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Postby Damien » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:55 pm

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dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I am a huge fan of this film as well. I think Jones' performance as "Singleton" might actually be my favorite of hers (although love her in The Towering Inferno!).

To appreciate Love Letters, you have to be able to respond to floridly romantic melodrama possessing an operatic display of feelings. For me, when it's done well, there are few things in cinema as emotionally satisfying.




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Postby flipp525 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:01 pm

dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I am a huge fan of this film as well. I think Jones' performance as "Singleton" might actually be my favorite of hers (although love her in The Towering Inferno!).




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Postby dws1982 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:03 pm

Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I believe everything else they show (it's Jennifer Jones day), is available on DVD, although I only glanced over the list, and may have missed something.

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Postby dws1982 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:40 pm

Nora Prentiss shows on TCM overnight at 4 AM. I know Damien is a fan, and other than the Warners Archive, this isn't available on DVD.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 19, 2009 12:08 pm

Reza wrote:

Have you ordered from this site? And what is the quality like?

Depends on the film. They do tell you if a film is in bad quality.

I haven't ordered a lot from them, but I did get an excellent copy of Siodmak's The Suspect from them replacing a horrid copy I got from somewhere else. They do carry a few titles you can't find anywhere else.
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Postby Mister Tee » Tue May 19, 2009 9:18 am

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Tee, I think you mean The Patriot, the fifth Best Picture nominee that year.

Yep -- realized it overnight, and came on just now to correct myself. Should have known someone would realize it ahead of me. I remember when memory was my ally.

In my defense, The Patriot/The Valiant is relatively easy to confuse. (Seeing I've never run across either)

And of course, my expectation that The Patriot would be the most watchable of the nominees is based entirely on Lubitsch.

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Postby Reza » Tue May 19, 2009 8:38 am


Have you ordered from this site? And what is the quality like?

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 19, 2009 1:19 am

Duh! I thought he was referring to the five best actor nominees, but since one of them was Lewis Stone in the "lost" Patriot that wouldn't make sense.
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Postby The Original BJ » Tue May 19, 2009 12:03 am


Tee, I think you mean The Patriot, the fifth Best Picture nominee that year.

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Postby Big Magilla » Mon May 18, 2009 10:10 pm

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Postby Mister Tee » Mon May 18, 2009 9:00 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Nope, The Valiant is not lost. Creaky, but not lost.

You've seen it? Where did you find it?

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Postby Big Magilla » Mon May 18, 2009 8:23 pm

Nope, The Valiant is not lost. Creaky, but not lost.
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Postby Mister Tee » Mon May 18, 2009 11:28 am

The only way I got through Hollywood Revue was in 20-30 minute segments. There were some freakish moments of interest -- like seeing a prehistoric Jack Benny -- but also much that was torturous. (Norma Shearer doing Shakespeare? Kill me now) Maybe the most amusing thing was the variation on James Whitcomb Riley, "Lon Chaney's going to get you if you don't watch out". It struck me recently you could echo that today by substituting "Dick Cheney".

I realize I misspoke by saying I'd seen "four other" nominees -- I meant four including In Old Arizona, as The Valiant is apparently a lost film (sadly, as it'd likely be the most watchable).

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Postby Big Magilla » Mon May 18, 2009 1:29 am

Blackmail would have been Oscar eligible in 1929/30.
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Postby The Original BJ » Sun May 17, 2009 10:35 pm

Mister Tee wrote:To be fair, none of the four others I've seen have struck me as any good, either.

The Broadway Melody and (the even worse) The Hollywood Revue are two of the most unbearable things I have ever sat through.

1929, in addition to the silents Mister Tee mentioned, also featured the U.S. release of The Passion of Joan of Arc. Talk about being a different medium than stuff like Hollywood Revue, which barely even qualifies as a movie.

That year did, however, feature Blackmail, one of the few early sound movies which (like M two years later) really seemed to expand the storytelling possibilities of this new aspect of film.


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