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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 16, 2010, 02:04:48 AM »
Tonight's new Robservations capture highlights how in 1966 characters in the same scene appeared to be inhabiting different seasons.  Liz's stylish matronly wool coat-dress looks perfect for a brisk Fall morning in Maine, while Vicki's summery sleeveless number (the same dress we've seen in the recent captures, which makes perfect sense because Art Wallace was still writing the series as if it were playing out in real time, one half hour per day) seems like just the thing for a hot aestival afternoon chasing after that little devil David.

I love the expressions the two are wearing in this snapshot.  Liz seems to be saying "I don't think I can bear this ghastly coiffure much longer!" while Vicki seems to be offering sympathy--"It really doesn't make you look as if you're pushing 70, Mrs. Stoddard."

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:38:22 AM »
On the capture from yesterday, I was charmed by the detail of the big seashell ashtray in the Blue Whale.  That gave the scene a genuine touch of an old seaside resort in New England.  And Vicki's dress, even with the familiar sleeveless design, seemed unusual.

Great choices on these, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: August 12, 2010, 11:28:07 PM »
God, the image that is about to be replaced from the piano scene really has me jonesing for the restoration to be finished!

I just love how bitchy Ange is in that scene!

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 11, 2010, 05:00:45 AM »
mscbryk, I was just about to comment on that!  This is a great showcase of that very dowdy hairdo poor Joan was saddled with for a few episodes.  I do love the shot overall--again, it really seems to capture something essential in Liz's troubled relationship with Carolyn during the 1966 storyline (which of course continued well into 1967).

It's too bad we never saw whichever of the local beauty salon ladies would come up to Collinwood every couple of weeks to do Liz's hair during her years of seclusion at the Great House.  I remember in the mid 1960s my Great Aunt Madleine, who was a trained beautician, doing hair on the side in her kitchen.  We'd go over to visit and the entire kitchen had that odd chemical odor from the hair products; hair-clips and newspapers were everywhere, and the gossip and chatter were at a terrific volume, and I think the radio was tuned to the latest pop hits (no doubt, the music of the Shangri-las, the Supremes, the Ronettes, and all the other wonderful artists we had back then).

It would have been great fun to see Liz venting to her pet beautician about how everyone at Collinwood was driving her nuts.

Shortly thereafter, of course, we would have cut to a scene of Liz, in pearls, drop earrings, black cocktail gown and high heels running the vacuum cleaner...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Favorite Magda Scenes
« on: August 11, 2010, 03:32:22 AM »
Hey fans!  Let's spread the Grayson love around even a little more and talk about our favorite Magda scenes.  A couple that spring to mind:

(1) Jamison comes to the Old House and Magda tells him to go, she needs to get on with the housekeeping and something Barnabas has introduced her to--floorwax!

(2) Magda tells off Gregory Trask in words of one syllable and practically spits in his face.

(3)  After Sandor's death, Magda, in a dramatic black veil, takes an axe and chops the hand of Count Petofi in two.

There's more, so much more, but I'll see whether other fans chime in before continuing.

cheers, Gothique
Member of Grayson's Legion since June 1968!

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Current Talk '10 II / Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 10, 2010, 09:12:03 PM »
Love today's two-shot of Liz and Roger from 1966.

Liz looks deeply concerned, while Rog is smugly gloating--this pretty much encapsulates their respective views on David from the time of the original storyline.

G.

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Rest in peace, George.  My condolences to his wife and family.

G.

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Happy Birthday Sweetie!  Hope your day is as beautiful and wonderful as you are.

hugs,

Steve

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I love the new cover.  I wish it had been used for the CD.  I hate that shot of Ben Cross that they used for that.

Too bad the DVD content is still the same crap ...

G.

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I was traveling yesterday (day trip to Northampton) and everytime I would see a screen in a train or bus station flashing the date, it made me think of her and how it's been 25 years.

I can't imagine life without Grayson's legacy.  As an artist, as a woman, as one of the great eccentrics--she was one of a kind.

Rest in peace.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Favorite Julia Scenes (per MB request)
« on: August 08, 2010, 08:29:00 PM »
I love it when she gets in his face and is so defiant in Leviathan when he tries to patronize her and give her the cold shoulder ... "See how good a detective I can be!"  The sarcasm in that line reading practically bores holes through the floorboards.

And again in Leviathan, I just love her reaction when Barnabas informs her he's had a "talk" with Megan.  Can't recall the exact wording of the line at the moment, even though it's one of those scenes I compulsively play over and over again whenever I come to it..


G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: Dark Shadows.com
« on: August 06, 2010, 08:30:16 PM »
One of those sites was run by this guy who came to a couple of Festivals and always had a laptop or maybe two set up in the lobby of the hotel.  I remember well watching Sheenasma intensely posting a Festival update on one of those stations.  The guy and his boyfriend were very interested in founding a DS Museum.  Unfortunately they had a falling out with fandom and shortly afterwards the one who was the big fan died of some sudden illness.  It was quite sad.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Favorite Julia Scenes (per MB request)
« on: August 06, 2010, 02:02:49 AM »
Oh God, where to begin.  One scene that comes to mind is the one where Dave Woodard comes to Collinwood to read her the riot act and she goes on this long, very convincing diatribe about how "bored" she is.  It's really choice Julia. 

I think the character was toned down somewhat after the 1795 period.  There are of course still halcyon moments throughout Julia's stories.  I love ALL her showdowns with Nicholas Blair.  There's even a fab scene where she is visiting Joe Haskell at the hospital and she  stalks to the door, clutching her gloves, shouldering her bag, lifting her chin, pursing her lips defiantly, and declaims, "It's time for a showdown with ... NICHOLAS Blair!"

One of my favorite moments during later Leviathan is when we get one last Nicholas/Julia scene, at Jeb's carriage house.  Nicholas basically asks Julia what the hell she's up to, and Julia, giving him the business end of her chin again, scowls and cordially invites the warlock:  "You GUESS."

G.

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Presumably Marcy meant to write THIRTIETH anniversary screenings of hoDS and NoDS in 2000/1?

I don't think I've seen any other references to James Storm's appearance.  It's too bad more fans haven't written in to share their impressions of the Festival.

Makes more all the more grateful for how hard Midnite has worked to give us her own reporting of the events she attended!

G.

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I was wondering whether she would turn out to be onscreen longer than sixty seconds.

Sounds as if the answer is "only just."

G.

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