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Then, I returned to my chronological progression through Kimberly Truhler's "FILM NOIR STYLE: The Killer 1940s" book…watching the movies as she goes through them in her book. I reached the halfway point of the book this past weekend…ending with 1945 on Sunday and starting the 1946 chapters last night.

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Watched a Netflix movie over the weekend that I'd never even heard of before.  It's called "The Devil All the Time".  VERY dark movie, but it keeps your interest throughout.  Not exactly anti-religion, but close.  It is definitely worth a watch, but like I said...VERY dark themes.

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4 hours ago, Strider said:

Then, I returned to my chronological progression through Kimberly Truhler's "FILM NOIR STYLE: The Killer 1940s" book…watching the movies as she goes through them in her book. I reached the halfway point of the book this past weekend…ending with 1945 on Sunday and starting the 1946 chapters last night.

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Great stuff Strider!

How would rank the leading ladies in those 5 films? Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner?  Looks wise I mean?

I would rank Bacall even above Hayworth. I think Bacall was one of sexiest women in film.

Crawford at the bottom.  Something about those weird eyebrows.

Bogart and Bacall, doesn't get much better than that.

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20 hours ago, kipper said:

Great stuff Strider!

How would rank the leading ladies in those 5 films? Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner?  Looks wise I mean?

I would rank Bacall even above Hayworth. I think Bacall was one of sexiest women in film.

Crawford at the bottom.  Something about those weird eyebrows.

Bogart and Bacall, doesn't get much better than that.

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That's easy. Lauren Bacall all the way.

Then, Rita Hayworth.

I was never a big fan of the cheap blonde look, so Claire Trevor and Lana Turner would be down the list. Claire Trevor is a good actress and has been in some great films ("Stagecoach", "Johnny Angel", "Born to Kill", "Key Largo") but Hollywood was filled with girls who looked like her. I wouldn't throw her out of bed, but I was never mesmerized by her looks.

Lana was a 'star' but not really much of an actress. I find a lot of her performances stiff and wooden. Again, her looks never kept me up at night…those kinds of blondes were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. Whenever I watch "The Postman Always Rings Twice", I always think John Garfield is an idiot for not just bailing out of town with Audrey Totter and leaving Lana in the dust.

Joan Crawford is last. She was okay in her early days but by the 1940s, she really overdid it with the eyebrows and the shoulder pads. Plus, her acting became increasingly over melodramatic.

Back to Lauren…she had IT. Hot looks, sophistication and playful sexiness, a smoky, sultry voice, talent. Rita had talent and looks, too, no question…gotta love that luscious red hair. But Lauren had a just bit more of that something special that is indefinable. But you know it when you see it.

 

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Still in the year 1946…what a fucking great year for film. People talk about 1939 but 1946 gives 1939 a run for its money as Hollywood's Greatest Year.

Another great Bogie-Bacall pairing.

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Here is another great pairing…what a gorgeous couple Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant make. Ingrid is way up at the top of the list for me…yes, above even Lauren Bacall.

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On 2/24/2021 at 3:01 PM, Strider said:

That's easy. Lauren Bacall all the way.

Then, Rita Hayworth.

I was never a big fan of the cheap blonde look, so Claire Trevor and Lana Turner would be down the list. Claire Trevor is a good actress and has been in some great films ("Stagecoach", "Johnny Angel", "Born to Kill", "Key Largo") but Hollywood was filled with girls who looked like her. I wouldn't throw her out of bed, but I was never mesmerized by her looks.

Lana was a 'star' but not really much of an actress. I find a lot of her performances stiff and wooden. Again, her looks never kept me up at night…those kinds of blondes were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. Whenever I watch "The Postman Always Rings Twice", I always think John Garfield is an idiot for not just bailing out of town with Audrey Totter and leaving Lana in the dust.

Joan Crawford is last. She was okay in her early days but by the 1940s, she really overdid it with the eyebrows and the shoulder pads. Plus, her acting became increasingly over melodramatic.

Back to Lauren…she had IT. Hot looks, sophistication and playful sexiness, a smoky, sultry voice, talent. Rita had talent and looks, too, no question…gotta love that luscious red hair. But Lauren had a just bit more of that something special that is indefinable. But you know it when you see it.

 

I have them in the same order as you, and for pretty much the same reasons.  Yes, Claire Trevor was a good actress, but an average looker in her time.   I never got the Lana Turner appeal either, but I know she was one of the actresses considered a "gay icon" for some reason.

 

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On 2/25/2021 at 7:55 PM, redrum said:

Got this from the library. Note the 2 different spellings. 

Barabbas (1962) Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy  Jurado, Harry Andrews, Vittorio Gassman, Jack Palance, … | Anthony quinn,  Quinn, Anthony

This is the correct spelling.

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Watching Donovan's Reef (1963) right now.

Fun John Wayne / John Ford film.  Film in Kauai.  Beautiful scenery

 

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5 hours ago, redrum said:

Watching the early Star Trek episodes. Ricardo Montalban was a super heavy as Khan. Madlyn Rhue was his flame. 

Khan Night | Star Trek ÉireThe Life Achievements, Family and Death of 80's Actress Madlyn Rhue

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Just watched Fast Times again with director commentary on.  Amy Heckerling director and Cameron Crowe screenwriter.

I'm amazed that Heckerling (from the Bronx NY), and Crowe (grew up in Palm Springs and then later San Diego), was able to pull of a film set in Los Angeles (the Valley) so well.  But what we learn from the commentary, is how much Sean Penn brought to the film by "seasoning" the story with his own brand of SoCal "spice".  Penn being born here in SoCal and growing up in Santa Monica, he made the difference. 

 

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On 3/5/2021 at 10:11 PM, kipper said:

Just watched Fast Times again with director commentary on.  Amy Heckerling director and Cameron Crowe screenwriter.

I'm amazed that Heckerling (from the Bronx NY), and Crowe (grew up in Palm Springs and then later San Diego), was able to pull of a film set in Los Angeles (the Valley) so well.  But what we learn from the commentary, is how much Sean Penn brought to the film by "seasoning" the story with his own brand of SoCal "spice".  Penn being born here in SoCal and growing up in Santa Monica, he made the difference. 

 

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Those dudes are fags. 😄

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Started my weekend by paying respects to Ian Faith and his cricket-bat. Where is his knighthood?

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Then, I watched a couple of Charlie Chaplin faves. Both of these films premiered in January of their respective years of 1921 and 1931. Which makes "The Kid" 100 and "City Lights" 90 years old. I dare say that the number of people still alive that saw "The Kid" during its initial theatrical release is infinitesimally small, if not zero. The number for "City Lights" can't be that high, either. It is getting harder and harder to experience silent movies in a theatre today. These two Chaplin classics are two I hold close to my heart. They were two of the first Chaplin movies I ever saw and I still think they are good ones to try to introduce young people to silent films. It is a wonder to behold the old Los Angeles of one hundred years ago in "The Kid": Hancock Park, the Mid-Wilshire district, Olvera Street before it became a Mexican-themed tourist trap.

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Saturday was breakfast with Barbara. I'm always in the mood for some Barbara Stanwyck...especially Pre-Code Stanwyck! "Ten Cents a Dance" premiered exactly 90 years ago on March 6, 1931. "Illicit" beat it to the cinemas by a few weeks...premiering on February 14, 1931. Imagine taking a date to see that on Valentine's Day!

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Finished up Saturday night with something historic. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" premiered exactly 100 years ago on March 6, 1921 and was the number one box office champ of 1921, doubling the box-office of #2, Chaplin's "The Kid". It launched Valentino and Alice Terry to stardom...and the Tango craze. Made the screenwriter June Mathis one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. How little people of today know of the impact this movie had on audiences of the time.
What a time 1921 was in America. The Great War had ended. Women (sorry...white women only at first) had just won the right to vote. America entered the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties by foolishly enacting Prohibition in 1920…which gave rise to the gangsters.
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It is getting harder and harder to experience silent movies in a theatre today. 

I feel lucky to have seen the silent Ben Hur in Seattle a couple years ago with Stewart Copeland and a 90 piece orchestra. One of the best shows I've ever been to. Copeland did 3 curtain calls. The pirates tied a Roman to the ship prow and then rammed the Roman ship with him. 

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On 3/7/2021 at 1:43 AM, redrum said:

Watched that one too. He was a bad boy. 

Trelane was the greatest Star Trek villain. Just a petulant child with "godlike" powers.

In the end, who can be mad at a child?

hehehe...

 

 

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