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by Big Magilla
Fri May 24, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: The 10th Decade
Topic: Best Cinematography 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Best Cinematography 2018

All five of the nominees for Best Cinematography have now been released on home video in the U.S. and most other countries, making them available to most who are interested in seeing them. For the first time ever, three of the nominees are foreign language films befitting the fact that they were rea...
by Big Magilla
Wed May 22, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1949
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Best Cinematography 1949

Black-and-White I agree that the winner Battleground was the best of the nominees with The Heiress and Champion decent nominees, but where were the nominations for 12 o'clock High , The Bicycle Thief , Germany Year Zero , They Live by Night , White Heat and A Canterbury Tale ? Color The winner, She ...
by Big Magilla
Sun May 19, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Oscar Face Offs
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Oscar Face Offs

I'm sure most will have gotten it, but there's a typo in Best Animated Feature - it was Brave, not Braveheart in 2012.
by Big Magilla
Thu May 16, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Actor 1972
Replies: 18
Views: 1815

Re: Best Actor 1972

York wasn't so much snubbed as his character was generally perceived as bland compared to the other characters in Cabaret.

No one has ever been nominated for playing the part in any production of the musical, or for that matter in the original play, I Am a Camera as far as I can find.
by Big Magilla
Wed May 15, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1950
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Best Cinematography 1950

Black-and-White Respectable nominees all, but I'd replace The Furies with Douglas Slocombe's cinematography for the hilarious Kind Hearts and Coronets . Still, the Academy got this one right with its award to Robert Krasker for the sublime entertainment that was The Third Man . Color Not too many op...
by Big Magilla
Wed May 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Doris Day
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: R.I.P. Doris Day

Speaking of The Pajama Game , Janis Paige, who originated Day's role on Broadway, will be 97 herself in September. Paige was billed over Day in Day's debut film, Romance on the High Seas . She was never a big star in Hollywood but in her own words was too busy to be jealous of Day or anybody else. T...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Doris Day
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: R.I.P. Doris Day

Norma Shearer is probably the last person I would think of in connection with Day. Carol Channing is the one I immediately thought of. Both stars died this year at 97. Both had troubled lives and bad marriages, although Channing at long last found happiness in a third marriage whereas Day's late lif...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 14, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: The Cam Dagg Memorial Theatre and Literature Forum
Topic: 2019 Tony Nominations
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: 2019 Tony Nominations

The only one of the nominated plays that I have any interest in seeing is The Ferryman . As usual, I'm more familiar with the musicals thanks to their cast recordings, though few from the current season have yet to be released. The Prom is a delight whenever the old pros, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmans...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 14, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent

He wrote the kind of down-the-middle, intelligently moving dramas that most studios wouldn't think of making today. Not an experimenter, but a fine practitioner of pure craft -- like a less glib William Goldman. The Hellmann/Julia cafe encounter, Pookie Adams' desperate phone call, Trixie Delight's...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 14, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: R.I.P. Alvin Sargent

Great writer. He also survived his wife, Laura Ziszkin by eight years. They were married for one year. Sargent and Ziskin lived together for more than 25 years before making it official, a relationship that lasted longer than his 22-year marriage to actress Joan Camden from 1953-1975. His six-time ...
by Big Magilla
Tue May 14, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Doris Day
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: R.I.P. Doris Day

by Big Magilla
Mon May 13, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 277

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

Put simply, Griffith was a racist without realizing he was a racist. He was a product of his Southern heritage. Once he came to the realization that Birth of a Nation was racist, he spent the rest of his life trying to make amends. It wasn't just the DGA award that was named after him. There's at le...
by Big Magilla
Mon May 13, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Doris Day
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: R.I.P. Doris Day

Been away from the news all morning. Had the feeling somebody big died, no idea it was Day. As we all knew she would, she goes to her grave without the honorary Oscar they denied her year after year. Day was born the same year as Judy Garland - Garland died 12 days after her 47th birthday. Day lived...
by Big Magilla
Sun May 12, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 277

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

It would be nice if we could find a contemporaneous review of the film instead of the audience but we can't because film reviews apparently did yet exist. Even the New York Times ignored it except for the ads which appeared on the paper's last page with the theatre ads. Who was the first night audie...
by Big Magilla
Sun May 12, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 277

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

Gish and Nathan dated "for many years". If she had wanted to marry, she probably would have long before the big reveal. I don't know if it would classify as anti-Semitic, but intermarriage was frowned upon by large pockets of society almost as much between religions as it was between races...

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