Sunday, November 29, 2009

Honored by "Friendly Blogger Award"

Fellow classic movie blogger Ingrid Bergman Life and Films has has passed on the "Friendly Blogger Award" to me! Thanks you so much! Really means alot to this newbie to the classic movie blogosphere coming from a veteran blogger I admire. To be ranked with such superior bloggers as Alfred Hitchcock Geek, La Vie En Rose, and Classic Forever.

It will be hard to choose from so many excellent blogs I follow, but I have it narrowed down to recognizing the folowing bloggers with the "Friendly Blogger Award" who jump started @TCManiacs as one of my first followers. His posts often correspond with the TCM movie schedule as well.
Out of the Past ~ A Classic Film Blog whose tweets I follow and post I often retweet.
Discovering Dirk Brogarde who made the discovery of this unique beautiful actor about the same time I did. OMG this website is just exquisitely designed and full of information.
Be sure to check out these wonderful contributors of classic film information.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Casablanca | Rick or Vick, What's Your Pick

Everyone knows the classic movie Casablanca, the tear-jerking story of a love triangle between charismatic Rick (Humphrey Bogart), beautiful Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), and the honorable Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid). I just have to put the question out there. Everyone knows who Ilsa chooses in the end, but I would like to hear which man you would have picked for Ilsa to choose in the end...and why.

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@TCManiacs Blogs: Casablanca | Rick or Vick, What's Your Pick Comment or tweet me #TCM

@TCManiacs Vick: Just another macho European lounge suit lizard? Bet if he survived the war Ilse would have found he had mistresses :D

@TCManiacs it could have been Yvonne, havent seen the movie in a long time

@TCManiacs The movie does end with the two of them walking off into the fog. And there's that if-I-was-a-woman line.

@TCManiacs Casablanca: Isn't it curious that they don't let Ilse choose? Russell T Davies didn't make that mistake with Rose in Doctor Who!

@TCManiacs ... look the more noble of the two men, because Victor could have given up Ilse & he didn't - flawed selfish leader there?

@TCManiacs Vick: I'd feel wronger about betraying a promise than I would about giving up someone I desired. All structured to make Rick ...

@TCManiacs Casablanca: Isn't it curious that they don't let Ilse choose? Russell T Davies didn't make that mistake with Rose in Doctor Who!

@TCManiacs ... look the more noble of the two men, because Victor could have given up Ilse & he didn't - flawed selfish leader there?

@TCManiacs The real love story is Capt. Renault's for Rick.

@TCManiacs Rick, definitely. W/Victor, she would have played 2nd fiddle to his other causes down the line.

@TCManiacs im going with the french chick who was singing the french anthem.

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Casablanca | Best Scenes & Top Quotes

Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid and featuring Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Enjoy these most famous scenes and top quotes from the definitive classic movie, Casablanca!
Ilsa: Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.
Sam: I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.
Ilsa: [whispered] Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.
Sam: Why, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it.
Ilsa: I'll hum it for you. [Ilsa hums two bars. Sam starts to play] Sing it, Sam.
Sam: [singing] You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.
Rick: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play-...
[Sees Ilsa. Sam closes the piano and rolls it away]

"Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By" is #28 in the AFI's list of the top 100 movie quotations; it is often misquoted as "Play it again, Sam".

Rick: If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
Ilsa: But what about us?
Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have it before...we'd...we'd lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you...
Rick: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Here's looking at you, kid.

[last lines]
Rick: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

"We'll always have Paris" is ranked #43 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema; "Here's looking at you, kid" is ranked #5.
An extra treat: Casablanca Script Online pdf In case you want to read along.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


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The Postman Always Rings Twice | Title's Meaning

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 The Postman Always Rings Twice novel by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel is the best known, featuring Lana Turner and John Garfield.

The title is something of a non sequitur in that nowhere in the novel does a postman character appear, nor is one even alluded to. As such, its meaning has often been the subject of speculation by writers such as William Marling, who suggested that Cain may have taken the title from the sensational 1927 case of Ruth Snyder. Snyder was a woman who, like Cora in The Postman Always Rings Twice, had conspired with her lover to murder her husband. In that case, Snyder said she'd prevented her husband from discovering the changes she'd made to his life insurance policy by telling the postman to deliver the policy's payment notices only to her, and instructing him to ring the doorbell twice as a signal indicating he had such a delivery for her.

In fact, however, Cain gave a specific explanation of the title's origin in the preface to his subsequent novel Double Indemnity. There, he wrote that the genesis of the title for The Postman Always Rings Twice came from a discussion he'd had with screenwriter Vincent Lawrence. According to Cain, Lawrence spoke of the anxiety he felt when waiting for the postman to bring him news on a submitted manuscript. According to Cain, Lawrence noted that he would know when the postman had finally arrived because the postman always rang twice, and Cain then lit upon that phrase as a title for his novel. Upon discussing it further, the two men agreed such a phrase was metaphorically suited to Frank's situation at the end of the novel.

With the "postman" being God, or Fate, the "delivery" meant for Frank was his own death as just retribution for murdering Nick. Frank had missed the first "ring" when he initially got away with that killing. However, the postman rang again, and this time the ring was heard, when Frank was wrongly convicted of having murdered Cora, and then sentenced to die for the crime. The theme of an inescapable fate is further underscored in the novel by The Greek's escape from death in the lovers' first murder attempt, only to be done in by their second one.

In his biography of Cain, author Roy Hoopes also recounted the conversation between Cain and Lawrence that gave birth the novel's title. Hoopes's account of their conversation is similar to Cain's, but offered extended detail regarding Lawrence's comments. Specifically, in Hoopes's telling, Lawrence did not say simply that the postman always rang twice, but rather said that at times he was so anxious awaiting the postman's delivery that he'd intentionally go into his backyard trying to avoid hearing the postman's ring. However, Lawrence continued, this tactic inevitably failed because even if the postman's first ring was not noticed, he would always ring twice, and that second ring would inevitably be heard.

In the 1946 film adaptation of the novel, Frank explicitly explains the title in the terms offered by Hoopes's biography of Cain.

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