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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by Gort » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:11 am

At least you didn't compare it to a hill of beans in this world, sweetheart.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by dreiser » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:21 am

Bring it.
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:01 am

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Lubitsch's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife is a vivaciously scrappy film. Hilarious, improper, & containing a magnitude of non sequiturs that very nearly reach Groucho Marx stratum while still maintaining their charm - it's still one of the less cultivated productions of Bracket/Wilder writing efforts, but certainly not worse. The battle of the sexes setup is embraced well & invigorated by a ripple of innuendo, ridiculous caricatures, & regenerated mainly through empirical Lubitsch touches which also supply the 'romantic comedy' aspect of the film, rather than the focus lying solely on the (still entertaining) double act of the two leads (Colbert & Cooper).

While Colbert's furtive Nicole isn't especially dissimilar to the duplicitous women in films like Bringing Up Baby, Ball of Fire, or The Lady Eve - films in which Wilder & Brackett also collaborated - the sympathies lie less with her & more with Cooper's Brandon, sometimes forcing her hand into contentious circumstances. But there is still more than enough flare here to keep the comedy in motion. In the grand scheme of things, the true delight comes less through the dialogue or conduct of the two characters, but more through the scribbles in the margins that managed their way into the negligible developments of the film because, well, why not?
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Post by wigwam » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:52 am

Groucho Marx stratum

great point!! it sounds like you maybe didnt love it like i thot u would but im stoked you liked what you did about

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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:54 am

at least you are :D

Perhaps it was just bad timing, as I watched Bringing Up Baby & Ball of Fire both within the past three days, which I find superior. Still enjoyable stuff!
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:08 am

ribbon wrote:Perhaps it was just bad timing, as I watched Bringing Up Baby & Ball of Fire both within the past three days, which I find superior.
Write them up!

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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:09 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:Write them up!

And, welcome to the journal-list. :)
Maybe I will add a little something about one of them tomorrow. We will see.

& thank you :).
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:53 am

Shush
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Post by Fist » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:16 am

yeah seriously shut up
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Post by Stu » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:23 am

yay finally, more ribwritings! :)
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:58 am

who would like to make me a banner?

guys?
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by Bandy Greensacks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:06 am

Give somebody an idea of what you want, silly bitch
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Post by roujin » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:09 am

lol banners
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:10 am

I have zero preferences. Something to make my opening post slightly less pathetic, & most things fit that criteria :P.
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Post by rad » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:18 am

well here you go then
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:18 am

perfect!
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Post by rad » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:21 am

thanks, glad i could help
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Post by B-Side » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:37 am

hey
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:41 am

Let's do this.
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:03 am

Here's a five minute attempt (from a mediocre 720p screencap), cuz you deserve only that many minutes:

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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:03 am

Um wait, the quality got fucked up. Hold on.

Edit: There.
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Post by dreiser » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:08 am

The banner kicks ass, btw.
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Post by charulata » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:04 pm

ribbon :heart: And need to watch that (and all the remaining) Lubitsch.
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:46 pm

you're beautiful, bandy. but not having seen Singin' in the Rain makes you downright intolerable.

(thank you!)
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Post by Trip » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:50 pm

does ribbon like singin in the rain
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:10 pm

not really
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:41 pm

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Emerging from the shadows of dimly lit corridors, peeping through windows with an unavoidable poisonous gaze, her laughter piercing through the frigid night air - Melissa is an unquiet spirit of a once angelic young girl, robed in white & intent on vengeance to those who reside in the cracked & crumbling Italian village where she was killed, her mother administering the old family villa drenched in memories & nourishing hate. May seem of familiar turf, but the soil feels sturdy & fresh. Bava, with his prevailing technical skill paired with his unerring knack for getting what really scares us to seep into our senses, fills the screen with classic imagery of gothic horror - sconces coated in cobwebs & hallways cloaked in shadows & yellow light, the camera perpetually in motion, swirling, panning, & zooming through the setting like a ghost. Bava manages to distort time & space with the hypnotic, seemingly eternal foray through the same room in the mother's mansion, the atmosphere manifesting a phantasmal effect which generates an apprehension within the walls of colored gel & warped glass. Truly an excellent practice in horror & one of his most imitated films (how many supernatural films have we now seen involving the death of a child & a logic defying bouncing ball which always makes its way to the feet of the living?), Kill, Baby, Kill makes its way right alongside some of the best giallo I've seen yet.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:39 pm

I love it when Bava has those three planes of lighting. Like, the foreground will be blue, than the rest of the room is some kind of green or yellow, and that little window in the back, let's put a purple lamp behind it - because obviously the moonlight coming through would be purple.
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:41 pm

Yes! He's brilliant with his colors. They're almost characters in themselves.
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Post by Mean Old Bastard Ed » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:43 pm

Kill Baby Kill is the best Bava I've seen period, although I have yet to see Dr. Goldfoot & the Bikini Bombs.
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Post by ribbon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:29 pm

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Post by Stu » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:42 pm

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dem images
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Post by ribbon » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:23 am

fair point
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Post by kiddo in space » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:37 am

That looks so beautiful.

Wait, will there be a "take two" of this?
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Post by ribbon » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:39 am

no, sir. it's meant to imply that the first take will fail (a la blooper reel, etc). :D
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Post by Stu » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:40 am

ribbon wrote:no, sir. it's meant to imply that the first take will fail. :D
though you know it will anyway
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Post by ribbon » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:42 am

that's why it's implied, huh?
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Post by Stu » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:45 am

ribbon wrote:that's why it's implied, huh?
Sry, thought you wrote "not" to imply it'll fail :oops:
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Post by ribbon » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:43 pm

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In Skolimowski's The Shout, a new world is manifested through a series of delirious, cryptic compositions & events that are so blurred that they only flirt with the idea of coalition - an incongruous chain of visual & mostly aural slivers of cinema that acquaint the viewer with only a fragment of what is being focused on & very seldom hints at narrative of any kind. It's a fascinating experiment in sensory viewership that benefits immensely through a jumble of themes that are seemingly thrown in the air & allowed to flurry down onto the film's fabric. It isn't out of character for Skolimowski to amplify sound as a fundamental element in his work, but here he is entirely consumed by his allure to the aural habitat it creates. Exaggerated melodies of routine life penetrate every moment, causing discomfort at the sound of average commotion, inciting anxiety & often even fear. There is a scene not long after a curious stranger (who claims he possesses a shout that can literally kill anyone/thing who hears it) is welcomed into the home of a middle-aged married couple (John Hurt & Susannah York), whose lifestyle is especially quiet & ordinary, where the husband angrily chops wood. The axe comes down with a thunderous roar, a bike tips over with an iron clash, a block of wood shatters a window, & a dog begins to bark aggressively. It is a scene wherein the mood of its central character is communicated solely through unrestrained pandemonium. It's this very disquiet temperament of the film that builds the listener up to extreme levels before the lethal shout is thrusted upon unready ears, making this film especially terrifying in a manner few films of the 'horror' genre (if you were to classify it as such) maintain.
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Post by charulata » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:14 am

lovely writeup, ribbangs.
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:47 am

appreciated, charbroil
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Post by elixir » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:47 am

these nicknames are getting atrocious but i def wanna see that and more skolimowski in general...
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:49 am

:D

I have Four Nights with Anna (since it sounded increds in char & dreiser's voyeurism thread), which I'm now even more excited to watch. The few from Skolimowski I've seen have been excellent.
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Post by Bandy Greensacks » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:07 am

The Shout is shouterrific!
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:08 am

you know it makes me wanna shout, throw my hands up & shout

come on now
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Post by Trip » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:31 am

great writeup ribbstock

I remember the sound design being wooow.
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:33 am

It was fun to get a brief glimpse of Jim Broadbent too, who I do soo adore. :D

Also, first post updated with links. I'll do my best to keep up with that as I press on.
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