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#1 Lippy

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:29 PM

This nearly silent, black-and-white film that utilizes many of the techniques of silent movies -- camera angles, opticals, and so forth -- brilliantly illustrates some of the problems of the transition from silent to sound. The story is mash-up of "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Star is Born," yet, it is totally original.

#2 Suzanne F

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:10 AM

Saw it last night and enjoyed it a great deal.

Even in B&W, the costumes are gorgeous.

For me good is good regardless of whether it is fashionable. -- mitchells, 23 June - 09:50 PM

 

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:21 PM

It's a classy work and the costumes are lovely. I thought the story moved a little too slowly at times. It was sweet listening to comments of older viewers after the film. They really liked it, almost as if it made them feel younger.

"From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives."  © hollywood 2016.


#4 Really Nice!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:53 AM

Just saw it tonight at Big Picture Seattle after dinner at El Gaucho. Big Picture is a great theater for watching a movie if for no other reason than 1) There are no coming attractions... the movie starts at the published time. Wow! What a concept! You don't have to sit through 20 minutes of commercials you see everyday on your own TV! 2) You can get a beer, wine, or martini at the bar and bring it into the theater and sit in the big, comfy chair. "Would you like us to replenish your drink at the half-way point?" Yeah, :rolleyes: sure, :rolleyes: okay :rolleyes:

I thought the movie was very good, but the editor in me noticed the French punctuation in the English title cards. I was distracted. Which means my wife was distracted at me. Which means I shut up and enjoyed the movie.

#5 Sneakeater

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

I LIKE coming attractions. (I guess it's cuz I don't watch TV.)
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#6 Suzanne F

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:00 PM

I LIKE coming attractions. (I guess it's cuz I don't watch TV.)

Me, too. For the same reason, plus:
  • I get to make nasty comments about how awful and stupid and the same every movie looks (I swear, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between Coriolanus and Ben Hur, based on previews)
  • I get to say things like, "That's what he looks like nowadays?! Man, he hasn't aged well at all."
  • they offer justification for my not going to the movies more than once a year (twice in a big year)

For me good is good regardless of whether it is fashionable. -- mitchells, 23 June - 09:50 PM

 

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deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#7 StephanieL

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 07:08 PM

Very enjoyable movie, even if there were many anachronisms/inconsistencies (e.g., Peppy wearing the same fashions and hairstyle in 1932 as she did in 1927).  The dog was one of the best animal actors I've ever seen.


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