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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 27, 2014, 04:12:04 AM »
Thanks again for these notes, MB. I somehow missed yesterday's quote about Kelly being asked by Stokes to index Collins family correspondence.  So when I saw today's quote, I was thinking that she must be talking about Ben's diary--wrong!

I'm on vacation next week and will most likely miss most if not all of the posts here, but I really am enjoying this presentation very much--in fact, so far I've enjoyed it much more than viewing the actual pilot tape all those years ago!

Hard to believe that 2004 was ten years ago now...

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:07:12 PM »
Many thanks again for the fascinating notes, MB.  I wonder what stage in the project the screenplay copy you're working from represents.  It almost sounds as if this screenplay might have been written for a 90 minute or even two hour TV film... too bad they didn't go for that length with the pilot.  I still wonder whether they would have wound up doing a re-shoot given some aspects of the "finished" pilot we have seen...

Best,  G.

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And they've set it in ... Paris??? It was so much about the New York setting and the ominous world of the Dakota that if Ira Levin were still alive, I wonder if he would sue for false advertising.

As I posted at the time, I attended a repertory screening of Roman Polanski's classic film in Cambridge's Brattle Theatre (originally founded by a group including our own Thayer David!), and I was very tickled to learn that the Witches Coven in the movie acclaimed 1966 as Year One of Satan.  Given that that was also the founding of our favorite show, the coincidence amused me very much.  (Especially given that a few fundamentalist religious groups targeted DS back in the day as "Satan's favorite TV show."  LOL!)

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: John Karlen On Kojak
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:12:13 PM »
Cool.  Too bad it seems nobody on here caught it.  Wonder if Johnny had much of a role.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:07:37 AM »
Oh wow. I really wish we had gotten at least a glimpse of Stokes, "the freak with the beret."

Loving this...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:43:28 PM »
Wow.  I don't even remember Stokes being mentioned in this scene!

This is great stuff!

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 17, 2014, 05:10:59 AM »
I wish I could report this more accurately, but what I recall from my one viewing is that the scene in Willie's digs was shot in a very offbeat way.  I remember weird angles and garish color grading with lots of brilliant scarlet and orangey-yellows from the lighting.  Most of the pilot had a very unusual look to it.  It may be that further memories will be sparked by MB's incredibly helpful and expository posts, and if so, I'll write what I can recall.  I took no notes and didn't really discuss the screening much with my friends at the time, so these memories are vague at best.

Again, excellent work from all involved with this project.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Dark Shadows Episode 2 Piano Music
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:39:23 AM »
I think Chopin's Nocturnes have very much a brooding, DS-suggestive atmosphere.  One of the Nocturnes shows up in the classic film DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936) so the associations between this music and understated Gothic horror goes back a ways.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:09:56 AM »
Matt is one luscious lad... with or without glasses... in or out of clothes.  and I write that never having seen him in anything other than the screening of the above episode.

If they'd wanted to have intimations of "Willarnabas" on this show, given how hot both Alec Newman AND Matt are, the possibilities could have been distinctly delicious.

Excuse off topic musings.  I have to go now...

lol, GothEEEEEEK!

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Dark Shadows Episode 2 Piano Music
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:06:10 PM »
Thanks, Dark Lady.  If I remember correctly there's a wonderful long closeup of Grayson as a concerned Aunt Julia while the music plays... I love looking at Grayson by Chopin...

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Dark Shadows Episode 2 Piano Music
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:18:44 AM »
LOL.  I think Carolyn plays some Chopin at one point in a 1966 or 1967 episode but the details are eluding what's left of my memory.

I've wondered if Liz's playing of Chopin is a kind of remnant of Art Wallace's earlier teleplay THE HOUSE, in which if I remember correctly the Liz character is a village piano teacher--it's been said that Art Wallace's original DS treatment owed something to THE HOUSE, but I've never seen a copy of the teleplay (either the script or a video recording).

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:02:17 AM »
Kelly is Willie's girlfriend. I'm sure MB will let us know if the relationship is defined beyond that.

This continues to be very cool.   Thanks to all involved.

G.

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Thanks, Darren, for that information.  Intriguing!

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:06:57 AM »
Those are very good points, Cousin Barnabas.  I've never heard anyone outside a movie say "shrink"--the last time might have been the 1970s.

I can't recall specifically but my memory of seeing this the one time is that there was potential, but there were also some spectacularly awful decisions about characters... can't recall the writing... in some cases I was just too "done" with what was being presented to even pay attention to the dialogue.

This presentation is fascinating, though, especially the material about what was originally written and what made it into the "final" cut (which, from what I understand, was still a rather provisional edit--unfinished FX and I don't think it had been scored?).

best, G.

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Interesting.  So in the CDs where David co-stars with Louise Jameson or Matthew Waterhouse (both actors noted for their roles during the 1970s Tom Baker stories of Dr. Who), the parts are all recorded separately in studios in London and LA?  That element of it really blows what's left of my mind...

G.

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