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by Big Magilla
Sat May 11, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

Sabin - If you don't have access or time to watch the movie at least read the excellent Wikipedia synopsis of the film and its historical context before jumping to conclusions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_a_Nation Let's not forget that Griffith was also the director of the first inter...
by Big Magilla
Sat May 11, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

That's a quote from film historian, Joseph McBride https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McBride_(writer), co-writer of her 1984 AFI tribute. He makes the great point that the school may have removed Gish's name from the theatre but is happy to keep the bequest she left them.
by Big Magilla
Sat May 11, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: The People
Topic: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?
Replies: 20
Views: 275

Re: Lillian Gish: should a great actor be judged by a racist film?

The DGA did not strip Griffith of his 1938 life achievement award in 1999. They stopped calling the award the D.W. Griffith Award. Griffith was the father of film technique and the film that solidified his reputation was 1915's Birth of a Nation but that film, though a technical marvel, was criticiz...
by Big Magilla
Wed May 08, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1951
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Best Cinematography 1951

B&W A Place in the Sun , Strangers on a Train and A Streetcar Named Desire are some of the best photographed films of the era as well as well as some of the best films, period. Death of a Salesman is an actor's showcase. The cinematography is not something that distinguishes it. The Frogmen foll...
by Big Magilla
Thu May 02, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1952
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Best Cinematography 1952

B&W Navajo may well be the most obscure nominee ever in this category. I've never this documentary about an Indian boy who rejects the white man's school, and don't know anyone who has. It has exactly one review on IMDb. It's the only nomination for Virgil Miller who was director Norman Foster's...
by Big Magilla
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. John Singleton
Replies: 12
Views: 264

Re: R.I.P. John Singleton

Three who might've been Oscar nominees had they lived longer: Jean Vigo, 29; F.W. Murnau, 42; Richard Boleslawski, 47; all of whom were at career peaks when they died in the 1930s. Singleton is one of the saddest. He seemed like someone with such a bright future when he earned his first and only nom...
by Big Magilla
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. John Singleton
Replies: 12
Views: 264

R.I.P. John Singleton

by Big Magilla
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. John Singleton
Replies: 12
Views: 264

Re: John Singleton

He's on life support now, inaccurately reported as dead a few hours ago.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/peo ... 614689002/
by Big Magilla
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Other Film Discussions
Topic: Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings
Replies: 6226
Views: 258716

Re: Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959) 9/10 Duke Ellington's superb jazz score underlines the cynicism in the screenplay (which is based on the book by Robert Traver) and sets the freewheeling tone of the film which makes this a riveting court room thriller. The film drew big controversy in 195...
by Big Magilla
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. John Singleton
Replies: 12
Views: 264

R.I.P. John Singleton

First African-American nominated for Best Director is in a coma in an L.A. hospital at 51.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nation ... story.html
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1953
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Best Cinematography 1953

B&W What were they thinking? Julius Caesar , Martin Luther and The Four Poster over Pickup on South Street , Stalag 17 , Little Boy Lost , The Big Heat , The Cruel Sea , The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan and Angel Face ? The only nominee that gave From Here to Eternity a run for its money was Ro...
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 41079

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

The reference to Dumbo here is unclear: are they just saying the name Jim Crow is offensive, or do they mean the entire "When I See an Elephant Fly" scene? If the latter...I'm sure it comes off a bit minstrel-y today, but it's a rollicking number -- by far my favorite part of the movie wh...
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Campaign 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 1168

Re: Campaign 2020

Anyone for whom the big banks is an issue is already familiar with Warren's position. It's not going to be one of the top issues in the election. As for Stumpf, he's one of the reasons I retired early from Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo was a great company to work for when they were "the best bank fo...
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 41079

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Reza wrote:
Big Magilla wrote: It would have to have been after February 2003 because I distinctly remember being in a house I owned from that date through mid-2011.


This must have been your lovely house in San Francisco we visited during the summer of 2003.

It was in a San Francisco suburb, but close enough. :D
by Big Magilla
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: The First Century
Topic: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread
Replies: 246
Views: 41079

Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

I purchased my DVD copy on-line sometime after February 2003. I don't remember from where, I no longer have the case due to downsizing my collection but I'm pretty sure it was a legitimate copy originally sold at Disneyland Paris. It would have to have been after February 2003 because I distinctly r...

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