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    Classic Film 'Conventions' That You Enjoy

    This thread is to discuss conventions or 'devices' used in older films that you enjoy. By conventions, I mean any kind of device whether it be visual or audio that you've noticed in multiple films. One that I always liked is the convention of showing Nightclub entrances or Nightclub signs in...
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    What films pre-date the 'To Catch a Thief (1955), use a former Thief' concept?

    By concept, I mean I'm looking for films where the main protagonist is a former crook, who (although he'd rather not get involved) uses his skills/knowledge to catch a current crook prior to TO CATCH A THIEF (1955). Certainly To Catch A Thief can't be the first of that sort of thing ... but I'm...
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    What was the first film to show the Female Body in Silhouette?

    I was watching the film UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE (1963) which featured a scene where Carol Lynley's lovely form is shown in silhouette behind a sheet. She is wearing her underwear but the sight of her form must have been pretty provocative for the time. That got me wondering what film first...
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    German Language Films with German Subs?

    Hi, My son is learning German. I thought it might be helpful if he could watch German films with German sub-titles, but I haven't found any Region 1 films with German subs. Anybody know of any?
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    Who are your Favorite Character Actors?

    When I did a search I was surprised that this thread hasn't already been done. The thread's purpose is simple to identify and comment on those character actors that you have especially appreciated over the years. There is a thread that defines what a character actor is. My own definition is...
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    What Documentaries or DVDs Extras Show Actual Film Editing?

    What Documentaries or DVDs Extras Show Actual Film Editing? I think I remember extras showing film editing techniques but I don't remember any footage documenting an actual editing session. To expand on that, I'm not interested in shots of an editor carrying around film reels or sitting in...
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    List: Lead Roles Where Character is First Introduced From Behind

    I was watching the film The Thin Man the other day and noticed how the lead character of Nick Charles (William Powell) is introduced to the audience from behind. He is first seen shaking a martini shaker in long view and then the camera comes up directly behind him for a close-up through the...
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    *** Official THE KINGDOM Review Thread

    I saw this in a preview showing on Saturday. In a word, disappointing. I have no idea how this got green-lighted other than Hollywood's interest in political issues and the like. The film was: One part America in a world we don't belong (yes, we get it) One part THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS...
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    Film: ACE IN THE HOLE - Discussion Thread (Showing on TCM 8/26/07)

    Note: For those of you who haven't seen this film (or not in a long time) it's showing on TCM this Sunday (8/26/07). I thought that there might be some interest in discussing this film as Criterion recently had a DVD release of the film. I'll definitely share some of my own thoughts later...
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    Favorite Books about Film You Would Recommend

    I checked for a thread about this but didn't see one. The idea is simple, just list a few books about film that are personal favorites. Starting it off, in no particular order: Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic - Dan Auiler. I happen to like books about individual films and this is...
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    Movies You Wished You Had Waited 'Til You Were Older To See

    This thread comes from two recent discussions I had 1. With my kids about the ongoing discussion about waiting until they are older to watch a specific film. My opinion is that it is not that they are necessarily too young to see a film but that it would be a shame for them to see a film they...
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    Films You've Intently Studied

    I'm really curious about what films that people have significantly studied. By studied this could mean a variety of things. Perhaps you read up about the film, perhaps you've written a thesis about some aspect about the film. Perhaps you have joined a group on the Internet that discusses...
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    Name this film: Futbol / Soccer Themed Comedy?

    During the recent World Cup I remembered seeing this futbol film while in France. It was a physical comedy with the protagonist that seemed like a Jerry Lewis type. I saw it in a room off the lobby of a hotel in Nice, France when I was a kid. He was the goalkeeper during a big game and...
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    Barry Sonnenfeld on .... Movies

    Today's Wall Street Journal (6/19) had an interview with Barry Sonnenfeld concerning his thoughts on movies and movie distribution. The stuff that came out of his mouth ... Discussing digital distribution of movies: "Let's say we were doing Men in Black. I would probably shoot...
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    Hard Candy (2005)

    Title: Hard Candy (2005) Tagline: Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls. Genre: Drama, Thriller Director: David Slade Cast: Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae, G.J. Echternkamp Release: 2005-01-14 Runtime: 103 Plot: A mature 14-year old girl meets a...
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    What Movies is this From?

    Yes, another one of those requests. I saw a large photo in the lobby of a small theatre. The Theatre owner didn't know what film it was ... matter of fact they wanted to ask the prior theatre owner the same question. Old b&w film. Scene shows a bunch of showgirls on a stage each holding...
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    Esther Williams - That's Entertainment Question

    Hi, I was watching That's Entertainment and they showed Esther Williams clips from her MGM films but didn't identify them. This is the one film that I'm interested in identifying. The film scene showed a huge pool allowing 12 divers to simultaneously dive into the pool from suspended...
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    Tati's Playtime 70 mm Walter Reade Theatre (NYC) thru 1/5/05

    If you live in the tri-state area, Tati's Playtime is playing at the Walter Reade Theatre (Lincoln Center) through 1/5/05. It is the new remastered 70 mm print. I didn't know about this so perhaps other Tati fans may have missed this as well. If it helps merely one person it was worth the...
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    Carols From King's DVD - Great!

    Since we're getting to that time of year again, I'd thought I just write a little bit about this wonderful DVD called Carols From King's. The boy's/men's choir at King's College (Cambridge) certainly have some cd's out there but this DVD is truly special!!! With the caveat of needing to have...
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    IFC's Ultimate Film Fanatic

    I just watched IFC's Ultimate Film Fanatic tonight. I think it was the Southeast Regional (as if it matters). This show is awful. Instead of rewarding movie lovers/viewers with interesting film knowledge it punishes us with movie fan-hater contempt. Points are rewarded by a melodramatic...
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    Mulholland Drive - Back Lot Set Identity ???

    Below is a link to some pictures which show that the same hotel sign was used in both Mulholland Drive and Inventing the Abbotts. Does anyone recognize the back lot or set? MD was a Disney/ABC film (at the time) and Inventing the Abbotts was Fox. It is possible that producers just shared...
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    Those that saw Vistavision on first run movies ...

    I believe there are (at least) a few contributors here that remember how Vistavision looked like "back in the day." Memories play tricks on all of us so I'm not interested in what you remember so much as if it made an impression on you. I would have loved to have seen Vertigo, Rear...
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    Movie Studio Chat - A Satire

    I'd like to thank everyone for coming here tonight. It is our pleasure this evening to introduce Old Home Entertainment. It has been a while since they have been here and we are happy to have them back. Welcome! What he means. They haven't returned 25 voice mail messages and 6 e-mails...
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    Funniest/Clever Movie Title In Porn?

    Hi, There is another thread that was talking about George Lucas upset because of a parody takeoff of Star Wars and there were a couple people that mentioned other funny Porn Titles (such as Buffy the Vampire Layer). So my nomination: On Golden Blonde Second favorite: Splendor In The Ass...
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    What's the longest time between remakes?

    There was another post that was talking about long times original movies and their sequel. That got me thinking about remakes. What is the longest span between Movie titles (i.e. remakes of the same name). Nosferatu was pretty old but the earliest one that I could think of was "The Mummy"...
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    Shrek DVD - ReVoice Studio Feature

    Hi, Just received my Shrek DVD in the mail today. Popped the DVD in my computer and tried the much talked about Revoice Studio. Friends, this option is worth the price of the whole DVD! I enjoyed it and my son is using it now. It is easy to use and setup is a piece of cake. Revoice...
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    IFC Horror Films on TV This Week

    For those Horror fans the Independent Film Channel will have some nice horror films on this week. All Times are Eastern. There will also be repeats on other times/days but this should get you started... The Hills Have Eyes 10/25/01 @ 8:00pm The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 10/25/01 10:00pm...
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    Final Fantasy Is Our Generation's Jazz Singer

    I remember reading that the first talkies were failures both with the public and the critics. So much so that people wrote them off in the press. Then came the Jazz Singer. I think we will look back at Final Fantasy and say that this was a landmark movie which changed everything. Right now...
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