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The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:43:02 PM »

Okay, I give up! I even scanned through it again. The only scenes that we see the neighbors closer up is through Jeff's telephoto camera lens.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 06, 2018, 09:18:15 AM »
 ;D Literally laughed out loud at Maude Flanders' explanation of where she was for a week. This is awesome. Thanks for posting!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:25:14 PM »

Don't give it to us yet! I'm not done thinkin about this.

On another note, did we ever find out why the dog had to die? What was in the flower bed?

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:20:56 PM »
Interesting perspective, Doug. Thanks for sharing. It's really interesting that I had the opposite reaction to you. What does everyone else think, does he love her?

He was comfortable with her. Too comfortable for his liking. He may have loved her, but he was bored of their relationship. When she pulls out he realizes he didn't want to be without her, but it was too easy to win her back -- he just had to say "When am I going to see you again", and she relented.  The moment she brought him dinner from 21 and he just looks at it with a predictable shrug and no enthusiasm, I didn't think he had any true romantic feelings left for her -- just obligation and routine. They had nothing in common, until... Lars Thorwald's wife went missing and they were both caught up in finding out what happened. When he saw her adventurous spirit, he realized that she was HIS girl, and he was proud of her. And if they were ever in love before, it was reignited, and better than ever. So I think the love may have been there, but that it went from an almost platonic, dull relationship to a potentially long-term one.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:28:22 PM »
Trailer looks gooood. Can't wait!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:04:05 AM »
AKA, that was a great comparison of the relationships in these three films. I think one of the reasons some of us love Hitchcock is for these reasons.They're not stories of the happy, conventional husband, wife and two kids suburban household. There's a dark undertone that shows the problems in relationships -- sometimes to an extreme. Ms. Lonelyheart in Rear Window cries herself to sleep every night because she's alone. She finally gets the courage to go out there and try to find love, and instead, the man she brings home assaults her. In her despair, she contemplates ending her life.  But, there is also hope in Hitchcock's films:  she winds up finding someone who is right for her and we assume gets her happy ending.

These aren't the pretty relationships so many other films were showing in these time periods. They are realistic though because life isn't that easy and love isn't that perfect.

And then there are subtle touches of Hitchcock humor, like when Miss Torso's husband/boyfriend shows up and he's not at all what you expect him to be -- and he goes right for the refrigerator even when she's trying to shower him with affection. I love that part of the film.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:54:12 PM »
One of the things I noticed was how brilliant the colors were, and went to check to see if it was the Eastman film or the Technicolor.  James Stewart and Detective Doyle's eyes are so blue it made me wonder if the film was colorized, but I know it wasn't shot in black & white. So I looked it up, and it is colorized (somewhat):

The film negative was considerably damaged as a result of color dye fading as early as the 1960s. Nearly all of the yellow image dyes had faded out. Despite fears that the film had been irrevocably damaged, preservation experts were able to restore the film nearly to its original coloration.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:39:16 PM »
Also, who noticed Hitchcock's cameo?

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: Rear Window (1954)
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:37:33 PM »
I watched this yesterday. I want to preface my comments by saying that I've seen very few movies from this era. A few thoughts that came to mind: I prefer the ladies fashions as depicted in the movie to the fashions of today. Ladies dress appeared to be both more elegant and more feminine back then. I am really not a fan of either the pant suits or the risque attire that are popular today.

Since you haven't watched too many classic films, you may not be familiar with Edith Head, who is the costume designer in this film. Whenever I've seen the most gorgeously dressed women in a classic film, I look to see if Edith Head was the wardrobe designer, and nine times out of ten, she was.

She was immortalized in The Untouchables as the fashion designer who created the super hero costumes:

During her career Head was nominated for 35 Oscars, and won eight times - more than any other woman in history.

This quote is from this good article about her accomplishments:

I am also struck by how slow paced these movies are compared to the contemporary movies that I grew up watching. Not very much happens in this movie, and what little does actually happen, is seen from inside the apartment window.

Did you find the suspense building though, or was it below your radar?  This is The Master of Suspense at work, slowly building the story -- little bits and pieces along the way.  As an audience member, we're in the same boat as  Lisa, Stella and Det. Doyle -- at first we don't believe Jeff, maybe he's a little crazy. He's definitely voyeuristic and it's distasteful, but slowly... we are reeled into the drama right along with all of them.

Also, I've lived in an apartment complex for years, and I've never seen scantily clad women doing anything from my window (although, unlike Jimmy Stewart's character, I haven't gone looking for it.) Does this actually happen, or is it just a movie convention?

 ;D  Move to Greenwich Village, and you tell me.  Hitchcock made a point of discussing how hot it was and showing the thermometer over 80 degrees. I noticed in one scene there is an electric fan running. Not sure when exactly central air was the norm, but obviously they were trying to keep cool with the windows open and the blinds/curtains letting the air come in. So if you're gonna be like that for a few weeks, I guess your inhibitions give way to basic comfort -- who cares who is watching, as long as you're not sweltering from the heat.  Although, a murder and cover-up is probably going overboard. But, Miss Torso wasn't really that scantily clad for a dancer. They would normally practice and perform in similar attire.

The CEWB Movie Club / Rear Window (1954)
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:10:01 PM »
This is the discussion thread for our first film of the HITCHCOCK Movie Club, Rear Window.  Discuss anything that comes to mind about the film -- the directing, performances, casting, set design, etc.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Hang' Em High is highly underrated...
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:59:22 AM »

This was really Clints first walk away from the "Man with no name" type character he was used to playing, and it was a little awkward for me seeing him that way. Clean shaven, highly moraled, non ambiguous. I didnt really think it was a character he was made to play. Quite a bit of his western personas arent about what you see, or what he says, its about what you DONT see and what he DOESNT say.
All of that to basically say, I wasnt really comfortable with Clint being the "white hat" good guy, even if he did play it well for the movie, it wasnt really..."him" least to me.

But don't forget -- he pulls a Dirty Harry three years early by throwing his star away because "the law's crazy" (Dirty Harry quote).  We've compared how Coogan's Bluff is a pre-Harry Callahan film, but even in his first appearance as a law man, Clint was already pushing the bounds of the problems with the justice system.  So he was never the clean cut "white hat" good guy. 

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:47:37 AM »
Yessss!  BDC28 is in da house!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:57:49 PM »

Here's a teaser...

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The Beatles Unplugged. I like it!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:40:47 PM »
I haven't been buying any of the remastered Beatles albums - the last Beatles album I bought was Love, but this one looks like a must-have. Glad to see Giles Martin as producer.  He did great with his father on Love, and I just like that the Beatles music is in the hands of "family". Yeah, I'll probably be buying this one.  8)

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:02:24 PM »
Jump in whenever you want to, Doug. The commitment needed to join in here is pretty lax. Join in anytime you want, and take off on any of the weeks that you don't want to. And since you've already seen a lot of these films and recently, please feel free to join in the weekly discussions even if you're not watching it that week with us.

As for Frenzy, that's one I haven't seen in about 20 years, so I might want to watch that one again. If we don't all fall apart halfway through like we did on our last Movie Club schedule, we can look at tacking it on at the end. We'll see how many of us continue to go through this over the next three months.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »
It sounds like you're a pretty big Hitchcock fan, Matt. As directors go, is he your second favorite after Eastwood?

Yeah, he probably is. His movies are just so great, but his casting is also divine. These are the screen gods and goddesses in some of their best roles. They're classic films that are intelligent, mysterious, romantic, and so well acted. Sean Connery, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Henry Fonda, and Gregory Peck are some of the best golden screen actors, and then they're paired with royalty (literally) Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak, Eva Marie Saint, the list goes on and on. When I said earier that I like classic films because it's like a time capsule and a bit of history, this is exactly what I meant, and probably half the reason I love these films.

I'd be down for adding "Marnie" to the schedule if others are also interested in seeing it.

Okay, we now have it on there as a second bonus. That brings us right to the week before Christmas.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Alfred Hitchcock
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:38:25 AM »
Marnie is another of my favorites!  I would love to watch this again. Maybe 2 more bonus films?  ;)

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:37:23 AM »
Ooh, I love  Notorious. Let's see how we get on ... maybe we'll do a second bonus!

 O0  :)

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: September 22, 2018, 08:09:28 PM »
I also wanted Notorious on here, but figured sneaking in TWO extra would be pushing it.

The CEWB Movie Club / CEWB Movie Club Theme 2 Schedule: HITCHCOCK
« on: September 22, 2018, 10:02:06 AM »
Here's the master schedule for our second theme of the CEWB Movie Club: HITCHCOCK.  Join in any time and watch the films with us each week. We'll have a thread for each of the films here in this Movie Club forum.  Be sure to comment each week on that week's film.  This thread will be locked, but if you need to comment on the schedule, you can post in THIS thread.

                            THEME 2:  HITCHCOCK

WK#             DatesMovie Recommended by
WK 110/01 - 10/07         Rear Window (1954)AKA
WK 210/08 - 10/14Sabotage (1936)The Schofield Kid
WK 310/15 - 10/21Rebecca (1940)Matt
WK 410/22 - 10/28North by Northwest (1959)KC
WK 510/29 - 11/04Psycho (1960)Gant
WK 611/05 - 11/11The Lady Vanishes (1938)Christopher
WK 711/12 - 11/18The 39 Steps (1935)The Schofield Kid
WK 811/19 - 11/25Spellbound (1945)Matt
WK 911/26 - 12/02Strangers on a Train (1951)Gant
WK 1012/03 - 12/09BONUS FILM #1: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)   Hitch's Favorite
WK 1112/10 - 12/16BONUS FILM #2: Marnie (1964)   By Popular Demand

The Bonus Film is on there because I really wanted to see it, and no one nominated it! One of the perks of organizing these Movie Club themes.  ;D 

I maneuvered it to make sure we watched Psycho on Halloween week!  O0

Be sure to secure your films in advance so you can participate in each week's film. We'll have a discussion thread for each week.

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