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Postby Eric » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:34 pm

Yeah, I meant Harvey Milk would've done the grounding.

The Cockettes is a pretty bouyant doc (with cameo "appearances," as it were -- i.e. archive photo/video -- of both Divine and Sylvester), and I'd imagine it would be a pretty kicky evening capper.

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Postby rain Bard » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:02 pm

the Cockettes had the 1:20, 5, and 9PM showings and Harvey Milk was 3:15 and 7PM.

I haven't seen the Cockettes myself but assume that's not the one you're referring to. Apparantly one of the co-directors was on hand for the 9PM show. Probably not one of the more festive in-person events ever held.

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Postby Eric » Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:54 pm

rain Bard wrote:the Times of Harvey Milk and the Cockettes

Man, which of those two was screened first? (Both very good, but one has the power to ruin an evening.)

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Postby rain Bard » Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:43 pm

Last year's series also included Bullitt on a bill with Point Blank. Might as well fill in the rest of the blanks (as you can see, it was a much bigger series last year):
Psyche-Out (no co-feature)
San Francisco and Follow the Fleet
Joy Luck Club and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley with shorts In the Park and Fatty and Mabel at the World's Fair
Out of the Past and Sudden Fear
Crumb and Lenny Bruce: Performance Film
Harold and Maude and Play it Again, Sam
Outside the Law (no co-feature)
Dream with the Fishes with Dopamine
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) with It Came From Beneath the Sea
the Times of Harvey Milk and the Cockettes
Dark Passage and the Lady From Shanghai
Greed and Old San Francisco
Dirty Harry and the Lineup
Janis and the Last Waltz

As for your James Shigeta question, the SF Asian American Film Festival just showed three of his films as part of a tribute. the Crimson Kimono and Bridge to the Sun were shown in 35mm and Walk Like a Dragon in 16mm. I unfortunately was unable to catch any of the screenings myself, but I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of the 35mm films was made available in preparation for a future DVD release.

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:03 am

Then, of course, there is Bullitt.

I Remember Mama is a one-of-a-kind treasure. The film version with Irene Dunne is quite wonderful and plays on TCM every Mother's Day. It's also on DVD.

Mama, which ran from 1949 to 1957, was one of the earliest TV shows I remember watching. Peggy Wood, known mostly today as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, was the best actress in early TV. It was quite a shock for me as a child to learn that her Norweigan accent was not real. She was, in fact, a major operatta star in the 20s and a character actress on screen in the 30s and 40s. Her largest screen role came later as Naomi in 1960's The Story of Ruth which was just recently released on DVD. With practically everything else available on DVD it would be nice to have a retrospective of Mama, a wonderful show of a by-gone era.

Time After Time is the film I saw in the theatre when I first thought of moving to San Francisco. It is a wonderful time capsule of the late 70s. It''s also available on DVD.

Flower Drum Song, for some reason, is not, but you can see its sars, Nancy Kwan and James Shigeta, re-united on stage in San Francisco sometime in April in Love Letters.

Speaking of missing films on DVD, what ever happened is Shigeta's Bridge to the Sun oppositie Carroll Baker? This film, which occasionally shows up on TCM, has never been released in any home video format.
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Postby rain Bard » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:55 am

This is actually the second year that the Balboa has hosted a series like this; last year Experiment in Terror played with the Sniper, the Conversation with Petulia, Vertigo with Woman on the Run, and both the 1931 and 1941 versions of the Maltese Falcon played together.

Perhaps Time After Time, Flower Drum Song and I Remember Mama will appear in a third annual edition. I hope so; I've never seen any of those three (though I remember my mama reading I Remember Mama to me and my siblings when we were kids.)

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Postby Damien » Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:07 am

--Big Magilla wrote:An interesting group, although I can think of few more quintesessental San Francisco films: Time After Time, The Conversation, Flower Drum Song, Vertigo, I Remember Mama and The Maltese Falcon.

And Experiment In Terror with its climax at Candlestick.




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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:46 pm

rain Bard wrote:If you want to see the film on or just before the centennial, come over to the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco which is showing it on a double bill with After the Thin Man April 16-18 as a kickoff to a San Francisco-set film series. Other double bills in the series: Ladies they Talk About with Fog Over Frisco, the Birds with Birdman of Alcatraz, Pal Joey with Barbary Coast, DOA with the Bigamist, and What's Up, Doc? with Take the Money and Run.

An interesting group, although I can think of few more quintesessental San Francisco films: Time After Time, The Conversation, Flower Drum Song, Vertigo, I Remember Mama and The Maltese Falcon.
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Postby rain Bard » Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:31 pm

Big Magilla wrote:I have no idea why Warners missed the opportunity to release San Francisco in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and the 70th anniverary of the film's release in April, but I'm glad it's finally coming to DVD.

In the age of Amazon pre-orders and Netflix/Greencine queues, as long as the title is announced in time for such an anniversary they still can get a lot of mileage out of it.

If you want to see the film on or just before the centennial, come over to the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco which is showing it on a double bill with After the Thin Man April 16-18 as a kickoff to a San Francisco-set film series. Other double bills in the series: Ladies they Talk About with Fog Over Frisco, the Birds with Birdman of Alcatraz, Pal Joey with Barbary Coast, DOA with the Bigamist, and What's Up, Doc? with Take the Money and Run.

Oh, and Precious Doll, I think you must mean the Vietnam plantation film Red Dust.

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Postby Precious Doll » Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:24 pm

Big Magilla wrote:but where is To Each His Own, and for that matter The Heiress, both made by Paramount, but owned now by Universal.

Much to my surprise The Heiress has been released by an independent company on Region 2 (UK).

I only stumbled across this by accident the other day whilst I was ordering some DVDs on Amazon.com.uk and The Heiress came up as a recommendation. Needless to say I added it to my order.

Five Fingers, The Snake Pitt, Johnny Guitar, Pretty Posion are some of the other gems on Region 2 (UK), all with fine prints that do them justice.

I am awaiting Warners Region 1 to release a Jean Harlow box set, which will hopefully include Red Heat, The Red Headed Woman, Hold That Man & The Girl From Missouri.
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:57 pm

Precious Doll, thank you for keeping up this thread.

I have no idea why Warners missed the opportunity to release San Francisco in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and the 70th anniverary of the film's release in April, but I'm glad it's finally coming to DVD.

I had hoped the inclusion of The Wings of Eagles in the John Ford-John Wayne package would mean that we are at long last going to get the missing footage of Maureen O'Hara's alcholic breakdown excised at the request of the Sprig family at the time of the film's release, but it appears that footage is lost forever.

I'm happy to see Parmount has picked up the Republic catalogue and will be releasing the tantalizing Olivia de Havilland-Lew Ayres film noir, The Dark Mirror featuring two of de Havilland's three great 1946 performances, but where is To Each His Own, and for that matter The Heiress, both made by Paramount, but owned now by Universal. With Universal being into all those star packagings, perhaps we can look forward to a de Havilland package that will include those two films as well as Hold Back the Dawn.

Speaking of Warners and de Havilland, I can't understand why they haven't releasesd Light in the Piazza as a tie-in to last year's hit Broadway musical version.
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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:59 am

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of four film noir titles for 16th May 2006. Priced at $14.99 SRP each are…

The Dark Mirror - Identical twin sisters enter a deadly game of wits and deception when they both fall for the same psychiatrist.

Secret Beyond The Door - When whirlwind courtship leads to marriage a young woman learns her husband is suspected of killing his first wife.

Letter From An Unknown Woman - A concert pianist’s self-obsession blinds him to the love of a woman whom he fails to notice until it is too late.

Body & Soul - A prizefighter, desperate for a title shot, falls in with corrupt syndicate but is given one last chance at redemption.

All are barebones releases, presenting the films in Full Screen with English Mono sound and optional English subtitles.

Also released on 16th May 2006 is the Marilyn Monroe / Marx Brothers comedy Love Happy. This also carries a $14.99 SRP and offers the same technical specs as the film noir titles.
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