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by phil noir
July 29th, 2009, 11:31 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

I’ve recently watched: Haxan - which I admired a lot for its visual flair and historical detail. For me, it really came to life near the end when the making of the film came under investigation, with the director explaining that the elderly actress playing the woman accused of witchcraft herself bel...
by phil noir
July 23rd, 2009, 9:14 am
Forum: Musicals
Topic: A Star is Born (1954)
Replies: 1
Views: 1037

Re: A Star is Born (1954)

Thanks for this, lzcutter. I always understood that as well as a number of cuts being made, the Born in a Trunk sequence was added after George Cukor's involvement with the film had ended (which sounds a bit counterproductive, if the idea was to shorten the running time). Is this correct, do you kno...
by phil noir
July 9th, 2009, 5:20 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Can Kate Winslett reach the heights of greatness
Replies: 14
Views: 1881

Re: Can Kate Winslett reach the heights of greatness

I don't know anything about Winslet's personal life, but if we are going to hold up an actor's speeches at award shows as acting... Exactly how do you design a breakout movie? (Art House or otherwise?) Do the producers sit in a room and say, "Let's make a movie, with a real meaty part (or two), tha...
by phil noir
July 8th, 2009, 2:28 pm
Forum: Dramas
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 28
Views: 6802

Re: Anna Karenina

I've never read War and Peace, the length has always put me off, is it as good as Anna Karenina? War and Peace is basically just a really brilliant and absorbing story. The trouble is that the title has become a byword for any long and difficult book. I remember somebody coming up to me once when I...
by phil noir
July 8th, 2009, 11:13 am
Forum: Dramas
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 28
Views: 6802

Re: Anna Karenina

It will always remain one of my favorite books. I couldn't agree with you more, Alison. It's one of the best books I've ever read. Have you read War and Peace? I'm not sure which of the two I think is better/greater/whatever. I've only seen the Garbo-March version of Anna Karenina, and that was a f...
by phil noir
July 8th, 2009, 10:57 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Can Kate Winslett reach the heights of greatness
Replies: 14
Views: 1881

Re: Can Kate Winslett reach the heights of greatness

Kate Winslett is one of those actors, who although I can see that they are very talented, I find their off-screen personality off-putting, and it sometimes spoils their acting for me. When KW was busy at the start of the year, touting herself round the American chat shows, doing that exaggerated Eng...
by phil noir
July 3rd, 2009, 6:28 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

I prefer Garbo's silents, her face is so expressive and says so much. I know what you mean. A year or so ago, I rented Queen Christina from the library and, considering its reputation, was a bit disappointed, and I think the reason why I was was because of the pretty awful mock-historical dialogue ...
by phil noir
July 2nd, 2009, 2:42 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

Last night I watched The Single Standard (1929), Garbo's penultimate silent. At first, I didn't think I was going to like it: the story seemed very novelettish, some of the character names were absurd (Ding? Packy?), and the the treatment of the great love between Garbo and Nils Asther struck me as ...
by phil noir
July 2nd, 2009, 11:34 am
Forum: Dramas
Topic: Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Replies: 11
Views: 3278

Re: Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Phil Noir, Thanks so much for pointing out that Seberg interview, which did show her intelligent yet rather vulnerable mien. She tried to show flashes of toughness, but I suspect it was a facade, though she handled herself with remarkable poise for a youngster. Speaking of self-destructive but pote...
by phil noir
July 1st, 2009, 4:42 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

I think British TV has changed a great deal since the early '90s. I can't imagine any channel putting on that kind of film these days, more's the pity. It certainly has. I find it amazing to think that Kevin Brownlow's Hollywood - The Pioneers was originally shown at nine p.m., on a weeknight, on I...
by phil noir
July 1st, 2009, 9:58 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

Just recently I've been having a mini-Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell film festival. On Saturday I watched Seventh Heaven (1927), which - well, what is there to say about it that hasn't been said? - I absolutely loved it! It's no surprise it was a huge hit in its day and made Gaynor and Farrell big...
by phil noir
June 29th, 2009, 11:26 am
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Warner Archive
Replies: 239
Views: 80401

Re: The Warner Archive

charliechaplinfan wrote:They won't ship overseas, more's the pity.
I know! Grr. However... they do seem to be listed on moviesunlimited.com (some of them at least; I haven't checked every title), and they take overseas orders.
by phil noir
June 29th, 2009, 11:12 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: City Girl (1929) Murnau
Replies: 15
Views: 4559

Re: City Girl (1929) Murnau

I can understand you saying that about Emil Jannings, I have enjoyed some of his performances Faust and The Last Command spring to mind. I didn't mind him in The Blue Angel either. Maybe I'm not being fair to Jannings, I've only seen him in Faust and The Last Laugh. I liked him well enough in Faust...
by phil noir
June 27th, 2009, 11:23 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: She's No Jessica Fletcher!
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Re: She's No Jessica Fletcher!

I haven't seen this film, but I remember reading an anecdote about it in a book years ago. Bette Davis had not been easy to work with, and one night she and various members of the cast and crew were watching the rushes. Davis began to criticize the director of photography for lighting her unflatteri...
by phil noir
June 27th, 2009, 11:11 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421820

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

The only thing Arbuckle missed is a coda with Ignatz. I know! I was waiting for that too. It's fascinating that Arbuckle directed a film for Davies (apparently at her insistence), considering it was Davies' "boyfriend", Hearst, whose newspapers contributed enormously to the outrage that was Arbuckl...