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Old 23-02-2013, 20:31
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I'm still watching the series.
Shame there wasn't more on John Wayne trying to justify the McCarthy witchhunt with someone who had the information to come back at him.
He wasn't on the wrong end of 'reds under the bed' paranoia.
There must have been some Barry Norman interviews in the archive those would have been interesting.
Interesting series, stuck in the middle of nowhere with not enough material to satisfy me, really, wanted more.
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Old 23-02-2013, 23:05
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Nobody watching this series anymore? Pity as it was the best one in the run today - Tony Curtis aka Bernie Schwartz. A fascinating man, a fine actor and a raconteur to rival Ustinov and Fry IMO. The compilation of interviews today was almost entirely new to my eyes, his Parkinson appearances by far the most interesting of the bunch, Sadly the later interviews consisted mostly of Wogan appearances, yet again illustrating what a clod and buffoon the Irishman was wasting oppoutunities to get these great stars on the record in their final years preferring instead to act the tit in service of his own aggrandisement.

He was a fine painter as well - I particularly liked the abstract figurative painting shown on the programme today. Reminded me of the brilliant work of Richard Powers.

What a shame the BBC couldn’t scare up a decent Curtis flick to accompany the programme instead of the risible Black Shield of Falworth. Sweet Smell of Success would have been the obvious choice but no less brilliant for that.
It says in this week's TV magazines that this week's Talking Pictures is the last in the series, however it's back on next week and the week after according to DigiGuide, unless these are repeats.

Next week's edition looks at Dirk Bogarde and the following week looks at the brilliant James Stewart
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Old 23-02-2013, 23:43
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It says in this week's TV magazines that this week's Talking Pictures is the last in the series, however it's back on next week and the week after according to DigiGuide, unless these are repeats.

Next week's edition looks at Dirk Bogarde and the following week looks at the brilliant James Stewart
Seems to have been extended, started as a 6 parter, now it's a 12 parter, only mentions Dirk Bogarde next week not James Stewart the week after on the BBC website, link in OP.

I hope they can find better films to follow the programs.
I missed John Mills week, but I've ignored all the films apart from the Bette Davis one, that was rather odd.
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Old 24-02-2013, 09:14
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Parky gave Wayne a hard time last week, it was getting almost embarrassing. It was as if he was on trial!
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Old 24-02-2013, 13:42
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Parky gave Wayne a hard time last week, it was getting almost embarrassing. It was as if he was on trial!
Well, been involved at the time did his career and reputation no harm, probably part of that 'true patriot' reputation.
I've deleted it now, but from what I can remember the line he took was 'we were all paranoid', 'the liberals were taking over' 'they all carried on working', well lots of people who were Black and Redlisted lost their jobs.
Some felt forced to throw their friends under the bus, due to the pressure.
Wayne was involved in Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, too, he was well inside the tent, pi$$ing out IMO.

Lots in Hollywood haven't forgot it and still hold grudges to this day against those who rolled over and 'named names' at the time.
Elia Kazan circa 99.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/300701.stm
IIRC There's an interview with Barry Norman somewhere and they properly fall out over Wayne's politics.
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Old 28-03-2013, 13:10
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These haven't been on for a while on a Saturday afternoon and I've been wondering when the BBC are going to show the remaining four. For anyone who's interested, the ninth episode is on BBC2 tomorrow morning at 11.30am. It's going to be Lauren Bacall.
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Old 28-03-2013, 13:34
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IIRC there is an Orson Welles one over Easter.
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Old 28-03-2013, 14:01
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IIRC there is an Orson Welles one over Easter.
Thanks for that, there is another one, I've just checked. It's on at 9am and after it Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons are on. Good job you mentioned it, I wasn't expecting another Talking Pictures yet!
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:15
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These haven't been on for a while on a Saturday afternoon and I've been wondering when the BBC are going to show the remaining four. For anyone who's interested, the ninth episode is on BBC2 tomorrow morning at 11.30am. It's going to be Lauren Bacall.
Ah someone else has remembered the series.
I've had the webpage open all week so I didn't forget it.
Topped n Tailed with Hitchcock's Suspicion and Northwest Frontier featuring Bacall and Kenneth More.
Moved about all over the shop, not trailed, I've missed Mills, Bogarde and Stewart.
There's a good interview with Welles in the BBC 4 Archive.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/collections/p00p2k2v/talk
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Old 30-03-2013, 19:02
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Ah someone else has remembered the series.
I've had the webpage open all week so I didn't forget it.
Topped n Tailed with Hitchcock's Suspicion and Northwest Frontier featuring Bacall and Kenneth More.
Moved about all over the shop, not trailed, I've missed Mills, Bogarde and Stewart.
There's a good interview with Welles in the BBC 4 Archive.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/collections/p00p2k2v/talk
They've really been messing around with these! I've managed to see them all except for the John Wayne episode, which I'm very disappointed about missing. I'm glad I found out that the Lauren Bacall one was going to be on and if Straker hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have known the Orson Welles programme is on Monday morning. I've set my Sky+ in case I sleep in!

I saw the Parky programme devoted to Orson Welles interviews on BBC4 not that long ago. Fascinating man, I thought.
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Old 30-03-2013, 19:11
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They've really been messing around with these! I've managed to see them all except for the John Wayne episode, which I'm very disappointed about missing. I'm glad I found out that the Lauren Bacall one was going to be on and if Straker hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have known the Orson Welles programme is on Monday morning. I've set my Sky+ in case I sleep in!

I saw the Parky programme devoted to Orson Welles interviews on BBC4 not that long ago. Fascinating man, I thought.
The series started as 6 went up to 12 and now seems to be 10.
I don't know who's in charge of the film choices that follow the programs, but they're not up to much IMO.
I don't think they're a film buff, looked at the cast list then the price to air it, I suspect.
I'd have liked to have seen Cousins full interview with Bacall, looked like a proper film buff interview, which are always interesting even if you don't like the actor involved.

Ah Orson Welles I've got the full 2 hour Arena interview somewhere, along with Press conference from the BBC4 Archive.
Interesting chap with lots of interesting things to say
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Old 30-03-2013, 19:47
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The series started as 6 went up to 12 and now seems to be 10.
I don't know who's in charge of the film choices that follow the programs, but they're not up to much IMO.
I don't think they're a film buff, looked at the cast list then the price to air it, I suspect.
I'd have liked to have seen Cousins full interview with Bacall, looked like a proper film buff interview, which are always interesting even if you don't like the actor involved.

Ah Orson Welles I've got the full 2 hour Arena interview somewhere, along with Press conference from the BBC4 Archive.
Interesting chap with lots of interesting things to say
Are you sure there aren't 12, with the final two being shown when we're least expecting them?

The Cousins portion of the programme was tacked on at the end for the final five mins and I'm sure they could've included more of that interview. The Bacall Talking Pictures was only on for 40 mins, the other episodes were 50 mins at least. Bacall seemed to me to be down to earth and self-deprecating with a nice sense of humour, not at all "starry."
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Old 02-04-2013, 13:23
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Fascinating to see the older Welles interviews (Parky and Arena stuff is somewhat overfamiliar) and more clips from his Sketchbook series. BBC4 showed some of these as part of a Welles season years back and they'd be most welcome as a repeat run or even a DVD release. I caught the first few minutes of Kane straight after as well and was pleased to see it was a nice clean print as opposed to the covered in crap version I grew up watching!
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Old 02-04-2013, 14:00
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Fascinating to see the older Welles interviews (Parky and Arena stuff is somewhat overfamiliar) and more clips from his Sketchbook series. BBC4 showed some of these as part of a Welles season years back and they'd be most welcome as a repeat run or even a DVD release. I caught the first few minutes of Kane straight after as well and was pleased to see it was a nice clean print as opposed to the covered in crap version I grew up watching!
I've mentioned this before when Citizen Kane one of my favourite films, came up, as I found it quite poignant.

Kane and his side-kick Bernstein both in their declining years are reminiscing about their youth.

Bernstein says; "One day back in 1896, I was coming over to (New) Jersey on the ferry and as we pulled out there was another ferry pulling in and on it was a girl waiting to get off.
A white dress she had on. She carried a white parasol.
I only saw her for one second, she didn't see m at all, but I bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl."

So sad.

The memory of that scene has stuck with me for ages.
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Old 02-04-2013, 18:29
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Fascinating to see the older Welles interviews (Parky and Arena stuff is somewhat overfamiliar) and more clips from his Sketchbook series. BBC4 showed some of these as part of a Welles season years back and they'd be most welcome as a repeat run or even a DVD release. I caught the first few minutes of Kane straight after as well and was pleased to see it was a nice clean print as opposed to the covered in crap version I grew up watching!
The interview in the BBC4 archive is quite good.
Then again I'm biased, I find Welles extremely good value when he's chatting, permagrinned through the whole of Talking pictures.
Must find the film he did with Sylvia Sims now, it's probably not very good though.
More Directors should voiceover the ending credits to their films.
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:17
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I don't know when the 11th episode was on, but I've just noticed the 12th (and last) is on at 1.30pm today with Ingrid Bergman, followed by Notorious.

I found the Welles episode rivetting, he was such as interesting man. It was a shame it was only 40 mins, I could've easily watched him for much longer.
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:39
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I don't know when the 11th episode was on, but I've just noticed the 12th (and last) is on at 1.30pm today with Ingrid Bergman, followed by Notorious.

I found the Welles episode rivetting, he was such as interesting man. It was a shame it was only 40 mins, I could've easily watched him for much longer.
Good you bumped it, woke up this morning just in time to catch the end of Spellbound.
11th Episode seems to have gone off into the ether.
Overall, a good idea BBC2, very very poorly executed.
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:48
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I think we have to take pot luck with these programmes. In any event they give some exposure to younger generations of some great films. Many are highly entertaining, have good production values, some superb acting and are able to hold your attention without a lot of CGI effects, over-loud background music (it used to be called "incidental music") and an "absence of blood and guts everywhere."
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Old 27-04-2013, 11:55
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Good you bumped it, woke up this morning just in time to catch the end of Spellbound.
11th Episode seems to have gone off into the ether.
Overall, a good idea BBC2, very very poorly executed.
I didn't even know Spellbound was on so I missed that.

TP has been very good to watch, but agree that it was ruined by the Beeb. It's been moved around all over the place, cancelled, huge gaps between episodes... It's a shame it wasn't shown every Saturday, wherever possible, so viewers would have an idea when to expect it. I'd like to see another series, there are plenty of other actors/actresses from years gone by to choose from and the archives must be full of interviews and clips. I find them more interesting and charismatic than many actors of today. Mind you, they're always plugging things today. Then it was more about the guest and their lives, their views and anecdotes they told etc etc as well as their work.
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Old 27-04-2013, 13:33
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I didn't even know Spellbound was on so I missed that.

TP has been very good to watch, but agree that it was ruined by the Beeb. It's been moved around all over the place, cancelled, huge gaps between episodes... It's a shame it wasn't shown every Saturday, wherever possible, so viewers would have an idea when to expect it. I'd like to see another series, there are plenty of other actors/actresses from years gone by to choose from and the archives must be full of interviews and clips. I find them more interesting and charismatic than many actors of today. Mind you, they're always plugging things today. Then it was more about the guest and their lives, their views and anecdotes they told etc etc as well as their work.
I didn't know it was on either.
Woke up, looked at the time and thought 'Saturday BBC2, possible movie followed by Talking Pictures, quick have a look'

Back to Welles for a minute, I can never quite 'enjoy' The Ambersons, because I know it's not what he intended.
Mr Arkadin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Arkadin might have been an interesting watch, as I've never seen it.

Could have been an interesting Saturday morning/afternoon strand.
Less well known movie, Talking Pictures, followed up with well known movie by the subject that week.
Preferably with the movie's picked by someone in the know.
Anyway it's just started.
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Old 27-04-2013, 13:51
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They showed the Bergman and Bogart clip from Casablanca where Dooley Wilson played and sang; "As Time Goes By" only it wasn't him playing the piano, it was played by a studio pianist and dubbed.
Contrary to common belief no one ever said; "Play it again, Sam."

A good read, is Barry Norman's book "Talking Pictures" which I bought when it was first published in 1987. A real mine of information and photos from the golden age of Hollywood, including a few of what were then, contemporary movies.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:17
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The final episode (finally!) is on today at 12.30pm. Alec Guinness is the actor featured.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:39
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The final episode (finally!) is on today at 12.30pm. Alec Guinness is the actor featured.
You woke up 10 minutes before me then.
Followed by Kind hearts and coronets and Man in the white suit, both good films.
They slipped in 2 Dana Andrews movies into the schedule this morning too.
Bleedin BBC2, I'd have set the alarm and watched the second one, if Id known it was on.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:46
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You woke up 10 minutes before me then.
Followed by Kind hearts and coronets and Man in the white suit, both good films.
They slipped in 2 Dana Andrews movies into the schedule this morning too.
Bleedin BBC2, I'd have set the alarm and watched the second one, if Id known it was on.
Oh no, I didn't know that! I would've watched them if I'd known, I like Dana Andrews. What were they? I could curse BBC2
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:44
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Oh no, I didn't know that! I would've watched them if I'd known, I like Dana Andrews. What were they? I could curse BBC2
Beyond a reasonable doubt
Sealed Cargo
I've seen the first one, can't remember it exactly but it would have come to me while watching it.
I don't think I've seen Sealed Cargo.

Hey ho Alec Guinness is on, IIRC he was once spotted in the West End in the 40's by another actor hiding in a shop doorway, a fan wanted to press his flesh and it scared him witless.

Edit: Tony Bilbo that's a name I haven't thought of for years.
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