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Quite right, Charlie, the series continues for a few more days. I meant to say that, having seen all the shows, it's over for me.
Thanks for adding your assessment to Mutt & Jeff at the Opera.
sepiatone wrote:I'm re-watching Kino's presentation of 140 Edison pioneering shorts and remaining features with just as much appreciation as when I watched them the first time.
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Unfortunately shortened, MY LADY OF WHIMS (1925) ... does give us the sight of Clara in a most spectacularly revealing dress which will have the gentlemen falling off their sofas in astonishment and is a highlight of the film
Twinkletoes wrote:Oh, ya big blister!
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Almost gave up on MIDNIGHT MADNESS (1928) due to its presentation, which was a recording of a live screening...
IA wrote:earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Almost gave up on MIDNIGHT MADNESS (1928) due to its presentation, which was a recording of a live screening...
Sorry you watched that version---a much better one is available online:
Donald Binks wrote:I had the feeling that I had seen a story very much like "Au Bonheur des Dames" (1930) ("Paradise for Women") as everything was quite familiar and then it came to me that "The Paradise", a BBC television series, was based on the same Emile Zola novel.
This is the story of an orphaned girl who goes to live with her Uncle who runs a small, dusty and decrepit haberdashery shop just over the road from a huge departmental store which is taking business away from all the small businesses in its vicinity.
To earn her keep the girl goes to work at the big store. In the beginning she is chased around the counters by the personnel officer who employed her until eventually the big boss lays his eyes on her and is smitten.
This is a story of contrasts. On one hand we can see how the rich live and how the girl has opportunity. On the other hand we see the poor and the tragedies of ordinary, everyday life. The girl has to make choices - whether she opts for a good life or she remains loyal to her uncle and family. We also get to see how people are manipulated and there is a lot of that going on in this picture. The telling of the main tale, with little offshoots from the main theme round out the film and embellish it so that it accomplishes a great deal in its standard ninety minutes playing time.
There is nothing that is superfluous in this film and the casting is excellent. Dita Parlo plays the girl in a very sympathetic manner. She is teamed with an excellent cast including names I am not familiar with. The settings are wonderful and I believe the departmental store scenes were photographed in "Galleries Lafayette".
The direction is by Julien Duvivier who has proven himself over and over again as a master of the film medium. He uses the camera well and gives a wonderful sense of movement in scenes that require it. He also successfully combines a tinge of expressionism and "noir" giving a foretaste of what is yet to come in his later films.
The print I watched was excellent and the orchestral accompaniment suited the mood beautifully.
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