Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Sep 5, 2011.
Yeah, I definitely think it would have been better on a bigger screen.
I first saw it after Star Wars was released around 1980 or so, and it seem so dated. But given when it was released, maybe the audience was on something and that is why it is a classic.
Got some DVD's from some local libraries that have been on my list for quite a while. It ended up I've been doing some serious drama-watchin'! (I need some comedies, sci-fi adventures or musicals, stat!) Again, from best to worst:
The Children's Hour (Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, James Garner and Veronica Cartwright - as young Rosalie!) - I'm shocked that this movie got made in 1961, much like I'm shocked that Mae West did what she did in her time. I wonder if there was a backlash against anyone involved with this movie (or the studio)? Or was that issue skirted because
the lesbian kills herself?
New In Town (Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick, Jr., J. K. Simmons and Frances Conroy) - The only reason I'm rating this movie above The Dying Gaul is because this movie means to be a silly romantic comedy and basically did what it tried to do. Not a great movie by any means, but certainly no classic. One to watch on a rainy afternoon when you have nothing else to do.
P.S. to Harry Connick Jr.: You've been trying the acting thing for two decades now. Maybe it's time to let this one go??
Regeneration (Jonathan Pryce, Jonny Lee Miller, Dougray Scott and Kevin McKidd) - ohmygosh this was a HEAVY movie! It's set in a hospital for soldiers during World War I with emotional issues. HEAVY!!! A good movie, just...HEAVY!
P.S. Kevin McKidd only has a very tiny role in this movie.
The Dying Gaul (Peter Sarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott) - An interesting script, very good acting/great cast, but...wasn't needing a movie at this time about messed up people doing messed up things. A quality movie, I just watched it at the wrong time maybe...
Osama (first movie made in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban) - A mother has her daughter masquerade as a boy so that the daughter can work and bring money into the family. All the males have been killed and the family is starving, so we see what life is like for the girl as she must make her way amongst males on her own.
Our Lady Of The Assassins (directed by Barbet Schroeder) - An author returns to his hometown to die (although he only looks to be in his 50's) and is introducted to a young man who he begins a relationships with. This young male is a gang member...so trouble might be in their future...
This was another one that was on my list of movies to see for a long time. Sometimes having a movie on your "to see" list is a bad thing because in your mind, you build it up in a way, so it can end up being a bit of a letdown. This one was made very cheaply, on high-def video, I believe. Not recommended really, unless the description of it cries out to you...
What you mention in the spoiler text probably covers it
though I remember being unsure of whether she was the only queer character in that movie when I watched it nearly ten years ago.
The Children's Hour is incredibly complex and I think it could be read that their are multiple "queer (not using the term gay here on purpose)" characters or even that their are no queer characters and the "queerness" present is the challenge to heteronormitivity based on Rosalie's claim and the fallout from it.
I've actually taught The Children's Hour a few times and my students, of course, hate it. I would love to have been able to see the London stage production earlier this year with Elisabeth Moss and Kiera Knightly.
It has aged badly. A bit of a misfire considering the talents involved. Back then, homosexuality was still considered "not the norm" by the overwhelming majority of the world. Even a sophisticate like Lillian Hellman cast an askance eye on it. Audrey and Shirley were good at it. I just cringe at Shirley's self-hating diatribe near the end.
I'm curious; why do they hate it? Subject matter? It's too dated? Something else?
Ever see the original, These Three from 1936, with Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins playing the female teachers?
I took my granddaughter to see Arthur Christmas yesterday. She's four and got pretty restless about three-fourths of the way through, but I loved it. I was teary-eyed in the first five minutes.
I saw The Descendants this weekend. It was good, but depressing. Not quite as depressing as "Up In the Air," but pretty sad. It seems that Clooney either goes for fun action or very sad stories and characters. He did a good job with it.
I want to see the Muppet movie. Let's hope that one isn't really sad.
Watching There's No Business Like Show Business on TCM right now. I know it's kind of cheesy, but I love it. Ethel Merman and Johnny Ray in the same movie makes for a lot of loud singing.
I'm curious as to why they hate it as well. Hmm?
No, I've never even heard of this movie! Worthy searching for??
Seriously. But I love Donald O'Connor in it. He's one of those actors who makes any movie better just by showing up.
All the hollering, maybe? I've never yet been able to get all the way through the movie because of all the characters SHRIEKING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS.
(Oops, sorry for the double post.)
Monroe got away with a lot, considering the way she sang "Heat Wave". VERY suggestive for it's time.
Not to mention that white dress she wore in her first number.
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