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by myrnaloyisdope
January 23rd, 2010, 7:26 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: The great Jean Simmons RIP
Replies: 13
Views: 1092

Re: The great Jean Simmons RIP

Sorry to hear about the passing of one of my faves, I loved her drunken brawling in Guys and Dolls, and her wonderfully rich performance in Angel Face. She was one of the most strikingly and uniquely beautiful actresses I've ever seen, and wonderfully talented too.
by myrnaloyisdope
January 2nd, 2010, 2:14 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

Thanks for the reviews Alison, I ordered the new Borzage BFI DVDs over the holidays, and am hoping to watch them once I get back home to Montreal. I've been watching a ton of silents the last couple weeks, I managed to finish off the Buster Keaton shorts boxset, the last couple discs in the Harold L...
by myrnaloyisdope
December 20th, 2009, 7:29 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

L'argent (1928) - Maurice L'Herbier's acclaimed adaptation of the Emile Zola novel. I had high expectations for this one, and was a bit disappointed, the film has grandiose aspirations, but never quite reaches them. The film is massive, with wonderfully lavish sets, distinctive camerawork and very ...
by myrnaloyisdope
December 17th, 2009, 5:09 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: William Wyler, The Heiress and other movies
Replies: 29
Views: 5064

Re: William Wyler, The Heiress and other movies

The Best Years of Our Lives is in a perennial battle with Holiday and Stage Door for my favorite film. It's marvelous with memorable performances and brilliant camerawork courtesy Gregg Toland. The first hour is probably my favorite hour in all of cinema. It just sucks you in and never really lets ...
by myrnaloyisdope
December 17th, 2009, 4:14 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

I haven't watched Tess of the Storm Country , I'd like to watch the 1914 version first though (pm if you have a copy). I've watched quite a few silents the past couple of weeks, so here are some thoughts: Afgrunden (1910) - Very early Danish feature directed by Urban Gad, and starring Asta Nielsen. ...
by myrnaloyisdope
December 10th, 2009, 12:13 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

Ironically I just watched Seven Footprints to Satan last night. I'm not really sure what to make of it. Interesting to be sure, it reminded me of Vampyr quite a bit, but I wasn't sure what to do with comedy aspects of it. It's my first introduction to the old dark house/comedy 'genre', so maybe that...
by myrnaloyisdope
October 22nd, 2009, 9:35 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

(She is the only reason to watch Airport 1975, where she plays herself and makes endless plugs about her new autobiography!) Hey no love for a soused up Myrna Loy?? As for Buster, well The Saphead isn't very good, but it's not a Buster film in the sense of him being it's creator and main artistic f...
by myrnaloyisdope
September 4th, 2009, 4:56 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2783843

Re: *CANDIDS*

I love the Miriam picture. Interestingly she adopted her son, and remained her only child.
by myrnaloyisdope
August 20th, 2009, 12:41 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

I'd love to see it, if only because the sight of Marion in gym shorts deserves the best print possible. But seriously it's a fun film that holds up nicely against any of her non-Vidor silents.
by myrnaloyisdope
August 19th, 2009, 10:17 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 255126

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

I'm looking forward to Show of Shows, I've only seen the Myrna-yellowface sequence. I watched a couple silents yesterday...the little seen Madge Kennedy silent Dollars and Sense and the lovely Marion Davies silent The Fair Co-Ed. My thoughts are here . I normally wouldn't self-link, but darned if I ...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 7th, 2009, 1:00 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5005

Re: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks

Well I adore HGF, but I definitely sympathize with the complaints...if you don't find it funny early on...there's no hope for ya. I'd compare it to Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three ...which despite my digging upon first viewing, I found abrasive and annoying on second viewing. It's all rapid fire joke...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 7th, 2009, 12:47 am
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Summer Under The Stars
Replies: 48
Views: 3907

Re: Summer Under The Stars

Even if Susan (Kane) isn't meant to be Marion (Davies), the damage has been done. Marion has been associated with Welles' Susan Alexander, and as a result her reputation has been damaged severely. That to me is problematic. Obviously if Welles felt compelled to apologize for the damage done to Mario...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 6th, 2009, 11:25 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2783843

Re: *CANDIDS*

Wow, loving the Henry Fonda picture.

Ditto "The Misfits" pic...the saddest movie I've ever seen...I swear you can smell the death in the air as you watch it.
by myrnaloyisdope
August 5th, 2009, 11:40 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5005

Re: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks

I don't see every single character in BUB as crazy. What about the psychiatrist and his wife? And David's fiancee? And Susan's aunt? And Lawyer Peabody (a/k/a "Boopie")? I don't see Cary Grant's character as inherently crazy, either. The psychiatriast is played as an over the top stereoty...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 4th, 2009, 10:10 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5005

Re: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks

The film is a classic, and there's lots to love about it, but audiences and critics at the time didn't take to it at all. So in Hawks' case, as a director first and an artist a distant second, it was most important for him to make pictures that audiences liked. In his mind a bomb was a bomb regardle...

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