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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Interest In New Dark Shadows
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:49:40 PM »
Hail Satan!
I agree wih you regarding the idea of a remake.  If it were a REALLY different angle on some of the characters and themes, that would whet my interest much more.  I have to say that the reports of the 2004 pilot made it sound as if the people behind it were bringing some genuinely fresh material and ideas to the subject matter.

If it were a remake, it would invite comparison with the original, and I just don't think it's a good idea.  How do you equal something that was so magical in the first place, with such an extraordinary cast?

I also don't agree with KLS that the scripts of DS are like Shakespeare, and we could see just anybody playing those roles.

OK, I feel a rant coming on, so it's time for me to stop.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: a house for julia
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:44:02 PM »
That Julia & Liz story was just... THE BEST.

When I was watching DS as a child, although I started in 1968 and had missed the whole intro of Julia, I never questioned why the family had her living on the estate.  Apart from the fact that they all appeared to be quite fond of her, they were all so dependant on her sedatives that it would have been a real nuisance to have her suddenly living off the estate!

Yes, gang, Julia WAS Dark Shadows' very own "Dr Feelgood"!

groovin' on,

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: David Selby News -- DVD & Play
« on: September 09, 2005, 09:56:34 PM »
That's really too bad, Darren, but thanks for letting us know.

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: David Selby News -- DVD & Play
« on: September 09, 2005, 03:40:16 PM »
What exciting news!  A dear friend was kind enough to share the old video of The Girl in Blue with me, and I can attest that it provides a truly superior showcase for David Selby's gorgeous, abundant... talents!  (Why are you staring at me like that... what did you EXPECT me to say?)

I do hope a new print has been prepared for this release.  I can just hear the ladies (and certain gentlemen!) firing up their scene capture software even as we speak...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: HOORAY FOR MB!!!
« on: September 09, 2005, 03:36:39 PM »
Does that mean he is doomed to walk the night FOR ALL ETERNITY??

just wondering,

G.

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I'd like to comment just how fine Joan Bennett is in certain of these scenes on Dark Shadows.  I particularly think of some of the Liz '66 storyline, the Jason Maguire sequence, Naomi mourning her daughter's death in 1795, and Judith in 1897.  As Flora, it was fascinating to see JB play a frivolous lady's novelist in the early weeks of 1840, given that I doubt JB had a frivolous bone in her body.

Not to mount the soap-box, but as I have written before, I think the whole concept of "realism" in acting is given far too much critical emphasis.  Only occasionally did a more muted, "realistic" style of acting play well on Dark Shadows... in the case of Grayson, you see this in some of her scenes as Hoffman in PT 1970.  By and large, DS was a big, theatrical canvas which had to be played with a carefully mixed blend of style, elan, and emotional commitment.  The commitment the regulars showed to the scripts, even when the latter went off the cliff, is truly inspiring.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: September 08, 2005, 03:48:54 PM »
Wow.  Am I understanding correctly that the company is releasing mangled, butchered versions of this series on DVD?

I've never been much of a fan of the 1991 series, but I'd say doing THIS to it is crossing a line, in my eyes.

What was it with that show, anyway?  It seemed as if it was under a curse from the get-go.  (Holy Goddess, now I'm sounding like Mrs J during the Tom/Julia storyline).

One does have to wonder, though...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: NIGHT OF THE IGUANA on TCM
« on: September 08, 2005, 03:42:10 PM »
The original stage play was markedly changed for the film version.  I think the play was set in the 1930s and there was a German family staying at Mismaloya...  I still can't get my mind around Bette Davis on Broadway playing the role taken in the film by Ava Gardner!

G.

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How fascinating.  I commented to my friend Claude the other day that if Steve Allen were alive and broadcasting today, he'd probably be burnt at the stake by the Office of Homeland Security.

I'll never forget the revival of his staged panels of debates between famous historical figures such as Tom Paine, Jefferson, Sokrates, Mme Curie, etc., in the early Seventies.  You could turn on the TV and listen to learned, witty debate that ran the gamut from the origins and nature of democracy to the role of aesthetics in the evolution of human culture.

It's good to know that Ben is publishing this book. Steve Allen deserves to be remembered and celebrated for his contributions.

G.

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ANGELIQUE: (voiceover) At this moment, dear Nicholas has no idea that I just pinned a "KICK ME" sign on the seat of his trousers...

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Roger:  Thayer, gimme a break!  I said I DIDN'T steal those doughnuts out of your dressing room.  OKAY??

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Where was the Secret in 1840?
« on: September 06, 2005, 07:03:05 PM »
Penny, when I first saw this thread heading, my response was "doesn't she mean:  where were the writers' brains in 1840?"  But I digress...

[spoiler]When Julia first arrives in 1840, at the very beginning of the storyline, she's hiding out at Collinwood waiting for Ben Stokes to help her with her plan to pass herself off as yet another long-lost cousin (from the Philadelphia branch!) of the Collins family.  Daniel discovers her and begins to strangle her, saying that he knows she's really Harriet, and words to the effect of "you were such an interfering harridan, why don't you stay dead?"  I believe Ben intervenes to save Julia.  I understood from this episode that Daniel had seizures/attacks a la Caroline Lamb and that his mania took the form of killing his own wife. I suspect that Daniel's words in that show were the origin of the persistent fan rumor that Grayson played Harriet's ghost--actually portrayed by Gaye Edmond, as another fan noted.[/spoiler]

I've been away for a few days, playing with the Faeries.  The amusing chat here is one of the few things today that makes me feel that it's actually good to be back. Thanks, everybody.

G.

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Wow.  That almost sounds like an in-joke from one of the writers who may lurk here or on another forum. We discussed this topic several times over the years...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: Jeremiah Collins
« on: August 31, 2005, 08:32:36 PM »
Thanks for those quotes, MB.  I just watched those tapes about a month ago.  Anybody who doesn't remember, go back and watch.  (I heard you can get the DVDs through Netflicks now.)

Barnabas does comment repeatedly on Burke's physical resemblance to Jeremiah.  He also makes a ghoulish comment along the lines of "Ah, if only Devlin could be as dead as Jeremiah is now, I would be a most contented man."

Frid was so good in the role of the nasty, devious, scheming Barnabas.  He spoke so many of those lines with a cold, deliberate relish.  Great stuff.

G.

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Oh, I recall reading about this--hard to believe it was five years ago!

It sounded totally fascinating.  I wish I had gone up for it.

Thanks for sharing the photo, Nancy!  It's a great shot--love the angle.

Best,  Steve

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