Just remembered my favourite film joke ever, attributed to some famous director (forget who): "I passed Otto Preminger's house the other day--or should I say, 'a house by Otto Preminger'?"
― clemenza, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 00:38 (3 years ago) Permalink
Did you dig it?
Laura? Yeah! I own it -- one of my favorite films.
― look at it, pwn3d, made u look at my peen/vadge (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 00:46 (3 years ago) Permalink
No, no, Bunny Lake is Missing
― Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 00:52 (3 years ago) Permalink
saw Otto in the Nilsson documentary, encased in a groovy blue hippie outfit on the set of Playboy After Dark as Harry sang.
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 07:28 (3 years ago) Permalink
I just started the Hirsch biography.
Should I bother with In Harm's Way? Not too stodgy?
― The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 July 2011 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
I bought a remaindered copy of this a few weeks ago:
I read the Advise and Consent chapter while killing time before a movie. Based on that, I'd never make it through the whole book:
"Appropriately, the dialogue of Advise and Consent is filled with performatives. Senators say 'I move,' or 'I yield,' or 'I ask,' or 'I suggest,' or 'I release,' and their saying these things effectuates the things they say."
Making it the complete opposite of American Beauty, where Kevin Spacey says "Pass the asparagus" and everyone ignores him.
― clemenza, Monday, 4 July 2011 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink
Am reading yet another recently published bio of the guy different from the ones you guys are reading.
― Safe European HOOS (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 00:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
j/k. But the guy does seem to have even more biographers than Nikola Tesla.
oh, In Harm's Way is a must, if only for what Kirk Douglas's character... does.
anyone rep for The Human Factor? Dave Kehr presiding over a screening in Brooklyn Monday. I remember hearing Otto being interviewed by Julian Schlossberg (onetime studio exec) on his WABC radio show "Movietalk" when OP was doing press for it.
― incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 September 2011 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink
ok, I guess it was WMCA or WOR (ABC was still a music station then)
― incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 September 2011 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anatomy of a Murder is so good. Jimmy Stewart's performance is the capstone of his fifties work: we see how his aw-shucks manner is an act, turned on and off for deliberate manipulative effect.
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 01:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
Criterion forthcoming btw.... supplements v intriguing:
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
from G Kenny on above:
"Even in the wrong—-that’s right, wrong—-Academy ratio framing of this 1959 film released on DVD by Sony many years back, this picture maintained a great deal of its fluid multi-leveled visual complexity. The correct 1.85 framing and the boosted detail here (some of which, admittedly, conks out briefly for a shot or two at a time—look for decreased forehead-wrinkle levels in a shot in the first Gazzara/Stewart confab about 19 minutes in, for instance) AMPLIFY that quality, which helps in turn to reveal why it is, in fact, one of the Great Films. The shot of Stewart’s character scoping out the awards and newspaper clippings on the wall of the Thunder Bay Inn here shows Preminger as a definite info-fiend precursor to David Fincher. Haven’t explored extras but don’t need to to award this a personal:— A+ "
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
LOVE THIS MOVIE
― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink
Seeing Laura this Sunday in its newly restored versh - can't wait.
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
― these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Friday, 11 May 2012 04:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
Bonjour Tristesse is on now or soon at FF, I believe
― The Unbassful Serpent (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
^^It's also due to be announced sometime soon on limited edition bluray from Twilight Time.
― Leslie Mann: Boner Machine (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 13 May 2012 06:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
box o' three sleeper/dud '67-71 films:
― saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 13:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
so Jackie Gleason tripping balls isn't worth a look?
― the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
doesn't mean it isn't awful
― saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
Need to check out some more stuff by this guy.
Anatomy of a Murder is brilliant – probably the best courtroom drama I’ve ever seen. There’s only one weak acting performance (from the main prosecuting counsel) which sticks out a bit but the rest of them are outstanding. Great score from Duke Ellington too.
Laura is super too. Beautiful theme music drifting through it.
Can't remember much about Bunny Lake is Missing a bit of an oddity as I remember...
Bonjour Tristesse was shown (restored!) at the London Film Festival this year. Didn't like it when I first saw it, find myself liking it more and more as time goes on.
Exodus lasts forever but was ok. The old story about it was that at a pre-release screening, one of the production company’s executives (a jew named Mort Sahl) stood up about 2 and a half hours into the movie and called out “Otto, Let my People Go!” (probably apocryphal)...
River of No Return was good but I’ve forgotten most of it. For years I’ve wanted to see Advise and Consent but have always missed it
― Crackle Box, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
one of the production company’s executives (a jew named Mort Sahl)
uh? Sahl was one of the great innovative post-Catskills standup comics
― saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
(still living btw)
Ah yes, my mistake...
"When Exodus was first released, a funny story circulated concerning comedian Mort Sahl. Supposedly, he stood up in the middle of a premiere screening of the film with Preminger present and shouted, 'Otto, let my people go' in reference to the interminable length of the film. Most critics, but not audiences, tended to agree with Sahl."
― Crackle Box, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Bunny Lake will always be classic to me just because of that one turning point involving a doll
― Nhex, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Always loved the way that the score runs through the first half of the film, which is lively and jumping as Stewart's record collection, before disappearing completely for the formal courtroom procedural in the second half, only returning in full swing once the film leaves the courtroom at the very end.
― Room 227 (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
watched 'bunny lake' for the 1st time - solid until the reveal, then nearly unwatchable
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 30 May 2013 23:34 (9 months ago) Permalink
― A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 May 2013 00:03 (9 months ago) Permalink
i don't know about "unwatchable," but the ending is definitely a letdown. before that there are passages that rival preminger's best work.
bonjour tristesse 4eva
― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 31 May 2013 01:22 (9 months ago) Permalink
briefly available on DVD in spring '08, alas
― A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 May 2013 01:27 (9 months ago) Permalink
that chris fujiwara book mentioned above is pretty worthless IMO. just superficial "analyses" of films with very selective biographical information. and lots of errors of fact.
i sold my DVD of bonjour tristesse to ryuichi sakamoto!
― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 31 May 2013 01:28 (9 months ago) Permalink
For the longest time, the Fry's by me kept a copy of BT in their "Foreign" rack.
― Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 31 May 2013 02:09 (9 months ago) Permalink
that's understandable, i guess
is it just me who gets annoyed when foreign films are alphabetized by article? so "la ronde" is in the Ls (as are many if not most French films), "il grido" is in the Is, etc. i feel like video stores would be doing the world a service if they stopped this.
― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 31 May 2013 02:17 (9 months ago) Permalink
i will always love that ridiculous turning point/reveal in Bunny
― Nhex, Friday, 31 May 2013 04:54 (9 months ago) Permalink
boy I can watch Advise and Consent at any time.
― A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 June 2013 23:35 (9 months ago) Permalink
Just watched the BluRay of The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, which is def not top-drawer Otto but is fascinating for its commonalities w/ Advise and Consent (politics, treason, D.C. locations), In Harm's Way (the military as a flawed and even sociopathic institution), Anatomy of a Murder (courtroom drama w/ special Method Actor prosecutor, in this case Rod Steiger). Also its current resonances with "a bad soldier" choosing country over Army -- Gary Cooper as Bradley Manning?
― Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 August 2013 13:21 (6 months ago) Permalink
watched the cardinal, long but p good. feels almost gump-like where the main character gets involved w/ race relations in the us south and the rise of nazism in austria. it's also better when it's personal (his questioning his faith and relationship w/ his sister) than when global. some interesting wiki notes
The Vatican's liaison officer for the film was Joseph Ratzinger,
also i thought tryon was really good - didn't know him at all, interesting life and -Thomas Tryon was born on January 14, 1926, in Hartford, Connecticut, as the son of Arthur Lane Tryon, a clothier and owner of Stackpole, Moore & Tryon. - this clothing store still exists downtown hartford
― johnny crunch, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:38 (3 months ago) Permalink
I love Tryon's book Harvest Home.
― tokyo rosemary, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 03:57 (3 months ago) Permalink