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October 02, 2012

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Paula

Wild Girl was Raoul Walsh's third picture with Charles Farrell -- the other two were the silent The Red Dance (Delores Del Rio swanning through the Russian Revolution in some absolutely fabulous fashions) and talkie The Man Who Came Back, about an alcoholic wastrel rich kid who finds the woman he loved has fallen into opium addiction -- Farrell teamed up again with Janet Gaynor, in a dressing gown, messy hair and a sneer on her lips.

Farrell was made for silents. Physically he is very expressive. When he opens his mouth in talkies, that's when he gets into trouble, although he was fine 20 years later as the dad in My Little Margie. I am a big fan of his, and what I would give to see movies like The Rough Riders (Victor Fleming) and Wild Girl. You are a fortunate man to have seen the latter.

lipranzer

While channel surfing, I caught part of ME AND MY GAL last night, and I hope they repeat it, as it definitely looked intriguing. If nothing else, it reminded me once again what a great actress Joan Bennett was. It's amazing to consider the range she had, from Amy March to The Woman in the Window to a repressed housewife in Ophuls' THE RECKLESS MOMENT to a role in SUSPIRIA (and yes, she also played traditional housewives in the original FATHER OF THE BRIDE and WE'RE NO ANGELS, but she went beyond the stereotype in those performances).

I enjoyed this write-up, Glenn, as well as the snark of the last paragraph, except to say I don't think a voodoo doll would work on Whedon. Now, an Orb of Thesula, on the other hand...

The Siren

Finding emotional range in housewife parts...my goodness gracious, however did Bennett manage that?

David Ehrenstein

She was a REALLY great actress, Siren. I was in an elevator once with her at the Museum of Modern Art when she (and I) were going downstairs for a screening of "Woman on the Beach." She said to a friend who was with her "Well it had a lot of problems but the studio made thm worse!"

lipranzer

Siren, I apologize if I was condescending in talking about Bennett's performances in FATHER OF THE BRIDE and WE'RE NO ANGELS. All I meant to point out was there was a world of difference between the writing of those parts - where any thought that went into the role seemed to only come from her performance - and her role in THE RECKLESS MOMENT, where the writer gave her character things like an inner life and motivation, which Bennett played to the fullest.

Harry K.

I don't mean to sacrifice talk of the first three paragraphs to pay attention to the last, but those two articles, Are they real? I mean, especially the first article, which I particularly don't understand. What did film snobs in Woody Allen films ever do to Badass Digest?

Joel Bocko

Your links are leading me on a wild goose chase. From Vidam's piece to Devin's (which I think he misrepresents somewhat) and then to Andrew O'Hehir's (which I still haven't read but am about to). Sidetrack to a few others along the way.

Lots of "death of cinema" talk going around. I know we're supposed to roll our eyes at that, but I welcome it. I don't think cinema's dead but I do think it's sick.

Joel Bocko

Harry, yeah I really don't like the false dichotomy at work in Devin's thinking there. Reminds me of the kind of niche-factionalism you see a lot in music fandom but which hasn't had as strong a pull in film fandom...yet. There was always a universal quality to cinephilia which appealed to me, even as people contested emphasis or specifics. I'd hate to see us lose that.

Peter Labuza

Since Glenn didn't note this, there are two public screenings, and after reading his thoughts about it, I can't wait to see it:

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

PaulJBis

Ahem. It's JOSS Whedon, if you don't mind.

And it's kinda ironic that you bring him up here, since ("Avengers" aside) Joss is precisely the kind of filmmaker who is knowledgeable and respectful of classic and high-end film culture. I mean, he named a character in "Buffy" after Robin Wood. Maybe better examples would have been Michael Bay or McG?

Glenn Kenny

@ Paul: It's not ironic that I bring him up, because it's on account of liking "The Avengers" that poor Faraci feels victimized by us bow-tie wearers. That said, I'll correct the spelling of his name. I like the guy too.

@ Peter: Thanks for the added info. In my defense, I DID link to a calendar for the festival...

PaulJBis

That's okay. Maybe I should explain that the several misspellings of his name in the "mainstream" media are one of the running jokes among us Whedon fans: "who's that Josh Weldon guy?", and so on.

As for Faraci, I don't read him (life's too short), but I have to say that I didn't really like "The avengers" either. It was... okay, I guess, and I'm glad that Joss broke all box-office records and so on, but if I had had to pick a new Joss Whedon to be produced, I'd much rather have seen "Goners" instead.

Gordon Cameron

I think Whedon's truest talent is in television, so I'm a bit indifferent to the fact that after 20 years' knocking he's finally really 'made it' in movies. I'm happy for him personally, though. I thought Avengers was quite well-crafted, and Whedon hit the 'hero' beats and fan-service stuff with a lot of taste and care. That said, I'm pretty spandexxed out at this point.

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