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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: Interesting DVD Set 13 Review
« on: September 10, 2004, 06:27:22 PM »
Well after all the reviewer wrote, I hardly see how he/she can say DS wasn't a "great" show.

I did have to laugh at the catty comments about the interviews on the DVD.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: 1991 Series Questions
« on: September 10, 2004, 04:57:39 PM »
That's a great montage.  There are some wonderful shots of Barbara Steele in there.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: we STILL love RobinV!!
« on: September 10, 2004, 04:06:33 PM »
Yes, I haven't seen Robin here in ages, and she did not show up at the Festival either. But she does post sometimes on the Julia List, so I think she is doing OK--just very busy, I would imagine, with her writing career.

Someone else from the old days I found myself thinking about unexpectedly yesterday--who knows why--was Ashenrider.  I can't remember his RL name anymore, but I will never forget his witty posts--there was one along the lines of "Grayson Hall--Hormel doesn't even come close!" that I recall responding to with comic outrage.

cheers, Gothick

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Connie honey, don't you know the rule about "never apologize and never explain"!  so, so sorry to hear about the Lyme disease taking a bad turn and the crap with the meds.  I will send you some distance Reiki tonight... hope it helps.

I had you quite strongly in my thoughts this a.m. on the way to work, so I'm not surprised to find such a nice note from you today.  I only wish the news were better.  I wish life would allow me to travel to your home and spend a week as your personal maid, cooking up lovely soups and breads to help heal you, acting out my favorite scenes from Satan in High Heels and performing the Mad Queen's Scarf Dance to "Theme from Exodus" by F & T to help cheer you up.

big healing hugs,  Steve PS my regards to your son.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Masques of the Plague in 1841 PT, Corman, etc.
« on: September 09, 2004, 03:26:25 PM »
Vlad, I'm aghast at your report that reviewers have been dismissing the R. Corman/V. Price Masque film as "trash"--when I was a young'un, the movie was widely regarded as the high point of the Corman Poe AIP series, beautifully stylised with exquisite images and a literate, provocative screenplay.  Only The Tomb of Ligeia surpassed it because it was just a bit more finished and had a more understated approach to the subject matter.  Perhaps today's critics regard Ligeia as trash, too.

I don't think people appreciate true subtlety or symbolism in film any longer.  Like Midnite, I've been impressed with the comments cult auteur Harry Kumel made in connection with Daughters of Darkness (although I have only heard the version of his comments recorded on the DVD).  He talks about his formalist methodology and his view that films should be treated as dreams, not representations of reality.  It's not the only way to do film, but it's a technique that I think can be found a great deal in Dark Shadows--both literally in the dream sequences and figuratively in the balletic representation of narrative.

For those whose brains have been rotted out by the explo posturings of certain highly touted present-day filmmakers (I won't name names though I am aching to do so), of course, anything made with a higher degree of imagination than budget is automatically "trash."

cheers, Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Grayson Hall's Hair (A Question For Her Legion)
« on: September 08, 2004, 08:56:27 PM »
Oh my sweet Goddess!  DS to DA, I *adore* it!!!

giddy minx in Boston,

Gothick

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Masques of the Plague in 1841 PT, Corman, etc.
« on: September 07, 2004, 07:50:33 PM »
[spoiler]A couple of family members do come down with it at one point when they attempt to stop holding the Lottery, or maybe when Gabriel pulls the old switcheroo with the local lad (who had such a pretty face, as I recall; wonder who that actor was?).[/spoiler]
It wasn't handled with anything like the sophisticated use of the Plague imagery in Masque of the Red Death. As for the specific questions you ask, my answer is that the symbolism is left deliberately open-ended.  The different colors of plague reflect the different colors of the rooms in Prospero's palace (the concept of a palace or villa with chambers decorated in diffferent colors did come from the original Poe story).  And that the Plague is meant to be as much spiritual as it is physical.  The "Red" Death--Red is a color associated with Pride, and secondarily with the worldy power over the lives of masses of people that are craved by those guilty of the sin of Pride in old morality.  I think it is also meant to echo Prospero's own hubris.

As for the figures in Giuliana's dream, in the movie, I do remember one of them was a Druid.  His costume was clearly inspired by a popular line drawing of Druid that was included in a lot of popular books on the occult and pre-Christian religions in the Sixties.  The appearance of Priests from non-Christian religions in the dream is the classic Christian assumption that anyone who doesn't serve their god must be serving Satan.

cheers,  Steve

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Robservations / Re: Robservations 10/9/02 - #682/683 - Beth Gives Amy a Gift
« on: September 02, 2004, 10:15:03 PM »
These are *beautiful* captures for these two shows.

I really need to get these out of the vault and watch them again.  I'd forgotten about Mrs J attending the seance.  I just watched the shows about the seance in the Laura Collins '67 storyline and Mrs J's disapproving comments about the whole thing had me in stitches!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: OT - Citizen Buzz
« on: September 02, 2004, 04:25:48 PM »
How wonderful for Mr. Buzz.  The Yardley bit makes me feature him in a trench coat, slouch hat, and perhaps a pipe.  Tail wagging occurs discreetly off camera.

My cat Simona holds the title Plump Princess of Boston Ave. She was not awarded it, however--she simply seized it, slashing into ribbons with a casual paw anything or anyone that got in her way, as she has since time began.

That's my gal.

cheers, G.

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Robservations / Re: Robservations 10/4/02 - #676/677
« on: September 02, 2004, 04:21:18 PM »
Strangely, one of my all-time favorite moments on DS is the series of shots establishing Julia's time waiting in the cottage at the start of this second episode.  It's just so well done, with such simplicity of methods.  And Grayson is quietly brilliant, too.

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Hi Rainey Park, oh, there were lots of computers on TV in the mid to late Sixties.  They were huge, clunky affairs--a single one could fill a decent sized room.  They were regular props on shows such as The Time Tunnel, The Girl from UNCLE, Lost in Space, Mr. Terrific, and many others.

What I can't understand is the strange spelling of Mr Juggins name on this entry.  Is it so folks won't get confused and think Robin is really talking about Tim?

G.

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Darren, did you ever turn up any more leads on the stories of home movies taken by a fan on the set of hoDS?

I was wondering whether the fan(s) who did those movies might have been the same folks who had the home movie footage of Grayson that was used in the DS 30th anniversary tape from MPI.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a shot of Denise and David at the filming of the party sequence in that footage?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Re: Awesome Dark Shadows Site!
« on: August 27, 2004, 09:30:10 PM »
Hey, DStoDA, yeah, Nancy looked old when they were in 1995 because she was supposed to be old and "half-mad" (an expression I adore--I could swear I've been at least HALF-mad most of my life).

In 1840 when she played Letitia, they went back to the very theatrical make-up they had used on her in 1897 when she played Charity, possessed by the ghost of Pansy Faye.  I don't know whether you ever got to see 1897.  It's really great!

I recently watched the one episode long 1680 flashback and I thought Nancy's look in that was really stunning.  Very glamorous.

Good luck finding a new home for your site.  I did get to view the BAJ magazine cover this a.m.--great job!

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: The Divine One Strikes Again
« on: August 27, 2004, 08:30:46 PM »
Sing your prettiest!

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Nice photo!  I just had one of those taken for my new Passport photo.  I've gotten a fair bit of sun this summer, so I'm a bit more brown than you!  I'd guess that with your complexion, you need to avoid the sun as much as possible.

cheers, Gothick

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