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Sterling Silver Dialog #20

Sterling Silver Dialogue From The Movies: 

Do you know where they're from? Answers coming soon.

Special Film Noir Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Art is one of the remaining ecstasies that is neither immoral nor illegal.."

 

 

“We didn’t exactly believe your story, Miss O’Shaughnessy. We believed your two hundred dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you’d been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.” 

 

 "I won't, because all of me wants to regardless of consequences... and because you've counted on it.”

 

 

"I've got a pretty good bottle of rye in my pocket and I'd rather get wet in here!”

 

"You know what he’ll do when he comes back? Beat my teeth out, then kick me in the stomach for mumbling.”

 

 

“I hate you so much I think I’m going to die from it.”

 

"Doesn’t it bother you at all that you’re married?"

(response) "What I want to know is, does it bother you?”

 

 

(at a roulette wheel) "That’s not the way to win."

(response) "Is there a way to win?"

(reply) "There’s a way to lose more slowly.”

 

 

"Maybe I’ll live so long that I’ll forget her. Maybe I’ll die trying.” 

 

 

"Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that."

(response) "This is a blouse and skirt. I don’t know what you’re talking about."

(reply) "You shouldn’t wear that body.” 

 

 

 “I wouldn’t give you the skin off a grape.” 

 

 

"Look, you’re a nice girl, but in case you’re thinking of mothering me, forget it! I’m no stray dog you can pick up, and I like my neck without a collar!” 

 

 

"What did I tell you about playing with that radio? If them batteries is dead, it's gonna have company!"

 

 

“A woman doesn’t care how a guy makes a living, just how he makes love.”

 

 

"Okay Marlowe," I said to myself, ‘You’re a tough guy. You’ve been sapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you’re crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let’s see you do something really tough—like putting your pants on.”

 

 

“Kiss me, Mike. I want you to kiss me. The liar’s kiss that says I love you and means something else.” 

"Now Listen to Me..."

Just some thoughts on current happenings:

 

There are 10 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:

 

 

Orson Welles

Orson Welles

The first is not only a must-see classic, it is a must-see numerous times American film masterpiece, because of the impossibility of taking in all of its vast number of dazzling storytelling riches in a single viewing. One of the Top Ten: World Cinema Treasures, Citizen Kane is a previous TCM recommendation here and will present 'himself' Monday, September 5 at 8:30pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Wayne

John Wayne

Later that same evening is another outstanding contribution to the American cinema, John Ford's The Searchers, reviewed at length here and will commence Monday, September 5 at 12:30am PST.

 

 

 

 

*Note: For those U.S. residents and visitors in the Chicago area, The Searchers will be shown at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge at 2:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday, September 15. Lana Wood will be a special guest at the evening showing. Film historian and classic film programmer Matthew C. Hoffman will host. More information about this Season 4 opening night screening can be obtained by clicking on the accompanying image. (Special thanks to the CC's Facebook Chat Room member Geri Murray for bringing this to our attention).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

In case anyone who missed last month's screening of Casablanca would like to have another shot at seeing this revered classic in September, your prayer has been answered. Previously reviewed as one of the Top Ten Fool's Gold (not referring to those who love the film but the mineral pyrite), this blend of romance, patriotism, and political intrigue admittedly has a polish unmatchable by most Hollywood fare. 1944's Academy Award Best Picture Winner will air Sunday, September 11 at 5pm PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TCM may rarely show non-English language films but when they do, expect to see the creme de la creme of artistic expression. This is especially true for Sunday night’s screening of Harakiri, the latest film to be reviewed in the Opening Up a Treasure series. Harakiri is a truly remarkable achievement, particularly in the way the filmmakers brilliantly present and develop their “story within a story” to provide viewers with a supremely immersive intellectual and emotionally visceral involvement quite unlike any other in the history of motion pictures. The ‘ritual’ will begin on TCM Sunday, September 11 at 11pm PST.

 

 

 

 

Toshiro Mifune (In foreground), Tatsuya Nakadai

Toshiro Mifune (In foreground), Tatsuya Nakadai

Immediately following Harakiri, TCM will present another Masaki Kobayashi/Shinobu Hashimoto collaborative samurai epic of enormous stature and emotional wealth, Hidden Gem #62 Samurai Rebellion at 1:15am (technically Monday morning) PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1975 summer blockbuster Jaws is a film I’m kind of in the middle about.

(From left) Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

(From left) Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Like the famous director's first commercially viable feature-length picture, Duel, it's an accomplished and engaging piece of action-adventure storytelling. The talented showman Steven Spielberg also cleverly manipulates the premise into one of an overly-simplified demonized entity vs. heroic do-gooders, the latter who must, therefore, "save the day" by destroying the former (predatory beast). This premise, on reflection, is facile, naive, and lacks the personal backstory, depth, and complexity of say, another tale of seafaring obsession, Moby Dick. I still think one would have to work pretty hard not to succumb to the story's adventurous, medieval-like quest and affable characters to find it un-enthralling. Plus there's a truly terrifying scene, perhaps the film's most effective, where practically no action takes place: A crewmember's personal recounting of his fateful service onboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Readers can read more about, and watch this amazing scene here. To be taken in by the film's other thrills and chills, be onboard TCM Monday, September 12 at 6:15pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

That's actually Rodney Dangerfield in the crowd (Standing on the ground, second from the right).

That's actually Rodney Dangerfield in the crowd (Standing on the ground, second from the right).

Stanley Kubrick took the entire film community, along with noir fans, by (a perfect) storm with his innovative 1956 take on the caper genre, The Killing previously recommended here. "The best-laid plans..." will be presented on TCM Friday, September 16 at 12:45am (late evening) PST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike the above film, this next one offers a completely different kind of atmosphere: Peter Sellers presides over Blake Edwards' The Party, which like The Killing was another suggested Blu-ray purchase here. The fun starts Wednesday, September 21 at 1am (late evening) PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Begley (Far left), Everett Sloane (Center), Van Heflin (Center on the right)

Ed Begley (Far left), Everett Sloane (Center), Van Heflin (Center on the right)

TCM has scheduled another rather obscure film well worth seeing. This time, it's Hidden Gem #54 Patterns with dynamite performances from an exceptional cast, especially the three male leads: Van Heflin, Ed Begley, and Everett Sloane, who all exhibit voracious appetites for their Rod (The Twilight Zone) Serling created dynamic parts. The dramatic fireworks are set to go off Saturday, September 24 at 7:15pm PST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty

My final TCM recommendation has been previously reviewed here and is the story of Bonnie and Clyde only re-imagined as the mythical romantic exploits of an impossibly gorgeous, but infamous couple in crime. The Barrow Gang will strike on TCM Thursday, September 29 at 1:30am (late evening) PST. 

 

 

 

 

TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on any of the above images. For those who live in parts of the U.S. other than the western region, the time zone can be adjusted in the upper right-hand corner of TCM's programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Happy Birthday shout-out to the brilliant cinematographer Raoul Coutard, one of the unsung heroes of the French New Wave, who turns 92 September 16th.

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Best known for his outstanding work on Breathless, A Woman Is a Woman, Le Petit Soldat, Contempt, Band of Outsiders, AlphavillePierrot le Fou, and Weekend (all for director Jean-Luc Godard), Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, (both for Francois Truffaut), in addition to Z, and The Confession (for Costa-Gavras), he also won the best cinematography César Award for Hidden Gem #41: Le Crabe Tambour. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month's soundtrack recommendation is Craig Safan's vibrant score to the sci-fi adventure film The Last Starfighter that effectively combines romantic fantasy with thematic heroism.

Courtesy of both Warner Bros. and Universal, the entire score is presented by Intrada Records in sequential order with the composer conducting. More information, including international ordering from the manufacturer, is available by clicking on the image. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blu-ray recommendation for the month is one of TCM's encouraged watchings and is reviewed (linked) above, Harakiri. There are 2 fine transfers to choose from. That choice will probably depend on where one resides.

 

The first is from Criterion (for North America) and is region A locked. This transfer is visually detailed and vivid with strong black levels but is missing important information on the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second is a region B (locked) Blu-Ray and is compatible for the U.K., Europe, and Australia. It has become available from Masters of Cinema. The picture here is lighter and a bit softer but retains more highly important information on the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information including ordering from Amazon U.S. (top) and Amazon U.K. (bottom) can be obtained by clicking of either of their respective images. 

 

 

A.G.

 

 

 

 

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Guest contributor Bob DiMucci has provided this tribute to many of her motion picture accomplishments:

The Films of Gloria DeHaven

 

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Capturing a Golden Moment #15

In this series, I'd like to present some exceptional scenes inspired by cinema's most gifted artists of yesteryear.

 

Guys and Dolls (1955)

 

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

 

Scene: "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"

 

Stubby Kaye as Nicely-Nicely Johnson sings this showstopping song fabulously, perhaps as a result of perfecting the role and number on Broadway during the show's 1200 performances. Guys and Dolls won the 1951 Tony Award for the Best Musical. With such lively and exuberant characters and songs like the one seen here, it's easy to see why.   

 

 

Guys and Dolls  is available on Blu-Ray here:

Guys and Dolls [Blu-ray]
$18.49
Starring Various

 

It is also available for U.S. download here:

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