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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Nonk, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Nonk

    Nonk Senior member

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    I recently saw "Tunes of Glory" for the first time in ages. I couldn't actually remember what happened, so in many ways it was a first viewing.

    What a superb film. Although it is set many decades ago it certainly stands the test of time, and from my experience it is a reasonably accurate depiction of a British Regiment, even today.

    Possibly career best performances from Guinness and Mills, excellent supporting cast and a simple but compelling story.

    Anyone else appreciate this one or can offer any other forgotten classic for the members to check out?
     
  2. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    Tunes of Glory is a remarkable, grandly acted character study. Haven't seen it, for many years . . . remember it as an excellent, trenchant film.

    The classics, are my favorites. I could list dozens of them. Staying with a military theme, have you seen THE FOUR FEATHERS?? Another, captivating movie, superbly acted and staged. Deals with a reluctant British soldier who must help his comrades, during a Sudan uprising. Grand, A.E.W. Mason adventure. Many, many more . . . The Caine Mutiny, is another fabulous film.
     
  3. Nonk

    Nonk Senior member

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    Another old favourite of mine is "The Hill"

    Oh how I miss the Army!
     
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    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    THE HILL, I don't know. But ZULU, is one of my ALL TIME, FAVORITES!!!!

    Should we decide to expand, from the military, the list is going to become fairly endless . . . but for now, what about FROM HERE TO ETERNITY?? FANTASTIC. Great acting. Sexually provocative. A terse, disturbing conclusion. Magnificent movie. Orignally cast, for Joan Crawford and Robert Mitchum. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, were slotted after the former pair, couldn't get clearance. I'd have loved Lana Turner, in the part of Karen.

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    TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, is also excellent! The Longest Day, is another engrossing war film. TWO WOMEN, with Sophia Loren, is superb.
     
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    caught a bit of ICE COLD IN ALEX again yesterday, very good.
     
  7. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    Well, for Labor Day, you've just got to watch PEYTON PLACE: 'by liked you mean bein' pawed over in the dark, by some young animal, with one thing on his mind!'

    Or . . . PICNIC. Both are real potboilers, centering around Labor Day festivities. The best.

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  8. a tailor

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    THE HILL, I don't know. But ZULU, is one of my ALL TIME, FAVORITES!!!!

    Should we decide to expand, from the military, the list is going to become fairly endless . . . but for now, what about FROM HERE TO ETERNITY?? FANTASTIC. Great acting. Sexually provocative. A terse, disturbing conclusion. Magnificent movie. Orignally cast, for Joan Crawford and Robert Mitchum. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, were slotted after the former pair, couldn't get clearance. I'd have loved Lana Turner, in the part of Karen.

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    TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, is also excellent! The Longest Day, is another engrossing war film. TWO WOMEN, with Sophia Loren, is superb.


    ZULU tells it , in a war no one wins.
     
  9. Ivan Kipling

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    Zulu is a great film. It has a sense of irony and pace, and inevitability. Extremely well done. Another classic that I just love, is HIGH NOON. Fantastic western drama, with Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Katy Jurado. Superb film making. Memorable score.

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  10. Nonk

    Nonk Senior member

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    Ice cold in Alex, another classic.

    Sir John really was very good.


    Seek out "The Hill" if you have not seen it.

    I did not intend for this to be a military only thread, but "A Bridge too Far" must be on a permanent loop in Aldershot and now Colchester.
     
  11. Thomas

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    Becket. First watched 20 years ago, never forgotten. Still looking for DVD release. Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton watch their friendship unravel after Burton is made Archbishop of Canterbury and takes the post seriously.
     
  12. Ivan Kipling

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    Thomas . . . Becket is one of my favorites. What acting! What sets, and costumes! Another one you may enjoy, is The Lion in Winter. Trenchant, historical drama.

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    Ice cold in Alex, another classic.

    Sir John really was very good.


    Seek out "The Hill" if you have not seen it.

    I did not intend for this to be a military only thread, but "A Bridge too Far" must be on a permanent loop in Aldershot and now Colchester.


    I seem to recall seeing "The Hill" (w/ Sean Connery, set somewhere in Asia?Africa? on a British army base - the 'hill' is the gigantic earth mound a sadistic officer is constantly ordering his men to run up and down?) as a young boy. Even as a naive youth I remember thinking it was a powerful film - reminds me now of "The Brig"....

    Also loved "Bridge On the River Kwai" as a kid....
     
  14. Ivan Kipling

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    Well, I'll go in a slightly different direction, here . . . if you haven't seen BUTTERFIELD 8, with Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey . . . you may want to give this one, a look. The most erotic mainstream movie, I've ever seen. Disturbing, lurid, slightly deranged. One of my all time favorites. Liz Taylor won an Oscar, for her portrayal of nymphomaniac, Gloria Wandrous.

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  15. countdemoney

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    I recently saw "Tunes of Glory" for the first time in ages. I couldn't actually remember what happened, so in many ways it was a first viewing.

    What a superb film.


    Yes. Tunes is a personal favorite and one of the few I own. Loved the scene with a drunk Alec Guinnes and Kay Walsh in her dressing room.

    Always have to count Lawrence of Arabia as a great film to settle in with. A Man for all seasons too.
     
  16. Thomas

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    Well, I'll go in a slightly different direction, here . . . if you haven't seen BUTTERFIELD 8, with Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey . . . you may want to give this one, a look. The most erotic mainstream movie, I've ever seen. Disturbing, lurid, slightly deranged.

    You're certainly right about that one being disturbing, but my votes go for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Paul Newman, Burl Ives!) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Both well worth the time. I night have to re-watch Butterfield 8, though.

    A newer movie that I can't get out of my system was My Favorite Year, with Peter O'Toole. Not a classic by any stretch but I totally dug the Alan Swann character.

    Is it me, or has "acting" gone out of style?
     
  17. Ivan Kipling

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    Hi Thomas . . . oh, My Favorite Year was great fun. I loved Lainie Kazan, in that one! I remember when LK first started to sing, on the Dean Martin Show. At that time, she was a knockout.

    Definitely suggest that you watch BU 8, one more time. The pace is glacial, I know . . . but let me tell you, I've never seen such footage in a mainstream film. Truly perverse. Remember when Liz Taylor grinds her stiletto heel into Laurence Harvey's toes, while he holds her by the wrist?? Woohoo! 'Put your assets away,' Liz tells Weston Liggett . . . 'you don't have enough.' I'm sorry . . . but today's films, just don't get you where you live. How about when Liz tells us WHY, Gloria's the way she is?? 'I loved it! Every, awful moment, I loved!' LOLOL. Too much. The conclusion during which LT writhes and licks her lips while careening down a hillside in her tiny red coupe, is deranged. Flat out. Watch it again!

    ANOTHER, one you need to see . . . is SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. Again, with Elizabeth Taylor. It's a Tennessee Williams play, brought grandly to the screen. Opulent acting. Disturbing direction, by Joe Mankiewiecz. The last twenty minutes of this movie . . . simply cannot be described.

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    Cool Hand Luke.

    "I'm shaking that tree, Boss"

    The Great Escape...

    obviously 2 pretty similar story lines...
     
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    watch the movie. do it, do it now
     
  20. Ivan Kipling

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    HUD, with Paul Newman, Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas, is superb. A cynical tale of greed, power struggles, demons, and sex. See it.
     

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