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gromit
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:23 am Reply with quote
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Watched a trio of classic comedies form my youth.
Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and A Fish Called Wanda.

The 2 Mel Brooks films have a more measured pace then you'd expect. I guess that means they aren't as quickly edited as everything tends to be post-MTV.
Gene Wilder gets to ham it up as Dr. Frahnkensteen. Marty Feldman too in smaller bites. But I thought Peter Boyle as the Monster really holds things together somehow with his grunts and mannerisms. Also the sound design is very effective. Good sets too help sell things and allow for the silliness.

Blazing Saddles is really Cleavon Little's film. The silliness threatens to get out of hand, but they wait til the end for that. This might be one the earliest uses on film of a sweet old lady cursing and acting unsweet-old-ladylike.

Maybe for both films the steady unrushed pace helps ground the genre as almost genuine, and allow the silly moments not to occur without destroying the artifice.

A Fish Called Wanda: Kevin Kline really gets to shine here. His character is such a great ball of bravado and stupidity. He's kind of a philosopher-idiot. I like how he keeps stealthily turning up where he shouldn't, but then is too prickly and self-important to actually stay hidden.
He needs to announce himself and control events and make a mess out fo things. Jamie Lee Curtis gets to do a lot and play different roles. Oddly the 2 Pythons, Cleese and Palin are primarily straight men.

Not so easy to evaluate films that you grew up with. I'd probably have the same issue with mnay Abbott & Costello films, but the dvd's sadly never turned up. Used to love watching those Sunday mornings before the football games. So long ago, I forget if it was Channel 9 or 11 in NYC. WOR or WPIX, I'm guessing CH 9 OWR as I have fonder memories of them. Or maybe that's just because I was a MEts fan, not a yankees guy.

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bartist
Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:29 am Reply with quote
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AFCW is one of the spouse and my favorites. I still get a laugh from her when I pick up one of her boots and breathe into it, Otto-style.

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You English! You think you're so superior, don't you? Well you're the filth of the planet! A bunch of pompous, badly dressed, poverty stricken, sexually repressed football hooligans!
45 must be a student of Otto invective.

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gromit
Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:02 pm Reply with quote
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Watched What's Up Doc? which was pretty terrible.
Making me the first person in the 21st C to watch 3 Madeline Kahn films in one week.

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Syd
Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:28 am Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Watched What's Up Doc? which was pretty terrible.
Making me the first person in the 21st C to watch 3 Madeline Kahn films in one week.


Really? I thought it was very funny. When I first saw it, I woke my girlfriend up and took her to the second showing. She was pleased.

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gromit
Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:13 am Reply with quote
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Well, I find Streisand annoying, especially when she's trying to be cutesy, which is much of this film. She's best in the film when singing.
Otherwise almost all the gags in the film were pretty old and stale by 1970.
I think it's trying to be an homage to old films, but just seemed real tiresome to me. Gad, when they repeat the whole film to the judge endlessly it became an endurance test for me.

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carrobin
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:57 pm Reply with quote
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A couple of months ago, TCM showed "The Bed Sitting Room"--in the middle of the night--and I'm still thinking about it, as the post-apocalyptic premise seems even more likely now than it was 50 years ago. It's a weird and unsatisfactory film but fascinating and irresistible because of its cast--particularly Ralph Richardson as the title character, an aristocrat slowly morphing into architecture after radiation-heavy bombings have devastated Britain. When the adorable Mona Washbourne, morphing into a "wardrobe" (she keeps her hanky in a drawer she pulls out of her body), says "Oh well, mustn't grumble," it seems to be the theme of the film, as normal and abnormal creatures wander the wasteland. Spike Milligan and Rita Tushingham are among the humans, but my favorite is Dudley Moore--who, with Peter Cook, is a policeman in a sky-sailing balloon shouting instructions and corrections to anyone they catch up with. He's turning into a spaniel, and I want to adopt him. The final shot is classic, saluting the nearest living royal relative.

It should be viewed on a double feature with "The Road Warrior," I think.
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