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  1. Inkstainedwretch

    Classics that flopped on first release

    This is about the great films that were not appreciated when they first hit the theaters, but became classics later, when they went to television/video. The earliest I can think of is Disney's "Fantasia." It had a huge Disney buildup but Middle America just didn't get the point. Way ahead of...
  2. Inkstainedwretch

    Passenger trains during WWII

    When I was growing up my family would every few years get together in New Orleans. We always stayed at the Hotel Monteleone, in those days the only hotel located in the French Quarter. A few years ago we did it one last time. All that was left of the family was me, my brother and our elderly...
  3. Inkstainedwretch

    Music and sound shorthand in movies

    I've noticed that in period films a musical shorthand is used to establish the time. If it's set in the 40s/WWII you'll always hear Big Band music playing over the opening shot. It's usually Glenn Miller, and it will always be one of 4 or 5 famous Miller tunes: "Moonlight Serenade," "Take the A...
  4. Inkstainedwretch

    Most quotable movie

    We already have a thread about favorite quotes, but what about the movie with the most quotes? I would think it would have to be either "Casablanca" or "The Godfather." (the first one.) Any thoughts?
  5. Inkstainedwretch

    Verbal anachronisms in period movies

    I didn't know whether to post this in the "Things that tick you off" thread, but it involves movies so here goes: In movies set in the Golden Era, I often hear people use words or, especially, phrases that came into use much later. For instance, in the excellent film, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, based...
  6. Inkstainedwretch

    Things That Never Seem to Change

    As a compliment to the "Things that have disappeared" thread, I'm introducing this one, about those things that seem unaffected by the passage of time. I don't mean simple tools like clawhammers, but products that were new within, say, the last hundred years, and have defied change ever since...
  7. Inkstainedwretch

    Great Art Works of the Golden Era

    Here's my favorite: It's Wladislaw Benda's "Golden Peacock" mask. Benda was a Polish-American artist who did innumerable magazine covers and illustrations from the 20[s-50's, but he came to specialize in the theatrical mask. I think this one is the most exemplary art work of the Deco period.