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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:40:59 PM »
Your turn, D'Amb! I'm still here but I had a scare a minute ago when I saw a "white screen" and the page took EVEN LONGER to load ... I may be losing the connection here!  :o


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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:34:11 PM »
#4: In an even-numbered year ...

D'Amb, for me this board is MUCH slower than the last one. The background image loads, then it seems to take FOREVER for anything more to happen ...  ??? :(

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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:27:57 PM »
#3: Yup, released after 1985 ...

Just a word of warning, I already told Matt this ... I HOPE we can get this game in, but I've lost my Internet connection every night around this time for the past 3-4 nights ...  :o

So, if five or ten minutes passes and I don't respond ... and Matt e-mails me and I STILL don't respond ... sorry fellas, but in that case we'll have to finish it next time.  :(

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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:20:14 PM »
#2: Not a cop film, either!  :)

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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:17:11 PM »
#1: Nope, not a Western this time!  ;)

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Trivia Games / Re:15 Questions ... the sequel!
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:13:26 PM »
Me!  :D

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Joe Kidd/ Mules For sister sarah
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:11:18 PM »
Clint was required to kill a rattler by the script ... not because it was upsetting anyone. ;)

As to Liz Taylor, no one seems to know for sure why she dropped out of the running to play Sister Sara ... I've never heard that it was because she didn't want to work with Clint, though. She met him when he was working with her then-husband Richard Burton on Where Eagles Dare, and as far as I know they got along fine. In fact, Don Siegel said Taylor gave Eastwood the script in the first place because she wanted him to co-star with her. (A Siegel Film, p. 322.)

Siegel also says that Taylor dropped out because she wanted the picture to be shot in Spain, where Burton was going to be working at the time, and the studio refused.

KC

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The Dirty Harry Films / Re:clintus
« on: January 11, 2003, 09:38:22 PM »
The hanging will be as soon as we get enough of a crowd gathered!  :D

ajay, I hope you don't mind, I was just a bit puzzled. I'm sure you know a lot about Clint and can be a valuable contributor to this site. If you'll take a look in the Westerns forum, I thought your post in the High Plains Drifter thread there might start us off on an interesting discussion about Clint's "mysterious stranger" characters.

If you're just trying to stump other Board members, why not make a game out of it, and post down in the "Trivia Games" forum? For instance, if you posted this question down there, you might say something like, "First one to answer this correctly gets to post another general trivia question about Clint's career as a director" ... and the rest of us could take it from there.

Again, no offense, that is just sort of the way this Board works. ;)

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:high plains drifter again
« on: January 11, 2003, 09:05:01 PM »
Yes, and I'm sure the similarity was intended. One difference is that in High Plains Drifter, the "mysterious stranger" character that Clint plays seems to show mostly a demonic side ... whereas in Pale Rider, he's more clearly on the side of the angels.

We had some good discussions on the old Board about the Stranger and the Preacher ... maybe we could start another one here?

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The Dirty Harry Films / Re:clintus
« on: January 11, 2003, 08:51:32 PM »
Don Siegel's name for a shot in one of his films that was devised by his friend and collaborator ... Clint?  :D

ajay, I'm a bit puzzled as to the purpose of your posts. Most of us who visit this site regularly have read the standard Eastwood biographies and seen the documentaries. If there's something you DON'T know about Eastwood, and want to know, you can post about it in the Q&A Forum, but I can't really see the point of posting questions you already know the answers to ... because most of us already know the answers to 'em too! ;)

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Trivia Games / Re:Degrees of Seperation
« on: January 11, 2003, 08:46:15 PM »
There's another obvious one I personally like even better ... Zellweger was in Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty (2000) with none other than Morgan Freeman, Will Munny's unfaithful sidekick Ned.  ;)

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Questions & Answers / Re:Madison County
« on: January 11, 2003, 08:27:48 PM »
Here are a few captures so you all can see what I'm talking about.

First ... the full frame DVD image. The AR is 1.33:1. This cap is from my computer; your TV might cut it off slightly around the edges, but that shouldn't be significant.



Now, the laserdisc image ... I captured it from the TV and just trimmed off all the black space around the image. This is the approximate theatrical release image and the AR is 1.86:1.



Finally, the way I watch it on my widescreen TV. To get this image, I put the DVD on the TV and cropped the image from my computer's DVD player until it looked exactly the same. The AR is a bit less than I said before ... it's 1.68:1.


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Questions & Answers / Re:Madison County
« on: January 11, 2003, 07:29:17 PM »
I first watched Bridges on a rented video, but when I bought the DVD I was annoyed to find that parts of the shot appear to be out of view.  On my DVD, the image of the scene when Francesca is on the phone with her hand on Robert's shoulder is clipped at the bottom of the screen, so that you don't get to see Robert slowly move his hand across his chest up to her hand.  This is frustrating because that was a beautiful moment.  I don't understand the technicalities of screen ratios etc, but this problem occurs no matter which screen size option I choose on our widescreen TV.  Has anyone else noticed this problem?  

This is puzzling, Lilly ... I was going to post the following last night when my Internet connection broke down ...
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This was one of the first Eastwood films to be released on DVD ... indeed, one of the first DVDs to be released, back in the dawning days of the format ... and yes, it's only in 1.35:1 ... which is how the film was shot. The theatrical aspect ratio was 1.85:1 and to see a video of Bridges in that AR you have to have the laserdisc. However, those of us who have widescreen TVs can recreate the approximate theatrical aspect ratio by expanding the image so that the top and bottom are cut off somewhat, while the picture fills the width of the screen. I've compared this with the image on the laserdisc and they're pretty close.

According to www.blackstar.co , the Region 2 AR for the DVD is the same as Region 1 ... 1.35:1. So, you should be able to see the entire frame of each shot as originally filmed, including parts not intended for theatrical viewing, the parts that were "trimmed" for the 1.85:1 laserdisc release. How do you watch regular "square" television on your widescreen TV? Try that setting on your DVD, and you should see everything you saw on the VHS videotape.

I found that to get the "original theatrical aspect ratio" effect I mentioned above on my widescreen TV, I had to adjust the picture so that most of the "clipping" was done at the top, not the bottom of the frame. This is done, on my Toshiba set, by going to the "Wide" menu item and adjusting "Picture Scroll" to its lowest setting, -20.

I just did a comparison of the laserdisc with the DVD using the scene you mentioned, and using this setting, I get almost exactly the same image on the DVD as on the laserdisc (to check that, I reduced the laserdisc image size to "standard" so I can see the entire image that's being presented, with black bars all around), except it's slightly cut off on the sides ... the difference between 1.78:1 and 1.85:1. And in both, you do see Robert raise his hand to his mouth, then put it down on his chest and then move it over and up to grasp her hand.

KC

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General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 11, 2003, 06:11:10 PM »
Sorry guys. I'm getting to all the questions now!  

AKA:  If you could set a movie starring Clint at any point in the historical past - which he hasn't done yet - when would it be, where and why?

Daisy, you know, I've thought about this one, and I just come up with so much that I think Clint could do. I can't even answer this conclusively but just for one idea, how about a film during the time of McCarthyism? I think the insane drive to implicate people in Hollywood with communist ties would not sit well with Clint and I think that could be an interesting film. Clint could be the main star (of course) and he could be one refusing to give up names of people that he was associated with, refusing to implicate them to save himself or he could be under investigation himself for having these suspected ties. He could make a powerful statement about discrimination in America. So many people's reputation were unfairly and unjustly tarnished, so many lives ruined, because some people happened to either hold different political beliefs than the mainstream or had expressed even a passing interest in finding out what it was all about. Especially in Hollywood. Clint's never been a large part of the Hollywood machine or the mainstream, so I could very easily see him in this type of a film, especially if it revolved around the entertainment industry. How's that for an answer for ya?
I think that's a good answer, AKA ... and did you know that Albert Maltz, who was one of the "Hollywood Ten" ... jailed and then blacklisted for his refusal to testify before HUAC ... received his first post-blacklist screen credit under his own name in an Eastwood film, Two Mules for Sister Sara?

You're right, I had neglected to answer a question of yours.  :o I'll get to it shortly!  :)

 :o Oops, make that TWO answers I owe AKA now! Good questions, too. Patience ...  ;)

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:DEATH VALLEY DAYS
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:33:16 AM »
According to Schickel (p. 93-94), he grew the "lip fluff" for the part of "hero's best friend" that he had tentatively been scheduled to play in William Wellman's Lafayette Escadrilleóbut when Tab Hunter was cast in the lead, it was felt Clint's looks weren't enough of a contrast to play his best friend, so David Janssen got the part instead, while Clint was stuck with a much smaller role (and no mustache).  :(



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Questions & Answers / Re:Play Misty for Me DVD
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:31:50 AM »
Judging by the sample in Out of the Shadows ... maybe the project didn't come out as well as one might have hoped. Clint sounds stiff reading the narration, and as for Siegel, I can't believe he really "brought scenes to life" by feeding the actors paraphrased versions of the stage directions in the screenplay.  :o

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General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 11, 2003, 11:03:40 AM »
K.C. Favourite Still?
Tough Question :-\  Probably go for the Magnum Force still that I posted at the launch of the new site. The Unused scene from the start of the movie. BUT that would probably change, if you asked me the same question again tomorrow ::)

So, this one, right, Stranger?  :D

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Questions & Answers / Re:Play Misty for Me DVD
« on: January 10, 2003, 10:14:49 PM »
Stranger, a brief excerpt from the Eastwood-directed featurette "The Storyteller" on the making of The Beguiled will be found on the DVD of the recent Bruce Ricker documentary, Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows.

It was Clint's very first directorial credit ... ;)


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General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 10, 2003, 09:22:48 PM »
I haven't been tagged yet today, but I hadTHREEoutstanding from yesterday! :o

Here's the first:

KC: This Clint-obssesion of yours has to end one day. Eventualy you get caught with him on the parking lot at The Mission Ranch and  the two of you are kissing, the photographer (Kincaid jr ???) takes his pic  :-[ :-[.
WHAT would you like the morningpaper's headline to be ????????

I'd like the morning headlines to be ...
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MISTAKEN IDENTITY!
Clint caught kissing own wife!
Mystery woman, at first thought to be ardent fan, turns out to be Dina Eastwood in a "KC" costume ...
"I wasn't fooled," claims Clint, "I recognized the voice I love!"
(It was just a friendly "goodbye kiss," but who would believe that! So, I bribed Dina a little to swear to the story. ;) )

P.S., those of you who are Mozart fans will see where I stole this answer from ... ;)


Next ...

KC - If you could own one of Eastwoods weapons he's used in any of his movies, which one would it be?

This one is easy ... a certain Starr .44 cal. percussion revolver ...





And last ... but not least ... ;)

KC.  If you could play the leading lady in one of Clintís films which one would it be?

That's tough ... there's a lot to choose from here. I think maybe Aggie, Tom Highway's ex-wife in Heartbreak Ridge, who was played with such elan by Marsha Mason in the film as we have it. I'd get to drink with him ... fight with him ... dance with him ... and still walk offscreen with him in the end, as the band plays "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Not many of his leading ladies had it that good!


OK, in accordance with the new rules ... since I already answered one this morning ... I'm going to ask one new question for each of these.

Speedzoo: If you could get a job as a film critic at any publication you liked, which one would you pick to help boost Clint's status among "intellectual" filmgoers?

GMAT: I know you registered, but you haven't posted on the new Board yet. And speaking of registering ... as I'm sure you know, only one of Clint's films has as yet had the honor of being named to the National Film Registry. By the rules of this body, movies must be at least ten years old, so Unforgiven hasn't been eligible until now; it's probably a shoo-in sooner or later. But if you could name one other Eastwood film from the years up to 1992 to this list, which one would it be?

(And by the way, public nominations are accepted here!)

Concorde: You're another one who registered, but you haven't posted ... I hope you got the problems you were having when you first registered straightened out. If you have, tell me ... Can you recommend a book or two to help enlighten us greenhorns about the historical background of Clint's Westerns, or the weapons used in them ... or (preferably), both?

KC

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General Discussion / Re:Tag, you're it! (Swell, another Eastwood game)
« on: January 10, 2003, 07:30:17 PM »
-- i reckon probably the james stewart when he was a bit younger and of course alive

For the record, Vik was answering this "tag" of allycat's ...
Vik, if you could choose one actor you'd like to see work with Clint, who would it be?

Vik, you've got another "tag" to answer ... on p. 5 of this thread ... ;)
vik:  This question was asked of Daisy by Holden, and I'm adopting it... what moment in any Eastwood film do you find the funniest, and what about that moment tickled your funnybone the most?

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