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Curtiz Is Smart and Funny in an Altman Way


Each death that he "shoots" with clear intent, he has the good guys shooting the bad guys, but in the back.

Justice, I suppose...

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I have seen and it is good. Enjoyed it much more than phony "To Have and Have...etc." Walter Brennan in there for comic relief and actually, thinking of it, the entire other version is comic relief. Watched it once many years ago and for me a waste of time. There was a 4th try and will have to do some research cuz can't remember title of it right now.

OK, I looked it up and if U still care, the 4th try was "Islands in the Stream" the third act. Hemingway's original novel was his last called "Islands etc..." and tells a very different story from the rest of his adaptations. Since he died without finishing it, the makers of the film, tacked on the "To Have and Have Not" story of smuggling. I for one think this film version starring George C.Scott is a beautiful semi-family film about a great artist and his reclusive life on an island built for him. Pure nostalgic Hemingway, but he was getting older and the mysteries of life had mostly fallen away. Many grouse about the film's ending, but such is the way, the truth and the loot.

Also, what's with the funny looking star next to yer handle; ever get any rewards because of it?

A hydrocephalic takes pleasure in milking his cranial harp.

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The Great George C. is always, ALWAYS! worth watching.

But his performance is hamstrung by the typical American narrative which forces the protagonist to either change his behavior to status quo middlebrow norms by the completion of the narrative.

Or die.

In that movie, like most it could be said, but not by me, that his death redeems his life, which on the surface is boringly morbid, but on the whole completely depressing and offensive: it implies a devaluation of a life lived for the creation of art and beauty is meaningless. Really bizarre for this to be implied being that it is movie! An artistic medium!

Saying art doesn't make life meaningful makes no sense in this context: Why is anyone involved in creating this attempt at art? They should eat a coconut if they find it without merit. Hey, that's ok with me. And really odd when you consider how glossy arty they make the movie, especially the Goldsmith score. Personally, I find the idea of redemption inhumane, something best left to the realm of aluminum cans and glass bottles.

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Hey, redemption being left to aluminum cans and glass bottles will get U far in Xhristian America!

Or die!

A hydrocephalic takes pleasure in milking his cranial harp.

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Right. And Hollywood is "left wing", eh?
Have a good holiday amigo!

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Thanx to wherever UR in Barbados where it's warm and sassy!

To understand is the opposite of existing.

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Barbados is for beginners.

Do you like anything of his outside of this, Casasmokelotsacigsa or The Sea Wolf?

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Yes, but can't remember any titles right now. Will think about it and get back to ye.

To understand is the opposite of existing.

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These are the films I have greatly enjoyed or simply liked from Mano Kertesz:

Mildred Pierce even though much different from book

Passage to Marrseille, can't get enough of them flashbacks

The Walking Dead, one of Karloff's finest

British Agent, which I consider a very odd choice for a big film studio. Very weird. I would like to know how it came to be made. I don't "like" it in the general meaning of the term, but it is interesting.

I find Imdb doesn't let me make errors correct w/o a great deal of fussing so you'll have to figure out which are mistakes and which are not.

Cheery bye!

These are for zurichpoet guy so Imdb has done its usual trick of NOT allowing me to answer "poet", but instead to answer myself!

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Generousness wisdom abounds!

Many thanks!

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