CINEMA ANECDOTES

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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostMon May 22, 2017 11:03 am

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
greta de groat wrote:Speaking of cats, I remember seeing Of Human Bondage on a double bill at theatre in Saratoga, Ca. During intermission a cat walked out on stage, sat down, and started licking its butt, which won him a laugh and round of applause.

Greta


Which version of OF HUMAN BONDAGE was this? If it was the 1964 version, I can't say I blame your furry friend...


It was the Bette Davis version, we apparently liked it better than the cat did.

My husband told me about an incident at the Paramount in Oakland that happened before we were dating (so luckily i was not the one with him at the time). I'm not sure whether the program was a movie or a concert, but since those of us who saw Napoleon there know and love the theater, i thought i'd relate it. If you recall, there is a round window upstairs above the lobby, and spotting this, he went to the window and boomed "I am Oz, the great and terrible." Apparently he made it to his seat before the security guards caught up with him and escorted him out of the building, leaving his angry date sitting there. I don't think they ever went out again!

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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostMon May 22, 2017 12:15 pm

Wm. Charles Morrow wrote:There used to be a revival house on 8th Avenue in NYC called the Hollywood Twin. It was run-down and decrepit, the kind of place where winos would sleep all day, but they did show some good stuff back in the early '80s, and I went there several times. On one occasion, while the 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream was underway, I saw a rat dash down the aisle. I guess he'd had quite enough of Mickey Rooney's Puck.

A year or two later, the Hollywood Twin switched to porn. Seemed more appropriate for the atmosphere of the place.


Having had cat-and-mouse-related* interruptions in my last two viewings (BROADMINDED [1931] and THE COAST PATROL [1925]) perhaps you have a point there, though neither was anything like as good as DREAM. Though BROADMINDED had Joe E Brown as well...

*Cannot confirm if was the same rodent, though I managed a rescue on both occasions, taking the wee beastie across the road to hopeful safety...
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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostMon May 22, 2017 12:19 pm

greta de groat wrote:
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:


It was the Bette Davis version, we apparently liked it better than the cat did.

My husband told me about an incident at the Paramount in Oakland that happened before we were dating (so luckily i was not the one with him at the time). I'm not sure whether the program was a movie or a concert, but since those of us who saw Napoleon there know and love the theater, i thought i'd relate it. If you recall, there is a round window upstairs above the lobby, and spotting this, he went to the window and boomed "I am Oz, the great and terrible." Apparently he made it to his seat before the security guards caught up with him and escorted him out of the building, leaving his angry date sitting there. I don't think they ever went out again!

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greta


Suspected that, as the other is much longer. In that case I am in agreement with you rather than the cat...
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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostMon May 22, 2017 10:26 pm

silentfilm wrote:During a midnight screening of some violent movie, possibly The Warriors, some guys got into a fight while the movie was going. Several of us employees tried to get them to leave, but they wouldn't, so the police were called.


I was at a midnight movie in the late '70s when a serious fistfight broke out between two guys, just as the film was starting and the titles were flashing on the screen. An usher had to take them out, and I could see that blood was pouring from the nose of one of the combatants. Once they were gone, we all breathed a sight of relief, sat back, and turned our attention to A Clockwork Orange.
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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostTue May 23, 2017 1:09 am

A friend of mine got hired as the film critic for one of the Dallas newspapers back in the late 80s-early 90s. He used to call me sometimes and invite me to a screening that he was going to review. We went to see the Psycho sequel that Tony Perkins directed. It wasn't a media screening but was sponsored by a local radio station. We both thought the film was laughable and as we were standing in the lobby talking (not loudly) about how much we hated it, I happened to look over my friend's shoulder into the steely gaze of......you guessed it, Tony Perkins. We made a hasty retreat.
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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostTue May 23, 2017 12:41 pm

Jim Reid wrote:A friend of mine got hired as the film critic for one of the Dallas newspapers back in the late 80s-early 90s. He used to call me sometimes and invite me to a screening that he was going to review. We went to see the Psycho sequel that Tony Perkins directed. It wasn't a media screening but was sponsored by a local radio station. We both thought the film was laughable and as we were standing in the lobby talking (not loudly) about how much we hated it, I happened to look over my friend's shoulder into the steely gaze of......you guessed it, Tony Perkins. We made a hasty retreat.


A 'brick' worthy of the late Sir John Gielgud...
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Re: CINEMA ANECDOTES

PostWed May 24, 2017 10:46 am

I went to see Inland Empire at a rep house. It's a David Lynch film and one of his weirder. You could feel the aggravation/tension rising in the audience as it unspooled and they realized that even for Lynch this one was a little 'out there'.

At some point a stereo effect started where from the rear right you could occasionally hear a voice say "Billy! Better get your bill, Billy!" Annoying but most people figured 'whatever, this movie can't get more annoying'. After about an hour of this happening the voice said "Gentlemen, I bid you adieu!' and a guy got up out of his seat in the rear right and left. It wasn't part of the movie at all, just some drunk guy shouting out comments.

Once people realized that they'd been putting up with this for an hour for no reason, and the guy left on his volition, well the tension just went up that much more.



Second story: Seeing Bird at a rep house and near the end someone in the audience had a heart attack and his companion had to stand up and announce the fact. The house lights came up but the movie and sound kept running, so we got to see a guy having a heart attack in his seat while Charlie Parker had one in the movie at the same time.
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