57 Larks on a String

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NABOB OF NOWHERE
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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#76 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Mon May 30, 2011 10:10 am

MichaelB wrote:He obviously took English lessons from Michael Curtiz, who made exactly the same linguistic slip-up when shooting The Charge of the Light Brigade - at least according to David Niven, who named the second volume of his memoirs 'Bring on the Empty Horses' after the Curtiz instruction that triggered led directly to the "fuck nothing/fuck all" outburst.
That may well be the case or either the author of this tale, one David Tringham,recently immortalised by BFI on a recent Platt-Mills DVD, recycled it for his own purposes.
MichaelB wrote:By contrast, Menzel's recent Q&A appearances in London were through an interpreter, though I'm pretty sure he speaks (or at least understands) more English than he lets on.
Your recent nudge about Jancso's Curzon appearance reminded me also of that interpreter that instantaneously translated Hungarian into fluid and very suave english. He was phenomenal wasn't he?
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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#77 Post by MichaelB » Mon May 30, 2011 4:45 pm

He was indeed - hands down the best live interpreter I've ever seen. I found out later that his name is László Heckenast - he also hosts the Hungarian Cultural Centre's film screenings (or at least the ones I've attended).

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#78 Post by artfilmfan » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:31 pm

I finally watched this. I didn't enjoy it as much as Closely Watched Trains (which I think is great).

The picture does look zoomed in.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#79 Post by jbeall » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:30 pm

Watched Larks... again last night, for the fourth time in the past couple of months. I haven't enjoyed re-watching a film this much in years. I'd put Menzel's warm humanism up there against anybody's (Renoir, for example), but at the same time, Menzel never drops his ironic sensibility. And I think that maintaining a balance between ironic clarity and a humanism that runs right up against the border of sentimentality is an extremely difficult thing to do, and yet Menzel pulls it off beautifully. For this reason, the film has something of an idyllic feel despite the scrapyard location and the political context. The scene where the female prisoners help the men by forming a chain is one of the most profoundly touching sequences I've ever seen.

I don't want to get back into the whole picture-quality debate, especially when the excellence of the film dwarfs that discussion, but I certainly had no problems with the image. If someone wants to pay for a restoration, I'll gladly double-dip, but I'm more than happy with SR's version.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#80 Post by swo17 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:50 pm

I'm finally getting around to watching my (brand new) disc, and about an hour in it keeps freezing up on me. Anyone else have this problem?

EDIT: Try watching, for instance, right at 59:45 in.
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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#81 Post by knives » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:52 pm

Nope.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#82 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:36 am

Worked fine for me, and still does. It sounds as though you have a dodgy disc.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#83 Post by swo17 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:47 am

Strangely, the problem is on my Oppo (which hasn't had any other problems) while the disc appears to play fine on my nearly bricked Momitsu.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#84 Post by jbeall » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:46 pm

It's worked fine the half-dozen times I've watched it. (Good thing, too, since I'm showing it to my students this semester and showing a brief clip at a conf. presentation.)

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Bikey
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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#85 Post by Bikey » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:12 am

TONIGHT at Riverside Studios - Made in Prague: Czech-O-Slovak Film Festival's Homage to Jiří Menzel with CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS at 6pm and UK premiere of his latest film THE DON JUANS at 8:30pm. Mr Menzel will be present to discuss both films!

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#86 Post by AlexHansen » Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:36 pm

swo17 wrote:Strangely, the problem is on my Oppo (which hasn't had any other problems) while the disc appears to play fine on my nearly bricked Momitsu.
I'm finally getting around to watching my copy and it's sent my Sony into fits. Chapter 10 seem to be the culprit.

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Re: 57 Larks on a String

#87 Post by DDillaman » Mon May 03, 2021 10:36 pm

Any possibility of this getting a Blu bump? I'm wanting to fill in some gaps in my collection (and was fortunate enough to have seen this theatrically once, albeit twenty years or so ago), but the mention of playback issues here plus the possibility of an HD version has meant holding back. (I don't know if there's a general thread of what will/won't get upgraded, so apologies if I've missed that!)

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