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« Reply #4140 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)?
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« Reply #4141 on: March 19, 2018, 04:46:27 AM »

I saw Vertigo last night at a theater for its 60th anniversary. I typically mention it as my favorite Hitchcock movie, and it is definitely in my top five. It was even nicer because I hadn't seen the movie in a while, so lots of fun seeing it on the big screen.
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« Reply #4142 on: March 19, 2018, 06:51:40 AM »

Digital restoration, I suppose? ???
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« Reply #4143 on: March 20, 2018, 10:18:28 AM »

Gonna have to wait for dvd of Film Stars Dont Die In Liverpool.... :(
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« Reply #4144 on: March 20, 2018, 01:57:05 PM »

Digital restoration, I suppose? ???
I don't know. I didn't see anything about it being newly restored.
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« Reply #4145 on: March 21, 2018, 12:53:10 AM »

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Powerful and moving.. Lived up to expectations for me..
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« Reply #4146 on: March 21, 2018, 12:54:49 AM »

Right... I'm in the mood for some lightweight super hero action now..

which of the following do any of you recommend..


Dr Strange
Wonder Woman
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Guardians of the Galaxy...

They all look like they might be fun...
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« Reply #4147 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.
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« Reply #4148 on: March 21, 2018, 12:16:21 PM »

Right... I'm in the mood for some lightweight super hero action now..

which of the following do any of you recommend..


Dr Strange
Wonder Woman
or
Guardians of the Galaxy...

They all look like they might be fun...
I enjoyed all three, though I don't think Dr. Strange has near the acclaim as those other two you list. Guardians is about the best of the Marvel movies (or at least I think so), and Wonder Woman is the best of the DC films.
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« Reply #4149 on: March 22, 2018, 10:32:29 AM »

I heard good things about Dr Strange so I'll give it a go.. I've stuck all three on my rental list with Wonder Woman up first...
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« Reply #4150 on: March 22, 2018, 04:02:50 PM »

Ive seen Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange. I enjoyed the first one and found the second one to be a little too, well, strange, for my liking, but given the name of the movie that should not have been a surprise to me.
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« Reply #4151 on: March 28, 2018, 01:57:01 AM »

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Kidnapped
1953

Excellent and extremely tense noir thriller directed by Ida Lupino..



A really superior little thriller with a fantastic performance by William Tallman as the truly psychotic bady..
Ms Lupino must have been one of the very few female directors working at the time.. Her career interests me, think I'll do more research on her..she does an excellent job here..

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« Reply #4152 on: March 31, 2018, 02:28:44 AM »

Exodus: Gods and Kings



Not that good...
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« Reply #4153 on: April 02, 2018, 02:00:36 AM »

Dr Strange



First to arrive in the post as I sample recent super hero films..

Gotta say, I quite enjoyed it.. having some of my favorite actors involved helped a lot.. quite trippy really..





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« Reply #4154 on: April 02, 2018, 01:57:40 PM »

Really enjoyed Martin Sheen in 'The Way' this week.
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« Reply #4155 on: April 10, 2018, 08:42:12 AM »

Guardians of the Galaxy



Bit disappointing for me... I thought the cast were good but the whole thing felt like it was pitched at quite a young audience.. which I certainly aint. Not bad but I enjoyed Strange more..
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« Reply #4156 on: April 11, 2018, 01:06:52 AM »

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Directed by Jack Clayton and part written by Truman Capote



British psychological horror film starring Deborah Kerr and Michael Redgrave..

Claustrophobic and very creepy.. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years but its still a very effective movie..



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« Reply #4157 on: April 18, 2018, 08:23:45 AM »

Wonder Woman



And so brings to a conclusion my super hero phase... for now anyway

I did enjoy this probably the most of the three, she's one gorgeous actress to be sure but I thought she was great in the role and the film held my attention..

Strange second and Guardians third.. simply because I felt it was aimed at quite a young audience..

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« Reply #4158 on: April 18, 2018, 08:31:22 AM »

and now back to my usual diet of the strange and obscure..

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Don't Deliver Us From Evil 1971



Banned for many years in its country of origin France for blasphemy..

Two young girls staying at a Catholic boarding school become close friends and set about committing acts of extreme cruelty against fellow classmates and locals and take a vow to sin and serve Satan..  culminating in (I wont say, don't wanna spoil it)

A Truly disturbing film..

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« Reply #4159 on: April 18, 2018, 09:16:38 PM »

Wonderwoman



And so brings to a conclusion my super hero phase... for now anyway

I did enjoy this probably the most of the three, she's one gorgeous actress to be sure but I thought she was great in the role and the film held my attention..

Strange second and Guardians third.. simply because I felt it was aimed at quite a young audience..



Glad you enjoyed Wonder Woman, Gant! As I said when you embarked on your "super hero phase" ...

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.
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