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Postby Reza » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:29 pm

Mister Tee wrote:Can't vouch for the film because I've never seen it myself, but...

Tonight at 8 EST, TCM is showing Brighton Rock, a film version of one of Graham Greene's thrillers that propelled Richard Attenborough's career. I read the book for a class in college, and, almost 40 years on, this is the first tme I've run across the film, so I guess you can call it rarely-screened.

Well worth watching. One of Attenborough's famous early roles.

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Postby Mister Tee » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:26 pm

Can't vouch for the film because I've never seen it myself, but...

Tonight at 8 EST, TCM is showing Brighton Rock, a film version of one of Graham Greene's thrillers that propelled Richard Attenborough's career. I read the book for a class in college, and, almost 40 years on, this is the first tme I've run across the film, so I guess you can call it rarely-screened.

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Postby dws1982 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:19 pm

I've been going through some Minnelli films lately (Some Came Running last week; also bought An American In Paris and Gigi on DVD today when I caught a good deal), so I'll make sure to record that one.



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Postby Damien » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:57 pm

The Story Of Three Loves by Gottfried Reinhardt and Vincente Minnelli is on TCM this Tuesday at 1:30pm (eastern). It doesn't get shown much, so pounce!

I watched it the other night for the second time in a couple of weeks. Loved it even more. Best film I've seen this year.
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Postby Damien » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:32 am

dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow night is a great night on TCM:

Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece Stars in My Crown is at 9:30. One Way Passage, and 1933 Original Story winner is at 11:15. Then two Anthony Mann films follow: Devil's Doorway at 12:30 and The Tall Target at 2:00.

None of these are on DVD, and most don't even show up on TV all that often. (Stars in My Crown was the most recently shown of these, and it aired about six months ago.)

These movies are bookended by two more masterpieces, William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie at 8:00, and Anthony Mann's The Man From Laramie and 3:30, although since those are on DVD, you don't have to put such a high priority on them.

Devil's Doorway and Stars In My Crown are my Number 1 and 2 pictures of 1950, and Portrait Of Jennie is Number 1 for 1948.
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Postby dws1982 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:20 pm

FilmFan720 wrote:Actually, One Way Passage was on a few weeks ago with their Kay Francis marathon.

That must've been during my self-imposed exile from the outside world. I probably missed some good movies on TCM during that period.




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Postby FilmFan720 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:11 pm

Actually, One Way Passage was on a few weeks ago with their Kay Francis marathon. It is a really sweet picture, with a great ending and some great performances. If you haven't seen it, it is well worth checking out.
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Postby dws1982 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:45 pm

Tomorrow night is a great night on TCM:

Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece Stars in My Crown is at 9:30. One Way Passage, and 1933 Original Story winner is at 11:15. Then two Anthony Mann films follow: Devil's Doorway at 12:30 and The Tall Target at 2:00.

None of these are on DVD, and most don't even show up on TV all that often. (Stars in My Crown was the most recently shown of these, and it aired about six months ago.)

These movies are bookended by two more masterpieces, William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie at 8:00, and Anthony Mann's The Man From Laramie and 3:30, although since those are on DVD, you don't have to put such a high priority on them.

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:28 am

dws1982 wrote:6:00 PM is her second nominated performance in The Pumpkin Eater, which isn't on DVD, and I can't recall ever showing up on TV, in the time that I've been watching the schedules. She also won Best Actress at Cannes for this. (In a tie with Barbara Barrie for One Potato, Two Potato, a movie that I keep hoping will turn up on TV somewhere.)

I saw The Pumpkin Eater back in the late 80s/early 90s, and can't recall if it was on TV (TNT, in its proto-TCM incarnation) or in VHS.

One Potato Two Potato was a screenplay nominee that year; Barrie was a possible best actress contender who failed to make the cut -- perhaps her Breaking Away nod was partly in recompense. The film showed up on PBS one night about a decade or so back, but has otherwise not entered my universe. It's not a terribly good movie, coasting mostly on its "bold" racial topic. It's stronger than Pinky, for sure, and has a tougher tone than any of the mainstream Poitier efforts of the era, but still feels pretty old-hat these days.

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Postby dws1982 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:15 pm

Tomorrow TCM is having Anne Bancroft day.

At 9:30 AM they're showing Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, which is not shown often.

12:30 PM is Seven Women, which is John Ford's final film, and is unbelievably not on DVD yet, despite Ford being very well-represented on DVD overall. It doesn't show up incredibly often either.

6:00 PM is her second nominated performance in The Pumpkin Eater, which isn't on DVD, and I can't recall ever showing up on TV, in the time that I've been watching the schedules. She also won Best Actress at Cannes for this. (In a tie with Barbara Barrie for One Potato, Two Potato, a movie that I keep hoping will turn up on TV somewhere.)




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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:11 am

I guess I need to watch Min and Bill again.

I remembered it being quite the tearjerker when I first watched it decades ago, but when when I watched it again in the 80s or 90s I thought it contained more slapstick comedy than I recalled.

For the Oscar year 1928-1929 they didn't announce nominations but at the awards ceremony announced other names the judges had considered. For more than 70 years the runners-up to Mary Pickford were recorded as Ruth Chatterton, Betty Compson, Jeanne Eagels and Bessie Love, then out of the blue the Academy added Griffith's name.

I thought she was OK, certainly better than Pickford, though not Chatterton, Eagels or Love but the standout performance for me was Ian Keith as Emma Hart's first lover/seducer, the nephew of Lord Hamilton played by H.B. Warner. With a look here, a gesture there, he makes what could have been a stock character come vibrantly alive.

The film itself is very fluid with great cinematography, editing, art direction and costume design. Lloyd's Oscar was not unearned.

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Postby Reza » Tue Aug 05, 2008 6:23 am

Mister Tee wrote:The fascinating thing about Divine Lady is, it's essentially the first version of That Hamilton Woman -- something of which I was certainly unaware when I sat down to watch it.

I read somewhere that Corinne Griffith was a best actress nominee for this film.

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Postby Mister Tee » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:37 pm

The surprise about Min and Bill (Michael Gebert also mentioned this, in his Encyclopedia of Film awards) is that it's not the knockabout comic film a Dressler/Beery pariring would suggest, but one of the many sacrificing-mother-love films of the era.

The fascinating thing about Divine Lady is, it's essentially the first version of That Hamilton Woman -- something of which I was certainly unaware when I sat down to watch it.

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Postby flipp525 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:58 am

Big Magilla wrote:I prefer Dressler's lovely understated work in Emma to her boisterous performance in Min and Bill. Tugboat Annie, also on tomorrow, is somewhere in between.

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Big Magilla, I agree with you that Dressler's performance in the surprising Emma is understated and wonderful. But, the image of Min stridently being escorted by police through a sea of onlookers with a tear coming down her face is one I will never forget. A truly fabulous turn by one of the great stars of the early talkie period.

Both films are well worth watching.




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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:33 am

Don't forget The Divine Lady, Frank Lloyd's first Oscar winner for direction.

I prefer Dressler's lovely understated work in Emma to her boisterous performance in Min and Bill. Tugboat Annie, also on tomorrow, is somewhere in between.

Emma is also the better film with great support from Richard Cromwell and Jean Hersholt. Myrna Loy is also memorable as a hissable cold-hearted bitch.


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