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Re: Passages

#7851 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue May 14, 2019 11:26 am

Someday, maybe some distributor will discover Ichikawa's satirical films...

Sadly, lots of important Kyo performances (for Ichikawa, Masumura and Yoshimura, among others) never have been available on subbed home video (of any format) or are long out of print.

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#7853 Post by bearcuborg » Tue May 14, 2019 1:12 pm

I’ve always been a huge fan. He was probably responsible for a good 25% of my laughs while growing up...

The local Philly MeTV station has a pretty solid lineup of Hogan’s Heroes and Carol Burnett, and both hold up exceptionally well.

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#7854 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue May 14, 2019 2:07 pm

For those with Facebook access -- a look at Machiko Kyo, intrepid girl detective/reporter, in Ichikawa's The Hole: https://www.facebook.com/michael.e.kerp ... 1081149737

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#7855 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue May 14, 2019 4:31 pm

bearcuborg wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 1:12 pm
I’ve always been a huge fan. He was probably responsible for a good 25% of my laughs while growing up...
Yeah, this goes double for me. This is a clip from the show. It's a classic. When I was eleven or so I heard my mother screaming with laughter. After a couple of minutes I went to find out what was so funny. She said she just watched one of the funniest things she's ever seen and told me about how funny Tim Conway was playing a dentist. Eventually, I got to see a rerun of it. And oh boy I had the same reaction. I couldn't stop laughing and to this day I still chuckle even though I've seen it many times since. Poor Harvey Korman had no shot.

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#7856 Post by tarpilot » Tue May 14, 2019 4:59 pm

Still had it (almost) till the very end, too, giving maybe my favourite 30 Rock guest performance as the TV vet whose progressively filthier reminiscences about the good ol' days unnerve Jack McBrayer's Kenneth to the point of career-affirming epiphany

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#7857 Post by hearthesilence » Thu May 16, 2019 1:47 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 9:23 am
Machiko Kyo (1924-2019)

Kyo always seems young in my eyes -- because she pretty much ended her movie career in the 1960s. Although she worked in television until the 1980s, I never saw anything she did in this period. In addition to her most famous roles in Mizoguchi (Ugetsu, Princess Yang Kwei Fei, Street of Shame), Kurosawa (Rashomon), Ozu (Floating Weeds), I loved her as a Nancy Drew-ish cub reporter in Ichikawa's The Hole. Some obituaries:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... 95-1210433

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019 ... at-95.html

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20 ... et/088000c
Completely missed this, but I saw Rashomon again recently and what a performance. It's the kind of role that's almost a gift to an actor, where you get to play different versions of ostensibly the same person, and she really makes the most of it.

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#7858 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri May 17, 2019 1:23 pm

After Domino once speculated that we perhaps didn't need a threadsplit for Aretha Franklin's passing since it might not garner too many posts, I'm thrilled to inform all of you that discussion of Grumpy Cat's untimely demise has been moved here.

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#7859 Post by Fred Holywell » Fri May 17, 2019 1:47 pm


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#7860 Post by The Pachyderminator » Fri May 17, 2019 8:09 pm

Huh, I've been going around with the vague assumption that Wouk has been dead for years. In addition to The Caine Mutiny, I really like The Winds of War and War & Remembrance, and I even have a soft spot for The City Boy.

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#7861 Post by L.A. » Tue May 21, 2019 4:48 am


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#7862 Post by Blutarsky » Tue May 21, 2019 8:29 am

L.A. wrote:
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Niki Lauda
This is depressing. Not only because Lauda’s legacy is immense and will forever be ranked at the top of the greatest drivers with Senna and Clark. It hurts even more because he was one of the last prominent individuals of that era of F1 who gave us the most detailed description of that unhinged, developing era of the sport.

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#7863 Post by Rayon Vert » Tue May 21, 2019 11:27 am

Canadian film director Jean Beaudin

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#7864 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun May 26, 2019 1:16 pm

The great Green Bay Packers’ QB Bart Starr, 85

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#7865 Post by Godot » Tue May 28, 2019 12:32 pm

FrauBlucher wrote:
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The great Green Bay Packers’ QB Bart Starr, 85
That's sad to hear, he was a class act, but he certainly lived a full life. I recommend Keith Dunnavant's biography America's Quarterback, which focuses on Starr's character and has personal reflections on his history; it's an easy read, loping and full of feel-good anecdotes. As enjoyable as that is, the better book is David Maraniss' When Pride Still Mattered biography of Vince Lombardi, which is wide-ranging, more volatile, and full of human frailties, but feels more honest afterward (like David Halberstam's sports books) because it presents a more complete picture of sports-as-conflict. It also features great anecdotes about Starr and his leadership. On video, I recommend the NFL Films "Legends of Autumn" DVDs which feature a profile of Starr and the Ice Bowl in volume 1, and the NFL America's Game series disc 1 (on Super Bowl 1 - Starr is one of the three featured interviewees). Starr (like Tarkenton, my boyhood hero) always comes across in these interviews as a decent man who kept his soul while accomplishing amazing feats in unsavory environments; some of the other characters remind me of the locker-room jocks who would pants the helpless geeks.

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#7866 Post by Feego » Wed May 29, 2019 11:04 am

June Harding, best remembered as Hayley Mills' pal in The Trouble with Angels, passed away in March.

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#7867 Post by Reverend Drewcifer » Thu May 30, 2019 12:21 pm

Claus von Bülow

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#7868 Post by colinr0380 » Thu May 30, 2019 7:52 pm

Director Yasuo Furuhata on 20th May, who directed many films starring Ken Takahata including Station from 1981.

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#7869 Post by MichaelB » Fri May 31, 2019 6:44 am

Archivist extraordinaire Freddy Buache.

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#7872 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:16 pm

Frank Lucas, whose story was turned into the Ridley Scott film American Gangster.

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#7873 Post by bearcuborg » Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:13 pm

colinr0380 wrote:
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Frank Lucas, whose story was turned into the Ridley Scott film American Gangster.
Greatly exaggerated...

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#7875 Post by John Cope » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:48 pm

Agustina Bessa-Luís, the grand dame of Portuguese literature many of whose works were adapted by Manoel de Oliveira, passes away at 96. What is most tragic is that she spent much of the last ten years incapacitated (I'm not sure to what extent) from a stroke. Still, she was/is one of the greatest writers of all time as far as I'm concerned and I say that with almost none of her work translated yet into English. That situation may soon finally be changing; it was on the verge of changing anyway but, sadly it seems, an author's death also often seems to spur such stuff along. Anyway, the two linked pieces are fine, extensive tributes (just run them through a translator).

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