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by Daniel Eagan
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1417

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

boblipton wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:26 pm
All Darc wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:04 pm
Bob, do you refer about the colorization short clip ?
No, I mean the entire movie, which looks like late '40s British Techniolor.

Bob
Thelma Schoonmaker thought that look had something to do with the water used in processing.
by Daniel Eagan
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Even though his films get their kudos, I feel Warren Beatty remains underrated as a filmmaker. Certainly in comparison to the likes of Ron Howard (efficient but completely without personality) and Clint Eastwood (good but cravenly adored as a Real American Male in the right-wing extremist mold of J...
by Daniel Eagan
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Harikomi aka The Chase aka Stakeout (1958): Minoru Ôki and Seiji Miyaguchi rush to catch the train on a hot day. It's a long ride to a distant city, and it takes them several stops to find seats. They're detectives in pursuit of a murder accomplice with a gun. Their best shot is that he's going to ...
by Daniel Eagan
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:38 pm
It also seems odd that Tone is seen as being at a loose end on Sundays, when a farm would usually give little opportunity for mooning about like a lost sheep.
Wouldn't seem odd at all to anyone religious.
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The next time someone played Holly, it would be musician Marshall Crenshaw, who bears a stronger resemblance, in the film about fellow plane crash victim Ritchie Valens in La Bamba . And that's....one to grow on. Notable that the music in the film was largely recorded live, very rare for Hollywood....
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I wrote in commenting on his death that I thought that Robby Müller's best work was with Jim Jarmusch. Well, I've just seen Der Amerikanische Freund aka The American Friend (1977) and it's a fine adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith's story about sociopathic Tom Ripley & associates. Müller shoots it ...
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The next time someone played Holly, it would be musician Marshall Crenshaw, who bears a stronger resemblance, in the film about fellow plane crash victim Ritchie Valens in La Bamba . And that's....one to grow on. Notable that the music in the film was largely recorded live, very rare for Hollywood....
by Daniel Eagan
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

My feeling was, Scorsese wanted to do something Hitchcockian, but wanted to deflect attention from his aims (as would have been impossible if he had remade, say, Rear Window), so picked a different thriller of the period as the base. Much as when he remade The Magnificent Ambersons, he based it on ...
by Daniel Eagan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: The Outline: The television canon is based on what we bothered to preserve
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: The Outline: The television canon is based on what we bothered to preserve

Beware the author's technical mistakes, pointed out on the AMIA board.
by Daniel Eagan
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 695
Views: 80254

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

no one looks at the camera, although one person does look at one of the main characters as he hurries down the street. Bob Most likely the camera was hidden somehow, a blanket thrown over, on a cart behind some barrels or crates, maybe in a car, disguised so it wouldn't look like a camera and crew....
by Daniel Eagan
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Stan & Ollie close BFI London Film Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 358

Stan & Ollie close BFI London Film Festival

https://www.screendaily.com/news/stan-and-ollie-to-close-2018-bfi-london-film-festival/5131419.article" target="_blank The world premiere of Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary comedy duo, will close the BFI London Film Festival on October 21. There will also be s...
by Daniel Eagan
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang aka Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018): I missed my chance to see the earlier Judge Dee movie, but I assumed that this and it were historical mysteries derived from the work of Robert van Gulik. Apparently there was a Dee during the Tang dynasty who was a judge...
by Daniel Eagan
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents
Replies: 287
Views: 84841

Re: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents

Here's the thing. The two Pabst talkies I just watched-- they're not that good. They have interesting moments, and shine an interesting sidelight on a semi-obscure (not to us, but even to your average Tarantino-Scorsese-Coen Bros. "film buff") career, is the best you can say for them. Even I don't ...
by Daniel Eagan
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: SELLING MANY OF MY PRESSBOOKS
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: SELLING MANY OF MY PRESSBOOKS

Just your extra pressbooks are impressive; I can't imagine how comprehensive your collection could be. When the studios stopped issuing these in the 1980s, did they switch to sending this information (and stills) out on disk? We used to get disks, some in slipcases, up until about 10 years ago. Pix...
by Daniel Eagan
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers at BAM July 20-26
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers at BAM July 20-26

First get up to street level. There are a gazillion exits, we generally head toward LIRR tracks before ascending. Look for Barclays Center, the gigantic arena that hosts basketball, ice hockey, concerts. Turn 180 degrees the other way. Cross Atlantic Avenue. Cross Flatbush Avenue. Cross Hanson Place...
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers at BAM July 20-26
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers at BAM July 20-26

Do be aware that the Brooklyn Academy of Music's building is -- after dark -- in a still-raw neighborhood and that both the #2 and #3 West Side of Manhattan-to Brooklyn subway lines typically do not run to Brooklyn-or-back from Friday nights through Monday mornings. Recognizable landmarks near the ...
by Daniel Eagan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4083

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Best lines go to the supporting cast, like "This is a restaurant, not a meadow."
by Daniel Eagan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming
Replies: 30
Views: 5800

Re: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming

In his bio Alexander Walker wrote that she had some plastic surgery done and underwent a drastic diet. Didn't have much evidence to back it up. The real difference between the two stills is a) makeup and b) north lighting to erase the planes on her face.
by Daniel Eagan
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I got to interview Morgan Neville about his documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and he said the biggest problem he faced was having too much material. Everyone he spoke to wanted to contribute, so he saw his job as limiting the doc as much as possible to Rogers himself. That's why some people are ...
by Daniel Eagan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 695
Views: 80254

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

The Paymaster (1906): Gene Gauntier works in a New England cloth mill and her boss is getting grabby, not only with her (which earns him a slap in the face from her a punch from her boyfriend, depending on the occasion), but with the company pay roll, which he steals, and then frames the boy friend...
by Daniel Eagan
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 52
Views: 10748

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

Wilder's contempt, even disgust for men as sexual objects is a theme throughout his movies, perhaps a holdover from his days as a gigolo, err, "taxi dancer." There was no greater sin than a man who succumbed to sexual drives, e.g., Double Indemnity, The Seven Year Itch, The Apartment, Kiss Me Stupid...
by Daniel Eagan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4083

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

It's a book review of a new biography by Joseph McBride. A not entirely accurate review.
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4083

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Opinions are so infuriating. For instance, I strongly dislike The Deer Hunter , despite the wonderful work by Cazale. It's like a bunch of naive liberals got to refight the Vietnam War the way they wanted. Essentially phony, like the Rocky Mountains that stand in for the suburbs of Pittsburgh. And i...
by Daniel Eagan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: region free blu
Replies: 20
Views: 4582

Re: region free blu

Bombay Electronics sale on region-free DVD players, 15% off with code BLURAY15 through June 18. Prices from $99 up.

https://www.bombayelectronics.com/colle ... ray-player" target="_blank
by Daniel Eagan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: Anthony Bourdain

The last time I interviewed him, he compared TV food shows to porn.

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by Daniel Eagan
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

You'll never confuse Stephen Chow for Robert DeNiro, even in Hei Kek Ji Wong aka King of Comedy (1999). He's an actor who keeps fouling up takes in the movie because he puts too much life into his dying. When Cecilia Cheung can't keep her job hustling drunks at a local bar because she can't act lik...
by Daniel Eagan
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127857

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

You might want to think of Sik San aka The God of Cookery (1996) as a precursor to his Kung Fu Hustle and Shao Lin Soccer , and you wouldn't be entirely wrong -- Stephen Chow and his co-director, Lik-Chi Lee use many of the tropes and themes that Chow would re-use in those later movies. That would ...
by Daniel Eagan
Fri May 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Sylvia Chang retrospective at Metrograph
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Re: Sylvia Chang retrospective at Metrograph

Here is an interview with Sylvia Chang: https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interv ... via-chang/" target="_blank

It's remarkable how much she accomplished during a period when women were not generally allowed behind the camera.
by Daniel Eagan
Fri May 18, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Talkie Screenings
Topic: FOX FILM RESTORATIONS at MOMA!
Replies: 30
Views: 5707

Re: FOX FILM RESTORATIONS at MOMA!

I got to write a piece on this series: http://www.filmjournal.com/moma-series-reveals-movie-gems-william-fox-era" target="_blank In it Dave Kehr makes an appropriate comment: "Not everything is on TCM, or on disk," he reminds us. "You've actually got to get up and go to a theatre, that's the only wa...
by Daniel Eagan
Thu May 17, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 695
Views: 80254

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

As in a Looking Glass (1903): Here's a typical early comedy short: it's little more than a practical joke, with nothing in the way of joke construction. A youngster ties a string to an old man's chair so when a woman pulls open a drawer in the next room, he'll fall over. Ha, as they used to say, ha...