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31  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: November 30, 2017, 03:27:20 PM
https://www.wmagazine.com/story/exclusive-daniel-day-lewis-giving-up-acting-phantom-thread
32  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Daniel Day-Lewis Appreciation Thread on: November 30, 2017, 03:27:08 PM
https://www.wmagazine.com/story/exclusive-daniel-day-lewis-giving-up-acting-phantom-thread
33  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving on: November 29, 2017, 11:35:30 AM
Nice signature photo. Can you make it a little narrower? It’s stretching out the page. Thanks  Smiley
34  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: November 29, 2017, 08:24:34 AM
IMO the good movies are 7 Men from Now, Comanche Station, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T. The other three - Buchanan Rides Alone, Decision at Sundown, and Westbound - are not good movies.
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night and the City (1950) on: November 29, 2017, 06:47:57 AM
Thanks!
36  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: November 29, 2017, 12:16:15 AM
I already have seen The Gunfighter. I mentioned it in the Fastest Gun Alive thread. It's one of my favorite westerns. Trivia: They used the same town in both The Gunfighter and The Oxbow Incident. Both are great films...

 Afro
37  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night and the City (1950) on: November 28, 2017, 09:46:42 PM
And different music, right?

Eddie Muller discusses this in his comments following the movie, which I linked to above.

If you can describe the differences between the two versions, it would be appreciated  Wink
38  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: November 28, 2017, 08:45:20 PM
Like i said in the Tall T thread, i'm not feeling Randolph Scott westerns... 5 out of 10...

Come back to them later. THE TALL T and RIDE LONESOME are very solid movies. Leone once told Boetticher, “Bud, dear Bud, I stole everything from you!”

Another top-notch Western you have to put on your watch list is THE GUNFIGHTER with Gregory Peck.
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night and the City (1950) on: November 28, 2017, 08:42:46 PM
My pleasure  Smiley
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 28, 2017, 08:42:23 PM
Any of you who need to kill time, there are plenty of soup kitchens or other charities that need volunteers, or sick/old people in the hospital who would appreciate visits  Smiley
41  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving on: November 28, 2017, 08:39:52 PM
Welcome back  Smiley Afro
42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 27, 2017, 11:15:04 AM
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 10/10

Third viewing, TCM.
43  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 27, 2017, 11:03:12 AM
It's all about the concept. The fact that its 1937 worldview (hypocrisy of the idea of nation, globalized 1% vs the 99%) is still very much relevant in 2017 is quite fascinating. While impressively well crafted for the time, the film often gets boring to me but it's still one of these rare occasions when an artist showed to be a true visionary.

I read  few parts of Renoir's book https://goo.gl/47J3F6  (It does not seem like a very good book. But when discussing Grand Illusion, he talks about how he was a pilot in WWI, how much he hated his superior officers, how he felt more of a kinship with the Germans pilots than with his own French superior officers. That certainly comes through with Grand Illusion.

I have just two complaints about this great movie: A) Gabin, von Stroheim, and Dalio are so good, Pierre Fresnay is just ordinary by comparison. Like Paul Henreid in Casablanca. Not terrible, but among such great performances, he's clearly not up to par. B) The music during the scene where Fresnay is distracting von Stroheim, is IMO inappropriate, totally the wrong tone.

It always strikes me how the "cultured" German military would just a few years later become genocidal maniacs.

Regarding themes of the movie, here are a few paragraphs from Roger Ebert's grand review https://goo.gl/FQQmvB

It's not a movie about a prison escape, nor is it jingoistic in its politics; it's a meditation on the collapse of the old order of European civilization. Perhaps that was always a sentimental upper-class illusion, the notion that gentlemen on both sides of the lines subscribed to the same code of behavior. Whatever it was, it died in the trenches of World War I.


"Neither you nor I can stop the march of time,” the captured French aristocrat Capt. de Boieldieu tells the German prison camp commandant, Von Rauffenstein. A little later, distracting the guards during an escape of others from the high-security German fortress, the Frenchman forces the German to shoot him, reluctantly, and they have a final deathbed exchange. `" didn't know a bullet in the stomach hurt so much,” he tells the German. "I aimed at your legs,” says the German, near tears. And a little later he says: "For a commoner, dying in a war is a tragedy. But for you and I--it's a good way out.”

What the Frenchman knows and the German won't admit is that the new world belongs to commoners. It changed hands when the gentlemen of Europe declared war. And the "grand illusion” of Renoir's title is the notion that the upper classes somehow stand above war. The German cannot believe that his prisoners, whom he treats almost as guests, would try to escape. After all, they have given their word not to.

... The break from the fortress prison produces the touching deathbed farewell between De Boeldier and von Rauffenstein, which is the film's most touching scene, and then we join the workingman Marechal and the banker Rosenthal as they try to escape by walking cross-country through German territory. They're given shelter by a farm widow who sees security in Marechal, and perhaps Renoir is whispering that the true class connection across enemy lines is between the workers, not the rulers.

44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Strangers on a Train (1951) on: November 27, 2017, 12:30:35 AM
Eddie Muller's intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbF89KURnhM&feature=youtu.be

Eddie Muller's afterword https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5xgToy74FE&feature=youtu.be
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night and the City (1950) on: November 26, 2017, 11:38:41 PM
Eddie Muller's intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAKwp4NiJSI

Eddie Muller's afterword https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qD9jnVJPdw
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