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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Why Does Julia need Barnabas for the EXPERIMENT?
« on: September 04, 2002, 09:20:48 PM »
Hi Julia,

It is implied in the earlier part of this story that Barnabas is the only one who can really handle Adam, emotionally at least.

At this point, though, Nicholas fancies himself in complete control of da big lug, so I have not a clue why Barnabas' presence is considered essential  at this stage of the game ... apart from the fact that in 1968 the ratings for individual episodes were supposed to be higher whenever he appeared!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: JUDGING JULIA
« on: September 04, 2002, 09:16:56 PM »
Julia does care about Adam to the extent of feeling somewhat responsible for him since she was the one who brought him into the world.  

Her compassion for him probably is at a lower level than her very genuine fear that if Adam dies, Barnabas will "revert" to vampirehood.  This is about to come up again very prominently in the story.

As for Grayson acting "badly" I revel in it whenever she rips that tawdry scenery apart with her bare hands and gives the dialogue a hearty, vigorous mastication!

Gothick

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It's interesting to read these posts about Possession.  I'm hoping to find time to see the film this week.  I did enjoy the book but it was so long ago that all I have left from it is a glimmering memory of brilliance.  I personally love Jennifer Ehle who plays Lamotte--I fell in love with her in Pride and Prejudice, and she was wonderful in Bedrooms and Hallways, which I recommend if you enjoy gay British sex farces.  I've seen Northam in a couple of films and he seems very solid.  Gwyneth Paltrow makes me cringe and the American chap sounds like strictly eye candy so will help to make her scenes bearable, I suppose.

As for books adapted as films, I agree with RP that it is seldom a good idea.  However, there are some books out there that have become BRILLIANT movies--The Haunting (original version, PLEASE) is one that comes to mind.

Although not entirely successful, I highly enjoyed Angels and Insects, which was adapted from another novella by Antonia Byatt, author of Possession.  It has been released in brilliant color and accurate screen ratio in the seemingly inescapable DVD medium that tickles all of you so much.  I watched a few moments of it at a friend's home recently.  I believe the print released to disc looked better than the film in the theatre did!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: The Return of Donnie!!!
« on: September 03, 2002, 09:17:18 PM »
Yeah, Don's voice is sumptuous ...

It's like a rich, sultry, satiny pool of warm inviting cream (quick, Ringo, get me the Herb Alpert "Whipped Cream and other delights" album cover with Don in the place of that tired strumpet on the cover).

Like the finest golden vintage of Andalusia ...

Like a luxuriant stream of gilded moonlit honey ...

Boy, am I glad that Don Briscoe the STUDMUFFIN is back on DS!

Jennifer and Kuanyin, you ladies have excellent taste!

A fellow acolyte of the Cult of Don,

Gothick

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Grayson Hall in Satan in High Heels definitely tops my list.  She was like buttah in that film!  And rather sexy, too, which is something else that makes it stand out from the rest of her oeuvre.

Thayer David in the original Nero Wolfe pilot film of the Seventies is another treat.  Thayer David is always fabulous to watch, but this gave him some wonderful lines and situations to play, plus he was at the center of the action, where I always felt he belonged. It's a shame that this movie has never been released on video.

I'd love to see Joan Bennett in the Reckless Moment, but have yet to track it down.  

Haven't seen very much of Lara Parker's other work, but of what I have seen, her guest role on Kolchak: the Night Stalker is a lot of fun. ¬†Apparently it was less than fun for her to do because of some tension between herself and the show's star, Darren McGavin.  Lara played a young, powerful witch moonlighting as a fashion model.  Nina Foch was in the episode, too, in a role somewhat reminiscent of Susan Hayward in Valley of the Dolls.

Even though it was a non speaking role for him, I love watching Jonathan Frid in the early 70s TV film with Shelley Winters, The Devil's Daughter.  He projected a great deal of emotion without speaking a word, plus the movie had a great cast.

At a Dark Shadows Festival many years ago I saw a wonderful clip of Clarice Blackburn appearing in a courtroom drama of the 1950s.  I looked up the movie on IMDB.  The name eludes me and I've never been able to track down a print, but it was a wonderful moment.  I wish MPI would release stuff like this as part of their DS collection.

Two of my "holy grails" are Grayson Hall's first movie appearance, in a very low budget film shot on location in Greenwich Village in 1957, Run across the river.  Interestingly it was also Jerry Stiller's movie debut.  And the other one is a 1965 one hour featurette she did with Jack Hawkins and Shelley Winters, Back to Back, shown in the Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre series.  It's proven frustratingly elusive.

Gothick

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Happy birthday Dr Doom!

I tried to get Bettie Paige to come out and do a special birthday "teaserama" in your honor, but she's pretending to be shy--minx.

Best,

Steve

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How's this for a rationalization of cheap production values?

I read years ago (gods, it's decades now) that gentlemen of the upper classes tended to sleep sitting up in a chair right up until the 1880s or 90s, rather than retiring to bed.

It was so they didn't muss their hair, apparently.

Just goes to show you how arbitrary assigned gender appropriate behaviors are from culture to culture.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT - DS DVD: your opinions appreciated
« on: August 21, 2002, 01:29:50 AM »
Re HAA testing for Professor Woodard:  WOW, that is wild!  I have never heard about this, probably because I was out of the country during the production and broadcast of that series (I was spending 18 months in China doing research during that period) and I have been MASSIVELY unimpressed by that entire effort, though I did at one point sit down and watch all the tapes.  The worst episode bar none as to be the one where Abigail discovers Barnabas at the Old House.  In the original series, this was a creepy, intense, riveting moment--in the 1991 version, it comes off as a parody of a Dario Argento film!  I'm sure that the actors laughed themselves silly over it once the take was done.

The one thing I enjoyed about it was Barbara Steele's performance as Julia.  Even though nobody could replace Grayson in that role, I found Steele's take on the character fascinating to watch.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: OT - DS DVD: your opinions appreciated
« on: August 21, 2002, 01:25:24 AM »
Hi Doombuggy,

Just curious, do any of your copies of the original ABC episode broadcasts from 1970-71 contain Grayson Hall's Playtex commercial? I know it used to be run sometimes as a commercial for DS (which is a real hoot, when you think about it).  I saw the tape of episodes with original commercials released as the final tape of the original MPI collectors series, and I wish they would issue more of these.  They are a real blast for those of us old enough to remember watching the show during the original broadcast.

Best,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Rip off his shirt Baby!
« on: August 20, 2002, 05:38:43 PM »
Just for the record:

[puts on Magda voice] TAHM Jyennings KAHFFIN? I don' know NAHTHING!

[Tom, shut up about that beer, I'll bring one right up to you as soon as I'm done typing this ... OOPS!]

Yes, that scene with Julia cutting open Joe's shirt while Barnabas nervously looks on always has me crawling around on the carpet gnawing at the sofa cushions.  (Yes, please DO call before you drop by our house.)  It's just such a riot of subtext.  THAT must have been an interesting day in the studio.  Watching scenes such as this I realize just how focused and GOOD they could all be, not simply to collapse in fits of laughter at the proceedings.  Of course it was a very serious situation ... Joe was badly injured, and on top of all that, Julia was about to discover that he was a vampire victim.    Not pretty at all even if the sight of Joe's sculpted torso exposed to the light of day was the epitome of beauty.  Would Percy Bysshe Shelley have come away from a viewing of this tape drunk with beauty?  I suspect he would have done.

Hey, Connie, got any shots of David in the bathtub scene from the Girl in Blue?

Gothick

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Hi John,

Well, thanks for thinking of me!  I'm afraid I've never heard of Trading Spaces.  Is TLC the Learning Channel? I really haven't had much time to watch ANYTHING this Summer.  I recently checked the first episode of The Prisoner out of the library as I had never seen it--it took 4 separate occasions for me to get through the 52 minute tape!  Pitiful, I know.  It's just been a busy summer--fun, but busy.  Thankfully, I'm about to take my annual week of going to stay on a farm way upstate NY where I don't do much except lounge around in a state of undress and paddle in a pond.  Oh, and cooking, of course--chopping veggies is terribly therapeutic for me.

The one show I have been watching regularly (albeit on tape) is Sonya the Pet Psychic on Animal Planet.  It's sort of like a remake of Dr. Dolittle with Patsy Stone from Ab Fab in the title role.  It's a hoot, and of course some of the cuddly critters get me all lachrymose and sentimental.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Ecrutiating scenes to watch
« on: August 13, 2002, 07:48:44 PM »
Hi Linda, Humbert was wonderful in this scene, and in ALL his scenes on Dark Shadows.

I'm fascinated that he can recall taping that specific episode.  What a gifted actor, and seems as if he is really nice offstage, too.

Just out of curiosity, did he ever mention experiences of working with Grayson Hall?  I thought their scenes in this storyline (especially a couple that are coming up) were simply marvelous.  Better than Turkish Delight.

And I love it that Humbert described Nicholas in an interview as "the Walter Huston role."  Actually I think he was a more skilled actor with a wider range than Huston.

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Barnabas Meets Spike?
« on: August 12, 2002, 11:06:00 PM »
That's very nice to read; it's nice to think of Jonathan Frid admiring James Marsters' performance.  They share in common a strong background in theatre (stage) work, and I've seen Marsters comment in interviews that if you want to learn how to act, join a local theatre company and just spend years grinding away at plays.

In my opinion, James Marsters is one of the best actors around today.  And apart from that, he's a damned sexy minx, y'know?

Gothick

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This is sad news, Darren.  Not owning a DVD player, I haven't purchased any of these.  I may get the Screaming Starts disc just for your interview!  Ian Ogilvy is a wonderful actor and I felt rarely found roles of the calibre he deserved. (He is in a great episode of the Robin of Sherwood series featuring Jason Connery--these were recently issued on DVD in the UK.)

Have never seen Asylum, though it sounds like fun flick.  Nor Beast must die--an early 70s werewolf film?

I hate all this legal bull that keeps us from enjoying our favorite low budget horror movies!  The genre pretty much went bust after 1973.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Julia's Hands & other habits
« on: August 09, 2002, 06:42:19 PM »
Re Julia's handwriting:  I often thought that it was because Grayson was feeling a bit on-edge and playing with a glove, the bedpost or whatever was a way of keeping herself on cue with the scene.  The scenes were often revised at the very last minute, and the actors were often caught in a vise between getting their cues right, performing whatever camera blocking had been decided (sometimes not revised for the changed script), and dealing with any special FX or lighting tricks thrown into the mix.

I was impressed that as Hoffman, Grayson did not allow herself ANY of these mannerisms.  She seems to have enjoyed the challenge of that role.  But bear in mind that she played Hoffman in far fewer episodes than either Julia or Magda.

The handwringing was clearly in some cases part of the actual direction.  The most effective use of it that comes to mind was a scene between Liz and Jason when Liz's hands were in the foreground of the shot--beautifully managed playing from Joan Bennett and beautiful work from the cameraman that day.

Gothick

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