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Mar. 31st, 2004

I've been watching a ton of classic movies the last few months. Bravo used to be my most watched channel, because I was Tivoing all the West Wings and Queer Eyes. But now that I am caught up on WW and there are only occasional new episodes of QEftSG, Turner Classic Movies has built up a huge lead. I have Wishlists set up for Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Jessica Tandy, Katherine Hepburn, and Musicals, amongst others.

One thing that crossed my mind last night as I watched one of these classic movies: You hear a lot of talk about the glamorous, leading ladies of the past. I've seen most of the famous ones. Hepburn? Great actress, but I didn't particularly like her (or Bogie) in African Queen. Bacall? I don't think she's all that. Lana Turner? So that's what all the hype is about... she exhudes sex appeal. Ava Gardner? Has there been a more beautiful and able leading lady??? I mean, WOW!

As for the men: Cary Grant just seems to play a type, whether he's doing a spy thriller like North by Northwest or a comedy like Arsenic and Old Lace, but he cuts quite a figure. Gregory Peck has some serious stage presence and gravitas. His performance as Jimmy Ringo in the The Gunfighter was fascinating. Humphrey Bogart was far more versatile than I expected. I think I've enjoyed him in every movie I've seen of his. Gene Kelly is simply a joy to watch.

Tivo is such a fantastic invention! My routine on most weeknights the last few months has been (1) come home and sing for an hour, (2) fix myself something to eat, (3) watch one or two classic movies, (4) read or surf the web until I fall asleep. It's so nice not to waste my time on ordinary t.v. anymore.

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fj
Mar. 31st, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
How glamorous they are depends on what movie they are in. The classics you are watching have stood the test of time because they aren't too vapid, and thatprecludes much of the very glamorous stuff. Joan Crawford spent the thirties being in movies in which she was, in the course of a movie, poor and unhappy, dicovered, rich and unhappy, and then some form of happy -- with at least twenty costume changes. You won't find glamour in any WB movie from that era -- Bette Davis complained theye were too cheap for decades -- you have to turn to MGM for that. It's just that most of them are senseless bores.
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