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by dfordoom
June 1st, 2007, 10:18 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

mrsl wrote:I made the comment; 'If he hated America and Americans so much, why didn't he go back to Europe and make his movies after the war had ended?'
I don't think he hated America or Americans. Criticising certain aspects of a culture doesn't imply any dislike of the people of that country at all.
by dfordoom
June 1st, 2007, 9:54 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

mrsl wrote:and I can't help trying to find an answer, or thinking "just how dumb were the people of the 50's to absorb this stuff"?
Anne
The really amusing thing is - did the audiences in the 50s realise how viciously Sirk was attacking the American culture of that time?
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 9:00 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

I love drama, but also like it tempered with a little realism, I don't want any realism in my movies! Realism is for documentaries, or reality TV, or real life (which I try to avoid). Movies are art, and realism is the death of art. I want imagination. I want my soul stirred. I want fun. I want vis...
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 8:54 pm
Forum: Action and Adventure
Topic: Favorite Swashbuckler!
Replies: 31
Views: 10337

jondaris wrote:If i had to pick a favorite though, it would be The Thief of Bagdad. This is simply a perfect movie in every way. I thought
It's also one of the most effective uses of tinting that you'll ever see. It absolutely must be seen tinted.
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 8:52 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Clara Bow in Hoop-La (1933)
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

jondaris wrote:I thought the scene in the diner was one of Clara's sexiest and most adorable ever. How any man could resist that I'll never understand.
I certainly wouldn't have been able to resist her!
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 10:57 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Clara Bow in Hoop-La (1933)
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

Clara Bow in Hoop-La (1933)

The secret to enjoying Clara Bow’s last movie, <i>Hoop-La</i>, is not to expect anything as spectacular and outrageous as Call Her Savage. Made in 1933, <i>Hoop-La</i> is a more routine kind of movie. A young man joins his father’s travelling carnival. Dad decides he’d better clean up his act so as ...
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 9:57 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Ray Faiola wrote:IThe final scene with Dotty and the model derrick was too much for them to take.
It's an amazing scene isn't it? Just wonderful.
by dfordoom
May 31st, 2007, 9:35 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

jdb1 wrote:
The stories are like myths (in the iconic, archetype, Carl Jung/Joseph Campbell sense), and the movies themselves are gorgeous to look at. (If only Dennis Haysbert had been around in Sirk's day!)
Written on the Wind is definitely my favourite. Love Dorothy Malone!
by dfordoom
May 30th, 2007, 4:20 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Douglas Sirk
Replies: 28
Views: 6580

Douglas Sirk

My current obsession is Douglas Sirk. After Written on the Wind and All That Heavens Allows I'm js blown away by his film-making. Savagely satirical, delightfully ironic, wonderfully romantic, splendidly camp, fascinatingly arty, gloriously trashy, his movies are all this and more. Who else loves Do...
by dfordoom
May 30th, 2007, 4:15 pm
Forum: Action and Adventure
Topic: Favorite Swashbuckler!
Replies: 31
Views: 10337

Douglas Fairbanks, hands down. Absolutely! If I had to pick a favourite I'd be torn between The Thief of Bagdad (not only a great swashbuckler, but gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous) or The Gaucho - a bizarre but wonderfully entertaining and rather sexy movie with a cameo by Mary Pickford as the Vigin Mar...
by dfordoom
May 29th, 2007, 5:07 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Bribe (1949)
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

Re: The Bribe (1949)

klondike wrote:The man gave so much more than this meager script called for, i
That's something that always impresses me in an actor - giving it everything you've got even when the movie really isn't worth it.
by dfordoom
May 29th, 2007, 2:02 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Edward G. Robinson
Replies: 65
Views: 17168

I think he was a character actor at heart, and relished the greater depth such parts gave him. That's why he was so interesting. Being so unglamorous he should have been simply a charactor actor, but even though he was not the kind of actor who was going to land roles as a romantic lead he still ma...
by dfordoom
May 29th, 2007, 12:23 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Edward G. Robinson
Replies: 65
Views: 17168

Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson had to have been noe of the greatest, and also one of the most versatile, of all Hollywood actors. Does anyone else think this? Do you have a favourite Eddie G. movie?
by dfordoom
May 29th, 2007, 3:45 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: "Call Her Savage" (1932)
Replies: 25
Views: 8787

Re: Call Her Savage

I saw Call Her Savage years ago at a revival cinema. I seem to recall a risque scene with Ms. Bow and a bullwhip. Does this ring a bell? Is it my vivid imagination running wild again? And when questioned as to why she's whipping that man, she replies that she's practising in case she gets married.
by dfordoom
May 27th, 2007, 1:45 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Bribe (1949)
Replies: 4
Views: 1550

The Bribe (1949)

<i>The Bribe</i>, a 1949 noir-influenced crime movie directed by Robert Z. Leonard, is a movie that has a fairly poor reputation. I think it’s actually rather good. Robert Taylor is a federal agent tracking gunrunners somewhere in the Caribbean who finds himself tempted by corruption. It boasts a fa...