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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostMon Apr 30, 2018 10:00 pm

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Per the discussion above, I wanted to note the Fox retrospective at MOMA discussed here, but none of the other suggestions seemed to really fit the films being shown, so I decided to honor the film that's been the most talked-about Fox rediscovery of the last few months, William K. Howard's 1931 Transatlantic, featuring Edmund Lowe and Greta Nissen in this image. I interviewed Dave Kehr about the series recently, so watch for that on NitrateVille Radio shortly.
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 4:45 am

Once again, my bad-facial-recognition abilities made me wonder what Al Pacino was doing back then.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 9:07 am

boblipton wrote:Once again, my bad-facial-recognition abilities made me wonder what Al Pacino was doing back then.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 10:09 am

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boblipton wrote:Once again, my bad-facial-recognition abilities made me wonder what Al Pacino was doing back then.

Bob


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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 12:15 pm

Looks a LOT more like Kevin Kline than Al Pacino. Even looks like Robert de Niro in his little-moustache period. And his companion could be Uma Thurman.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 5:27 pm

I needed my reading glasses, too: for a second there I thought it was Ronald Colman and Ann Harding. Still have to catch them in Condemned!
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 7:10 pm

So no big Edmund Lowe fans, huh? He's someone who seems to have become a star just because he could be very dapper, but he's not very memorable as a performer. To be honest, Transatlantic's newfound fame is probably his only chance for the masthead!
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostTue May 01, 2018 7:59 pm

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Well, he was in that What Price Glory? (1927) film, which does have a pretty good reputation.

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He played character parts long into the sound era, such as one of the guilty-looking suspects in Dangerous Blondes (1943).
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PostTue May 01, 2018 8:24 pm

He was good foil to Victor McLaglen and got a good following in the pictures they made together. I just think that when the talkies came, there were too many men who could look dapper, and he just fell by the wayside. He was quite good in all he did, but had nothing really that stood him out from the crowd.
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PostWed May 02, 2018 5:17 am

Donald Binks wrote:He was good foil to Victor McLaglen and got a good following in the pictures they made together. I just think that when the talkies came, there were too many men who could look dapper, and he just fell by the wayside. He was quite good in all he did, but had nothing really that stood him out from the crowd.


Right, I agree. He shows up in an awful lot of films from the classic era, and almost always does a good job, but he is completely unmemorable. He had no distinctive features.

There was a period in the 1990s when every young male actor was named either Jason or Matthew, and every Jason looked alike, and every Matthew looked alike. In the same way, every actor in the 1930s looked like either Edmund Lowe or Ronald Colman, depending on whether they had a moustache or not.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostWed May 02, 2018 8:42 am

Lowe was capable and, in the hands of a strong director, could give a fine performance. He did have a tendency to ham it up, though. Sometimes this could be used to a movie's advantage -- Mad Holiday (1936) has him and Elissa Land at Metro making fun of The Thin Man under George Seitz, and it's a hoot. Put him in a top hat, though, and I want to dump ice in the blender to make snowballs to throw at him.

As for Miss Nissen, she was another also-ran in the "We got a Garbo too!" competition. Nothing wrong with her, but there's really only one Greta.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostWed May 02, 2018 1:20 pm

The first time I ever saw Edmund Lowe in a movie -- I think it may have been DINNER AT EIGHT -- he reminded me of Fearless Fosdick from the L'il Abner comic strip, and I've never quite shaken that association. I do like him in a debonair but slightly seedy performance like BLACK SHEEP or GUILTY AS HELL, where he carelessly flicks his cigarette ash on a corpse.
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostThu May 31, 2018 9:02 pm

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So one of the things people mentioned above was wanting to see more directors and other behind the scenes folks on the masthead. So I thought about who had gotten some attention lately and actually it was pretty easy—with two Fairbanks and three Swanson films recently released on video, as well as a couple of titles in the Fox retrospective at MOMA, this is Allan Dwan's moment if he's ever going to have one. I put him with two of the recently released titles from Kino Lorber, and then added a 50s James M. Cain adaptation to reflect the longevity of his career, from silents to widescreen Technicolor.
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostThu May 31, 2018 9:25 pm

Good choice! A few years ago MoMA saluted Dwan with a retrospective of films from his entire career. I went to several, and it was striking how different each one was from the others. You’d never guess they were directed by the same guy. Some might say he lacked an idiosyncratic style, but I call it versatility.
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostFri Jun 01, 2018 1:25 am

What a coincidence! Yesterday I watched DAVID HARUM (1915) and thought that Dwan had done a brilliant job. Great director!
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostFri Jun 01, 2018 4:10 am

Dwan has long been one of my favorites. A fine technical director who showed a great eye early on, somehow got performances that showed the actors were were having a good time *Fairbanks, sure, but also William Crane, Swanson, Dennis O'Keefe...) led the way into a moving sound matrix... and directed over 500 movies, so there's a lot left to see. I think his stuff declined in the 1950s when he turns auteurish and repetitive, but everyone is entitled to a few clunkers. His version of Brewster's Millions is incredibly high-speed farce and his work with Shirley Temple resulted in me having a sister about to turn 72 named Heidi.

Plus he was born in Toronto, so Jim will stop complaining for a month.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostFri Jun 01, 2018 6:12 am

boblipton wrote:Dwan has long been one of my favorites. A fine technical director who, like showed a great eye early on, somehow got performances that showed the actors were were having a good time *Fairbanks, sure, but also William Crane, Swanson, Dennis O'Keefe...) led the way into a moving sound matrix... and directed over 500 movies, so there's a lot left to see. I think his stuff declined in the 1950s when he turns auteurish and repetitive, but everyone is entitled to a few clunkers. His version of Brewster's Millions is incredibly high-speed farce and his work with Shirley Temple resulted in me having a sister about to turn 72 named Heidi.

Plus he was born in Toronto, so Jim will stop complaining for a month.

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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostSat Jun 30, 2018 9:03 pm

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Years ago I found a picture of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg to use on the masthead, and got it all outlined and ready to go. Then it turned out that that was the exact picture Criterion used for their Von Sternberg and Dietrich set.

So I used von Sternberg from that picture but found a different picture of Dietrich that would put her in the spotlight and von Sternberg back in the distance... seemed to describe their working relationship and the way she took over his life pretty well, at least how he seems to have felt about by the time of The Devil Is a Woman.

Anyway, here's the main thread about that set, which comes out on Tuesday.
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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

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Mike Gebert wrote:Image

Years ago I found a picture of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg to use on the masthead, and got it all outlined and ready to go. Then it turned out that that was the exact picture Criterion used for their Von Sternberg and Dietrich set.

So I used von Sternberg from that picture but found a different picture of Dietrich that would put her in the spotlight and von Sternberg back in the distance... seemed to describe their working relationship and the way she took over his life pretty well, at least how he seems to have felt about by the time of The Devil Is a Woman.

Anyway, here's the main thread about that set, which comes out on Tuesday.


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Re: Gallery of Mastheads

PostSun Jul 01, 2018 9:48 am

You're velcome.
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