Subject: Re: Evening Primrose From: Tim Warren Date: 1996/07/08 Message-Id: <> References: <4rq225$> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-Ascii Organization: AT&T WorldNet Services Mime-Version: 1.0 Reply-To: Newsgroups: X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0b4Gold (Win95; I) It is in the collection of the Museum of Television and Radio on 52nd street in NYC. ttfn tw -- Tim Warren "Bring me an empty horse!" -Michael Curtiz Subject: test - sig [1/1] From: (KP) Date: 1996/06/01 Message-Id: <4oo8r0$> Organization: Your Organization Newsgroups: alt.test test with signature BEGIN --- CUT HERE --- Cut Here --- cut here --- "Don't talk to me while I'm interupting." Michael Curtiz Subject: LIST: MOVIE TRIVIA: in-jokes, cameos, signatures From: (Murray Chapman) Date: 1996/09/16 Message-Id: # Fedora (1978) - The character and career of Fedora in the original 'Thomas Tryon' (qv) short story is based on elements from the lives and careers of 'Marlene Dietrich' (qv), 'Greta Garbo' (qv), 'Pola Negri' (qv), 'Olga Tschechova' (qv), and 'Elfi von Dassanowsky' (qv). The Hungarian-accented director in the flashback is modeled after 'Michael Curtiz' (qv). Subject: Re: Directors who made more than 1 or 2 great movies From: (Modemac) Date: 1996/07/03 Message-Id: <4rdmkb$> References: <> Organization: First Online Church of "Bob" Newsgroups: alt.cult-Movies,rec.arts.movies.past-Films Michael Curtiz. Maybe he was lucky enough to work with some of the best screenwriters and actors of all time, but he showed us how the Hollywood studio system could *work* by giving us a fair number of unforgettable films. Examples: THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, CASABLANCA, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (a great one for the Fourth of July), and (arguably) ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES. Plus THE SEA HAWK, even if it's a flawed movie. Curtiz also directed dozens of not-so-great movies, but still he gave us more than one or two great ones. I'm not as crazy about MILDRED PIERCE as some folks are... -- Reverend Modemac ( First Online Church of "Bob" "There is no black and white." PGP Key Fingerprint: 47 90 41 70 B4 5B 06 90 7B 38 4E 11 8A ED 80 DF URL: (FINGER for a FREE SubGenius Pamphlet!) Subject: Re: Casting "Ender's Game" From: (tomlinson) Date: 1996/08/13 Message-Id: <4uq7df$> References: <4u176k$> <4u6k44$> <> <4uogr4$> Organization: San Diego State University Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written Taliesin ( wrote: : Not bad! Alec Guiness is no longer with us, however. He passed away : a few years back. I want to know who would script this movie. Who'll direct the photography. Who'll _direct_, for Tarim's sake. A good director can flog decent performances out of mediocre actors, overcome a so-so script; a mediocre director will make a mediocre movie, no matter what's in the script or who's in the cast. Show me a first-rate movie whose strength is in the cast or the script, rather than in the direction! (One could argue that _Casablanca_ is such a movie, but I think it's unfair to Curtiz who managed to direct several excellent movies--look at _Angels with Dirty Faces_, for example--while being a "hired hand" director. _Casablanca_ without Curtiz? Nah, wouldn't have worked.) Subject: Re: Your Worst Video Game Memories From: Date: 1996/06/25 Message-Id: <> References: <4qbdpl$> Organization: BridgeNet, LC - Internet for South FLorida (305.374.3031) Newsgroups: As a kid someone told me that there was a big finish if you reset atari 2600 missile command by scoring a million or a billion (there isn't a continue either!), you can guess what happened after around 16 hours of play...nothing. "It's dull from beginning to end. But it's loaded with entertainment" -- Michael Curtiz [director of Casablanca] Subject: Re: Sod/vulgarism? From: ("Nickey Davies") Date: 1996/06/30 Message-Id: References: <> Organization: . X-News-Software: Ameol Newsgroups: alt.usage.english > I have been trying to remember the name of the US film > producer/director (immigrant) who is renowned for malapropisms and > other manglings. > (a) can anyone remind me of the name? Sam something? > (b)< back to thread> he was supposed to have said in annoyance... > > 'You people, you think I know fuck nothing; I tell you: I know fuck > all" This particular one wasn't Goldwyn (for once); it was Michael Curtiz. I believe it was on the set of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', when, wanting to see stray horses wandering through the battle, he directed the wranglers to "Bring on the empty horses". When Niven and Flynn cracked up laughing, he responded with the above quote. Nickey London, England Subject: Part 2: Hungarian Film Schedule @ the National Gallery of Art From: Arpad Fabian Kovacs Date: 1996/05/07 Message-Id: To: X-Sender: Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=iso-8859-1 Organization: Project GLUE, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Mime-Version: 1.0 Newsgroups: soc.culture.magyar Fims are shown free of charge in the auditorium of the National Gallery's= =20 East Building, 4th Street at Constitution Avenue, N.W. (Washington, D.C.) May 12 at 6:00 My Brother is Coming (Jon az ocsem) The only surviving Hungarian film by Mihaly Kertesz (Michael Curtiz) is=20 based on a simple propaganda poem by Antal Farkas glorifying the=20 revolution. Despite the rather oddd material, the filmaker's talent=20 comes through. Directed by Mihaly Kertesz, 1919, Hungarian intertitles=20 translated live, 9 minutes. Subject: the right's stuff From: KJ Fisher Date: 1996/03/01 Message-Id: <01I1U5CSKC5E8ZDYJ2@SNYDELAB.DELHI.EDU> The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), directed by Michael Curtiz. This sweeping Errol Flynn epic has nothing to do with the facts of that disaster, but it has a scene that should be required viewing for all hostage negotiators. British commander of garrison besieged along the Northwest Frontier accepts treacherous enemy Surat Khan's pledge of safe passage, only to see all men, women, and children slaughtered. Best Swashbucklers: Mention of the intrepid Mr. Flynn inevitably brings us to this thrilling genre. What makes swashbucklers conservative? They feature bold heroes who have no difficulty at all distinguishing right from wrong: no moral relativism for these fellows. Three of the best are: Captain Blood (1935). Still the best pirate saga. Classic duel on the beach between Flynn and his rival, the inimitable Basil Rathbone, for the hand of Olivia de Havilland, to the stirring music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Directed by (who else?) Michael Curtiz. Gunga Din (1939). Cary Grant... \ Subject: the right's stuff From: KJ Fisher Date: 1996/03/01 Message-Id: <01I1U5CSKC5E8ZDYJ2@SNYDELAB.DELHI.EDU> Article Segment 7 of 9 (Get Previous Segment) (Get All 9 Segments) Best Movies about Capital Punishment: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). Murderer James Cagney agrees to the request of Father Pat O'Brien to feign fear as he heads to the electric chair in order to give a moral lesson in the wages of sin to the Bowery Boys. Another Michael Curtiz winner, and a welcome contrast to amoral blood baths like Bonnie and Clyde and The Godfather. Just Cause (1995). Libera Subject: the right's stuff From: KJ Fisher Date: 1996/03/01 Message-Id: <01I1U5CSKC5E8ZDYJ2@SNYDELAB.DELHI.EDU> Article Segment 9 of 9 (Get Previous Segment) (Get All 9 Segments) Best Movie Critique of Multiculturalism: Around the World in Eighty Days (Best Picture of 1956). Intrepid Phileas Fogg (David Niven), exemplar of British imperial phlegm, rescues Indian princess from suttee funeral pyre (young Shirley MacLaine, of all people!). Many critics today undoubtedly would object. After all, if that's the Indian custom, what right has Fogg to impose Western values? Best Anti-Anti-American Movie: Barcelona (1994) describes the last gasp of European anti- Americanism -- the Soviet-inspired campaign to halt U.S. missile deployment in the early Eighties -- through the eyes of two young Americans trying to pick up Spanish girls. Good fun. Best Conservative Science-Fiction Movies: Frankenstein (1931) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) explore the consequences of hubris -- Dr. F.'s ``insane ambition'' and ``mad dream.'' Sounds like the Great Society -- except that Mr. Hyde and the Monster don't live on indefinitely. The Thing (1951). The scientist as Rationalist Fool. Researchers in the Arctic defrost a visitor from outer space who is not friendly. Here is an early prototype of the scientists behind SANE and the nuclear freeze, and who oppose any common-sense policy to defend ourselves. Best scene: the scientist attempts to negotiate. Best Conservative Musicals: MGM's Singin' in the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951), and The Bandwagon (1953). They are conservative because Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and director Vincente Minnelli celebrate common sense and professionalism over pretension and phoniness. They have no designs on us, they simply want to divert and amuse. Best Conservative Special-Effects Movie: San Francisco (1936), for the famous earthquake. Clark Gable as blasphemous gambler finds faith through priest friend Spencer Tracy and beautiful, devout Jeanette MacDonald. Best Scene Illustrating Press Irresponsibility: King Kong (1933). As the giant ape is being exhibited in a New York theater, the press is invited onto the stage to photograph Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) standing before him. The flash bulbs enrage the beast and his captor demands they stop: ``He thinks you're attacking the girl.'' The photographers click away, one saying: ``Let him roar. It's a swell picture.'' The rest of the story is, as they say, history. Best Movie Illustrating Politicians' Blather: In Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935), our hero on the run finds himself in a political meeting, where he is mistaken for the official introducing the candidate. He proceeds to deliver a hilarious parody of windy oratory -- and gets a standing ovation. HONORABLE MENTION: A Face in the Crowd (1957). This will stand as the best movie depiction of an Arkansas demagogue until Barbra Streisand produces a movie biography of the 42nd President. A striking film about TV image manipulation, ahead of its time. Directed by Elia Kazan. Best Conservative Silent Movies: Orphans of the Storm (1921), America (1926), both by the father of all directors, D. W. Griffith; plus Ben Hur (1925); The Iron Horse (1924), directed by John Ford; and Noah's Ark (1929), an early Michael Curtiz gem in which the flood was so realistic that some extras drowned. Best Conservative Shorts: The Sons of Liberty, with Claude Rains as Hayim Solomon, who comes to the financial rescue of Washington's Army, and dies reciting the Declaration of Independence. (One more by Michael Curtiz.) The Monroe Doctrine. T Subject: Re: CASABLANCA From: (RBenner801) Date: 1996/04/05 Message-Id: <4k357i$> Sender: References: <4jvl2u$> Organization: America Online, Inc. (1-800-827-6364) Reply-To: (RBenner801) Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies.past-Films Ingrid Bergman said it best about her "performance" in "Casablanca": "There was often nothing in my face, nothing at all. But the audience put into my face what they thought I was giving. They were inventing my thoughts the way they wanted them: they were doing the acting for me." Honesty always her policy, Ingrid goes on, "Every day we were shooting off the cuff: every day they were handing out the dialogue and we were trying to make some sense of it. No one knew where the picture was going and no one knew how it was going to end, which didn't help any of us with our characterizations. Every morning we said, 'Well, who are we? What are we doing here?' And Michael Curtiz (the director) would say, 'We're not quite sure, but let's get through this scene today and we'll let you know tomorrow.'" And she confirmed that Humphrey Bogart would get so angry over the script's meandering that he'd storm off to his trailer. What explains, in part, the picture's success in initial release was the fortuitous fact that Eisenhower ordered troops to invade Casablanca at about the same time, thus making the city's name a household word, and not long afterwards FDR and Churchill summitted in the city. Helping enormously are that ravishing Bergman and anti-hero Bogie were just about to be sanctified as pop icons, and, having the good fortune of playing potential victims dodging the Nazi death machine, they unwittingly created a highly escapist, romanticized "reality" situation right out of newspapers and newsreels. (It's possible that the movie would never have grabbed audiences then -- or now -- if it had been Ingrid who walked off with Bogie at the end. It's what we don't get that we want most.) In black and white the movie's noiry lighting lessens the fake atmosphere, but the colorized version is some sort of masterpiece of corruption. When the movie opens, the colors of the matte waters and tower and the market canopies could cause snickers. Rick's cafe has the look of being wallpapered in a creamy flannel, with the greenery and light fixtures giving off peculiar "still life" shadows. While characters wearing white come off fairly well, and the ladies' jewelry and the beads on the table lamps give off nice sparkles, the computerized greens and blues on dresses and hats look like curtains and upholstery fabric I've seen on old, overstuffed furniture in hotels in Buenos Aires. The colored flesh no longer bleeds when faces, hands and arms move, but the overall effect is pancakey -- embalmed. Yet, because of the process, you can't keep your eyes off what you're seeing. Somehow the crayons intensify the legendary zilch. Foofs could end up reacting like the attendees at Oscar night in 1943: when dark horse "Casablanca" won Best Picture, the audience, according to the Los Angeles Herald-Express, "gasped in amazement." Subject: a movie about jazz starring jimmy stewart From: Luca Date: 1996/04/03 Message-Id: <> Sender: Discussions on all forms of Cinema Comments: Gated by NETNEWS@AUVM.AMERICAN.EDU Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-Ascii Mime-Version: 1.0 Newsgroups: bit.listserv.cinema-L X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.0GoldB1 (Win95; I) > YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (Michael Curtiz, 1950) Kirk Douglas plays a > trumpeter in this loose adaptation of a novel loosely based on the life of > Bix Beiderbecke. Harry James actually played the music. The best thing > about the film was Hoagy Carmichael's presence. The weirdest thing about > it is that I preferred Doris Day to Lauren Bacall. well i got to see this. kirk douglas as a trumpeteer! (btw, Steve, preferring Day to Bacall is actually rather weird! ;) Subject: Re: Kevin Brownlow's David Lean bio From: (Bob Morris) Date: 1996/03/23 Message-Id: References: <4iqlua$> Organization: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies.past-Films (Art H13315) writes: -film giants. Hmm. Lets look at the Oscar stats on directors (from Holden's book): Noms/Wins Wyler 12/3 Wilder 8/2 Lean 7/2 Zinneman 7/2 Capra 6/3 Allen 5/1 Cukor 5/1 Ford 5/4 Huston 5/1 Kazan 5/2 Stevens 5/2 Coppola 4/1 Curtiz 4/1 Mankiewitz 4/2 Nichols 4/2 Fosse 3/1 Lloyd 3/2 McCarey 3/2 Milestone 3/2 Pollack 3/1 Reed 3/1 Schlesinger 3/1 Wise 3/2
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