Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Worth Retweeting ...foreign films most worth recording on TCM


Worth Retweeting

...foreign films most worth recording on TCM!

  • Mike Pieperbigpieps @TCManiacs both of those films are excellent
  • Lisa Lemingballetgirrl @TCManiacs nice graphic from Two Women-great film glad to see it is aired again.
  • Ira Socolirasocol 1:45 PM US Eastern #TCM "400 Blows" not many better films about childhood
  • Mark Kulagakoogz Watching TCM, ah Sophia Loren in Italian and thankfully with subtitles. They are speaking too fast. Reminds me of when I was younger
  • Will Nortonnortonwill TCM Highlights tomorrow: Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Tati), 400 Blows (Truffaut), Burmese Harp (Ichikawa), Rashomon and Seven Samurai (Kurosawa).
  • Joycelifeat70_Joyce @TCManiacs I really enjoyed Arizona. Good to meet another classic movie fan. Didn't watch Sounder. East of Eden was very dramatic.
  • shotzishotzi SB&UMR6 - THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER: Like Steinbeck & Bergman had a 1941 baby. Strange but awesome ending. I'd sue the devil, too!
  • Sharon LewisSharonL213 @TCManiacs The 400 Blows is considered a classic, depends on your taste though. Gervaise will be on my future list...good luck
  • Richard Lidzbarskieikonoklastic Just finished snugglin 'on the couch and watching East of Eden ALL the way through for the first time.
  • AmberForSleepAmberForSleep East Of Eden was great, which isn't surprising, seeing that it had James Dean in it. :]
  • AngelaMaterialGirl850 OK movie fans, what is most worth recording on TCM tomorrow? Ive been trying to see more foreign stuff but I don't want to record everything
  • Monday, February 23, 2009

    The Devil and Daniel Webster | Biblical Jabez's Prayer

    The main character in the short story The Devil and Daniel Webster and its 1941 and 2001 film adaptations living is a farmer with a guiltridden and godfearing mother named Jabez.

    I instantly recognized this biblical name from a common Christian prayer The Prayer of Jabez which is offered as faith for financial blessings.

    In the I Book of Chronicles Jabez is a well-respected man (ancestor in the lineage of the kings tribe of Judah whose prayer to God for blessing was answered, see 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. Moreover the author paused in this long list to give Jabez a place of honour in the long list of Kings and lineage.

    This short passage of scripture came to the attention of millions of Christians following the publication of the book The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, in which he encouraged Christians to pray the way Jabez did.

    1 Chronicles 4:9-10 King James Version 9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

    Have no confirmation for the short story author's intentions for using name 'Jabez' but the parallels of financial blessing coming from the 'opposite source' is pretty obvious. Stay tuned.

    Electronic text for "The Devil and Daniel Webster" short story by Stephen Vincent Benét.

    Duel in the Sun & Gone With the Wind | Same Photography?

    Duel in The Sun

    Gone with The Wind

    Watcning Duel in the Sun, a 1946 Western film, I realized during the early scenes that I had almost mistaken the it for Gone With the Wind. Use of similar photographic elements including same technicolor warm colored richness and use of shadows and silhouettes. I double checked the TCM database to rule out both films having the same directors. With a little more research, I found the cinematographic common thread....Lee Garmes.

    According to American Cinematographer magazine, "Although officially unaccredited, Lee Garmes photographed a considerable portion of Gone with the Wind. Many consider the famous railroad yard sequence among his finest cinematic efforts." Lee Garmes' Credits and MORE...

    Worth Retweeting | TCM Remembers PWN Oscar Memorial! [videoclip]

    TCM Remembers 2008
    This is the Turner Classic Movies end of year tribute to all the stars and moviemakers that have passed in 2008

    Oscar Memorial Video 2009
    Each year, an "In Memoriam" video is played during the Oscars, paying tribute to actors, directors, writers, crew and other film personalities who have died over the past year. The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony, held on February 22, 2009, pays tribute to key cinema figures who died in 2008. People who passed away in 2008 ,Fast Facts and MORE...

    Worth Retweeting

    Oscar Memorial & TCM Remembers!

    KymKyllei @CommunionNimrod Totally agree, re Oscars' vid being appallingly incomplete. TCM is a bit better: http://tinyurl.com/6jlpdb Kerry RichmondCommunionNimrod Some of the people they left out of the In Memory Of section of the Oscars was...well...somewhat appalling.
    Cindy Parsonsgardendreamer Between the oscar memorial & TCM remembers. Chokes me up
    David Jonesj_bacardi TCM wins the dead reel hands down. #oscars

    Dragon Seed vs.The Good Earth

    The Good Earth (1937) is a film about Chinese farmers who struggle to survive. It was adapted by Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West from the play by Donald Davis and Owen Davis, which was in itself based on the 1931 novel of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck.

    The film starred Paul Muni as Wang Lung. For her role as his wife O-Lan, Luise Rainer won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Karl Freund. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.

    Irving Thalberg envisioned casting only Chinese actors for the movie, but gave up the idea because of the general disapproval and racism of Hollywood at the time. Anna May Wong had been touted for the role of O-Lan. However, because Paul Muni was of European descent, the Hays Code anti-miscegenation rules meant his character's wife had to be played by a white woman. Many of the characters were played by Western actors made to look Asian with aid of new make-up techniques developed by Jack Dawn that were first used in this movie.

    Dragon Seed is another film based on a best-selling book by Pearl S. Buck. It is a 1944 war drama film starring Katharine Hepburn that portrays a peaceful village in China that has been invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second sino-japanese war.

    The men in the village choose to adopt a peaceful attitude toward their conquerors, but Jade (played by Hepburn), a headstrong woman, stands up to the Japanese.

    Aline MacMahon was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

    Share your thoughts on these two films. How do you compare these two adaptations? Contrast the "yellow face" performances of the Western actors. Comment below or reply @TCManiacs!

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    Sunday, February 22, 2009

    A Star Is Born | Best Version ? '37, '54, or '76

    Which version of A Star is Born was best? Share your opinion in the comments below.

    A Star Is Born (1937 film), starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March

    A Star Is Born (1954 film), starring Judy Garland and James Mason

    A Star Is Born (1976 film), starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

    Worth Retweeting

    A Star is Born, Janet, Judy, & Barbara!

    cinephile66cinephile66 @TCManiacs Nothing beats Judy singing The Man That Got Away. My vote is for '54.
    Cliff Alipertimoviecollector A Star is Born (1937) & What Price Hollywood (1932): The 1930s should be in black and white. It's just plain.. http://tinyurl.com/bcr4qc
    Kathie LoMonacoKathieMidlife @MrsKutcher, I'd love to see 'A Star Is Born' made again - I loved Streisand and Kristoffersen in the last one but it's been what? 30 years?
    sdivorcedays @mrskutcher "a star is born" again!
    Nanette Sterlingmammanan2 @mrskutcher "A Star Is Born"..the old 1976 Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson..rock'n love story which was actually a remake itself
    Demi Mooremrskutcher What film would you like to see a remake of?
    HeSaid SheSaidtheysaid Janet Gaynor was the very first actress to win an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Worth Retweeting | Sunday's Movie and Oscar Twitter Favorites

    Sunday's Movie and Oscar Twitter Favorites

    Worth Retweeting

    The Producers, The Pumpkin Eater, Anne Bancroft, Sunset Blvd., The Bad and the Beautiful, Stage Door, Katharine Hepburn, and the Oscars!

    Patrick ReganTazo Decision: Have elected to watch the Oscar winning movies on TCm rather than the actual Oscars
    Yavonkia Q. JenkinsYavonkia @TCManiacs SO going to watch...and am having an Oscar party...ballots and all!
    AdamantFireAdamantFire Just finished Stage Door. I have officially been exposed to Katharine Hepburn.
    Julia QQQKachoo Of all the ladies in "Stage Door", I declare Andrea Leeds THE PRETTIEST. (Ginger Rogers is a close second, though.)
    Danna Williamsdiydanna @TCManiacs Kirk Douglas + Lana Turner = Movie Magic.
    Douglas Van Hollendsubnet0 preparing angry blog about "The Bad and the Beautiful"
    Mike Pieperbigpieps Sunset Blvd. is an amazing film. "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." Joel  Crawleycrawdad62 @TCManiacs Awesome flick. "I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille."
    Amanda Maestasvivienmleigh Can't focus. Too distressed about how Gloria Swanson played crazy in Sunset Blvd. arielleloveariellelove Watching the pumkin eater I love this movieee, oh and still on the elliptical Shirounda S Riceshegeek watching The Pumpkin Eater (1964). Anne Bancroft character. What a pathetic creature! Playing along w/the game of 'life' Piscean IIpisceanii @TCManiacs Bancroft delivers an tear-jerking monolgue with just her eyes instead of last words-The Pumkin Eater
    Wayne SmallmanOctane @imjustcreative re: KKK the musical, get Mel Brooks to produce it, the damn thing would fly!
    Maxruedifference Watching the original Producers. "I'm wearing a cardboard belt!" Amazing. Karen MasulloOPCGal "Am I correct in my asumptions you fish-faced enemy of the people?" Zero Mostel to Gene Wilder in The Producers DahlilaFound Vintagedahlila Rainy day, Debbie Reynolds flick on TCM, coffee & toast in bed, Z is snoring. Perfect lazy Sunday.

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