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    Tcm mark 2

    I'm starting a new thread, a sequel to my old Turner Classic Movies thread.
    I love classic movies, and I love that channel.
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    THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942)



    This is a Preston Sturges "screwball comedy", and it's charming.
    I recently saw Sturges' THE LADY EVE and enjoyed it, but I liked this one better.
    Claudette Colbert plays Geraldine or "Gerry", unhappy wife of Joel McCrea.
    Their marriage is listless in New York, and she wants a divorce. She learns from a cabbie that Palm Beach is the best place to get a divorce and she flees her hubby without luggage or even a train ticket. She has rich men pay her way onto the train to Florida and encounters a millionaire who falls for her.
    Hapless Joel McCrea follows her to Florida and things get convoluted, ending with a surprise ending about who-marries-who.
    Colbert is pretty, and McCrea seems like a decent leading man.
    This movie gave people something to laugh at in the middle of WW2.
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    Bravo, welcome back.

    You give me nostalgia for things I haven't seen.

    This movie is on the Criterion Channel too.

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    Thanks.
    Itís a good one.
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    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)



    Great entertainment.
    Errol Flynn plays Sir Robin of Locksley, a Saxon noble during the Crusades.
    He's oppressed by Sir Guy of Gisbourne and Prince John (Basil Rathbone & Claude Rains).
    Rousing swashbuckling ensues.
    The love interest/muse is Maid Marion (Olivia de Havilland).
    Fairly lavish production here, with colorful costumes and big sets.
    Well worth your time. This film was selected for preservation for it's fine qualities.
    Directed by Michael Curtiz
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    BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS (1961)



    Blake Edwards directs George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn in a wonky drama/comedy.
    Hepburn plays Holly GoLightly, a free spirit who doesn't know if she's coming or going.
    She's hiding her past, and she masks it by being a New York socialite.
    Peppard is Paul Varjak, a writer who falls for Holly. She calls him Fred because he looks like her brother. (?)
    Mickey Rooney is offensive and utterly ridiculous as their JAPANESE (?!) landlord. I cringed every time he was onscreen.
    I suppose you could label this a romance flick, but Holly doesn't realize the love until the very end when Paul gives her a stinging rebuke and leaves her in a cab in the rain.
    Not really my kind of movie.
    The most interesting thing was her nameless cat!!!
    "MOON RIVER" is a memorable oscar-winning song.
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    I was shocked to learn that Truman Capote (writer of Breakfast at Tiffanys) originally wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly but she was talked out of it.
    Capote felt swindled.
    I couldn't help but think of how different the movie would be with Marilyn.
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    MRS. MINIVER (1942)



    A classic, albeit propaganda, from William Wyler.
    Greer Garson is Mrs. Clem Miniver, pretty British housewife. We follow her throughout the harrowing beginnings of WW2, when her whole world is upended. Her hubby Clem (Walter Pidgeon) ends up volunteering for the Dunkirk evacuation and her son enlists as a pilot for the RAF.
    She endures the London bombings with her children and she only flinches when the bombs actually hit. She's a stoic Mama, and Garson earned her Oscar.
    This film won best picture, deservedly so. Life itself was threatened, and this movie presented a brave perspective in the face of Nazi terror. In one scene a downed German pilot holds Mrs. Miniver at gunpoint, demanding to be taken to her house for food. She eventually takes his gun and slaps him hard, after calling the police.
    The ending is powerful, set in a bombed-out church, where a Priest gives a rousing speech about fighting for freedom, as this was "the people's war".
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    THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)


    Another William Wyler classic, even tho I was non-plussed.
    We follow three ex-servicemen as they cope after the war.
    They have employment woes and relationship woes.
    Long movie, clocking in at almost three hours.
    This won best picture at the Oscars but I find it unworthy.
    Too dull! Too uninteresting!
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    My mother spoke of it. It seemed to have impressed her. Maybe they were more patient back then.

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    Itís well made, I just found it to be a slog.
    This was the highest grossing movie of the entire 1940ís.
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    TOM JONES (1963)



    This was a revelation, however if I had never seen BARRY LYNDON I'm not sure I would like it as much as I did. This was nominated for ten Oscars and won four, including best director and best picture.
    Handsome Albert Finney plays Tom, a bastard child who has many adventures.
    This movie is a rollicking, rowdy ride that employs cool camera techniques, such as the rotating and locking of the camera on actors' faces, as seen in FULL METAL JACKET.
    Stanley Kubrick clearly drew inspiration from Tom Jones for his 1700's film Barry Lyndon.
    The costumes! The hairstyles and headwear! Even card games, a duel and cleavage- all stolen. lol
    Reccomended, but it may be an acquired taste- the humour flew over my head a lot of the time.
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    I saw it when I was a graduate student of 18th-c English lit. It was wonderful. And then Tony Richardson went on to make THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER. That was a great time for English film.

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    The editing should be singled out- rapid and always presenting a new perspective.
    Fun movie.
    I recognized a Kubrick alum too- the Soviet Ambassador from Dr. Strangelove, Peter Bull.
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    CASABLANCA (1942)


    This month is all about the Oscars at TCM, and Casablanca won best picture and best director.
    This is one of the most famous films of all-time and was selected for preservation.
    It's the story of Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund during WW2.
    Rick ends up with valuable "letters of transit", and must decide between helping a woman he loves or her husband. It all builds up to one of the greatest endings in movie history.
    If you haven't seen Casablanca then it's a crime.
    Beautiful performances from Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains.
    Last edited by Johann; 03-06-2023 at 08:57 AM.
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