to see it one of these days. Perhaps it will be shown in a cinema soon like the first one ? There is even another sequel called Pane, amore e... (1955) this time directed...
by Ann Harding
July 12th, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Vittorio De Sica
Replies: 29
Views: 6171

Re: Vittorio De Sica

After that terrible Catene (1949, R. Matarazzo), I needed to see a good film. So I went to a cinema to see Pane, amore e fantasia (Bread, Love and dreams, 1953) a Luigi Comencini comedy with Vittorio De Sica and Gina Lollobrigida. This delightful film takes place in a remote Italian village where th...
by Ann Harding
July 12th, 2012, 12:15 pm
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 88656

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

After that Italian turkey, I needed to see a good film. So I went to a cinema to see Pane, amore e fantasia (Bread, Love and dreams, 1953) a Luigi Comencini comedy with Vittorio De Sica and Gina Lollobrigida. This delightful film takes place in a remote Italian village where the new Marshall Caroten...
by Ann Harding
July 11th, 2012, 8:42 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 88656

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

Recently I watched an Italian melodrama recorded on TV, Catene (Chains, 1949) by Raffaello Matarazzo with Amadeo Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson. This film was at the top of the BO in Italy when it came out. Matarazzo catered for the general public with weepies that have not aged well. I am rather surpris...
by Ann Harding
July 9th, 2012, 3:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 468535

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Yesterday I watched The Fan (1949, O. Preminger) with Madeleine Carroll, Jeanne Crain and George Sanders. This adaptation of a famous Oscar Wilde play is for me a failure. Modifying the structure of the storyline is not really a problem (Lubitsch did it as well in his Lady Windermere's Fan in 1925),...
by Ann Harding
July 8th, 2012, 10:20 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: George Raft
Replies: 982
Views: 91987

Re: George Raft

Sorry to drop in suddenly, but there is a joke I MUST share with you. In the April 78 issue of Films in Review, there is a great article about Raft's career. It starts with this joke by George Burns: George Raft and Gary Cooper once played a scene in front of a cigar store; and it looked like the wo...
by Ann Harding
July 8th, 2012, 6:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 468535

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Yesterday I saw The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937, G. Fitzmaurice) with William Powell and Luise Rainer. It's amusing spy-comedy where Powell plays a Polish spy trying to outwit a dangerous Russian spy in the person of Countess Olga Mironova (L. Rainer). They both hid some ultra-secret messages insid...
by Ann Harding
July 8th, 2012, 3:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 468535

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Really glad you enjoyed the three versions, Fernando. :) The two 1931 versions are obviously completely different from Love in the Afternoon . Wilder gave it a more comic slant. And let's face it, 50s cinema was very different from the early talkie period. I still believe that Czinner is a forgotten...
by Ann Harding
July 3rd, 2012, 5:26 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: ANN HARDING
Replies: 57
Views: 8067

Re: ANN HARDING

I guess I have to follow the advice... at least for a while. I am very attached to my James Abbe portrait from 1921. :wink:
by Ann Harding
June 26th, 2012, 11:30 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 277804

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I thought that the scene when Enid Markey decides to kill Frank Keenan was quite devastating. She looked dishevelled and completely beaten until she finds the gun left by Keenan on the table. She takes it and moves slowly towards him as he lays asleep (completely drunk). Then, she pulls the trigger....
by Ann Harding
June 26th, 2012, 7:48 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 277804

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Yesterday I went to see some digitized films at the French Cinémathèque. They have a few Triangle pictures which are the only extant prints of these films. http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa123/cleteux/SilverScreen/DesertMan.jpg The Desert Man (1917, William S. Hart) with Wm S. Hart, Margery Wils...
by Ann Harding
June 26th, 2012, 3:59 am
Forum: Action and Adventure
Topic: THE MACOMBER AFFAIR 1947 ZOLTAN KORDA
Replies: 14
Views: 9007

Re: THE MACOMBER AFFAIR 1947 ZOLTAN KORDA

Thanks to Fernando, I was also able to discover this very interesting Zlotan Korda feature. I am amazed how mature the film feels compared with the tedious The Sun Also Rises . I felt the script gave an opportunity to all the characters to show their depth psychologically. The hunting party evolves ...
by Ann Harding
June 24th, 2012, 9:44 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 277804

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Yesterday I watched a William S. Hart's western White Oak (1921, Lambert Hillyer). Hart plays a Missouri gambler who decides to avenge his little sister who was the victim of a seducer. The film starts on a paddle boat on the Mississippi river and ends in the desert in a wagon train. Based upon a Ha...

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