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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: A Belated Mozart Day to You
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:36:19 PM »
Mozart was also Count Petofi's favorite composer (and probably a personal friend, too).  There's a slightly hysterical scene during the Quentofi sequence of "Quentin" avidly listening to a Mozart recording....  I sometimes wonder whether this wasn't a tip of the hat to Mr. Norris' passion for the perky little Viennese and his compositions in the Christopher Isherwood novel "Mr. Norris Changes Trains."

Cheers, Gothick

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Do Warners EVER include extras on their DVDs??  Seems as if whenever I see an old film out on their label, the release is bare-bones.  For DVD features you get things like "chapter menu" and "language: English."  Whoop-de-doo.

There is a short film, "In search of the Iguana," that was on the old laser disc release (which was the source of my own copy of the film--a friend was kind enough to tape it for me).  You'd think they'd at least include that.  If you look really carefully, you can see bits of Grayson in a couple of the crowd scenes...

G.

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Golly, what an OUTASITE list of songs!  thanks, Sandor!

Among my personal fave raves on that list are "There's a kind of Hush" by Herman/Hermits, California Nights by fab Lesley Gore (she performed it on a Catwoman episode of Batman that year!), "Jimmy Mack" by Martha & the Vandellas, and "I'll try anything" by The Divine Dusty!

Would love to hear "Sunday for Tea" by Peter & Gordon, & that Hollies song... I've been thinking of buying a Hollies CD, basically, forever!  I am very curious about Brenda & the Tabulations, too!

Thanks again!

G.

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Caption This! - Leviathans / Re: Episode #0940
« on: February 01, 2006, 12:06:32 AM »
BARNABAS (voiceover, thinking) I TRIED to warn her--
JULIA (voiceover, furious) That's the LAST time I accept a gift of hard candy from Mr. Quentin Collins, and you can bet your sweet bippy on THAT!

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Re Grayson's work as Julia on DS--

A friend of mine suggested some years ago (she had watched DS faithfully as a youngster and was watching it again on Sci Fi) that the style of Grayson's characterization as Julia was something Grayson may have taken from observing a friend (or possibly a once-upon-a-time mentor) who may have been a professional woman of some sort.  My friend thought Julia's odd way of speaking, occasional twitchiness, abrupt mannerisms. throat-clutching etc. could well have come from a real-life professional woman of, say, the 1950s, who was to some degree not quite at ease with her own sense of self.  The odd way of speaking is something I have observed myself in academics who seem to imagine an invisible podium propped up whereever they happen to be sitting or standing.

I mention this because so many of what people think of as Grayson's mannerisms or over-acting in the part of Julia seem to me a self-conscious effort on her part to create a character who was much more "straight-assed" than the actress was in real life (to severely understate things).  I think this is particularly obvious if you watch the shows where RT Julia is confronting one of her PT counterparts.

The one mannerism I've seen in several other Grayson performances is that thing she does with clutching onto the phone with both hands.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Which actors will be attending the 06 fest
« on: January 25, 2006, 05:35:19 PM »
Claude, I attempted to post about the excitement engendered by the prospect of your cuddly presence at this year's Festival, but I'm afraid my fingers were shaking too much to type!

I'll try not to follow you around like Tate's Creation with Tim Shaw, big dark sad eyes mutely pleading, entreating, cajoling...

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Would You Read/Buy a DS Comic Book Series
« on: January 25, 2006, 05:26:20 PM »
Julia's chin appears to have a Kirk Douglas dent in it, too.  Oy.

G.

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I'm really looking forward to seeing the show again.  When all the revelations were pouring forth regarding the WB suits' (mis)handling of the Dark Shadows pilot, I kept thinking it sounded literally like an episode of Grosse Pointe.

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Would You Read/Buy a DS Comic Book Series
« on: January 25, 2006, 03:53:10 PM »
Petofi, thanks for those memories, and for that hilarious panel!  My God, that fellow was a dreadful artist!  Quentin looks as if he swiped one of Diana Ross' hairpieces from her Supreme days!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: adam and jeb
« on: January 25, 2006, 03:50:05 PM »
Thanks, Penny Dreadful, for that marvelously literate discussion of the stance towards science in the Gothic.  All those points are very relevant to Dark Shadows.  Among the classic Universal films, one of the ones that best illustrates your points is The Invisible Ray, a wonderful but often overlooked Karloff/Lugosi thriller (from 1936, I believe).  The character of Dr. Praetorius (who may be my all time favorite horror movie character), as portrayed by the fabulous Ernest Thesiger, is an even better example of the mad scientist as diabolist.  (Hell, Praetorius even created his very own mini-devil!)

There's a novel by fan author Dale Clark which provides a supernatural explanation for the Parallel Time portal, similar to what you suggest here.  I can't recall the title of it--it was the first of a lengthy series.

Best, Gothick

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Just saw a pre-release page on amazon for the WB's short-lived Grosse Pointe series DVD release.  For fans of the WB, the series producers got away with an amazingly barbed, witty skewering of the network and its zany practices.

Not being an industry insider, I have no idea how accurate all these goings-on were in terms of life on the set of the typical WB series, but what makes this so watchable is the funny writing and the great ensemble cast (including adorable Kyle Howard).  Darren Star was the series creator and wrote a few of the scripts, I think, and it helps that the opening credits feature the terrific Tom Jones song, "Sex Bomb."

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Test...Smiley Problems..
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:59:40 PM »
But... but... shouldn't lack of smilies be considered a  cause for celebration??

I don't understand!

Gothick Winters

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Happy Birthday to Luciaphil
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:37:59 PM »
Happy Birthday, dear!  Hope you enjoy your special day.

Best, Steve

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: adam and jeb
« on: January 24, 2006, 09:01:33 PM »
Interesting thread.  I personally don't see the Leviathan arc as sci fi, at all.  I see it as a reworking of the Lovecraftian cosmic evil vein which is still well within the defined purview of the Gothic, as I see it.  I thought it was interesting that in one snippet of dialogue, Angelique described the Leviathans as "creatures of the underworld," which suggested something out of Saami or old Finnish lore (anybody out there ever read the Kalevala?).  Also, the cloaks-and-eyeliner look of the Leviathan beings we saw, along with their massive stone altar or "cairn," projected an image of an ancient evil that had become ingrained in Earth, even if their origin lay beyond the stars.

I also remember people complaining about Leviathan and specifically not liking it because Barnabas was evil.  These were people who, like me, had started watching during the 1795 or 1968 periods and had never seen the original introduction of Barnabas story.

In terms of sci fi, the Dr. Lang and creation of Adam and Eve storyline seems the closest DS came to the genre.  There were sci fi components to the Cyrus Longworth and Tim Stokes storylines in PT 1970, while Quentin's Stairway through Time in 1840 was reminiscent of something from the very early days of sci fi; the nineteenth century prophetic/metaphysical kind of thing.

G.


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Polls Archive / Re: Would You Read/Buy a DS Comic Book Series
« on: January 24, 2006, 12:22:15 AM »
Arashi, that site is awesome!  Many thanks for the panel from the book, too.  What fun!  I remember one summer when we stayed at the beach for a couple of weeks, and my treat was to go down to the little store and see whether there was a new issue of that comic book on the racks.  I think that was around 1972 or 1973.

It seems funny now, but after the show went off the air, reading those terrible comics was strangely consoling.  A lot of the later ones from 1974-75, I never saw, maybe because our town's one comic book store stopped carrying Gold Key's books.

Thanks again,

Steve

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