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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2010, 09:14:11 PM »
I am excited to read your review of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2010, 09:24:09 PM »
I have Mr. Deeds on my desk now.  I will hopefully be watching it soon.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2010, 11:10:13 PM »
I am excited to read your review of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

You should add You Can't Take It with You to your list
            
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2010, 11:16:38 PM »
I am excited to read your review of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

You should add You Can't Take It with You to your list

I put the limit to 3 per director so as not to have too many films, otherwise I could be watching 10-15 films for certai n directors. It just missed the cut, being my 4th choice for Capra.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2010, 11:41:39 AM »
This is the one Capra film I don't like. I loved the first half, it's so wonderfully dark and even nihilistic, and then Capra switched gears and went for his usual heartwarming tale. I love Capra's style, but I wanted him to continue with the dark tale he crafted in the first half and give me something different from his norm.

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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2010, 02:42:58 PM »
#94 Preston Sturges
The Lady Eve (1941)

Hello Preston Sturges. How are you doing? The whole purpose of this marathon is to introduce myself to great directors I have either never seen or seen very little of. Preston Sturges is a director I have not seen. Looking over his filmography, I do not readily recognize any of his films, but I know this means nothing, especially considering he worked in the 40s and 50s. So when The Lady Eve came on TCM, and I knew it was on my marathon list, I jumped at the chance to introduce myself to Filmspotters’ #94 best director of all-time.

The Lady Eve stars two actors I know by name, but not much by performance.  Barbara Stanwyck is a mystery of an actress to me. Certainly I have heard of her, yet I have not seen her on screen until now. Henry Fonda comes in with a great reputation, and while I have seen him before, my experience is limited, especially when it comes to his earlier work. Both deliver in this Sturges romantic comedy. The story was not was captured my attention. While original and witty, it is the performances that shine through in this film most for me. Stanwyck plays a cardsharp (I always thought it was shark) who falls in love with the son of a wealthy adult beverage company owner (Fonda). Or does she. I said this is a romantic comedy, but it is unique in its storyline and delivery within that genre.

There are plenty of moments of slapstick comedy involving Fonda, who delivers a delightful performance here as Charlie Pike. These are the moments I liked best, but Stanwyck as the “Lady Eve” who tempts our hero into falling in love with her, is spectacular as well. Without these performances, the film could be lost amongst so many other romantic comedies. But the performances have to come from somewhere. Certainly they are great actors, but credit too must be given to director Sturges for his storytelling abilities. This was a good introduction to his work I fell. Even if I wasn’t completely blown away, I can see the quality of his work and can see appreciating the man as I delve more into his filmography.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2010, 02:46:45 PM »
Barbara Stanwyck is the greatest actress in the history of motion pictures.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2010, 03:01:03 PM »
Can't wait for you to watch Double Indemnity.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2010, 03:02:58 PM »
The Lady Eve is marvelous. Everything works.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2010, 04:32:22 PM »
Lady Eve is high on my "need to rewatch" list, having since developed an appreciation for both Stanwyck and screwball comedy.

 

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