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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: Today at 09:42:10 AM
A Danielle Darrieux weekend (to mark her passing).

La Desordre et la nuit (1958) - 7/10. DD has only a supporting role in this. The female lead is supplied by a very foxy Nadja Tiller. She has "daddy issues" apparently, and takes up with the ancient Mr. Trenchcoat himself, Jean Gabin. The plot--about busting up a drug ring--isn't particularly interesting. The dialog by Michel Audiard, however, is.

Marie-Octobre (1959) - 6/10. At a 15-year reunion for Resistance network members, the question is asked: Back in the day, who betrayed us and why? A whole lot of dull chat goes on until the traitor is finally exposed. The decision not to use flashbacks was a mistake. Anyway, the solution itself isn't very interesting, so I doubt I'll be rescreening this anytime soon.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: Today at 08:30:02 AM
Looking forward to that Greenwood OST CD!
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 20, 2017, 07:40:55 AM

B) You neglect to mention the fact that this BRD is the first opportunity for those of us who were not alive in 1941 to see the full 100-minute theatrical release, 14 minutes longer than the one we've been seeing till now
Why should I do something that you're going to do anyway?

T-Men (1947) - 7/10. A good film with a rather dull story and some bad plotting (Dennis O'Keefe takes great pains to insinuate himself into the Detroit Mob and then . . . just leaves town to follow a lead! He thinks nothing of jeopardizing his standing with the crooks? And the Department doesn't have other agents who can help him work the case?) Much of the plotting can be forgiven, though, for the sake of John Alton's photography (Thank you, Anthony Mann, for staying out of his way). The new Classic Flicks Blu-ray does it justice, too. Bring on Raw Deal!
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: DJ and D&D Go to the Symphony on: October 19, 2017, 12:31:06 PM
Drink, thanks for the heads up. Something else you put me onto I appreciate knowing about: On Nov. 3rd there's a performance at Carnegie Hall featuring film music. There's some Korngold, some Herrmann: some kind of Psycho Suite. But also they'll be doing Herrmann's rarely performed Symphony #1. I'm looking forward to that.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam on: October 19, 2017, 10:27:08 AM
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 19, 2017, 08:33:23 AM
The Sea Wolf (1941) - 8/10. Michael Curtiz adapts Jack London, and it's a corker! Edward G. Robinson is the evil/insane Captain Ahab QueegWolf Larsen. Shipping out on this voyage of the damned is fiery John Garfield, weepy Ida Lupino, a young Alexander Knox (Knox was young once?) a drunk Gene Lockhart, a demented Barry Fitzgerald . . . and for good measure, Howard da Silva and a crew of degenerates. Warner went back to something like the O-neg of a silver nitrate print or something to come up with the image--this is the best black and white transfer I've ever seen. Happily, Warner did this one themselves. I shudder to think what The House of Contrast would have done with this material. PQ: 11/10.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam on: October 19, 2017, 05:56:55 AM
Danielle Darrieux est morte.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 18, 2017, 08:00:54 AM
Yeah, the film looks gorgeous but that trick is the one that aged poorly. Zooming in/out didn't have that cheap connotation at the time and that kind of use was still quite new (I'd say about 15 years old). I get that it was done to emulate the way paintings are shot, but it's definitely cringeworthy.
Zooming out works a lot better than zooming in. But overuse of anything is always a bad choice.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Raw Deal (1948) on: October 18, 2017, 07:58:02 AM
ClassicFlix just posted specs for their upcoming blu-ray for Raw Deal. From :

Great news! I've got T-Men coming in tomorrow. Will be looking forward to this one as well.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 18, 2017, 06:35:05 AM
Barry Lyndon (1975) - 10/10. My favorite Kubrick, now out in a fabulous Criterion edition (a 10/10 for that as well). If the film has a fault it is its over-reliance on the reverse zoom effect. The trick is a good one, though: we begin on a detail in close-up, then rapidly retreat until a stunning composition (usually a quotation of a painting) is revealed. Motion pictures, what? The new supplements on this edition are mostly in-house jobs. There is a bit on the cinematography, the editing, the art direction (this last conducted by Frayling (as he is an authority on Ken Adam)). One of the best pieces is a more general "making of" bit, with the usual suspects yakking in 2017, but also bits of vintage audio from the great man himself. For the first time I have heard it from Stanley's mouth: the reason he chose Handel's Sarabande was because it was the 18th Century work he could find that sounded most like Morricone!
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Polanski in jail / shame on Switzerland on: October 17, 2017, 04:54:17 PM
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: October 17, 2017, 02:27:39 PM
I saw this posted on the board, what purports to be subtitle info of the SC box set from France:
From a DVD Classik member :
Le silence de la mer: French SDH
Les enfants terribles (awful DVD): No subs
Quand tu liras cette lettre: French SDH + Eng
Bob le flambeur: French SDH + Eng
Deux hommes dans Manhattan: French SDH
Léon Morin, prêtre: French SDH + Eng + German
Le doulos : French SDH + Eng + German
Le samouraï : French SDH
L'armée des ombres: French SDH + Eng + German
Le cercle rouge: French SDH + Eng + German
Un flic: French SDH + Eng + German
24h de la vie d'un clown: French SDH + Eng + German
The only real disappointment here is Le samourai, but one can always get the coming Criterion release.
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Bend of the River (1952) on: October 16, 2017, 02:32:42 PM

Bottom line: A 1080p transfer can only do so much. A full restoration needs to be done.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 12, 2017, 03:19:00 PM
I watched the DVD.

A Quiet Place in the Country (1968) - 4/10. Franco Nero plays a hot artist who doesn't care all that much about painting anymore now that he's going insane. Vanessa Redgrave is his wife/agent trying to jolly Franco along so she can get as many sales out of him as possible. A rather dull exercise overall, but the soundtrack by Morricone (performed by Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza), from his musique concrete phase, holds some interest.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill Unearthed - The Documentary on: October 11, 2017, 05:48:19 PM
All these people involved in Sad Hill Unearthed would be great candidates to join the SLWB ... anytime anyone is communication with them, please invite them to SLWB, tell them to share the inio with friends and invite them to sign up  Smiley
Dude, they started this thread. They know all about the board. When they want to post here, they do.
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