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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby moira finnie » July 31st, 2012, 2:07 pm

Thanks, Fernando! I knew she was a real person, but didn't remember all that.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby feaito » July 31st, 2012, 2:16 pm

Welcome Moira. She looks like a cross between Merle Oberon and Jetta Goudal in that picture. By the way, when I watched it some time ago I enjoyed very much "British Agent" (1934). It is a good film.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby MissGoddess » August 1st, 2012, 7:46 am

I had never seen British Agent and caught most of it except the last part. What struck me was in the early part the party scenes contrasting with the violence outside were lifted totally by David Lean later on for his Zhivago, so he must have been impressed by this film (or accounts of similar, real-life incidents). For a total switch in "tone" my next Kay Francis film will be The Cocoanuts. :D
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby kingrat » August 6th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Though it's a bit late to say so, in today's Van Heflin tribute JOHNNY EAGER is a film I'd recommend, especially to Maven if she hasn't seen this one. The Van tribute has some better films than you might expect, given his relative obscurity, such as ACT OF VIOLENCE, 3:10 TO YUMA, and even H.M. PULHAM, ESQ., MADAME BOVARY, and perhaps POSSESSED. As for THE PROWLER, I believe ChiO named this his favorite Joseph Losey film. TCM showed a fine restoration of this interesting, not to say enjoyably perverse, noir. By the way, ChiO, did you ever have a chance to see the Losey films you were stockpiling a while back?

I've never seen PATTERNS, so am taping it, and as for BATTLE CRY, after Wendy's hilarious comparison of this film to THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, how could I miss this?

As for the Sidney Poitier tribute on Tuesday, CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY is an excellent film, very well directed by Zoltan Korda. If you liked Korda's way with THE MACOMBER AFFAIR, maybe this is one for you. A PATCH OF BLUE was not the simple-minded well-intentioned film I'd feared it might be; we had a good discussion on the considerable merits of this film. Although Rock Hudson is not ideally cast as an Englishman who's grown up in Kenya--had to get that out of the way first--SOMETHING OF VALUE is an intelligent film about two boyhood friends (Hudson and Poitier) caught on different sides of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. Not what American moviegoers of the time wanted to see, but some of you may find this worth your while.

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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby movieman1957 » August 6th, 2012, 7:41 pm

I'll second viewing suggestions of "The Prowler" and "Act of Violence." April put me on to "The Prowler" and someone else from here put me on to the other. Ah, it's a great group.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » August 7th, 2012, 8:56 am

I don't really have anything to add except that GOSH, Act of Violence is even better the second time around.

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Postby mongoII » August 7th, 2012, 9:24 am

I was impressed with Mary Astor's cameo in "Act of Violence". Wandering around in that flowered dress, she looked and acted the part very well. Oh well, I'm partial to Miss Astor any way.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » August 7th, 2012, 10:23 am

You know Mongo, the first time I watched it I thought the same thing. This time, she was even better than I remember. She's absolutely a first class actress, even if she didn't think so herself. In this movie, she absolutely embodies the underworld to me.

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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby kingrat » August 8th, 2012, 6:38 pm

Is anyone familiar with the Toshiro Mifune samurai movies to be shown Thursday evening? It's great to have him as one of the featured stars this month.

I'm glad to see so many other fans of ACT OF VIOLENCE and of Mary Astor's performance.

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 8th, 2012, 8:23 pm

Throne of Blood is a film that transposes the plot of Shakespeare's Macbeth to feudal Japan, and is a very moving adaptation. It was shot close to Mt. Fuji. Shakespeare, Kurosawa, Mifune...what could be better?
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » August 8th, 2012, 9:11 pm

what could be better?


Nothing, in my book. It's my favorite Kurosawa. He made the trees WALK! :D

I haven't seen any of those samurai films. Something to look forward to!

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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » August 9th, 2012, 7:07 pm

POSSIBLE SPOILERS...

I adored Red Beard! I had never seen it before. "If he makes it until dawn, he will live!" And all the women peering and shouting into the well! So poetic as they look into the well and the camera pans down into the reflection of the well, and one drop of water splashes and creates a ripple effect. Lovely!

And the last conversation with the doctor..so poignant. Such a delight. Like a cherry blossom in the cold bleakness of winter.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby movieman1957 » November 14th, 2014, 10:44 am

Someone indicated over at the mothership that TCM is now broadcasting in real HD. According to them the SD signal is now "downconverted" from HD rather than the other way round.

I have noticed that my station id logo that comes on before the channel kicks in shows HD next to TCM but it had not occurred to me that it might be genuine HD.

Anyone else know for sure?
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby Mr. Arkadin » November 14th, 2014, 2:24 pm

Edge of Darkness (1943) shows early tomorrow.

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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby kingrat » November 14th, 2014, 3:32 pm

Thanks for the reminder about Edge of Darkness, Mr. A. I've been meaning to see this film, and I'm drawn to films about Resistance/Collaboration in WWII settings.


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