Amph Turner Classic Movies: RARE FILM ALERT: "Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages" (1922) on TCM Tonight

Discussion in 'Community' started by Zaz, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Damn! They do that quite often, and it's really irritating.

    The comedy was "The Better 'Ole" with Syd Chaplin, a WWI comedy. Don't see too many of those. I did watch it long enough to determine that though Syd didn't have Charlie's talent, he wasn't bad. The movie itself, though, was pretty lame.
  2. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    TCM has announced a tribute to the scores of Bernard Hermann on March 30th, 2006...
  3. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    They'd better show Psycho, Vertigo, Taxi Driver and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

    Other great options: The Day the Earth Stood Still and Citizen Kane . . .

  4. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Nope.

    "Farenheit 451", "Jason and the Argonauts", "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad"; "Cape Fear" and "The Naked and the Dead".
  5. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Well, they're going for the less famous ones, which is good, I guess.

    His score for Fahrenheit 451 is one of his weaker efforts but Cape Fear is good. The others I haven't heard. Which is maybe the point.
  6. Zombi_2_1979 Jedi Master

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    Well I'll tune in for Farenheit 451 and The Naked And The Dead. Thank you!
  7. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Today at 2:15 p.m. "The Seven Per Cent Solution" possibly the best Sherlock Holmes Movie ever.
  8. Zombi_2_1979 Jedi Master

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    Darn. Gonna miss it. I'll need to check the guide for another showing.
  9. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Notice: Tribute to the scores of Bernard Hermann TODAY. Not any of his famous ones, though..."Fahrenheit 451", "Jason and the Argonauts", etc. etc.
  10. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    I watched the Sinbad movie and for once, remembered to listen to the score. It was good, and the movie was surprising entertaining.
  11. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Next: two silent movies on April 4 (Tuesday) both starring the silent horror film star, Lon Chaney Senior.

    1927: "The Unknown" dir. by Tod Browning
    1928: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" dir. by Herbert Brenon

    Senior was a giant star in the 20's. Only "The Phantom of the Opera" is much seen today. Some of the stories of the sort of things he did sound alarmingly like masochism (he plays an armless man in "The Unknown"). He made only only sound picture, which was another huge success, before dying of cancer at a young age (47).
  12. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    There's a story about Lon,two disfigured WWI veterans approached him and said he was the Voice of the Deformed

    If I can find a link I will
  13. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    He portrayed armless and legless men in the movies; in "London After Midnight", in which he was a vampire, he used wires to make his eyes bulge.
  14. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    Here's the interview

    Lon Sr very much suffered for his art. He actually pulled his legs back to play an amputee in The Penalty.

    Rumors have it the hump from Hunchback caused him back problems.

    There is a certain mystery about Chaney and I think that is why he remains so popular

  15. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    It was quite interesting...I see his great-grandson suggested that Jim Carrey play him in a biopic. Rather unlikely casting, perhaps. :)
  16. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    [image=http://www.profundis.it/cinema/images/chaney01.gif]

    [image=http://www.laughmachine.com/images/Bios/J/jim_carrey.jpg]

    I can see a resemblance.

    Man of a Thousand Faces was pure Hollywood fluff,and Jim Cagney looked nothing like Chaney.I hope Ron finds funding for this film...
  17. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    He would be very difficult to cast. The suitable actors I can think of are all Brits, and he's a very American figure.

    David Straiharn?
  18. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    He`s a terrific actor but he`s too old.Chaney Sr died when he was 47 years old...
  19. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Man, wish I got TCM. Those two movies have been on my list to see for ages.

    As for a biopic, what about John Malkovich?

  20. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    Rouge if you really wanted to see them.TCM released a DVD set with three Lon films,both Laugh Clown Laugh and the Unknown are included

    Amazon page

    The price tag is a bit much though

    Malkovich would be a good Chaney but he`s too old,I`m thinking Clive Owen but then again he`s British...
  21. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Not Malkovich, he's too...weird. Yes, I know you're laughing at that, but Chaney was a man of little outward show, and great inner resources. He looked like a working man. Ed Harris is perhaps not right, but closer.
  22. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I actually thought of Ed Harris, but thought he was too old.
  23. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Did someone mention Gary Sinise? I think he'd be pretty close.

    Next: on April 13, TCM is showing two "Archer" films:

    "Black Narcissus" (1947) and "The Life and Death of Col. Blimp" (1943). The Archers were a directing team, Michael Powell and Emich Pressburger. Note: Anton Wahlbrook's character in another of their movies, "The Red Shoes" is supposedly based on Powell. Ouch!

    "Black Narcissus" is set in Nepal, but shot in London. You'd never guess it. It has stupendous colour cinematography, and an astonishly creepy performance by Kathleen Byron. Haven't seen the other movie, and am looking forward to it.
  24. bright sith Jedi Grand Master

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    Colonel Blimp may be my favorite Powell/Pressburger film. I can never decide between it and The Red Shoes. A beautiful film.
  25. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    bright sith! Seems like it's been a long time. :D

    Those are both on my list to see at some point, but I haven't gotten around to either of them yet.