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Befade
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:11 pm Reply with quote
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Iím serious, Gromit. An article. An editorial. Itís relevant!

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Befade
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:33 pm Reply with quote
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Watching The Naked Spur. Two problems: the scene where the 4 white men coldly slaughter a small herd of Indians. And the color or technicolor. It makes the western landscapes look luscious but doesnít promote the mood of the picture. Thereís nothing subtle about the primary colors. I canít put my finger on it but I know current filmmakers have a much more intelligent way of using color.

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Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:25 pm Reply with quote
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Befade wrote:
Gromit......I see an editorial in your future. NYT? ďWhy itís better to live in China than the USA during these troubling times.Ē


Not the future. Gromit has written extensively on this very topic, in the politics forum at Escapefromelba. Many editorials worth. Josh, Needs, Knicks, Barton, HairyLime (whiskeypriest at 3rd Eye), Uno, Kam, and others all unleash their inner columnist/pundits there. Bo Diddley is Gromit's nom de plume over there. I am Oilcan (not the Oilcan who used to post at NYTFF, however, and resides more deeply in the South than I do).
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gromit
Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:26 am Reply with quote
Joined: 31 Aug 2004 Posts: 8796 Location: Shanghai
The Women (1939)
Interesting gimmick ... not one male in the whole film.
And surprisingly, you don't really notice, though I assume it must have been very obvious back in the day. Also interesting that it opened the very same day as WWII -- with Hitler invading Poland -- and soon enough the USofA would be a country without men. Well, not totally as in the film, but males would be depleted soon enough.

And so a change of female roles was just around the corner. Here, the main character is known mostly as Mrs. Stephen Haynes. And most of the concerns in the film revolve around husbands and family, without a Rosie the Riveter in sight.

And some of that dated sexual politics/roles gets a little tiresome.
I did find it amusing that there is essentially a divorce train to Reno.
Followed by a divorce ranch, run by Marjorie Main who basically does a female WC Fields impression.

The film is uneven and veers between drama and screwball comedy. Some good scenes, some eye-rolling moments. Good cast. Norma Shearer a little annoying as Mrs. Perfect. Joan Crawford as the tough gold-digging other woman.

A better movie if they had trimmed some and tightened the 2'13" runtime. Get it done to 1'45" or 1'50" and it would have been better.


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carrobin
Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:44 am Reply with quote
Joined: 21 May 2004 Posts: 7749 Location: NYC
I love Marjorie Main--whenever she shows up in some old film on TCM, it's a bright spot. But she really impressed me in her segment of "It's a Big Country," an ambitious postwar flick that's really a string of brief scenes (some not brief enough), in which she's the mother of a soldier who had been killed in the war; when a stranger (Keefe Brasselle) shows up at her door and gives his name as Max Klein, she's not at all welcoming, but he explains that he was a friend of her son's, and as they talk she slowly thaws and ends up viewing him with the warmth she'd show an old friend. It's not subtle, but she's great.
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billyweeds
Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:58 am Reply with quote
Joined: 20 May 2004 Posts: 20552 Location: New York City
Did a double-film-noir-feature last night. "Born to Kill" (1945) is ruthlessly unflinching and quite brilliant in its look at a conscienceless killer's (Lawrence Tierney) sexual charisma, which turns a divorcee (Claire Trevor) from a tough cookie into a toxic force. Directed by Robert Wise, who later won two Oscars for "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music." This is what is known as dumbing down. Wise was great with the hard-boiled (1958's "I Want to Live!" was further evidence) and I wish he'd stuck with it. But...Oscars, y'know.

Second feature was 1949's "Impact," a silly title for a mediocre exercise in "Postman Always Rings Twice" territory. Double features are a crap shoot, and you can't win 'em all.
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gromit
Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:31 am Reply with quote
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I've seen Impact.
A bit hokey, kind of fun noir.
Not bad, nothing great.

Born to Kill sounds better.

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Syd
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:42 pm Reply with quote
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Watching "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff", loving it and it freezes at 26 minutes and I scream as one damned. If you don't understand, Cardiff was a legendary cinematographer on films such as "A Matter of Life and Death," "Black Narcissus," "The Red Shoes," "The African Queen," "The Vikings," and "Conan the Destroyer" (Well, okay, how did that one happen?).

EDIT: Got a replacement disk and watched it all. Really fascinating documentary. He really peaked in the forties and early fifties, but lived until 2009 at age ninety-four, ninety years after he began in films. (He was a child actor.) He also directed more than a dozen films, the notable being "Sons and Lovers" for which he received an Oscar nomination for best Director. Surprisingly he only got three Oscar nominations as a cinematographer, winning for "Black Narcissus" (duh). He also got an honorary Oscar, the first cinematographer to do so.

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