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Far From the Madding Crowd
I confess that I recorded this movie so that I never have to read the Thomas Hardy book. I never even made it through Tess of the d'Urbervilles, though I suspect that may be because my copy smelled of lo mein for some reason, probably a dorm room take out mishap.
The film was made in 1967 when movies had Overtures, but didn't necessarily explain what was going on. So Julie Christie packs up and leaves her home in the beginning because??? From what I was able to piece together a few scenes later, her uncle died and left her his farm. Apparently explaining this sooner would've compromised the filmmaker's artistic vision. As would explaining why all the farmhands dressed up and sat down to a formal dinner together. Easter, maybe? Celebrating the events of the previous scene? Is this Ireland or England?
The Goodbye Girl
Great movie written by Neil Simon, who has written so many great plays that I spent the first half of film trying to picture how it was staged in the original stage version, which only exists in my mind because it was written as a screenplay.
Travels With My Aunt
I made the mistake of starting this one while I was tired. I dozed off (not the film's fault) and when I woke up a few minutes later there was singing and dancing and I had no idea WTF was going on. It was a flashback. What a relief.
Stage Door Canteen
Where has this movie been all my life? Lynn Redgrave plays a frumpy, gawky woman who still has several men interested in her despite her frumpy gawkiness. You'd pribably be arrested if you'd try to make a film with that premise these days.
In Cold Blood
I'm sure it was incredibly violent and brutal for its time, but now in the time of Tarrantino, it seems positively gentile.
Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think of them?