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by Ann Harding
June 23rd, 2012, 7:18 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I have just seen a superbt Precoder: " The Man in Possession " (1931), a MGM film directed by Sam Wood. it's a charming, frothy, risqué comedy and love story, full of nuances and with excellent performances. Robert Montgomery and Irene Purcell make a great team together: they sparkle, have chemistr...
by Ann Harding
June 20th, 2012, 9:49 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I saw recently But The Flesh is Weak (1932, J. Conway) with Robert Montgomery, C. Aubrey Smith and Nora Gregor. I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed tremendously the witty dialogue written by Ivor Novello himself (from his own play). I felt the film had a tremendous pacing and was positively sparkling. ...
by Ann Harding
June 20th, 2012, 4:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 706747

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Today I watched "The Big Trail" (1931) directed by Raoul Walsh. I can see why this film didn't catch on in 1931. I hope you watched the 'Grandeur' version of the film. This widescreen version offers a very different perspective on the film compared with the banal 4:3 version (which has also a medio...
by Ann Harding
June 18th, 2012, 8:56 am
Forum: Foreign Films
Topic: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?
Replies: 547
Views: 162055

Re: WHAT FOREIGN FILMS HAVE YOU WATCHED LATELY?

Today I watched a contemporary French film: " Ne Touchez pas La Hache " (2007) (The Duchess of Langeais), an impressive oeuvre about a doomed love and hate relationship, a struggle between two souls who want to dominate one another in a hypocritical society; a tour de force for both leading actors;...
by Ann Harding
June 18th, 2012, 7:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 706747

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Last WE I saw The Hospital (1971, Arthur Hiller) with George C. Scott and Diana Rigg. I am a great fan of Hiller's superb feature The Americanization of Emily (1964) written by the great Paddy Shayefsky. So I was curious to see that other Shayefsky written feature. The story is rather like a dark-hu...
by Ann Harding
June 18th, 2012, 7:42 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: FRANK BORZAGE
Replies: 165
Views: 27209

Re: FRANK BORZAGE

Till We Meet Again (1944) Thanks to dear Moira, who shared with me this film a couple of years ago, I have discovered yet another masterpiece by the most skilled director –Frank Borzage- at depicting in his pictures the supreme human feeling: love, in all its aspects, without falling into sentiment...
by Ann Harding
June 14th, 2012, 10:38 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: ANN HARDING
Replies: 57
Views: 10537

Re: ANN HARDING

Today I saw for the first time I film that I had been searching for many years " The Fountain " (1934), which was directed by John Cromwell and released the same year than his famous "Of Human Bondage" with Bette Davis. Unjustly forgotten, this delicate, subtle, honest story of a woman (Ann Harding...
by Ann Harding
June 13th, 2012, 3:53 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa123/cleteux/SilverScreen/RedDance1.jpg Last WE, French TV broadcast a rare silent: The Red Dance (1928, R. Walsh) with Dolores Del Rio and Charles Farrell. This vehicle for the gorgeous Dolores had a fairly silly script taking place during the Russian Revolution...
by Ann Harding
June 10th, 2012, 11:26 am
Forum: Westerns
Topic: Westerns
Replies: 906
Views: 160201

Re: Westerns

I just watched the 1914 version of The Spoilers , starring William Farnum, Thomas Santschi, Kathlyn Williams, Bessie Eyton, Frank Clark, Jack McDonald, Wheeler Oakman, Norval MacGregor and William Ryno. Our own Ann Harding has a review of the film at her website, though it's in french. http://annha...
by Ann Harding
June 10th, 2012, 10:06 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Underground (1928-Anthony Asquith)
Replies: 8
Views: 14290

Re: Underground (1928-Anthony Asquith)

I saw Underground not so long ago in Paris (last January). It's a brilliant piece of film-making. Alas, the score was terrible (we didn't get the Neil Brand one). here is what I wrote about it: here . I don't know what the BFI plans are regarding a DVD. But I hope they will do one. The film deserves...
by Ann Harding
June 4th, 2012, 11:07 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Arte broadcast last week -for the first time- a brilliant Feyder comedy. http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa123/cleteux/SilverScreen/NxM5.jpg (Gaby Morlay and Albert Préjean near a famous tower) Les Nouveaux Messieurs (1928, Jacques Feyder) with Gaby Morlay, Albert Préjean and Henry Roussell This ...
by Ann Harding
May 27th, 2012, 4:31 am
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1540
Views: 195538

Re: What are you reading?

Fie, I had the same problem with Sragow's book on Victor Fleming. As you said, full of facts and information but his writing style is underwhelming at best. I was very disappointed by the time I had finished the book. Like Fernando & Lzcutter I am reading Michael Sragow's bio of Fleming. I am half ...
by Ann Harding
May 7th, 2012, 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 8103
Views: 706747

Re: WHAT FILMS HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I rewatched The Gorgeous Hussy (1936, C. Brown) at the WE. This costumer has a high-class cast: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Taylor, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and more... But, unfortunately, it seems as if Clarence Brown is filming the proceedings without must flair. The...
by Ann Harding
May 7th, 2012, 4:21 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

No the titles are in German with French subs. The film was broadcast on Arte TV.
by Ann Harding
May 6th, 2012, 10:23 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 451037

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa123/cleteux/SilverScreen/Woman2.jpg Recently I saw Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (The Woman One Longs for, 1929), a Curtis Bernhardt silent with a young Marlene Dietrich before her Sternbergian period. The cinematography by the great Kurt Courant is gorgeous...