RIP Deborah Kerr

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I can't remember if I saw the Sid Caesar/Imogene Coca version.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 19 October 2007 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Anyway on the way home last night I finally went and bought a copy of Black Narcissus. I was going to go on the "Paler Shade" thread and make a joke about Black Narcissus having a low Sacha Frere Strongo score, and Black Orpheus having a high one, but I couldn't be bothered.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:02 (fourteen years ago) link

so you're foisting it off on us?

s1ocki, Friday, 19 October 2007 15:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw Caesar/Coca! that one was done the same year, of course. (and you can tell the water was really cold)

Dr Morbius, Friday, 19 October 2007 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I figured I had a better chance of being heard on a 30-post thread than buried in that bad-and-hated-Dave-Matthews-length one over there.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 19 October 2007 15:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Without a Kerr

James Redd and the Blecchs, Sunday, 21 October 2007 22:07 (fourteen years ago) link

it's pronounced like "car" right?

impudent harlot, Sunday, 21 October 2007 22:48 (fourteen years ago) link


That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 21 October 2007 23:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Night of the Iguana is so good, a certain kind of movie lover's dream mix (I wonder if Geoffrey O'Brien likes it?) of B-movie overripe dialogue and overaged stars with A-movie director Huston (although maybe he was on the rocks at the time?) and cinematographer Figueroa (although maybe Hollywood didn't care about him?). It's the kind of thing that might easily have ended up a half-baked mess, like a latter day Peter Bogdanovich project. Did Tennessee Williams really write the dialogue, was there no script doctor to punch it up?

I don't know if it's her best role or most typical, but DK is very good in this in many ways: her initial jittery portrayal of somebody way down on her luck, dependent on the kindness of strangers or suckers, her catfight shadow-boxing with Ava Gardner, her sympathetic ear for Richard Burton, her later show of strength. I think I'm going to look in the Lee Server Ava Gardner bio to see what he has to say about the production.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 29 October 2007 04:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Of course, Ava G is good too in what could have ended up being the Ruth Gordon part.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 29 October 2007 04:33 (fourteen years ago) link

The 97 year old grandfather is even more wrinkled than David Johansen.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 29 October 2007 04:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I'd forgotten she was married to Peter Viertel -- who has now died.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 15:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, he was there on that Night of the Iguana set.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

How is From Here To Eternity? MUBI is showing, anything there beyond the beachside kiss?

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:37 (four years ago) link

yes, Clift and Sinatra are good

otherwise overrated; wildly entertaining novel tho

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 15 July 2017 23:03 (four years ago) link

Entertaining movie. An adult potboiler.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 July 2017 00:27 (four years ago) link

ERnest Borgnine pretty terrifying in it iirc

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:31 (four years ago) link

Thanks all, I'll give it a go.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 July 2017 09:58 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Kael thought The Sundowners might be her "richest" performance -- she's certainly the best reason to watch it, given the longing frustrations and the sparring with sheep-driving husband Mitchum, but the whole thing is at the midpoint between Hawks and a Disney family movie. With many many sheep, and Glynis Johns having a (mercifully offscreen) affair with Peter Ustinov.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:13 (two years ago) link

I always liked it despite being about 20 mins too long; it was a PBS standard in the '80s. Mitchum is certainly the best onscreen partner she ever had, and she's rather lusty.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:14 (two years ago) link

Possibly more sexual chemistry with Bob when she was a nun in Heaven Knows, Mr Allison.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:29 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Watched Colonel Blimp. What a great film. Like, really

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 25 November 2021 12:12 (one month ago) link

The Archers (Powell & Pressburger): S/D

POLL: Best Powell and Pressburger Film.

these be the threads you need

calzino, Thursday, 25 November 2021 12:16 (one month ago) link

My favorite movie, probably

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:04 (one month ago) link

it's probably the P&P movie I've watched the most times so yeah "fave" as well on those terms. Despite Canterbury Tale probably being a more complex and interesting one.

calzino, Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:15 (one month ago) link

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