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by phil noir
February 22nd, 2010, 11:29 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Get Your Man (1927) with Clara Bow
Replies: 11
Views: 3166

Re: Get Your Man (1927) with Clara Bow

Thanks everyone for all the feedback on Get Your Man. I'm looking forward to seeing it I bought Hula off ebay and wasn't impressed with the copy. I think I might have bought the same version! - it was just about watchable once, but the quality was pretty atrocious. An "old movie" to many of them mig...
by phil noir
February 17th, 2010, 7:56 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Get Your Man (1927) with Clara Bow
Replies: 11
Views: 3166

Get Your Man (1927) with Clara Bow

I quite often see this film available to buy on the 'net. (Obviously, it's a b**tleg.) I'm interested in it because I like Clara Bow and Charles Buddy Rogers, and it's their only teaming apart from Wings. Also, I think it would be fascinating to see Clara directed by Dorothy Arzner. As I understand ...
by phil noir
February 17th, 2010, 7:33 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Crossfire or Gentleman's Agreement
Replies: 10
Views: 3541

Re: Crossfire or Gentleman's Agreement

Both films deal with anti - semitism, thought the novel upon which "Crossfire " derives from " The Brick Foxhole ", written by Richard Brooks dealt with homosexuality. I think Crossfire is a tremendous film, and one of the (many) aspects which makes it interesting is the changing of the source mate...
by phil noir
February 16th, 2010, 7:38 am
Forum: Comedies
Topic: The Lady Eve
Replies: 23
Views: 19822

Re: The Lady Eve

Having seen The Palm Beach Story (and Sullivan's Travels and The Lady Eve a while back), I'm amazed at how much Preston Sturges gets away with. There's a lot of frank and funny, completely matter of fact dialogue about sex in The Palm Beach Story ; not forgetting the morning after scene with Joel Mc...
by phil noir
February 16th, 2010, 7:26 am
Forum: Classic Film Literature
Topic: Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Cu
Replies: 2
Views: 10043

Re: Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Cu

Hi pvitari Yes, I have this book. Coincidentally, I was looking through it a few weeks ago (after having seen Lucky Star for the first time), and noticed the same mistake you did. The range of illustrations is certainly very good, but I remember being a bit disappointed with the text. The title led ...
by phil noir
February 12th, 2010, 8:04 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 15096

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

Oh, I loved Lucky Star! I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I don't know which of the three Borzage-Gaynor-Farrell films I like the most! I have to admit to being a little bit disappointed with The River. I know I should be grateful that we have even a partial print of it, but for me it was more ...
by phil noir
February 11th, 2010, 11:11 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 15096

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

So has anyone seen the Region 2 BFI release that came out late last year? Are the transfers better than in Fox set of these two films? Does LUCKY STAR have different music? I have both volumes of the BFI Frank Borzage releases. I haven't seen the Region 1 boxed set versions of the films involved, s...
by phil noir
September 28th, 2009, 3:04 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421823

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

I've just watched Grand Hotel (1932), and in the little ten minute documentary that was also on the disc, it said that Buster Keaton was originally scheduled to play the Lionel Barrymore part, i.e.: the downtrodden clerk who's told he has a fatal illness and wants to live it up before it's too late....
by phil noir
September 28th, 2009, 2:55 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

Re: The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending

Hm, that's interesting. Yes, it's certainly possible to see Letty as a woman who doesn't understand her sexuality. She can go so far and then her repressive mechanism kicks in. Overall though, I prefer the idea of the wind being too big, too wild, too ungovernable to be contained within a symbolic r...
by phil noir
September 28th, 2009, 10:24 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

Re: The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending

I'm not sure I can accept that the wind has anything to do with repressed sexual desires (the wind being sexual desire, and Letty's attempts to resist its force being her repressive defences, I would guess). One of the reasons why this doesn't fit for me is that Gish's character is surprisingly sexu...
by phil noir
September 28th, 2009, 10:11 am
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: Borzage-Gaynor-Farrell from the British Film Institute!
Replies: 1
Views: 1081

Borzage-Gaynor-Farrell from the British Film Institute!

I know a lot of the contributors to this Board are American or Canadian, and have ready access to region one DVDs - for example the Borzage/Murnau box set from Fox. Here in the U.K., I've been waiting for the British Film Institute to put out its long-rumoured Borzage-Gaynor-Farrell set on region tw...
by phil noir
August 27th, 2009, 6:32 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

The Wind and its controversial "happy" ending

If you haven't seen The Wind, and plan to, please don't read this post - I want to talk about its famously controversial ending. I wouldn't want to spoil your experience of it. Taking it as read that The Wind is a tremendous film, one of the most powerful, best acted & directed, etc. I've ever seen ...
by phil noir
August 4th, 2009, 4:31 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 3526312

Re: *CANDIDS*

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt8/MovieJoe/album%20gold/candidnewbabstone.jpg Barbara Payton with her 3rd. husband Franchot Tone Poor, stupid, self-destructive, tragic, couldn't-be-helped Barbara Payton. I saw her in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) opposite James Cagney a couple of weeks ago, and...
by phil noir
July 31st, 2009, 11:07 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 3526312

Re: *CANDIDS*

mongoII wrote:Image
A pooped Joan Crawford after winning a jitterbug contest with partner Allen Jenkins in 1942
Is it just me, or is Joan Crawford looking um rather sexy in this picture? Great legs!
by phil noir
July 31st, 2009, 11:02 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421823

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...