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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:18:19 PM »
I used to have a typewriter eraser like that. Gosh, I'm old enough to remember typewriters! :o

I never liked whiteout. Too messy. But I didn't like to use the eraser, either. Best thing to do was to type the whole page over.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday, Doug!
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:15:02 PM »
We're getting a bit lax with these birthdays! :o

Doug's birthday was yesterday. Happy belated birthday, Doug! I hope you had a wonderful day. :)

Trivia Games / Re: Clint's Clothing
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:10:54 AM »
^Gant, you specified black. That Sudden Impact jacket is not black.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Eastwood Easter 2018!
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:08:24 AM »
Happy Easter to all who celebrate Easter (except those who celebrate next Sunday, April 8. Happy Easter a week in advance to you). Happy Passover to all who celebrate Passover. Happy April Fool's Day to every single one of us!

Edit: I just checked, and apparently the official spelling is April Fools' Day. This is not a joke (I think).

Jed Cooper, I  edited your post to reduce the size of the image.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Movie Discussion
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:38:25 AM »
You don't think Scott could do an outstanding job as an animated bunny? ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your top 5 singers
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:50:28 PM »
And then there's The Boss.  Can we do more than five?  :)

 :police:   :knuppel2:

(Always looking for a chance to use those.)

Of course you can ... No one's playing Thread Police here! ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Movie Discussion
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:48:26 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Scott Eastwood
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:45:48 PM »
So he doesn't use his uncanny resemblance to pleasing effect? :o Drat.

General Discussion / Re: Scott Eastwood
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:44:22 PM »
^ The New York Times gave this a checkmark, meaning "Critic's Pick," and commented, "Scott Eastwood is also on board, and he uses his uncanny resemblance to his fther, Clint, to pleasing effect." Which may be as close to a rave review as Scott is going to get.

Caveat: The critic, Glenn Kenny, admits: "Pacific Rim: Uprising managed to hit me in my Godzilla sweet spot."

^ I hear them calling in Central Park, even in the snow, but haven't managed to glimpse one yet.

Great photo, Matt! :)

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: March 21, 2018, 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:

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