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  1. Charlie Baker

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    I've heard or read and it makes sense that In the Heat of the Night was a compromise Oscar Best Picture choice between the "new" "hip" Hollywood of The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde and the more traditional Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and (eh, whatever) Doctor Dolittle. I love Graduate and B and C, but in some ways they seem a bit more dated than Heat. It holds up and Poitier and Steiger are so good. I go back and forth on Anne Baxter but she pulls off a completely against type role in Swamp Water. where she plays kind of a wild child orphan scrambling around the Okefonokee. Also like her as good but no-nonsense girl in Magnificent Ambersons.
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    Liv Ullmanm day is tomorrow and of course some of her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman must be included. But it's fun that they included the notoriously bad musical of Lost Horizon. I am most intrigued by The Emigrants and its sequel The New Land. I saw these on their initial US release in the early 70s and remember being engrossed and moved by them, and I haven't seen them since. They're long and quite unsparing in telling the story of a Swedish farm family in the 19th Century who move to America in hope of a better life. With Max von Sydow and LIv Ullmann in the leads. Not for everyone, but potentially rewarding. I'm hoping to make space on the DVR and then find the time to watch them.. But not both at one sitting.
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    The role of the mother in Torch Song Trilogy was written for and originated on stage by Estelle Getty, and I believe it led pretty directly to her getting Golden Girls. Fierstein has written that she was put out over not getting to do the movie. (She might have been established, but certainly not a movie name like Ms. Bancroft.) The movie is a good adaptation and condensation of a theater piece that was lengthy, because it was three one-acts each done in a different theatrical style.
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    Melvyn Douglas is a good foil for Greta Garbo in Ninotchka. I also have a certain fondness for Third Finger, Left Hand, where he is romantically paired with Myrna Loy. And he worked very well with Joan Blondell in more than one film. His latter day work is very strong as Auntie Pam mentioned. I would add the very downbeat I Never Sang for My Father to that list.
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    Book recommendation: The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith. This is a novel about the director of the fictional titular lost silent (as so many real films have been) tracked down by a film scholar. In that framework we get the man's story which started out with the Lumieres, moved on to a skirmish with Edison after the release of his master work, and into WWI. Fascinating stuff for silent fans, and great characters (the director's partners include a famed French actress, a Brooklyn kinescope parlor operator, and an Australian daredevil stuntman). A bit of a dense read, maybe, but I was very much drawn into it.
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    TCM Albert FInney Memorial 7/25
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    The Zeffirelli R and J is the best one, But I enjoy the 1936 R and J as a kind of MGM take on the stage productions that would feature a big name in the lead role(s) even if they were aged out of it, You can suspend disbelief if you go with it and find the actors good enough. Have you seen Imitation of Life, ruby24? Another SIrk that would seem up your alley, Donahue turns up in it in a small role--fair warning. Tab Hunter was the better actor of the two heart throbs.
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    As we discussed this lady here a while ago, I thought some of us might enjoy this as much as I did, On Pauline Kael on !00th Anniversary of Her Birth
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    For D Day, a New York Times column by Ben Mankiewicz on how war movies helped veterans, including his own father, to open up about their war experiences. Ben M on War Movies
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    Welcome to this world, Shakma! Of course I love ruby24's recommendations--and they may be gateways to more from two of my absolute favorite actresses, Barbara Stanwyck and Myrna Loy. For more Katharine Hepburn, try Holiday, based on another play by Phillip Barry, who wrote Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, my favorite teaming of hers with Spencer Tracy, and The African Queen. As for James Stewart, maybe his Hitchcock films, Rear Window and Vertigo, which go deeper than that aw shucks image you mention.
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    Last night was Truffaut themed--with the angle of on screen appearances. First was Spielberg's Close Encounters, then his own, lovely and delicious ode to film making, Day for Night, where he cast himself as the director of the movie within the movie. In between was a more obscure film which I hadn't seen, The Green Room. He took on the demanding central role in this--a man who is obsessive about remembering and commemorating his loved ones who have passed on. It doesn't completely work, or cohere too well storywise, But the cinematography (Nestor Almendros) is lovely and there are some very strong moments and an overall haunting feel to it--of course, light entertainment it is not. ETA: It was actually FRIDAY night--I watched last night.
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    Truly Doris Day was one of the last of the Golden Agers. A gifted, natural performer who made what she did look so much easier than it was. And when she got to step out of the roles she was most identified with, the best example being Love Me or Leave Me, she showed her talents' range.
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    Alvin Sargent passed away--a screenwriter with a long, wide-ranging career. From Julia and Ordinary People to Spiderman
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    The Robert Osborne tribute programs air tonight--I guess that's the official wrap for the anniversary commemoration. ETA: Oops, guess not. Friday they're doing The Best of Robert Osborne Picks.
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    If you have access to Watch TCM, The Bad and the Beautiful is now available to stream through May 5th.
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