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by myrnaloyisdope
August 4th, 2009, 5:31 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Summer Under The Stars
Replies: 48
Views: 3919

Re: Summer Under The Stars

Show People is wonderful stuff. It's a loving paean to the dying art of silent film comedy, and the film has a documentary feel at times. I particularly like the sequence of all the stars eating lunch together in the commisary, it looks just like a newsreel. As for Marion, well the Gloria Swanson l...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 4th, 2009, 5:21 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5027

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

Well in regards to Bringing Up Baby , I know what the flaw is, having read enough about Hawks and his work. His realization was that everybody in the film was crazy, there's no normal person at all, and because of that people couldn't relate to all the loonies in the film. Cary Grant is the closest ...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 4th, 2009, 1:29 am
Forum: Archived Guest Stars
Topic: The Forum for Questions for Charlie Tabesh
Replies: 71
Views: 13770

Re: The Forum for Questions for Charlie Tabesh

Hi Charlie, just wanted to say how much TCM is appreciated, as its seemingly the last film network devoted to playing a wide range of films, and thankfully commercial free. A couple of questions: 1. How'd you land such a sweet gig? 2. Any chance of showing some Lubitsch silents? Particularly Forbidd...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 2nd, 2009, 8:08 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Summer Under The Stars
Replies: 48
Views: 3919

Re: Summer Under The Stars

Just wanted to point out that Not So Dumb is painfully bad. I adore Marion, and Vidor is my favorite director, but the movie is just bad on every level. It's not funny, it has that awkward stiffness of a stereotypical early talkie, bad line readings, and even Vidor's direction is crummy. It seems li...
by myrnaloyisdope
August 2nd, 2009, 6:21 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 260546

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

MichiganJ, I'll have to check out the Moroder version. As it is I'm not really big on Fritz Lang's silents ( Metropolis is the best I've seen), even though I love a bunch of his talkies, and think he's one fascinating character. I hate to use the word boring to describe his silent work, but that's w...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 31st, 2009, 10:21 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2816062

Re: *CANDIDS*

Joan Crawford is as the kids say: "ballin!" in that picture.

Of course it's staged, I've yet to see a Joan picture that wasn't completely self aware. But my gosh is there anyone that photographed better?
by myrnaloyisdope
July 31st, 2009, 8:33 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5027

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

Yes the ending is a bit tacked on, but I find it somewhat plausible. He becomes yellow when he's out of bullets, so at least there's a reason for his actions. Plus the sequence is fairly brief, and doesn't involve tears, or a clong copper monologue about how all gangster's are just snivelling rats. ...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 30th, 2009, 11:59 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5027

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

Sadly both films' ending had to comply with censorship requirements as far as I recall -Gangsters couldn't be heroic or regarded as an example to follow. I seem to remember reading that the first choice for Tom Powers was Edward Woods and not Cagney. In regards to the endings, I think they are fine...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 30th, 2009, 11:44 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Claudette Colbert Collection - November 3
Replies: 8
Views: 1481

The Claudette Colbert Collection - November 3

Details here.

Finally Bluebeard's Eighth Wife in region 1!!!
by myrnaloyisdope
July 30th, 2009, 5:00 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 260546

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

Phil, I still have yet to watch Camille, have you seen the Garbo version? I thought there was some fascinating things in Haxan, I would have preferred it to be a straight documentary though. The Merry Widow is the weakest Stroheim I've seen, it's like he was neutered for that film. Not surprisingly ...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 28th, 2009, 10:52 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 2816062

Re: *CANDIDS*

Having heard Darryl Hickman's insufferable commentary on the Leave Her To Heaven DVD, it makes the drowning sequence all the more pleasureable.
by myrnaloyisdope
July 25th, 2009, 1:29 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Actors you watch, no matter what the film is about
Replies: 92
Views: 13512

Re: Actors you watch, no matter what the film is about

Well I'm currently trying to watch all the extant Myrna Loy, King Vidor, and Fritz Lang films. I'd similarly love to track down all of Wellman and Cukor's existing films. As for actors and actresses well, Cary Grant Mae Clarke Myrna Loy Katharine Hepburn Henry Fonda Sylvia Sidney Gene Tierney Claude...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 21st, 2009, 12:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm moving but I'm going to be offline for ages!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1687

Re: I'm moving but I'm going to be offline for ages!!!

Yikes, 6 weeks without the internet...you're a braver soul than I.

Best of luck with the move, you'll be missed in the meantime.
by myrnaloyisdope
July 16th, 2009, 5:24 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 260546

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

feaito, The Wind is pretty incredible, I think Lillian's performance particularly her complete and abject fear during the climax might be the single greatest silent film performance I've seen. Just marvelous stuff. I think the absurdity of the happy ending could have been lessened if they spaced out...
by myrnaloyisdope
July 14th, 2009, 11:16 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO Summer School- The Films and Style of Howard Hawks
Replies: 64
Views: 5027

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

I'd be interested, though maybe some focus should be paid his early pre-codes and silents? As great as Rio Bravo is, does it need to be rehashed again?

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