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Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

I highly recommend the Andre de Toth Western/Noir film, 'The Day Of The Outlaw', with Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, and Elisha Cook Jr. It is a little known, low budget film which packs a wallop.

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Posted by El Topo on 12/05/2012 at 9:02 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

I have just finished watchimg"gods little acre"[1958]movie.why Robert Ryan did not win an acadamy award for his great acting in it,amazes me!.

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Posted by nooneyboy on 06/19/2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

He always brought something special to every role. One of my favorites was his outstanding portrayal of evil in Billy Budd.

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Posted by Tim on 05/05/2012 at 9:27 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

Mrs. Leslie is excellent but very sad. But it's only a move and Robert Ryan is in it.

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Posted by justanotherokie on 04/27/2012 at 11:04 PM

Re: “The Miracle Woman

One of the great casualties of the rise (and now fall) of the video store was the death of the revival house. When I first moved to NYC's Upper West Side 40 years ago there were at least seven of these wonderful venues, and on any given day I could enter, pay my fee and see the likes of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich or Barbara Stanwyck, 20 feet high and glowing. Ever since then it has been my firm belief that movies were made to be seen in the dark with 400 strangers. And especially this is true of comedies. How can seeing a comedy in one's living room, even with a group of friends, compare to the kind of shared, infectious laughter that audience in Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" experienced?

Posted by JustJoan on 03/02/2012 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The Miracle Woman

I am reading this wonderful book right now and it is torture: how can I slow it down to last forever when I am simply dying to get to my favorites and see if Dan sees what I do? As to a film for which I would like to switch out the existing star to see what Miss Stanwyck could do, I offer "Five Graves to Cairo." Anne Baxter does a very good job as Mouche, and I'm not at all sure that Stanwyck could master the accent, but when I think of what she could have brought to the character -- oh, my! And I would have loved to see her reaction when Eric von Stroheim would have waved her back with that damn whisk!

Posted by JustJoan on 03/02/2012 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Miracle Woman

Wow! This book sounds great--Stanwyck is one of my favorites from that era, and I love movies from the 30s and 40s in general. Everything about them was better, but especially the way roles for women were written. Modern "rom coms" just seem so insipid compared to The Lady Eve or Woman of the Year.

I haven't heard of a lot of these movies, and I just hope I can find them somewhere--even Netflix has a very limited selection of old movies. (And I wish movie theaters showed them more often. I saw Bringing Up Baby--my favorite screwball comedy--on the big screen a couple years ago and it was such a treat! It was wonderful to watch it after all these years with an audience!)

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Posted by Clare on 02/16/2012 at 6:42 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan has always been my favourite actor, even though he died when I was only 15 years old. he just seemed to have so many layers to his performances, and an uncanny natural inteligence in his acting.
John Meiklem Sept 23rd 2011

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Posted by John Meiklem on 09/22/2011 at 9:53 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

You can check out his greatest unknown performance "About Mrs. Leslie" (54) on Netflix on-demand.

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Posted by David Boxwell on 08/18/2011 at 4:38 PM

Re: “In Praise of Robert Ryan

I'm glad there's someone else who thinks Robert Ryan was the greatest actor in the history of cinema.

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Posted by Joseph Lombardo on 08/16/2011 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Projecting Nim

Hey big guy, wanna find out the Truth about the making of the Porno-Doc TABLOID? Call 718-406-1089, Joyce's manager, and arrange an interview with her. Did you know that TABLOID is NOT the TRUE Joyce McKinney story and Morris is being sued for fifty million for the way he slandered her, and did a counterfeit Joyce McKinney story which caused her severe emotional trauma? (Randy Adams, the subject of Thin Blue Line also sued him and the producers of THAT film. The citizens of Vernon Florida wanted to lynch him. He is hated by the people he does movies about. He first pretends to befriend them-- lies about his True Purpose, and then slanders them on camera -- twisting the story around for his own glory while making them look bad.) Errol Morris should work for a tabloid himself. He wouldn't know TRUTH if it bit him in the tail! Did you know Morris' sleazy producers LIED to Joyce and with a dummy contract, pretended to be from Showtime network "doing a TV series on Paparazzi", [to get footage on her], then while the deceptive Morris "interviewed" her for this non-existent "TV series", his cronies ransacked her luggage and STOLE materials for her autobiographical book out of her luggage, two film treatments she had registered with Writer's Guild, a valuable memorabilia collection of pictures documenting the famous love story, and even home movies and baby pictures belonging to her mother and father? This R rated film TABLOID is so trashy, libelous, and disgusting to Joyce's Christian family that her mother tried to take her own life and is now in a coma due to the intense slander by Morris' perverted film (spread by his PR teams and Mormons aiding them in the libelous Mormon sourced kidnap-rape tabloid yarn) portraying her daughter in such a False Light. Morris' purpose--along with his producers and his Utah connected distributors-- was NOT to tell the Truth, but to make her appear unbelievable by making her an object of hatred and public ridicule, so the REAL Joyce McKinney story (of what the tabloids and Mormon cult's media machine did to her, as well as the dangers of Mormonism upon society) would not be credible. Morris' people do not have the rights to her love story and they haven't got the slightest inkling of what the Joyce McKinney story is about. They aren't intellectual enough. Considering your writing above, maybe YOU are. If you don't mind a heavy investigative piece, and can handle something deep, give her manager a call. This little gal's story and the awesome message she has to tell, affects every man, woman, and child, in the US. As for Morris --he will be sued as well as his sources he PAID for the interviews in his film that lied on Joyce. The mega-lawsuit will entail False Light, Misappropriation of Name, Picture, and Likeness, Right to Publicity, Slander, Defamation, and Fraud and Infringement of her registered story which they actually stole and copied on a xerox machine while Morris' was interviewing her for the Showtime "TV series" which didn't even exist! They will also pay dearly for the misuse of the stolen photos as their used her picture for their advertising, record albums, and poster, without her consent. (They stole a still photo of her in a harmless college musical, playing Eve in The Apple Tree: and misused the photo to portray her as "Eve in the Garden of Evil tempting Adam"! They also took her MISS USA photo out of her MISS USA Official Pageant Scrapbook, and chopped off her head substituting a cartoon head then portraying her falsely as a sex crazed hussy and "S&M hooker", then (as if trying to give a sedetive to her for her "crazed sex drive"), they insert a giant hypodermic needle into her vaginal cavity in an obscene way, like a penis! In real life Ms. McKinney was a sexually inexperienced virgin when she met her Mormon fiance.) Had Morris not been in collusion with the Mormons and the tabloids they used in 1977 to spread the kidnap-rape Press Hoax, he could have had a high quality film which COULD have won an Oscar if he had done the TRUE version of her story-- by a heavy investigative piece or a true life bio-pic. Instead, like a dirty old man, and money hungry, he sided with the Mormon cult and its fake tabloid version of her story; he only saw sex-sex-sex with his twisted mind. He is obsessed with the tabloid version of Joyce --which is as off base as The Legend of Bigfoot. Maybe next Morris will do a film on Bill Clinton being Kidnapped by Space Aliens-- or Kim Kardasian's Butt Exploding. That's more his speed and level of intellect.

Posted by truthteller on 07/06/2011 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Boredom Rocks

Pretty sure we skipped a reel. Reels were clocking in at around 40 minutes each, Bradley told us one projector was at 16 fps and the other was at 18.5 fps. SO the speed was definitely correct, when you project at 24 fps reels run for 30 minutes. We finished about 45 minutes short- at about 8:45. So, can anyone confirm that in one reel, after the lights go off, they come back on for about 10 minutes and then go back off again? I'm pretty sure I saw this happen at LPR screening earlier this year. Maybe I was dreaming, but that's the one reel that we didn't see at Anthology...

In any case thanks to Anthology for throwing this party, there were about 20 people who sat through the whole thing, it was better than Inception!

Posted by gjk on 07/25/2010 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The Northside Festival, or, Towards a Williamsburg Cinema

I'm actually just genuinely excited about the new place! I went this weekend and was pleased!

Posted by JacobSomething on 06/29/2010 at 12:15 AM

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