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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Julia's Hands & other habits
« on: August 09, 2002, 05:42:19 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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Current Talk '02 II / The most eee-vil WOMAN of the Eighteenth Century!
« on: August 08, 2002, 09:24:06 PM »
I had such vivid memories of watching this bit of the story way back when.  When the announcement that DS was going to be released on home video was first made, there were several episodes I recalled that I knew I would enjoy seeing them, and the one where Stokes declared Eve's as the spirit of the most evil WOMAN who ever lived in the Eighteenth Century was one of them.  

You can tell that Leona is eee-vil because she talks and dresses like a drag queen.  Where DID she get that hairpiece, anyhow--the Cassandra Collins Wig Barn?

I think it would have been more interesting to have continued the Philippe Cordier story.  Perhaps Jonathan Frid could have played Philippe in flashbacks to Danielle's infamous past during the Terror.  He did a marvelous job being possessed by Philippe during that seance.

What they shifted the story to, in my opinion, considerably deadens (excuse the pun) the interest in Eve's story.  I do think that Marie Wallace gave a marvelous performance in the role.  And I think she looks great in that black cocktail dress, even if it is faintly absurd that that is how she was dressed for her first day on Earth.  I bet Erica Fitz was ready to kill when she saw that dress.

There's a rather touching tale that a fan wrote about Julia shopping for Eve's dress... can't recall now just where I read it.  

Poor Motherless Eve ...

Gothick

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I was thinking of Grayson off and on throughout the day yesterday, so it was gratifying to log on here and see this space--thank you again, Julia darling.

One thing that is little known about Grayson in the world of fandom (or so it would seem) is how very kind and giving she so often was to Dark Shadows fans.  Robert Finnocchio's memoir of the time he spent with her (available on the beautiful Remembering Grayson website maintained by Nancy and Lynn) is typical of how much she enjoyed spending time with fans and getting to know them as people.  I have heard of cases of her telling fans they could call her collect.  I also heard a story about her calling a child long distance in Maryland to wish the little girl a happy birthday because she had received a note in which the child said hearing from "Julia" would make her day complete.

Grayson was definitely a bohemian.  She lived life to the fullest and she had no time for bullsh&t.  I've seen a video of a Fest held a year or two after her death in which Bob Costello (I think it was him) described her, with deepest affection, as "a gutsy broad."  He was smiling widely as he spoke about her.

Underneath the colorful wardrobe (we all loved the Bulgarian peasant widow look, accessorized with leather bomber jacket), the fabulous laughter and the booming asides, she had a vulnerable side which only her closest friends were allowed to see.  This did come out in her acting.  If you watch closely in certain scenes, you'll see what DS director Henry Kaplan referred to as her remarkable inner stillness.

Still missing that most fabulous of redheads....

Gothick

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Luciaphil, darling,

Just a line to tell you how much I appreciate your writeup of Tom.  Excellent work!  Isn't he just the most fabulous thing?  They really should have drawn this story out a bit longer.  I'm so pleased that he went after the quality women (Julia and Liz) rather than insipid Maggie and brainless Vicki.

I kind of dig that peignoir that Julia had on, though it's completely out of character for her.  It seems very Miss Jean Brodie, somehow.

About to read "Kudos for Karlen" ...

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Vicki matures
« on: July 29, 2002, 08:29:13 PM »
I did get to watch some of the recent weeks' shows on tape (now you know I need no excuse at all to watch Tom Jennings do his thang!) and I wouldn't be surprised if the "Adam kidnaps Vicki" storyline was the nail in the proverbial coffin for Ms. Moltke.  I mean, after 3 years on the show, the best they can come up with is a very lame repeat of the Matthew Morgan storyline from 1966?  (and compared to Thayer David's Matthew Morgan, Adam was a non-entity).  I can just imagine her seething inwardly, waiting for that closet door to open, plotting just how she was going to get out of her contract.

Lara Parker mentioned that Moltke wouldn't wear makeup either during her final months on the show--I wonder about this.  I suspect that the makeup artists kept Vicki's look "natural" since she was supposed to be good and virginal, while Lara and the rest of the women had the pancake and eyelashes slathered on with a trowel.

Gothick

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Frankenstein: the true story instantly became one of my favorite movies when it first aired, and I was thrilled with this opportunity to see it again.  I know I saw a rebroadcast at least once in the mid 70s, but it's close to 30 years since I last got to see it.

It is one of those projects that is ripe for restoration on DVD.  A truncated 2 hour version was shown in European theatres.  It is clear that there was even more in the original director's cut above and beyond the 3 hour version that AMC showed on Sat.

Curiously, Leonard Whiting stopped acting almost immediately after completing this picture.  I wonder why?  His gorgeous nude scene in Romeo and Juliet remains a benchmark for luscious male pulchritude in the cinema (plus, I thought he was a wonderfully expressive actor, both as Romeo and as Victor Frankenstein).

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: In the land of a thousand Joan Collins?
« on: July 29, 2002, 08:14:49 PM »
Dear Dark Shadows,

Is your brother a fan of the original Star Trek?  (Gawd, I wish I didn't have to call it that.  For me, there is ONLY ONE Star Trek.  Not that I'm a fanatic about it, or anything.)

If so, I wonder whether he might have noticed a resemblance between Joan in the City on the Edge of Forever (Harlan Ellison script, Emmy nominee) and Lara Parker in her Cassandra persona.  I've noticed that as well.  Of course Lara Parker wins for dishiness and camp elan hands down.

I did see a photo of Joan taken at a party recently that reminded me of Grandmamma Edith Collins in 1897.  Maybe your brother was at that party??

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '02 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Gothick!
« on: July 29, 2002, 08:10:06 PM »
Golly, I'm OVERWHELMED!

I appreciate each and every wonderful wish and message of cheer.  I caught the start of all this as I was logging off on Friday and simply did not have the time to post my thanks then (I often just don't get online at all during the weekend). Just a few notes:

John (Claude North) your Mommie Dearest ref had me guffawing mightily!

And Ringo, yes, I've known for years that Mick and I share a day.  Believe me, it is the ONLY resemblance.

Robin, I sang what I regard as Dusty's version of "Just a little lovin' (early in the morning) for a friend last Sat.  That song makes me think of you, but I'm not saying why in public.

And Donna, don't sweat it.  Lots of my friends refer to me as "girl" when they're saying something affectionate (LOL!)

VAM--you got the right Babe to deliver the birthday greetings!  I think I'll have Tom, wrapped with a big glossy red ribbon, and nothing else.  

Cheers,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Today's Julia-7/23
« on: July 26, 2002, 09:28:39 PM »
Julia, that's an interesting point about Julia's smoking on the show.  For me, her smoking types her more as a "professional" and a member of the medical profession, than as bad ... though her character was definitely morally ambivalent (and continues to be so as the show continues).

There are still a couple scenes where Julia smokes. The one I remember best is in the cottage--great camerawork in that (pretty extraordinary given that they were more or less just making it up as they went along).

Today, it seems like a death-knell if a character is seen smoking on network tv.  You know, they light up a cigarette and 10 seconds later they get run over by a mack truck.  The only exception I've noticed (I don't really watch network TV anymore) is Justin on Queer as Folk.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Where is Tom's Coffin located???
« on: July 23, 2002, 10:20:02 PM »
Dom and John,

You both have me bustin' up laughing!  Now Dom, you know you're not supposed to let people KNOW my terrible secret.  I sleep with the key to Tom's boudoir ...er, I mean crypt ... around my neck at all times.

And it is a vicious LIE that I am the first vampire victim in history to leave hickeys on my be-fanged honeypie.

Dom, I'll be the next Vicki Winters, as long as YOU will be my Liz.  Because you CHOOSE to do so!

Getting all batty,

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: House of Grayson in Architectural Digest
« on: July 23, 2002, 10:11:30 PM »
Hi John,

I just love that article about Grayson and Sam's country home.  Incidentally, there was a followup about what the same decorator (Harrison Cultra) did with their New York apartment--I believe this was the Sept. or Oct. 1983 issue.  For this number, a scene in the Halls' apartment made the COVER of the magazine.  The essay, which had been planned as a showcase of Cultra's skills, became a memorial to him as he passed away very suddenly in the Summer of 1983.

Yes, it is true that the house was named Wildercliff when it was first built in the late Eighteenth century---if you can believe it, in the 1790's.  Talk about coincidence.

"Windcliff" was a house in an Edith Wharton novel.  It was also the name of an actual estate in the Hudson Valley area--can't recall just now whether it was in Dutchess or Columbia County.  If the house still exists, I believe it is now a ruin.

Steve

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: Bad back, corset or both???
« on: July 23, 2002, 05:40:09 PM »
Hi Julia,

I'm ba-ack from my trip to Maryland.  Sorry to hear about your computer woes.  I hope everything is all sorted out now!

In the Seventies, Grayson suffered from osteoperosis, and I think if you look carefully you can already see signs of a stoop in her Sixties episodes on Dark Shadows.  One fan who spent some time with Grayson in the early Eighties told me that she thought a big reason why G avoided attending the DS conventions that they held then was because she was worried about pushing, shoving fans such as she had been around on certain occasions in the Sixties.  She could have easily fallen and suffered another major break (she broke an arm in 1977 and her hip in 1980).

In addition, I have been informed that an actress who did stage work with Grayson recalls her wearing a back brace.  I don't have a time frame for that but I imagine it was in the Seventies, possibly at some point in the early Eighties.  

One last note on this topic--I believe that in the script for the conclusion of the 1995 Parallel Time sequence, Barnabas was supposed to pick Julia up from the floor and carry her up the Stairway through Time.  If you play the tape you'll see that they settled for having her lean on him.  I suspect that back issues may have been responsible for how they played that scene.

Given all this, it is truly remarkable that Grayson seemed so limber and physically vibrant in the video of the Suicide production in 1980.  She had just recovered from a broken hip when she did this!

She was, in every sense of the word, a truly REMARKABLE woman.

Steve  

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Current Talk '02 II / Snip Snip
« on: July 20, 2002, 04:58:20 AM »
Usually I don't get the chance to watch these on Sci Fi--I watch my tapes, when leisure permits.

I'm on vacation in Maryland and happened to catch part of today's broadcast. I'm sure I spotted at least one brief cut when Julia and Mrs. Johnson left the room and the action went back to Blair and Roger.

I'd pretty much figured that Sci Fi must be snipping away little bits of the episodes. But of course, the only viewers who would care about that would have to be total fanatics, zealously dedicated to watching every possible second of Dark Shadows. And I'm sure there aren't any people like that in this room.

Of course you know I fast forward through nearly EVERY Jeff and Vicki scene. I'm glad we have our Maestro Mysterioso to keep track of just how many times Jeff touches his hair. A truly Herculean labor!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: !! Hair Touching Alert !!
« on: July 18, 2002, 12:15:27 AM »
I often think of Jeff Clark and his relationship with Vicki as the true Curse of Collinwood!

Gothick

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Current Talk '02 II / Re: This is complicating things alot isn't it?
« on: July 18, 2002, 12:11:14 AM »
Per'ankh, you have some great episodes in store!  Don't miss any of the next few days shows!  I'm surprised I haven't worn my tapes out because I have watched the next 8 shows so many times.

And don't you all just love today's collage!  With that capture of Tom in full vamp mode, I want to shriek:  "Bite me, you fool!"  Jonathan Frid actually commented in an interview about how Briscoe's performance (of course, he did not mention the actor's name in the article) verged on the pornographic.

Seasoned fans, who do you think is the kinkier vamp--Tom or Dirk Wilkins?  Tom wins without a shadow of a doubt in the snogging dept (or should that be fanging?) but Dirk telling Judith to come for her "reward" with fangs bared is pretty darn kinky.  Of course, we have yet to see Tom and his legendary tongue action ...

Panting heavily,

Gothick

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