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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Contributing Editor: BJORN FEDERER

Dan Duryea
CONTRIBUTIONS: 10 Performers: June Allyson, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Joan Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Dan Duryea, Shirley MacLaine, Thelma Ritter, Ann Sheridan, Robert Taylor
1 Film Review or Movie Memory: Bjorn Federer's ALL ABOUT EVE

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
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LOCATION: Florida, U.S.A.

BIRTHDAY: August 8, 1936


The Heiress (1949)
The Heiress (1949)
WHAT MAKES A FILM A CLASSIC: There are a number of movies that delight me, that make me smile or chuckle. Mike Nichol's HEARTBURN is the only film I can rely on to make me laugh out loud...several times over. There are priceless moments, in my view one after another after another. After I lose self-control over Jack (Nicholson) and Meryl (Streep) singing their "Baby" songs and over "Alistair" relating Meryl's plight on PBS and over Steven Hill (Meryl's philosophic dad) telling her how Gigi Jovay solved the very same problem she is facing...there's still a dozen-plus hilarious scenes to snuggle up to. Meryl bringing post sex pasta to Jack, who's watching a very "romantic" movie on TV from her bed. Meryl being entreated by friends and relatives to join her marriage ceremony. Meryl anticipating roses of remorse from Jack and receiving a bereavement bouquet instead. Stockard Channing comforting Meryl with thoughts of flirting at spouses' funerals. Jack ripping into a lemon chicken worthy of Martha Stewart. Socks not only not matching but eventually finding their mates in heaven. Stockard's husband (Richard Masur) extolling the attributes of Ann Blyth. Jack extolling the attributes of Jemima Puddleduck. Meryl departing midhairstyling for Jack's desk. Kevin Spacey (in his movie debut), a subway winker, requesting, with gun poised, that a very pregnant Meryl get down on the floor on her stomach. A group therapy session (including Mercedes Ruehl and Joanna Gleason) at shrink Maureen Stapleton's apartment covering all you need to know about psychiatry in only three or so exchanges. And much, much more. I never particularly cared for key lime pie until I found this movie. Also with Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, Milos Forman, Karen Akers, Yakov Smirnoff, Anna Maria Horsford, and Natasha Lyonne...the last two are the only ones with a lick of sense. A wonderful film, and despite what transpires, a warm and good-natured one.

The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
MOVIE MEMORABILIA: Posters, photos, magazines, a Maltese Falcon replica, framed actor autographs w/photos, DVDs...what else is there?

PERFORMERS MET: Lester Rawlins, Mother Nature, Hermione Gingold

FAVORITE MOVIES: A Letter to Three Wives (1949), The Apartment (1960), The Heiress (1949)

FAVORITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Montgomery Clift, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley MacLaine, Dan Duryea...many many others

TESTIMONY: I don't question why...I just luxuriate in them.

*Contributed by: "Bjorn Federer" Date: Thurs, Aug 25 2005 / 22:15:11 PDT

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Updated: Fri, Aug 26 2005 / 12:35:10 PDT