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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: grayson hall film showing
« on: February 15, 2007, 05:44:12 PM »
Oh, you'll have a great time!  I saw it twice at the Museum of Modern Art when it was shown in conjunction with a Warhol-themed Sixties show.

Just to let you know, Grayson comes on in the beginning, and then about 45 minutes go by before her next scene.  I think she has four scenes altogether in the movie.  It's a very Sixties jumble of different stories that randomly intersect, sometimes in a very incoherent manner (this sort of thing is where Tarantino got the idea for the structure of Pulp Fiction).

A detail I happened to notice on one of the viewings (it was also shown twice at a film archive here in Boston) is that Grayson's cigarettes in the movie are Marlboros.  I don't know whether this is what she actually smoked in real life.

cheers, Steve

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Thanks for letting us know.

There is an audience tape from one of the Preview nights of Grayson in Happy End (sound only, unfortunately).  It does not seem to have been videotaped officially--the only thing in Billy Rose is a segment (Bilbao song, I think?) that was staged on the Tony Awards that year.

Even more unfortunately, this one tape that has surfaced was recorded when Shirley Knight was still in the role subsequently taken over by Meryl Streep.

G.

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Hi Vlad, Dracula was first associated with the Black Mass in Hammer's 1969 classic "Taste the Blood of Dracula" (now available in a truly gorgeous DVD which *radically* altered my opinion of this film--the photog is simply stunning).  They repeated this theme in subsequent films, notably "Dracula A. D. 1972" and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula."

The sexualization of Lucy's staking is in the original book, in a very sick and twisted way.  Bram Stoker seems to have had some serious issues around his own sexuality.  Granted, in the book they did not stage Lucy's staking in the over-the-top way that it was done in this new movie.  That truly was gratuitous to the point of being laughable.

Although I enjoyed watching it, there were a number of sequences where I had no idea how the actors got through their scenes without falling about in helpless laughter at the idiocy of the proceedings.

I look forward to seeing Marc Warren in future work of a better calibre.  He's in an episode of the new Dr. Who series I haven't had time to watch yet.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: The fate of Roxanne in 1970 PT
« on: February 13, 2007, 07:58:58 PM »
I am dying here.  Thanks for the larf, lori!  I needed it!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Dameon Edwards
« on: February 13, 2007, 07:54:45 PM »
I thought there were a couple of amusing scenes in Dameon's storyette.  The idea of someone roaming the halls of Collinwood for all eternity trapped in an Ohrbach's leisure suit is, in and of itself, pretty damn funny.  I also found it amusing that Trask and Bruno basically had a meltdown once they learned Dameon had returned.

I recall that one of those episodes, a black and white filmed kinescope, was missing its soundtrack.  Does anybody know whether MPI was able to restore the sound on the DVD release of that show?

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0232
« on: February 13, 2007, 05:22:31 PM »
Wow.  That scene between Jason and Willie is so brilliant it almost eclipses the suspense and harrowing emotional rollercoaster brought on by the steady progress of Maggie's "illness."

Again, I thought the camerawork throughout was brilliant.  All the more so given that they were flying by the seat of their pants on this show.  There are a number of beautifully accomplished shots, but the most haunting, for me, is the silhouette of Willie's battered face in the half-light of the Old House drawing room.  The contrast between the elegant setting and this memento of Barnabas' ravening violence is nothing less than stunning.  And Karlen's performance foregrounds the quiet pathos beautifully here.

G.

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In the Fall of '69 I watched Strange Paradise on Channel 5.  I think it aired right after DS.

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For the most part, I enjoyed it.  The two stars of the production were the photography and Marc Warren's performance.  I liked Warren simply because he played the part with a different twist.  Since so little of the dialogue or story from the book was used, it made it easier to accept Dracula being very different from how he was described in the book.

Mina seemed to have been inspired by the portrayal of Mina in the comic book series, The League of extraordinary gentlemen (not to be confused with the disastrous film of the same title).  I actually thought certain scenes may have owed a debt to Dark Shadows. Mina and Lucy's meeting with Dracula on the Whitby cliffs, for one.  (I don't think they actually filmed in Whitby.  For my money, Dan Curtis' use of Whitby locations was really quite imaginative in his version of this tale.)

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0231
« on: February 12, 2007, 10:07:38 PM »
A historic episode indeed:  Robert Gerringer's debut on DS.

I am LOL over Lori's speculation that Sam bought those shirts in bulk!  You have to wonder whether this same was true of some of those ugly dresses they made Julia wear, week after week!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: did she lead him on?
« on: February 12, 2007, 01:10:03 AM »
I love the scene where Julia tries to "tactfully" set Vicki straight about Barn's interest in her.  Vicki's display of naivete in this scene is practically beyond belief.

Either Vicki was being disingenuous in a way that practically defies description, or this is a little beyond the thin end of the wedge of Vicki Winters being turned into Little Miss I-Don't-Understand.

You're right, this is great storytelling, but the thought of witnessing some of this stuff in a real-life contacts is enough to make one writhe in embarrassment for the parties involved.

G.

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I'm sure everyone is waiting for me to mention, once again, the bra commercial Grayson did in '70 which had her walking around with a clipboard testing various brassieres with that scientific touch for today's woman.

Since it aired a number of times during DS and the master tapes do have the commercials on them, I still don't understand why MPI hasn't give us this as an extra.  It would mean a lot to Grayson's fans.

According to RJ Jamison's fabulous book about her, the notoriously flat-chested Grayson had a merry time ringing up all her buddies crowing to them about getting "A BRA COMMERCIAL!"  I can just imagine her doing this, too...

G.

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Dracula looks interesting enough to make me want to tune in.  Thanks for posting this, Vlad!

G.

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But who could resist Hoffman, the housekeeper who gave Dame Judith Anderson a run for her money in the "cold, calculated sneer" department?

And Aunt Hannah, with her Psychedelic Witch-a-rama wardrobe?

And Angelexis, in HER Peter Max on acid wardrobe?

And Bruno, who gave new meaning to the concept of Big Hair?

And that orange sports-coat of Quentin's that seemed to have a life of its own?

And PT Roger, who suggested the obscene lovechild of Addison de Wit and Clfiton Webb?

I could go on, but I'll spare those of you who AREN'T fans of this fabulous storyline...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0230
« on: February 09, 2007, 05:07:14 PM »
I'm always astonished at how beautifully they staged those Eagle Hill sequences in today's show.  The atmosphere was just as thick as the penetrating fog in the ancient cemetery.

I agree with Lydia; Jonathan Frid fiercely rules in today's show.  And Vinnie did a brilliant job with his makeup today, too!

G.

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I've been giving my old VHS tapes away to a friend as I've been acquiring the DVDs, but I will probably keep the 3 or 4 tapes that have Grayson Hall on the cover photo (even though the images they chose do quite a disservice to the Divine One's beauty, in my not-so-humble-opinion).

G.

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