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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '05 / Re: Open All Night -- Episodes 19 & 20
« on: January 11, 2005, 06:42:26 PM »
Just a line to share just what a KICK I'm getting out of these.  I do hope you can continue.  Day Two lasted even longer than I remembered!  I seem to recall noting that Art Wallace was writing the shows in Real Time, apparently as some kind of weird experiment, because I remember noticing that Liz said that something that had happened 4 episodes previously was 3 hours ago, or something along those lines... that blew my mind! Especially given the cavalier way they treated time, on *every* level, subsequently in the series.

I do hope you have the stamina to continue slogging through Day Two!  Here's to the wittiest of all our Cousins.

your fan, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: DS EMMY awards prenominations
« on: January 11, 2005, 06:38:46 PM »
Hi Countess, I'm an old hippie, and I'm *mad* about Grayson Hall!  (Mad, I tell you!)  She was a socialist from waaayy back and I love that about her, too.

MB, I read a report from Mac Expo that Steve Jobs has developed a search engine capable of locating even the few RD fans out there in webland.  When he said "insanely great," he meant it, emphasis on "insane"!

Gothick who is about to purchase his very first iBook... is the world ready???

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Jean-Claude, it's not even our wedding night, and you're already fulfilling one of my most deeply cherished secret fantasies!

Keep. It. Up!!!!

G.

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Roger:  "See, Dan, I *told* ya I could play Barnabas!  The chair even fits me like a charm!"
Grayson:  "GIve me a BREAK."

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That finall episode really is DS at its best. The pacing of it is wonderful.  In the later years, they often messed up the climactic episode of a storyline.

However, *my* favorite part of the end of the Laura storyline is the episode where Liz returns to Collinwood and she and Roger have a private talk in her bedroom.  I saw this again a few months back and it made me realize just how much the show lost when Liz and Roger's relationship was reduced to a little packet of wooden cliches.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Witchcraft in Dark Shadows
« on: January 09, 2005, 09:47:26 PM »
Hi Onyx,

what Penny Dreadful says is right on the mark.  In Christian folklore, Witchcraft ofen implied a pact with the Devil.  It's interesting to note that one of the earliest documents actually banning non-Christian religious practices, a 9th century Papal bull, includes such acts as "worshipping" sacred springs, trees, standing stones, and other natural features; honoring the New and Full Moon; healing with the aid of herbs; and a lengthy list of other practices that are part of today's Wiccan practice, but seldom linked to the late Mediaeval and Renaissance iconography of "the Witch figure."

I think of Angelique as deriving her powers from Elemental sources--Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and herbs that contain potent combinations of these agents--but she often invokes the Devil "Prince of Fire," "Dark Lord," etc. in her incantations.

In the case of Count Petofi, his powers come from his Will.  The 4 powers of the Mage were cited by Eliphas Levi, a 19th century mystic and magician, as "To Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep silent."

It's also implied that Count Petofi has Elementals at his beck and call.  There's a scene where he tells someone, maybe Lady Kitty, that his information "does not come from human sources."

I could ramble on and on about this topic, so I have tried to keep this short.

Hey, Penny, I'm going shopping in Salem late in January.  Want to do a meet-up at the Front St. Cafe? *wink*

Gothick

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Thanks, Nancy.  Everything you wrote pretty much follows my understanding of the situation.

That's very unfortunate about that site putting up all those photos from the book.  Makes it more difficult for anyone else who wants to use just two or three photos on a site.

btw--Happy New Year!

Steve

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Greetings all,

I'm not sure just where this post belongs, or if it's even appropriate for this Board--but I'll give it a shot anyway.

I am curious whether anybody knows whether Dan Curtis Productions has an official policy regarding fan-produced material that incorporates original DS broadcast material.  I'm thinking here primarily of things such as websites with lots of stills and video clips, and music videos which are usually montages of clips of the original episodes.

Given that the fan music videos have been shown for years at the Festivals, and that I've never heard of a cease-and-desist order from DCP directed against any of the fan sites, my guess is that *unofficially* DCP regards all of this as free advertising for its product.  Does anybody know whether Dan's office has an *official* policy about this?  I ask for a reason, not simply out of idle curiosity.

The only time I can remember there being a problem was when a fan site announced they were going to offer complete episodes as some sort of streaming video.  I don't think they had the technology (or bandwidth!) to accomplish that, but I seem to recall that they got a letter--or were persuaded by other fans that it wasn't a good idea.

Thanks for anyone who can shed some light on this.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Best Episode recommendations for newbie?
« on: January 07, 2005, 04:46:48 PM »
Tempted to just reply "anything with Roger Davis in it," but I'll restrain myself...

The Adam storyline happened at the same time as the Cassandra story, which is my very favorite part of DS (maybe because it was the first story I ever saw--I started watching in June '68).  And practically a tie for my favorite storyline is the Leviathan story, especially the earlier weeks of it.  So, I think Raineypark makes a good point here--even if you think the basic concept of Leviathans is a load of hooey, you'll miss some wonderful performances.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Witchcraft in Dark Shadows
« on: January 07, 2005, 04:40:43 PM »
Oh, OK.  The one where she's gathering herbs would be on the first "1795" DVD set (I don't own any of the DVDs myself--I have the videos).

I don't think the "jewel of antiquity" one has been released yet--it's from the Count Petofi storyline, which lasted several months (one of my favorite storylines--Count Petofi is a Magician, so his scenes with Angelique are interesting if you enjoy the notion of a Witch vs. a Magician).

Another thing I forgot to say is that in the original 1795 story, Angelique's powers seemed very much like folk Witchcraft (similar to what in the deep south is called Hoodoo or "root doctoring").  When she comes back as Cassandra in 1968, she's suddenly a Satanic Witch and invokes the Devil in her spells.  Lara Parker played up this angle very heavily in her novel, Angelique's Descent.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Witchcraft in Dark Shadows
« on: January 06, 2005, 11:21:36 PM »
Probably the best spell was one of the very first ones in 1795, because they actually showed her gathering herbs, and she needed to get someone to steal an article of clothing for the link to make it work.

In the later storylines, she evolves into Superwitch, and does a lot of the usual TV-witch silliness.  One thing about Lara Parker that I like is that she emotes the energetic conjoining of passion and will in Angelique's spellcasting really well. 

I really liked the spell she put on Laura Collins at the end of Laura's story in 1897 (just watched that one recently).  Another 1897 spell that's really cool is one she performs with the aid of a "jewel of antiquity"--it looks like something from Ohrbach's costume jewellry department, but I love it anyway.

Do you want episode numbers or DVD set information for these?  Or are you just generally curious?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Happy Birthday jennifer!
« on: January 06, 2005, 11:04:13 PM »
Happy belated birthday Dear!

In your honor, I'm imagining a naked, smiling Chris Jennings popping out of a birthday cake and coming up to you with a shy, eager smile, asking you to "help him out."

As a skilled professional, I think you know what to do next. *wink*

Best wishes!

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 I / Re: Seizure, etc...
« on: January 05, 2005, 08:53:18 PM »
Fans of this film should order the Video Watchdog issue (from several years ago--but I know they sell back issues on their site) with a big article all about Seizure.  I seem to recall that Martine Beswick was in a "trance" in the scene where she walks over broken glass and she was doing it for real.

I also heard from someone, somewhere that none of the actors ever got paid for their work, or if they were paid, it was a looonggg time coming.

I'd be *very* surprised if Ollie Stone ever signs off on Seizure's DVD release but it seems as if he does not own the rights to the movie so who knows.

G.

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Current Talk '05 I / Re: Does anyone else agree...
« on: January 05, 2005, 05:19:30 PM »
Of course, I have to chip in my own opinion, and as usual, I irritatingly disagree.

I have just been watching weeks 10 through 13 of 1897. [spoiler]The unfolding of Quentin's curse, Laura's story, Angelique's role in everything, and the occasional scenes of Barnabas doing his vampire thing all works together really well.  Quentin's anguish is anything but campy.  Horrifying though Laura is, Millay brings an element of poignancy to her final episodes.[/spoiler]

Just my not-so-humble opinion.  If we all agreed, what would there be to discuss?

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Ross Novels / Gold Key Comics
« on: January 05, 2005, 05:14:25 PM »
Hell, I've been a cranky old man since about age 15!

And now I am a middle aged New England Luddite curmudgeon who stays home with his cat most Sat. nights.... watching Dark Shadows, of course!

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