Jim, the weather has me cranky too. The way to deal with it is some violent exercise. I put on my opera hat and cape and throw widows out of their shacks. You need to go punch a moose.Jim Roots wrote:These films were made by people in California, mostly.drednm wrote:My wife and I recently watched Centinnial (1978), an old mini-series that featured trapper Pasquinel (Robert Conrad), a French Canadian fur trader (as the main character). I thought about this series watching the Silent since Conrad could be seen singing, dancing with other men (whether they wanted to or not) and doing all sorts of similar things I saw in this. I think there was even a scene where he traveled down rapids in a canoe.Big Silent Fan wrote:What really got my attention in this film was the French-Canadian thing. I guess i'd never noticed that there was a French-Canadian stereotype in movies i'd seen over the years. I realize the blanket coat is a Northwest thing, but this was the first time i realized that there was a common thread of living in the woods/frontier, an exuberant manner (to go with the exuberant accent) and a tendency to dress in loud prints, and have thick heads of hair. This is mostly silents that i'm thinking of, i don't think i've seen that many French Canadian characters in talkies, aside from Laurence Olivier's bizarre performance in 49th Parallel.
Robert Conrad really got into character and mastered the accent nicely.
I always thought that Franco-American stereotype was mostly in Maine/northern New England/upstate NY because of proximity to Quebec and New Brunswick.