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A few quick phone camera pics from our Snow Day in New York City today:

Maison Kayser, the French bakery café where I took a break (inside) when I was going stir crazy ... They may have been a bit overly optimistic about the weather on the first full day of spring:

Pigeons have to make a living too, and they don't get a Snow Day:

The witch hazel in my building's front yard has been blooming for a while now. Today it was probably asking itself "Why?"

My building's private garden ... across the courtyard is our sister building. This was taken at about 4 PM today.

It probably looks timely again, now that the Cold War seems to be back with us!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: Yesterday at 07:08:56 AM »
I'm not a superhero person, and the only one I've seen was Wonder Woman. Which I really enjoyed, but then I've always had a soft spot for Amazons. And World War I movies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: March 19, 2018, 06:51:40 AM »
Digital restoration, I suppose? ???

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:23:19 PM »
How was Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, Gant? It got good reviews around here ... :)

Just to mention I saw Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool at the end of January (next-to-last film screened at New York's beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, another victim of landlord greed) and really enjoyed it. A very unconventional romance and a dying-movie-star flick, both very credible and exceptionally well done. It's also a family story where the family dynamic is much different from what you might expect.

But now to my non-current "movie I have watched this week" ... it was screened on the local Public Television's classic movie show, and it was quite out of the ordinary: The Big Lift (George Seaton, 1950), a romance set during the Berlin Airlift of 1949, starring Montgomery Clift as a lovelorn serviceman and Cornell Borchers, who flitted briefly across early-fifties screens as Fox's latest failed attempt at discovering a new Ingrid Bergman, as his German sweetheart. Poor Clift thinks he's discovered the love of his life, and moves heaven and earth (almost literally, considering his last airlift run happens during fog so heavy even birds won't take off) to get her properly married to him before he has to returm stateside. But alas, all is not as it seems, and those chic clothes being shipped to Borchers from Saint Louis maybe, just maybe, aren't really coming from a prewar girlfriend who lives there.

What set the film apart wasn't the rather conventional plot but the setting, and the casting. It was actually filmed on location, and just months after the end of the Russian blockade and the airlift. Berlin was still essentially nothing but shells of buildings and heaps of rubble, such as we see in this scene at Borchers' workplace (her job is general heavy-duty rubble removal, which many Berlin women actually labored at in the years just after the war):

The final credits mention that filming was done in all four sectors, American, Russian, British and French. (At this period, Germans and foreigners could still move freely around the city but the police and MPs charged with keeping order were confined to their respective national quadrant.)

The other most unconventional feature of the movie, again revealed in the end credits, was the casting. All the US military personnel in the film (and there were a lot of them), aside from Clift and his German-hating sidekick played by Paul Douglas, appeared as themselves. Many got brief screenshots in the final credits. The IMDb lists the 31 of them who appeared or were named in the credits.

Of course I couldn't help thinking of Clint and The 15:17 to Paris. These men were genuine heroes, playing themselves with naturalness and credibility. I wouldn't have thought to question whether any were professional actors.

And there is one more connection to Clint ... this one a "no degrees of separation" link. Anybody got it (without cheating)?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:10:33 PM »
Now for an obituary of a star of a different kind, in the fashion world:

Hubert de Givenchy, Pillar of Romantic Elegance in Fashion, Dies at 91

Hubert de Givenchy in 1960 in France. He was emblematic of a generation of gentlemanly designers who nurtured personal relationships with customers and created collections with specific women in mind.
Credit Robert Doisneau/Gamma-Rapho, via Getty Images

He was perhaps best known for his association with Audrey Hepburn:

Audrey Hepburn in Mr. Givenchy’s elegant, simple little black dress as Holly Golightly in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Credit Keystone Features/Getty Images

But as Mr. Givenchy told the story, she was not actually the Hepburn he had hoped to dress when he was told an actress wanted to meet him.

“Roman Holiday” had not yet premiered, so he thought it was Katharine Hepburn calling. Audrey Hepburn was searching for designs that would inspire the character of Sabrina Fairchild, a chauffeur’s daughter who is transformed into a sophisticate while studying in Paris, in Billy Wilder’s film “Sabrina” (1954).

“She wore tight little pants and a little T-shirt, and I was so disappointed she wasn’t Katharine,” Mr. Givenchy said of the actress, who came before him in ballerina flats and a straw gondolier’s hat. “I said I had no time — I was in the middle of making my second collection, and I didn’t have too many workers then. But we had dinner that night, and before dinner was over, I told her, ‘I’ll do anything for you.’ ”

The whole obituary is definitely worth a read, even if you don't follow fashion and Audrey Hepburn isn't one of your favorite movie stars. There's also an appreciation of Givenchy and Hepburn as the first "brand ambassadors":

And these excerpts from interviews with Givenchy, on Hepburn:

R.I.P., Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy (his full name).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:53:13 AM »
Well, hope you're answered.

Gant, here's a link to the Times obituary of Ken Dodd:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:15:29 AM »
What is with all this God blessing of dead people? It seems to me it's too late to ask for that. ???

General Discussion / Re: All the prostitutes in Eastwoodland
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:07:17 PM »
No cleft in Tara (Dawn) Frederick's chin! And she has more of a potato nose. ;)

General Discussion / Re: All the prostitutes in Eastwoodland
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:04:19 AM »
Here's another screenshot of Rebecca Clemons, from 1976:

General Discussion / Re: All the prostitutes in Eastwoodland
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:33:08 PM »
The Image Below  "Julie Hoopman"  Photo is actually a different Actress although the resemblance is amazing it is "Tara Frederick" ... Your Friend HalfGoofy Chief Editor and Site Director of see the IMDB Link   or the WDW/FIX link

HalfGoofy, are you saying that these two role photographs are of the same person? ???

"Girl with whip" in Tightrope, 1984

"Little Sue" in Unforgiven, 1992 (billed as "Tara Dawn Frederick")

I'm sorry, but I find that hard to accept. According to the IMDb as of today's date, at least, both Belle in Honkytonk Man and "Girl with whip" in Tightrope were played by Rebecca Clemons. (Not "Clemens," as Matt misspelled it on the previous page.) She's also said to have played "Buxom Bess" in Any Which Way You Can ... anyone have an idea who that could be?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dreams
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:27:16 PM »
That does sound like Holden, though! Wanting to see a bunch of (to other people) really bad movies, instead of a football game! ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:25:43 PM »
I'm glad you're feeling better, Matt! :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:10:45 PM »
We're supposed to get one to three inches tomorrow. After a downpour of rain. March is not for sissies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, palooka!
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:16:43 AM »
Happy Birthday! 8)

Whenever you celebrate ... have a wonderful day! :)

Questions & Answers / Re: Looking for location
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:52:04 PM »
Hi, BrianS, these sources would seem to confirm that you are correct:

Monte Verde Lake is near Angel Fire Village, New Mexico.  Sorry no one answered this question earlier, but thanks for posting, and please feel free to post more! :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What was the last CD you bought ?
« on: February 24, 2018, 05:45:46 AM »
Not a big Debussy fan ... but his opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, is very nice, if a little weird.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Movie Discussion
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:42:23 PM »
^ The book was over-the-top, but thrilling, maybe the best of the Harry Hole series. I didn't see the movie ... as I recall, reviews made it clear that it departed quite drastically from the book. Besides, it was shot in English with a mostly Hollywood cast. Why bother to film in Norway if you're not going to cast Norwegians?

I saw a play last night called Having Our Say. It's based on a true story, which was turned into a bestselling book of oral history back in the 1990s. The book and the play present the reminiscences of Bessie and Sadie Delany, African-American sisters (they prefer the old-fashioned term "colored") who were born around the year 1890 and were both over 100 at the time their story was written down. Their father was born into slavery, but grew up to become the first African-American to be elected a bishop in the Episcopalian church in the U.S. Their mother was the child of a free black woman and a white farmer, who were a devoted couple although they were prevented by law from marrying. (The same "miscegenation" laws that wouldn't be overthrown until the Loving case in 1967, which was celebrated in the movie of the same name that Gant reviewed for us in the "2017 Movie Discussion" thread today.)

The sisters eventually moved to New York and both became professionals, Sadie a teacher and Bessie a dentist. They had long and successful careers and were active in the women's rights and civil rights movements. It was fascinating to hear them tell their stories, without bitterness or rancor at all the slights and racism they'd experienced over the course of a century, and with a great deal of pride in their life choices and their accomplishments.

Besides the book and the play (which was on Broadway in 1995; this was a very small-scaled production in a tiny "pop-up" performance space), there was a TV movie with Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee, but this was the first time I'd encountered the story. I probably wouldn't have gone on my own, but I was very grateful to my friend who suggested it.

How would the drinking game work? Every time they take a selfie ... drink? :D

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