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by odinthor
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 25
Views: 323

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

I'll like an actor (not necessarily a top-liner) in a film, or a director, then go to IMDB to see what other films he or she is associated with, then throw myself on the floor and flail about in frustration because most of the films are unavailable. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because my fl...
by odinthor
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1506
Views: 125362

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

Gigi (1958); directed by Vincente Minnelli; music by Lerner and Loewe; starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold. I had not seen this film in fifty years, and thought it time to re-experience it. Oh, how some people hate this film, coming to it as I believe they do w...
by odinthor
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1506
Views: 125362

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

The Damned (1969); directed by Luchino Visconti; with Dirk Bogarde, Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, etc. etc. etc. (many prominent roles in this one). This tale of perversion, corruption, family intrigues, and Nazis, with a lengthy gay orgy as a special bonus, seems longer than its 156 ...
by odinthor
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1506
Views: 125362

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

Dersu Uzala (1975), directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Maksim Munzuk and Yuriy Solomin. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 142 minute film which divides naturally into two parts, divided by a several years’ separation of the two leading characters. The story—no spoilers!—is quick...
by odinthor
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1506
Views: 125362

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

The Color of Pomegranates (1969), Soviet-era Russian film written and directed by Sergei Paradjanov, newly-released (April, 2018) edition from Criterion offering “the cut closest to Parajanov's original vision.” Extraordinary and beautifully sensual film conveying via rich visual imagery the poetic...
by odinthor
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Movies with Scenes of Watching the Stock Market Ticker Tape
Replies: 9
Views: 1409

Re: Movies with Scenes of Watching the Stock Market Ticker T

I seem to recall it in The Saphead (1920).
by odinthor
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 633
Views: 78473

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

Mästerman (a.k.a. A Lover in Pawn ), 1920. Directed by Victor Sjöström, and starring same, with Greta Almroth and Harald Schwenzen. Sjöström gives a beautifully nuanced and touching performance as an embittered older pawnbroker whose life is changed by a vivacious young lady (Almroth) who is affian...
by odinthor
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Les quatre cents coups (1959), which is to say The 400 Blows ; directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. Diffuse yet taut, impassive and yet emotional, without a plot and yet with a real story, this splendid and poignant film moved me deeply on this, my first viewing. I have no cri...
by odinthor
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Just to record that I've been on a ( surprise! ) Ingmar Bergman binge. No need to review or give a synopsis of these mostly well-known films (see my Ingmar Bergman thread): In no particular order: Wild Strawberries (more magnificent every time I watch it), Ship to India (a bit Tennessee Williams), S...
by odinthor
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

You can tell that För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor (1964; aka All These Women ) is a comedy. It's not simply the jazzy version of "Yes, We Have No Bananas" they play at scene changes. It begins with a funeral, and that's a rule: comedies start with funerals, tragedies start with peasants dan...
by odinthor
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Balletprimadonnan (1916), which is to say The Ballet Prima Donna , alias Wolo czawienko , directed by Mauritz Stiller, and starring Lars Hanson, Dagmar Ebbesen, and Richard Lund. A talented peasant girl, and the talented peasant guy who loves her, both find success; but oh--wouldn't you just know i...
by odinthor
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Hämnaren (1915), which is to say The Avenger , directed by Mauritz Stiller, and with Vilhelm Hansson, Karin Molander, John Ekman, and Edith Erastoff. Interesting, fraught movie, dealing with societal difficulties between intolerant Christians and Jews. Deeply-felt, authentic performances by all con...
by odinthor
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Thomas Graals bästa film (1917), which is to say Thomas Graal's Best Film . With Victor Sjöström, Karin Molander, Albin Lavén, etc., of note is that the roles of two photographers are played by Gustaf Boge and Henrik Jaenzon, both of them cinematographers themselves, Jaenzon (brother of another cin...
by odinthor
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

The Pagan (1929), with Ramon Novarro, Renée Adorée, Donald Crisp, and Dorothy Janis. I think I've reviewed this before, so I'll mostly spare you further blather. It seems to me that Ramon is at his Ramoniest in this pic, which as far as I am concerned is a great thing--charismatic, playful, willful...
by odinthor
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Mme. de Thèbes , alias Son of Fate (1915). Swedish film directed by Mauritz Stiller, with Karin Molander, Ragna Wettergreen, Nicolai Johanssen, and Albin Lavén, inter alia . Gypsies! A father's curse! Babies switched not quite at birth! Deathbed revelation! Rival families! Mystical prediction! Supe...
by odinthor
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: My Ingmar Bergman Scorecard
Replies: 26
Views: 8112

Re: My Ingmar Bergman Scorecard

Great OP. I've seen a few less than you; never passed up an opportunity to see one from IB. I like your assessments, particularly about: Seventh Seal: As Pauline Kael said about Treasure of Sierra Madre, when you've seen this, you really know you've seen something. Such bold artistic ambition, such...
by odinthor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: My Ingmar Bergman Scorecard
Replies: 26
Views: 8112

Re: My Ingmar Bergman Scorecard

I didn't know anything about All These Women (his first film in colour, I believe) until I started going through his filmography during my most recent binge. Unfortunately, not an easy film to track down, I'd have to get the PAL DVD as I don't think there's a North American version. It'd be interes...
by odinthor
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Vingarne (1916), which is to say Wings ; directed by Mauritz Stiller; starring Egil Eide, Lars Hanson, Lili Beck, plus, fleetingly, Nils Asther. Poignant, interesting film, with a framing device which will leave many scratching their heads. Familiarity with classical mythology (Dædalus and Icarus; ...
by odinthor
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Vem dömer (1922), which is to say Who Judges ; but the English name of the film is Love’s Crucible . Intense Swedish drama directed by Victor Sjöstrom, with, notably, Jenny Hasselqvist ( The Saga of Gösta Berling , The Hell-Ship ), Gösta Eckman ( Faust , Intermezzo ), Nils Asther ( Wild Orchids , O...
by odinthor
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Svärmor på vift (1916), which is to say Mother-in-Law Whirls About , more or less, or maybe Mother-in-Law Blows In , but also translated as Mother-in-Law on the Loose . Charming Swedish short directed by Georg af Klercker depicting stresses on a doctor's household when the in-laws come to visit. Th...
by odinthor
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butchering of Films
Replies: 67
Views: 10756

Re: Butchering of Films

Butchering of films is completely reprehensible; but such butcherers who had or have an ounce of culture could respond to their critics by pointing to a long production history of respectable stage plays (Shakespeare in particular), ballets, operas, and musical comedies ( Show Boat !) being chopped,...
by odinthor
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Carosello Napolitano , which is to say Neapolitan Carousel (1954), with many many people of whom you will have heard of Sophia Loren, and you might have heard of Leonide Massine. A distinctive cinema experience, this show imparts the spirit of Naples, Italy, through song and dance inspired by the c...
by odinthor
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Blue Danube" (1932)?
Replies: 2
Views: 970

Re: "The Blue Danube" (1932)?

Many thanks! I really appreciate it!
by odinthor
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Blue Danube" (1932)?
Replies: 2
Views: 970

"The Blue Danube" (1932)?

Has anyone seen, or does anyone know of the existence or availability of, the 1932 British film The Blue Danube, directed by Herbert Wilcox, with Joseph Schildkraut, Brigitte Helm, and Leonide Massine?
by odinthor
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Intermission
Replies: 28
Views: 5678

Re: Intermission

Some long films famously had intermissions, like 2001: A Space Oddessy and Gone With the Wind . And The Great Escape, Around the World In Eighty Days, Ben-Hur... Jim And It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World . They handled the intermission very cleverly in the premiere engagement (I don't know if in regular...
by odinthor
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

The Maltese Falcon (1941). As I mentioned before at some point, I'm most likely the only person here who-- up until last night --hadn't seen the Bogart Maltese Falcon (mentioned in the context of indeed seeing the 1931 Cortez Maltese Falcon ). No need to be tedious here: Now having seen them both, ...
by odinthor
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322745

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Carnival in Costa Rica (1947). With Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero, Dick Haymes, Celeste Holm, Leonide Massine, Fritz Feld. Directed by Gregory Ratoff. Musical with good performances by all, pleasant if forgettable songs, good writing, and exciting dancing (more on this in a moment). PC warriors will onl...
by odinthor
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: RIP Jerry Lewis
Replies: 18
Views: 4907

Jerry Lewis!

I offer a wistful and sad goodbye to that star many love to decry, Jerry Lewis. The inventive and ever-vigorous lunacy he offered, especially in that series of greats ending in 1964 with what I consider his masterpiece The Patsy , I always found not only hilarious but also mentally stimulating in mu...
by odinthor
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Massine, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffmann
Replies: 0
Views: 534

Massine, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffmann

This is basically just to put on record what I haven't run across elsewhere, namely that the great choreographer Leonide Massine, featured in the wonderful films The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffmann , seems (to me) to have had much much more to do with the writing and/or conceptualization of the ...
by odinthor
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136353

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Brudeferden i Hardanger , which is to say The Bridal Party in Hardanger , 1926. Directed by Rasmus Breistein. This visually beautiful film, beautifully restored by the Norwegian Film Institute, could be called epic in its leap of decades; and yet it always feels very intimate and personal. We focus...