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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2350 on: May 01, 2018, 03:14:08 PM »
It's hard to take him seriously in his outfit, :D and this doesn't help!


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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2351 on: May 01, 2018, 03:23:43 PM »
Seriously hard to take seriously.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2352 on: May 01, 2018, 03:26:50 PM »
Top 5 Horse scenes?

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2353 on: May 01, 2018, 04:01:39 PM »
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2354 on: May 01, 2018, 08:52:51 PM »
Black Narcissus (1947)

The Red Shoes was one of my personal cinematic discoveries a couple years ago. I watched it two or three times in short order and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite films. Unfortunately, Black Narcissus didn't grab me at all. I love the concept. Love, love, love the concept. But the execution didn't work for me. Some of those things are based on the times it was made, like the use of brown-face for a number of characters was hard to watch. And a superficial thing, but one that for some reason really took me out of the film, was just how ridiculous David Farrar looked. His costumes made him look like an alpine Peter Pan.

There are certainly some gorgeous shots and the background paintings are spectacular, but that's about all that stuck with me.

I'm with you. It's the one miss in the Archers' ouvre that I've seen. It is pretty though!
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2355 on: May 02, 2018, 09:33:49 AM »
It is really pretty,



and gives me vertigo.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2356 on: May 02, 2018, 10:54:22 AM »
For PeacefulAnarchy :)

The Good Fairy



Margaret Sullavan makes good. I've been a little on the fence regarding Sullavan as an actress. As much as I like The Shop Around the Corner, her performance is a little off putting to me. Something about an edge of smugness, which isn't necessarily acting. Her abilities kept me from taking a stance, which I'm grateful I didn't, for I softened towards her in Three Comrades and here in The Good Fairy, I've been won over.

My compassion also rises, reading about her tempestuous life and sorrows. Could it be her smugness was part fear, part bravado, part ego? And aren't we all haunted by our need to be the hero in our own stories? I also read she wasn't easy to work with on the set of this movie, so she kept people on their toes, along with Wyler's need for multiple takes and Sturges still writing the script as they were shooting. I don't think I hate this. Creating is a strange beast and people ricocheting off each other in the process makes for interesting outcomes.

Whatever Sullavan's baggage, she delivers. Here I don't see the smugness, but instead a girl who really wants to take the not so good advice of her Orphanage director and do her good deads in the world. All hell breaks loose, but her heart is in the right place. The writing is smart and the characters are doing their part in suspending the disbelief. I keep expecting Frank Morgan to shout, "I am the great and powerful...!" But I do find he is the great and powerful befuddler for sure!

Even though this probably won't make my top 100, I now have it as a memory filed under the heading, "Why I love old movies." :)

Thanks, PeacefulAnarchy, for championing this one!



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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2357 on: May 02, 2018, 11:17:10 AM »
That sounds great! It's going on my watchlist!
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2358 on: May 02, 2018, 12:50:16 PM »
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Sandy, I never knew you had baggage with Sullavan. I'm guessing this means you haven't seen The Shopworn Angel, which is an earlier film with her and Stewart?

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #2359 on: May 02, 2018, 01:39:37 PM »
It's not a perfect film but it's a real pleasure to watch. I'm glad you finally got around to it, I should probably watch it again.