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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: OT: 3 Milestones 3
« on: March 16, 2005, 04:57:04 PM »
What wonderful news!  Congratulations!

Gothele

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: The Set-up - Episodes 55 & 56
« on: March 15, 2005, 07:38:39 PM »
Thanks for these notes.  Even when the episodes border on boring, you NEVER do.

I've been reading the Francis Swann book. It hasn't exactly knocked my socks off, but it strikes me that it's *tres* DS.  I wonder whether Art Wallace had read this particular book when he was working on the original Shadows on the Wall draft?  I figure somebody on the staff must have known Francis Swann.

G.

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Caption This! - 1841 Parallel Time / Re: Episode #1202
« on: March 14, 2005, 04:57:01 PM »
The closer he gets... the better HE looks!

(only his hairdresser knows for sure!)

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Polls Archive / Re: Trask vs. Nicholas Blair
« on: March 14, 2005, 04:21:27 PM »
I loved the performances of both Jerry Lacy and Humbert Allen Astredo in their respective roles.

Both actors are, to my taste, thespian perfection incarnate.

G.

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Cheeky babe?  Jean Claude, sweetie, is that your new nickname?  (GREAT CARD, H--you WENCH!!)

Hope the birthday boy enjoyed his present!  Some guys have ALL the luck!

Many good wishes for a new year of health, prosperity, joy and hope!

hugs Gothele

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Oh DEAR.

It looks as if the scenery chewing may have led to dangerous projectile perimeters in that shoot.

Very very scarey!

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Trask vs. Nicholas Blair
« on: March 11, 2005, 04:45:56 PM »
It's one of my typical hairsplitting bits of metaphysics, but where behavior is concerned, I prefer to think of depravity (in the sense of energies directed towards ignoble ends) rather than evil (which I regard as at best a phantasm).

In any event, Trask wins hands down, and Gregory trumps all the other Trasks in spades.  After all, Blair was fairly honest--he was a minister of Satan, and in his debonair way, he was fairly up-front about that.  (One of my all-time favorite scenes is the climactic confrontation between Blair and Julia in the Collinwood drawing room in which he reveals the true nature of his plans for Adam and Eve.  The good doctor exclaims "That's monstrous!" and Blair, with a quiet leer, purrs "It's SUPPOSED to be.")

Trask, on the other hand, CLAIMED to be working on behalf of the Almighty.  We all know what his REAL agenda was.  And there are so many like him abroad in our nation today...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / A Real Life Elizabeth Stoddard
« on: March 11, 2005, 04:17:08 PM »
Cousins,

whilst editing a book record here just now I was very surprised to see this title pop up on my screen:

"I believe I shall die an impenetrable secret": the writings of Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard, by Regula Giovanni (who was born in ... 1966!!!)

Elizabeth Stoddard lived from 1823 to 1902.  The book was published by Peter Lang in New York in 2003.

The title quote sounds like dialogue that would have been uttered by Liz in one of her more desperate moments, perhaps during the 1967 Jason Maguire storyline.

Curious, isn't it?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: ShadowGram Update #128
« on: March 10, 2005, 06:23:14 PM »
Agreed!  I was very impressed with the quality of Marmorstein's early 1967 episodes.  I think he started around the time of the Laura storyline?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: DS EMMYS: Voting Begins
« on: March 09, 2005, 07:18:54 PM »
Thanks for clarifying that, Midnite.  That thing has been bothering me for months now, since I have absolutely no recollection of the gaffe as originally stated.  And I don't think I've watched the episode cited in many years now...

btw, there *are* still episodes of DS I haven't seen, because I don't have a complete collection of the Collectors Series tapes.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Love Triangles
« on: March 09, 2005, 03:56:02 PM »
Rainey, you Minx!  Shame on you for making me cackle so raucously in the office!  now people are STARING at me.

your admirer,

G.

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Caption This! - The Werewolf-Quentin's Ghost / Re: Episode #0677
« on: March 08, 2005, 07:56:43 PM »
Julia: Yes, Barnabas, the title is "Clueless Bachelors: a Woman's Guide to the Really Hardcore Cases," by Miss Helen Gurley Brown.  It's just a little... LIGHT reading... nothing of any PRACTICAL value...

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Guys Night Out
« on: March 08, 2005, 06:19:56 PM »
Wow.  They've been doing this monthly??   How have I been missing out?

Sandor, Jean-Claude and I are definitely gonna have the Jennings boys in OUR corner.  Double your pleasure, double your fun (!).

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Is Dark Shadows Dying? Can it Be Saved?
« on: March 08, 2005, 04:36:40 PM »
I don't have the energy to make a big deal over this point, but I personally do not see the conflict in both celebrating the "camp" elements of DS AND regarding it as a work of art.  (I have philosophical notions with the concept of "taking something seriously"--the late Johan Huizinga argued back in the 1940s that "play" and the playful attitude have been the true sources of whatever progress we've managed to make in human civilization, and Hakim Bey did a witty update on Huizinga's proposals in his 1980s broadsheets, "TAZ: the Temporary Autonomous Zone."  Also, cf Jack Smith's brilliant essay on the Filmic Apotheosis of Maria Montez which suggests a different way of looking at anything from 1940s spectacle films to 1960s TV shows along lines that subvert our culture's obsessive focus upon hierarchies of excellence and achievement.

I think there is something very subversive about DS that occasionally breaks the surface of the narrative but often is simply lurking amidst the spectacular display of fabulous costumes, performances, and dialogue.  To my mind, this is the key thing that makes DS so unique.  A lot of the energy that was emerging in the off-(off-) Broadway scene in NYC theatre seems to have been feeding into DS.  There are a lot of examples that come to mind--the performances of Erica Fitz, Diana Davila, Elizabeth Eis and some of the other day players as much as the performances by the big swingers (Grayson, Thayer, Selby, Parker, Frid) all of whom HAD been involved in some of the more experimental theatre in NYC.

I think this sort of thing may have been what Nancy Barrett had in mind when she claimed that DS died because it was too "ambitious."  Not just ambitious in terms of constantly switching the direction of the story so as to keep the audience surprised and guessing, but also ambitious in an artistic sense.  I really do think it re-defined daytime TV and was truly cutting edge in several respects.

The period that Luciaphil has been chronicling so brilliantly in her column represents the time when DS was at its most literary, in some ways.  I am looking forward to reading Francis Swann's novel, The Brass Key, to see how much his DS scripts resemble an actualy Gothic novel he wrote.

G.

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Caption This! - Leviathans / Re: Episode #0912
« on: March 07, 2005, 07:48:05 PM »
Barnabas:  Julia, I *am* willing to accompany you to Bangor this evening to see "Carnal Knowledge."  It's just that I don't think Elizabeth and Professor Stokes would understand if word gets out, and *that's* why I asked you to keep it under your hat!

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