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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The Artistry of Clarice Blackburn
« on: May 24, 2006, 03:17:52 PM »
I agree, but it seems to me that in the above mentioned scenes, the writers are exploring the notion (maybe a little too subtle for DS) that the Dream is not just terrifying, it also corrupts everyone touched by it, and makes them behave in dishonorable, deplorable ways to one another.

Can anyone tell me whether we ever see David have his dream?  I may be missing an episode...

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / The Artistry of Clarice Blackburn
« on: May 24, 2006, 02:19:13 PM »
Fans,

Last night I took a look at the old MPI tape 53 (which includes episodes from the 1968 storyline which have featured in recent montages on this site).  I remembered some good scenes between Grayson and Clarice as Julia tries to keep Mrs J from telling David the Dream.  I have to say I was REALLY impressed by how excellent Clarice was in these scenes.  I thought she underplayed superbly (for the most part--you could tell there were moments when Lela or Kaplan were pushing her to rev things up for "that DS effect") and she really made me believe in the terror of the Dream--not something I found very plausible by and large.  Her delivery of a line that ran something like: "What is it about that dream that makes us become other than who we are?" had a tragic beauty (that actually was way out of character for Mrs J, but it was a superb moment nevertheless).

Over the years, I've come to cherish Grayson's scenes with Clarice.  One of the old fan newsletters mentions that at one time, Clarice was the "honorary President" of Grayson's fan club, so the two ladies were obviously fond of one another.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: My thoughts on Leviathan thus far
« on: May 19, 2006, 02:16:06 PM »
Lol, Buzz!  The instance of this that drives ME crazy is in these two episodes from 1968--they're part of the Adam and Eve storyline, so you'll never watch them again, so you will never have to be bugged by this *wink*--where they're in the parlor at the OH and they've just had a seance (I think it is the one where Barnabas becomes possessed by the vengeful spirit of Philippe Cordier).  At the end of the first show, Professor Stokes is standing there discoursing on occult metaphysics.  Next day we resume and the action is continuous and Stokes... just isn't there!  They don't even have any dialogue along the lines of "he suddenly remembered he left his teakettle on the boil!" (or, more likely, his sherry uncooked and his cheese on the sideboard).
It's just... POOF!  no Stokes!

I'm sure Cassandra Collins would really have relished being able to get rid of that pestilent Professor so easily!

Cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: My thoughts on Leviathan thus far
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:10:55 PM »
I attended Mike's last DS Festival.  I had no contact with him but did get to hear him read a ghost story.  I was really shocked when we heard the news of his death.

I wonder whether anyone has heard how his widow has been getting on?

I thought Stroka's best role on DS was Aristede, but Bruno was a fun part.  The PT version of Bruno is really over the top!  they did Mike's hair with curlers!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: My thoughts on Leviathan thus far
« on: May 18, 2006, 02:36:35 PM »
Hi Buzz, I always new you had great taste--after all, look who you chose for your screen name/avatar!  Only THE COOLEST dude in C'port! yeah, baby!

Agreed regarding the strength of Frid's performance during Leviathan.  There are some brilliant moments in there.

So, what did you think of the scene where [spoiler]Bruno seems to be getting VERY excited flogging the chained up werewolf!  That episode is a hoot!  Wild and woolly at its best![/spoiler]

Best wishes,  Gothick

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Episode 494
« on: May 18, 2006, 02:31:56 PM »
Yes, Claude, it's that episode, and Grayson didn't seem to know her lines, but part of what may have been going on was that she was aware that her dialogue was WAY out of character for Julia and felt pissed--and the discomfort showed in her performance.

Heather, DAHLLING, you crack me up, especially with the line about Barn consuming the last cup of coffee AND chocolate bar when Julia was having a DIFFICULT time of the month!  Too much!  (and I can just see him waltzing around completely oblivious to Julia's frayed nerves, being completely self centered, which would fray her nerves even more, of course!)

I watched this episode again last night--it had been a couple of years since I last viewed it--and I found myself wondering after it was over whether Grayson somehow got stuck with dialogue originally written for Barnabas and then hurriedly rewritten because Jon wasn't available that day?  The tone of the dialogue sounded much more like the way Barn spoke to Willie, than anything Julia ever said to him in any other show.  Of course, Barn generally did not run around on the show wearing long glittery gold necklaces,so at least that bit must have been meant for Julia.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Episode 494
« on: May 17, 2006, 04:27:34 PM »
Many thanks to the MB for the captures from episode 494.  I seem to recall that this is the episode where I thought the writing for Julia really went off the cliff... I remember some very bitchy dialogue from the good Doctor to Willie and how icy she was with him.

I know she was supposed to be on edge with the whole Adam thing, but when I've viewed that episode, it really seemed out of character to me.  Did anybody else find that an odd scene?

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Joan Bennett
« on: May 16, 2006, 03:50:15 PM »
Jean-Claude, you know I *adore* that avatar!

I'm so glad that somebody has finally given Miss Fellows the RESPECT she deserves!

Agree with you 100 percent about that line of Joan's in Suspiria--that scene is the highlight of the entire film, as far as I am concerned!

cheers! G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: My thoughts on Leviathan thus far
« on: May 15, 2006, 09:35:58 PM »
Hey Buzz, I loved LeviaLiz's frosty reception of Willie upon his arrival at Collinwood.  Her deadpan looks contrasted with his goofy charm  are hysterical!  They didn't give Joan many opportunities at this stage of the game to turn on "the freeze" which was an important part of Liz's stock in trade earlier on.

Glad to hear you are enjoying Leviathans!  In many respects it is my favorite storyline.  The only one that can compete with it is Cassandra and Nicholas in the Summer of 1968 which was my first storyline so will always hold a special place in my heart.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: DS FEST SCHEDULE
« on: May 15, 2006, 09:29:36 PM »
A word to the wise--when the Festival DOES release a schedule, don't plan your day around it.  They should publish it with a statement to the effect that "all programming subject to change" printed in large bold capital letters at the top...

Cheers!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Julia Hoffman
« on: May 15, 2006, 04:59:40 PM »
Midnite and all,

It's http://www.juliahoffman.com.

I love the Julia scraems wav, and the intro with that floating hypo... I don't remember when Julia said "I don't know the truth and I never have."  Funny thing for HER to say...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Roger Davis Alert?
« on: May 12, 2006, 04:30:41 PM »
That sounds as if it may be the episode in which Davis and Lara Parker were guest stars.  I thought it was a two-parter, not a three parter, but I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to the "Galactica" Universe.

You may get to see Lara modelling her Vampilique fangs in this one.   I think she's on her way to a Halloween party and she's going as a vampire.  Cute!

G.

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Oh, I just have to ask whether you ever saw George Michael's "Too Funky" video with Linda Evangelista and a bunch of other supermodels (Tyra Banks, I believe, was another one)?  It's a real hoot and underlines the "drag queen" aspect of what supermodels do by mixing up some actual drag queens with the gals.

It would be fun to have a Dark Shadows version with footage of Cassandra swanking through the drawing room in her butterfly caftan, Julia swinging her purse in her latest mod tweed ensemble, Carolyn working it in the Blue Whale, etc.

Best, Steve

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The note on #4 sounds as if these were tapes used in the 1980s WorldVision syndication.

[spoiler]I wonder whether this could have been the episode where Barnabas and Chris dig up a coffin containing a baby in the woods?  In one of the Edward Gross books there was an episode guide that mentioned that that episode had been skipped in WorldVision syndies in the Eighties.[/spoiler]

Interesting!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: episode #490
« on: May 11, 2006, 02:57:57 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out--I think you must be right!  The sight of those old books certainly does take me back.

Since both Julia and Mrs Johnson were on set that day, I really think it's a shame that they didn't do a shot of Grayson and Clarice together for one of the books.  Maybe Ross could have rewritten the plot of Arsenic and Old Lace with GH and CB as, I don't know, Delia and Adelaide Collins, the genial spinsters who rack up an impressive line of lonely old bachelors in their sitting room down at "the Cottage."  I can just see GH rhapsodizing about the rare vintage of her elderberry wine... *smirk*

I just love the snapshot of Julia "at the console" as the experiment starts to go wrong.  Great stuff!  My warped brain suggests a caption: "Was that a double cheeseburger, no pickle, no special sauce, WITH extra fries???"

G.

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