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Dargo wrote: March 12th, 2024, 6:28 pm Hmmm...I'm getting very strong Darryl Zanuck/Bella Darvi vibes here, Swithin.

And so, with the film 'The Egyptian' being directed by the same director who directed the universally beloved 'Casablanca'--Michael Curtiz--would that be it?

'The Egyptian', that is. And, with both films taking place on the continent of Africa, I think I've got it here, huh.

(...oh and btw and FWIW here...'The Apartment' would at least be my SECOND "most beloved" film of all time, anyway...I think you already know TBYOOL is my most beloved, don't ya) ;)
I think you've got it, too, Dargo! It is The Egyptian.

1. A man is writing, beside the sea. The movie ends. (The movie begins and ends with Sinuhe -- Edmund Purdom -- writing his memoirs on the shore of the Red Sea.)

2. An old woman asks for medical advice, doesn't like what she hears, then tells the doctor he shouldn't have told her the truth. (Judith Evelyn as Taia doesn't like the medical advice she's been given.)

3. A character with an eye patch has a significant supporting role in the film. (Peter Ustinov as Kaptah)

4. Another major supporting character is based on a historical figure who was more recently the title character of a contemporary opera which was presented in recent seasons (though not the 2023-2024 season) at the Metropolitan Opera.
5. The actor playing the role of the historical character in the movie was, at the time of making the movie, married to one of Hollywood's superstar actresses, who would later play a role sort of related to the character her husband plays in the film. (Michael Wilding plays Akhenaten, subject of a Philip Glass opera. Wilding was married to Elizabeth Taylor, who later played Cleopatra.)

6. The movie is an epic. The composition of the score was divided between two great film composers. One of the composers is well known for working with a specific director, though not the director of this film. (Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman.)

An actress who had a crucial role in the film had an affair with the film's producer. She later committed suicide.
(Bella Darvi as Nefer)

And yes, the film was directed by Michael Curtiz, who directed Casablanca.

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Thanks, Swithin.

(...I'll have a new one posted within the next 24 hours for all to mull over)
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Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.
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Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 2:41 am Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.
Clue #2: In one scene, the protagonist slaps a fellow co-worker and tells him to get back to work
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Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 12:38 pm
Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 2:41 am Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.
Clue #2: In one scene, the protagonist slaps a fellow co-worker and tells him to get back to work
Clue #3: This film is a period piece set 65 years previous to the year of its release
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Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 9:45 pm
Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 12:38 pm
Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 2:41 am Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.
Clue #2: In one scene, the protagonist slaps a fellow co-worker and tells him to get back to work
Clue #3: This film is a period piece set 65 years previous to the year of its release
Clue #4: This film is a comedy, and its cast consists of a number of (and the following word should really help-->) current A-listers of whom a few of them have either won or have been nominated for an Oscar during their careers, and with one of them a multiple winner of the little golden guy.
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Dargo wrote: March 14th, 2024, 10:38 pm
Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 9:45 pm
Dargo wrote: March 13th, 2024, 12:38 pm

Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.
Clue #2: In one scene, the protagonist slaps a fellow co-worker and tells him to get back to work
Clue #3: This film is a period piece set 65 years previous to the year of its release
Clue #4: This film is a comedy, and its cast consists of a number of (and the following word should really help-->) current A-listers of whom a few of them have either won or have been nominated for an Oscar during their careers, and with one of them a multiple winner of the little golden guy.

Clue #5: The plot of this film features a movie within a movie type of scenario
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Dargo wrote: March 15th, 2024, 11:51 am
Clue #1: The main protagonist ultimately decides to decline a job offer that would have been more lucrative, less stressful and demanding, and to stay with his present job.

Clue #2: In one scene, the protagonist slaps a fellow co-worker and tells him to get back to work

Clue #3: This film is a period piece set 65 years previous to the year of its release

Clue #4: This film is a comedy, and its cast consists of a number of (and the following word should really help-->) current A-listers of whom a few of them have either won or have been nominated for an Oscar during their careers, and with one of them a multiple winner of the little golden guy.


Clue #5: The plot of this film features a movie within a movie type of scenario
Clue #6: (and this one should pretty much give it away here...well, I hope it does anyway) This film is a spoof of studio era Hollywood
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never mind
"Pippo"
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laffite wrote: March 16th, 2024, 4:24 pmnever mind
Nope, sorry laffite, but 'Never Mind', that 1963 movie starring the comedy team of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, isn't it.

Sounds like you might be confusin' their movie 'Hello Dere' with this one here, if ya ask me! ;)

(...I'm kiddin' here of course...although I gotta ask why your "never mind" response here, as I have a feeling you actually do know the correct answer)
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Dargo, I'm late to the party on this one, but . . .


HAIL, CAESAR!
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HoldenIsHere wrote: March 16th, 2024, 4:44 pm Dargo, I'm late to the party on this one, but . . .


HAIL, CAESAR!
DING, DING, DING, DING!!! YES, and we have a winner here, folks!

You got it, Holden.

Funny thing about this Coen Bros' movie. I've always seemed to be among the minority who liked it. Although of course, the enjoyment of it is probably greatly enhanced for those with a knowledge of the studio era.

(...okay, and now it's your turn to carry the cross here, so to speak...good luck) ;)
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Dargo wrote: March 16th, 2024, 5:05 pm
HoldenIsHere wrote: March 16th, 2024, 4:44 pm Dargo, I'm late to the party on this one, but . . .


HAIL, CAESAR!
DING, DING, DING, DING!!! YES, and we have a winner here, folks!

You got it, Holden.

Funny thing about this Coen Bros' movie. I've always seemed to be among the minority who liked it. Although of course, the enjoyment of it is probably greatly enhanced for those with a knowledge of the studio era.

(...okay, and now it's your turn to carry the cross here, so to speak...good luck) ;)
Hail, Caesar! shares with Casino the subtext of viewing their respective matters from the point of a director. I would argue that this subtext hampers both movies. Josh Brolin is a stand-in for the directors, and the movie is about how idiotic and contemptible actors, screenwriters and studio heads are. Casino's morality is also skewed because Ace Rothstein's skill and professionalism become subconsciously conflated with Scorsese's, so the movie turns out to be how everyone is so unreasonable towards him. Also Sharon Stone's character, on the face of it a manifestly unworthy woman, seems to benefit from Scorsese's guilt about his own marriages.
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skimpole wrote: March 16th, 2024, 7:20 pm
Hail, Caesar! shares with Casino the subtext of viewing their respective matters from the point of a director. I would argue that this subtext hampers both movies. Josh Brolin is a stand-in for the directors, and the movie is about how idiotic and contemptible actors, screenwriters and studio heads are. Casino's morality is also skewed because Ace Rothstein's skill and professionalism become subconsciously conflated with Scorsese's, so the movie turns out to be how everyone is so unreasonable towards him. Also Sharon Stone's character, on the face of it a manifestly unworthy woman, seems to benefit from Scorsese's guilt about his own marriages.
Interesting, skimpole. Perhaps because The Coen Bros' film is more a bawdy farce than is Scorsese's, this director's POV comparison would have never occurred to me. But yeah and now that you've brought this up, I suppose I can see your point here.

(...thanks)
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Dargo wrote: March 16th, 2024, 5:05 pm
HoldenIsHere wrote: March 16th, 2024, 4:44 pm Dargo, I'm late to the party on this one, but . . .


HAIL, CAESAR!
DING, DING, DING, DING!!! YES, and we have a winner here, folks!

You got it, Holden.

Funny thing about this Coen Bros' movie. I've always seemed to be among the minority who liked it. Although of course, the enjoyment of it is probably greatly enhanced for those with a knowledge of the studio era.

(...okay, and now it's your turn to carry the cross here, so to speak...good luck) ;)
HAIL, CAESAR! is my third favorite Coen brothers movie, after O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? and RAISING ARIZONA.
I don't care for FARGO or THE BIG LEBOWSKI.


But back to the came . . .


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