Friday, November 14, 2008

The Alphabet Meme


As Lance Mannion always says, "Homework! They're giving me homework!" Tony Dayoub of Cinema Viewfinder has tagged me with this alphabet meme, which originated at Blog Cabins. Given the joy (and tremendous work) ahead for the Dayoub household after welcoming little Kyle into the world, the Siren couldn't turn this meme down. First, here are the rules:


1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.

2. The letter "A" and the word "The" do not count as the beginning of a film's title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don't know of any films with those titles.

3. [Here we have a long explanation of how to list Star Wars movies, which the Siren will spare you since--spoiler ahead!--there's no way in hell she's listing a Star Wars movie.] ...Movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgment to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned.

4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number's word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under "T."

5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type "alphabet meme" into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google.

6. If you're selected, you have to then select 5 more people.


To these the Siren added her own rule, which confined her to films in the two languages she actually speaks, French and English. (Her French is shaky but even so, the Siren can make out a title.)

That means that even though Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki fits nicely for the letter O, the Siren isn't going to put it there because she doesn't speak Japanese and she feels stupid listing it under a Japanese title she can't pronounce. But it feels like cheating to list it under the English title (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs) if I am listing French movies under French titles. And I have to list French movies under French titles because then I can still fit in my favorite Marcel Carné film and have room for my favorite silent as well.

Do you follow that logic? Never mind, here's the list anyway.

The letter X may seem like cheating too but honestly, what was I supposed to do with that one? Is there a movie out there called Xylophone or Xenophon? If so, I haven't seen it. Nor have I seen the X-Files movie and, with apologies to James Wolcott, Xanadu is not something I could list in good conscience.

A partment, The
B lack Narcissus
C rowd, The
D odsworth
E nfants du Paradis, Les
F allen Idol, The
G randes Manoeuvres, Les
H is Kind of Woman
I mitation of Life (Sirk)
J ezebel
K ey Largo
L etter from an Unknown Woman
M agnificent Ambersons, The
N ight of the Hunter
O ne-Way Passage
P aths of Glory
Q uai des Orfevres
R egle du Jeu, La
S caramouche
T rouble in Paradise
U nfaithfully Yours
V iaggio in Italia*
W oman in the Window, The
X, Divorce of Lady
Y olanda and the Thief
Z

*No gotchas here, please, it's in English.

All righty, the Siren hereby tags:
Stinky Lulu. (Get over there and vote for 1945 for the next Supporting Actress Smackdown because if you've got any sense at all, you are dying, dying I tell you to hear Stinky tackle Eve Arden's greatest performance.)

Jacqueline T. Lynch of Another Old Movie Blog. (And check out her terrific list of "10 Things I Like About Old Movies," which post idea the Siren is so totally stealing, and soon.)

Peter Nelhaus of Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee. (The Siren loves his recent piece on John Barry's Tension. Maybe the Siren will list "drinking coffee" when she steals Jacqueline's post idea later on.)

Goatdog of Goatdogblog (Yoo-hoo, Karen--he's got a wonderful Charles Coburn post up, why not check it out?)

Operator_99 of Allure (Not the sort of thing he usually does--he specializes in lovingly detailed portraits of stars both obscure and beloved--but the Siren wants very much to see what his list would look like.)

If you've already been tagged then just consider yourself double-dog tagged.

(Above: The Siren chose to illustrate Les Grandes Manoeuvres because every blog needs a Gerard Philippe photo somewhere on it. The girl he's checking out is Dany Carrel.)

62 comments:

David C said...

This is exactly where having a big out-of-date film dictionary comes in handy. Because the IMDb doesn't seem ideally suited to this kind of work.
For X I would be tempted by X - the man with X-Ray Eyes.
For Z, since I haven't seen Costa-Gavras' Z, I could go for Zabriskie Point, Zelig, Zazie dans le Metro, Zero de Conduite or Zulu. That's actually a tough choice!
Great list, and I particularly applaud your Q.

Campaspe said...

David, the father-son relationship in Quai des Orfevres, even though brief, is one of the most touching I have ever seen. I love so much about that movie--Louis Jouvet, the unusual way the plot is spun out, I could go on.

I haven't seen your X either, or Zabriskie Point. But the others I have seen and still I list Z; I just think it's a magnificent political thriller, with a villain given just about the greatest exit line ever. (I won't spoil it!)

Tony Dayoub said...

Thanks for being such a great sport regarding the homework assignment. You get extra credit for turning it around so quickly.

For me, though, it was really a chance to get a peek at some of your choices, deserved ones I'm sure, considering the source.

Re: X, I somehow suspected you wouldn't pick X2: X-Men United. :)

Campaspe said...

Tony, I had completely forgotten that the X-Men movies exist. I even saw the first one in the theatre.

Even so, I intend to forget them all over again now.

Vanwall said...

I'd've gone for the Cranes Are Flying, Pandora's Box, and X: The Unknown, and Zazie, but all in all, your list is as much fun as the other's I've read.

Campaspe said...

I haven't seen The Cranes Are Flying, alas. I couldn't leave off Paths of Glory, I just couldn't. Zazie isn't a big favorite of mine, what can I say.

MovieMan0283 said...

As Sam Juliano pointed out in another thread, there is an African film, much acclaimed by some, called Xala (though that wouldn't fit into your French/English dichotemy - although, wait, it's partially in French...) Unfortunately, having seen it, I still ended up going with X-Men, cultural barbarian that I am.

No overlap with your list, though Dodsworth was up there. Mine's here:

http://thedancingimage.blogspot.com/2008/11/x-does-not-mark-spot.html

Campaspe said...

Movieman, I need to blogroll your place as I have checked it out a few times, as well as spotting your screen name trying to shake some sense into a certain thread at Dirty Harry's place.

And btw -- Queen Christina -- awesome "Q" choice. Though I still have to stick with mine. :)

Peter Nellhaus said...

Aaarrgh! I was hoping to duck this one. It may be a while before I can get around to this. This week will be entirely dedicated to the Starz Denver Film Festival aka the Denver International Film Festival over at my place.

Alex said...

I love Xala, by the way. How can you oppose a movie about impotence (moreover, about the man's .....er, difficulties, with his THIRD wife)? The word "Xala" is not a French word, it's a Wolof word.

MovieMan0283 said...

Alex, I liked if for at least the first half-hour or so, just thought that once it got rolling it didn't really go anywhere and I was disappointed. I've only seen it once, though.

As for Xala - I definitely didn't mistake it for a French word, but being unable to remember what language the film was in, and knowing that Senegal had been a French colony, I looked it up on imdb where the language was listed as French/Wolof. But maybe there was only a little bit of French dialogue scattered throughout. Anyway, I wanted to include it over X-Men, but remember how restless the second half made me, it felt intellectually dishonest to do so and I resigned myself to the Brian Singer film.

Campaspe, welcome on board. "Q" was one of thos difficult letters, but luckily Queen Christina was a good fit. Anyway it compensates for some other great actresses getting squeezed out, particularly Audrey Hepburn with Breakfast at Tiffany's.

MovieMan0283 said...

Oh, credit where credit's due...

I quoted a lengthy passage from one of your comment threads in my review of Dear Brigitte. The discussion of Fox Movie Channel still cracks me up.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Am doggedly singing "the alphabet song" to myself to remember what comes after what. I'll do my best.

"Maybe the Siren will list "drinking coffee" when she steals Jacqueline's post idea later on."

Jeez, I forgot all about drinking coffee in the movies. Dang!

Campaspe said...

Movieman--HA! I quote that thread myself. It was a funny one. The comments threads are frequently better than the posts here and that was certainly the case for that one.

Alex, on the one hand impotence definitely has a certain charm, but on the other, I remember the theme went on for way too long in Martin Amis's The Information. Maybe his character in that one just needed a third wife.

Peter, there is never any obligation with these things. I have a pretty lousy track record with them myself although I have been trying to keep up more.

Jacqueline, Peter's blog is graced with a whole series of screen captures of people drinking coffee and they never fail to delight me. Over at Starlet Showcase C. Parker has a smaller series devoted to pictures of people using Buffalo china.

Karen said...

Siren! Are you taunting me with Charles Coburn?!?

Ben Alpers said...

I immediately thought of X-The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, too!

It's actually a pretty good movie...or at least I thought so the first time I saw it (when I was about ten) and the second (when I was about twenty). But it's been a couple decades, so I suppose I could have been wrong twice.

(I also haven't seen The Cranes Are Flying...but I showed I Am Cuba in my campus film series last night, so I earn some Kalatozov brownie points...if anyone is counting.)

Yojimboen said...

To quote Craig Ferguson: I can't
live by your rules! My List:

APARTMENT, THE
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE
CASABLANCA
DAY’S NIGHT, A HARD
ENFANTS DU PARADIS, LES
FOR ALL SEASONS, A MAN
GO, VERTI
HERE TO ETERNITY, FROM
INDEMNITY, DOUBLE
JIM, JULES ET
KANE, CITIZEN
LAURA
MAN, THE THIRD
NORTHWEST, NORTH BY
OF ARABIA, LAWRENCE
PIANOPLAYER, SHOOT THE
QUATRE CENT COUPS, LES
REGLE DU JEU, LA
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
THE SEARCHERS
ULEVARD, SUNSET BO
VER, RED RI
WATERFRONT, ON THE
X, THE MAN FROM PLANET
YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE BEST
ZAPATA, VIVA!

(Please forgive, I just came from the dentist - it's the Vicadin.
I'll feel foolish tomorrow.)

Tony Dayoub said...

Well, heck, my list would have looked a whole lot different had I given in to THAT urge.

Campaspe said...

**Reads Karen's reproach, examines fingernails, hums "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"**

mndean said...

I like Zazie, but still would put Z ahead of it on my list. So if I were to mitigate that omission, I'd put Feu Follet, Le in the F section. But I wouldn't ever do that. Why? I HATE LISTS!! The only thing I hate more than lists is the term meme, which is so often misused that it's lost most of its meaning. Keith Henson may have suffered enough, but his introduction of memetics onto the internet would be unforgivable otherwise.

Campaspe said...

Ben: I saw "I Am Cuba" a while back very early on TCM. One of those mornings where the youngest awoke me before dawn and I found myself transfixed despite exhaustion. What a movie. One of the most visually stunning things I have ever seen.

Campaspe said...

Yojimboen, I was totally ready to give you some slack until I got to "Go, Verti." After squinting a while and attempting to figure out if this was a Pietro Germi comedy I had missed I knew I had been had. But I don't know what my list would have looked like on Percocet after my c-section so we will leave it be. :D

Tony, he DID stick to my rules ... sort of.

Campaspe said...

M. I know I am supposed to hate lists and I kind of do but they are fun if you don't take them too seriously. (Investing them with any meaning at all would fall under "taking them too seriously.") As for meme, I've some Richard Dawkins and yeah, the term is misused. But I still had fun doing this.

Tony Dayoub said...

"3. [Here we have a long explanation of how to list Star Wars movies, which the Siren will spare you since--spoiler ahead!--there's no way in hell she's listing a Star Wars movie.] ...Movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgment to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned."

Campaspe, I missed your modification on rule #3. Hilarious.

"But I don't know what my list would have looked like on Percocet after my c-section so we will leave it be. :D"

And this comment, I especially relate to because I am currently dealing with a woman under identical circumstances. "My list would look like that," she just chimed in.

mndean, I hate the rigidity of lists as well, but 3 reasons I bought into this one (and passed it along) were:

1) it gave me an excuse to write an easier blog post (you can read more about it on my site) due to current circumstances,

2) it allowed me to shamelessly promote my site outside the usual venues, and...

3) I was hoping Campaspe would elevate the list past the endless regurgitation of Star Wars I kept running into under letter S (no offense to any fanboys, I have my own geek streak).

Vanwall said...

Ok, points for showing "Soy Cuba", M. Alpers, definitely. Altho it's interesting as both a technical exercise and a propaganda broadside, I much prefer "The Cranes are Flying", Kalatozoshvili & Urusevky's previous collaboration - it's a remarkable film in any country, but more so in the Soviet Union, a nation of wintry repression which had a rare spring day in the late '50s - early '60s. People leaving the theaters in Russia were crying with the kind of shared realization that they had seen something great, but also sadly true.

The direct antithesis of "Soy Cuba", Kalatozoshvili and Urusevsky created a stunningly acted and amazingly visual romantic WWII tragedy, unspoiled by base propaganda that was the usual in the Soviet era, with the lovely and extremely talented, (but also extremely underused) Tatyana Samojlova, - damn I loved watching that girl - and also starred the great Aleksey Batalov, with a crackerjack supporting cast who were nothing short of remarkable themselves - the wonderfully large Vasili Merkuryev as Boris’s supremely capable and understanding father stands out especially. The script had moments of sheer poetry, and the common slang was refreshing
and so realistic - and no punches were pulled in delineating good and evil, which most of the characters had in a real human way.

There are shots and sequences that were decades ahead of their time, like "Soy Cuba", particularly with some sort of steady-cam effect with handheld shots. It is literally jaw-dropping in sequences, again much like "Soy Cuba", but it uses every shot as a way to move the plot along and express a deeper understanding of each character's roles and feelings. It was quite the shock to see it in a high-school Russian class, a Cold War wonder from the oppressive Soviets, with no pretenses and immense art. While I love looking at "Soy Cuba", I love watching and experiencing "The Cranes are Flying" ever so much more.

mndean said...

My problem with lists are that mine tend to be very liquid - what you see today in my list isn't what you'll see next month from me, and I never like to be pinned down by putting it down.

I have the same problem with the fatuous question, "What's your favorite movie?", which I've been asked more than a few times when people find out I've watched so many. They get disappointed by my answer: I don't have one, and if I'm in an ornery mood I tell them it's damned silly to have a favorite when you haven't seen them all. If I'm in a generous mood, I'll tell them I saw something very interesting recently and tell them about it. Usually it's a film that's been overlooked, but is either profound or entertaining. And it's always a very old film.

operator_99 said...

Ok- my list is up. I took the liberty of adding my own criteria, while hopefully keeping within the spirit of the meme.

Ben Alpers said...

Soy Cuba/Ya Kuba is a truly odd film. It's very innovative technically, but in some ways desperately old fashioned as a propaganda flick (reflecting, perhaps, Kalatozov's age; he was in his sixties at the time it was made). Oddly, the film was written by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who was sort-of the official semi-dissident poet of the Krushchev thaw.

But the film still ran afoul of both Cuban and Soviet authorities (the Cubans apparently thought that it traded in offensive stereotypes of their nation; the Soviets felt that it romanticized the life of the pre-revolutionary Cuban people).

Though aesthetically quite different, in certain ways Ya Kuba reminds me of Three Songs of Lenin, Dziga Vertov's visually impressive, but utterly Stalinist 1931 documentary.

Campaspe said...

Operator_99, your list is fantastic. I love it. I love it more than mine, in fact. I am willing to bet there will be no other lists remotely like it.

StinkyLulu said...

thanks for the tag, Siren. (though I'm still waffling between X2 and Xanadu...)

and, please, friends of Siren, do come over to my place and vote for 1945 -- please please please.

Gerard Jones said...

Z: I'm picking Zoo in Budapest--and I haven't even seen it! But it's so high on my list of movies that I want to see that it trumps most of the movies I have seen. I ask you, does Zabriskie Point have Loretta Young hiding in a bear's den?

Y: Part of me wants to come up with something different, but I can't turn my back on Fred. So Yoland it is.

X: I actually liked the first X-Files movie a lot. Of course, this was back when I was really caught up in the show, but I do think it had a real charm. The second X-Files movie, on the other hand, gets down on its knees and blows. In an alley. Drenched in urine. While crackheads watch and laugh.

W: I love Woman in the Window until the ending. I hate that ending. Personal fondness mentions to the moody cartoon of Watership Down and Way Out West, the last good Laurel & Hardy. But further personal fondness forces me to choose The Wedding March: a fascinatingly weird movie that I saw at the Castro with Fay Wray herself in attendance.

V: Following Yojimboen's suggestion of Ver, Red Riv, I almost went for Ve, The Lady E. But I'll go with Virtue.

U: I couldn't think of anything, so I resorted to Halliwell's. Still couldn't find anything that thrilled me. I guess U and I just don't get along.
Ultimately I decided to go with Upperworld on the grounds of cast alone (Warren William, Mary Astor, Ginger Rogers), with a nod to Union Station, a fun procedural/suspenser from the noir days.

T stands for Too Many Choices. I'll quit here.

Gerard Jones said...

Meant Yolanda, of course.

Karen said...

I agree: Operator 99's list IS fantastic. Even more fantastic (to me, anyway): I've seen all but 5 of them. Unseen still are: I am Suzanne, Parachute Jumper, Undersea Kingdom, X Marks the Spot, and Zorro Returns. The fact that so many I've not seen are near the end of the alphabet seems to reveal a prejudice in 1930s film I didn't even know I had.

I would have done better, of course, if Operator 99 had sided with the good Gerard, and gone with Zoo in Buddapest. But alas all is flawed.

operator_99 said...

Campaspe and Karen, so glad you enjoyed the list. And Karen, sorry about Zoo In Budapest, but I only have a still from the film, so it didn't make my list :-)

Gerard Jones said...

I too love Operator 99's list! So unapologetically of its type and of one moment. 20 out of 26 movies from 1931-1933 (my favorite years for American cinema too), and the others straying no further than 1938.

I can't match Karen's all-but-five, but I have seen well over half, including Parachute Jumper. And several of them (Employees' Entrance, Gay Divorce, Jewel Robbery etc.) are among my very favorite movies.

I have now been emboldened to do a full list on my own blog. Although I'm going to have O99's problem in spades: anyone I'd be inclined to tag has already done it!

mndean said...

I might take Upperworld if TCM would ever show it, but in it's stead, I'll take Union Depot, which I have seen. Young Doug as a scheming bum with drunken pal Guy Kibbee, and Joan Blondell as a broke showgirl trying to turn hooker for rail fare. It's like the proletariat version of Grand Hotel. Even some good action shots in a busy railyard.

One other reason I hate this particular list idea - some letters have a LOT of movies to choose from, while others have few. Some have choices which would be too difficult to make - do I choose Baby Face or Blessed Event?

operator_99's list is nice, but I'd never choose Madam Satan or You Can't Take It With You. The M's just have too many other films to choose from (I admit it's crazy enough to like, but it's somewhat dull until they get on the dirigible), and my opinion on Capra at that time in his career is well known by now.

Someday I need to make a full list of the films I have. I don't think I have any V films of the thirties except The Vampire Bat and Vivacious Lady.

mndean said...

OT - I was just reading Wolcott, and he mentioned a film that I almost recorded for my stinkeroo pile, something about Kay Kyser battling spies. I tell you, if you've never seen Kyser on film, you must. I recorded the film That's Right, You're Wrong. He'll make you feel a lot less embarrassed about the Macarena and some of the other pop culture disasters of our era.

mndean said...

Well, I was wrong. Flipping through my albums, I found I have another film starting with the letter V. Virtue(1932). Now I just need to watch it.

Gerard Jones said...

mndean, I recommend Virtue. It's rough and choppy a lot of the time, made on the cheap--Columbia but not Capra--but the story is clever, and about subjects I've hardly ever seen Hollywood grapple with; Riskin's script is a blast (if sometimes a little too self-conscious); I felt like I was getting a real look into working-class urban life of that moment; Lombard's a joy; and Pat O'Brian is way more interesting than usual.

I agree about the weird limitations of the list. Two of my very favorite movies, probable top-ten contenders if I ever did such things, are Sherlock Jr. and Swing Time. So I have to leave one of them off in order to make room for either X-Files or X: The Unknown? But I also think that's part of the perverse charm. Being forced to leave off our nearly-most beloved while also having to scrounge for improbables. Agonizing in both directions.

David C said...

Quai des Orfevres:
Yes, Jouvet's possibly the best dad in French cinema (where fatherhood is often not taken too seriously as a responsibility: see Breathless).

Gerard Jones said...

And then there was the lovely dad in that other Q movie, Les Quatre Cents Coups.

DavidEhrenstein said...

A - All About Eve

B - The Bandwagon

C - The Company

D - Disant Voices Still Lives

E - 8 1/2

F - The Fearless Vampire Killers

G - Good News

H - Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

I - Inside Daisy Clover

J - Jezebel

K - The King of Comedy

L - The Ladykillers (MacKendrick)

M - M (Losey)

N - Night and the City (Dassin)

O - Out 1

P - Playtime

Q - Q

R - Rebel Without a Cause

S - Singin' in the Rain

T - Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

U - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

V - Victim

W - White Zombie

X - The Man From Planet X

z - Zardoz

Jonathan Lapper said...

Boy, I have got to stop being late to the party. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I agree with you wholeheartedly about Jaqueline's idea - why didn't I do that, I screamed. I did do one on what I love about fifties sci-fi a long time ago but doing old films in general is even better. I must steal this as well, but like you, I will link back to Jaqueline. Of course, she already got "swell" in there. Dammit.

Campaspe said...

Jonathan, not only that, but she got the "leaves falling off the calendar" which is, like, totally the coolest way of showing the passage of time EVER.

But there are plenty of other things so I am not worried.

DavidEhrenstein said...

Oh I forgot Y!

The Young Girls of Rochefort bien sur.

mndean said...

Virtue was certainly a better early Lombard movie than I was expecting. Pat O'Brien didn't keep to his usual bellowing style, and it was a pretty good film all around. I'd put it in my V section until I found a better precode - although it would have to be pretty damn good to beat this one.

It's funny that during the Depression, some reviewers didn't like movies with these themes at all.

Michael said...

I finally did mine. That was exhausting. But this is great timing, because I'm putting together a "Hollywood A to Z" theme for my theater next season.

goatdog said...

(That was me, by the way.)

X. Trapnel said...

It looked easy at first. A=[l']Atalante; no competition there surely... but what about The Awful Truth? B proved impossible; an elegant solution was needed. And so:
THE BIGGEST SLEEP OF OUR LIVES (Three returning WWII vets find their wives/daughter/girlfriend have disappeared with drugstore employee Clarence "Sticky" Merkel. Detective Philip Marlowe gets on the case. His labrynthine path through Boone City leads him to a chauffeur's body in a B-17 scrapyard, a mysterious bookstore run by a piano player named Butch, and skullduggery involving fake collateral for veteran's loans at the Cornbelt Trust.)
Or:
TO HAVE OR NOT TO BE (A troup of Shakespearean actors is stranded in Martinique and must smuggle a Polish flyer to the Free French.)

Cheating, of course, is a slippery slope and variant titles soon came into play.
Thus:
THE FALCON OF MADAME DE... (A Parisian society woman pawns a black statuette of a bird which finds its way to San Francisco via Istanbul...)

Lesser films began to creep in with great ones: LAURA OF ARABIA (surely Gene Tierney could have made that desert bloom); THE CITIZEN KANE MUTINY.

Until chucking alphabetical order became irresistable. I can't wait to see THIRD MAN OUT.

X. Trapnel said...

I just want to add LETTER FROM LOLA MONTES

DavidEhrenstein said...

Rebel Without a Cause For Alarm

X. Trapnel said...

And MY MAN M (A daffy heiress searches the Berlin underworld for a forgotten man.)

Yojimboen said...

Way to breathe life into a fading thread, x.trapnel!

I’m going to Disney on Friday to pitch “The Biggest Sleep of Our Lives”! If they bite, I’ll cut you in! (Or at least give you co-credit.) I’m also going to pitch Gone With the Wind in the Willows – an animated story of Toad of Tara Hall; I’ll also try “I Was Monty’s Double Indemnity”, a cautionary thriller of insurance fraud in WWII Tobruk.

Then over to the Canal+ office on Century Blvd to see if they’ll buy “La Beauté du Diable au Corps” - a tortured melo about a young student in love with an older woman who sells his soul to look like Gerard Philipe.
(That last one as hommage to our gracious hostess.)

Clever stuff, x.trapnel! Hats off!

X. Trapnel said...

I was encouraged by your own subversive list, Yojimboen ("If they give you ruled paper, write the other way"-Juan Ramon Jimenez).

Right now I'm struggling to hybridize Belles des Nuit (likewise in hommage to out hostess and Belle du Jour.

Gareth said...

I can't even handle the easy letters: Quai des brûmes? Quai des orfèvres? What am I going to do when the going gets tough?

Karen said...

Well, Siren, I REFUSE to take your Charles Coburn bait, but I did go over to Jacqueline's terrific 10 Things I Love About Old Movies. RIGHTEOUS.

I even added one (and a half) in the comments.

Sigh. If it weren't for that nasty economic depression thing, I'd wave my time-machine wand right now and waft right back there.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Sigh. If it weren't for that nasty economic depression thing, I'd wave my time-machine wand right now and waft right back there.

Don't worry, we're almost there, only the movies aren't as good now.

I'd go back to the post war forties and try and get a table next to Welles at 21 or the Stork Club.

Campaspe said...

Karen, there's a passage in Ginger Rogers's memoirs where she admits to having had a swell time during the Depression. All the same, Jonathan, I'd go to your time warp except in the late 40s I am afraid the talk at the Stork Club would be of HUAC and frankly I am tired enough of that discussion and it's 2008.

I'm thinking the 1920s, Paris.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Be prepared to discuss bullfighting.

David C said...

Can't resist doing a full alphabet of compound films.
The Abominable Dr. Zhivago
The Bitter Tea of Petra Von kant
City Lights of Variety
Dr Strangelove, or How I Won the War
The End of the Affair to Remember
For Me and My Left Foot
Gentlemen Prefer Blockheads
Hell's Angels with Dirty Faces
I Am a Fugitive from Outer Space
Le Jour de Fete se Leve
Kiss of Death in Venice
Letter from an Undying Monster
The Man Who Knew Two Women
The Naked Citizen Kane
The Old Dark Star
Paper Moonrise
Quatermass and the Pit and the Pendulum (to the tune of "you and the Night and the Music")
Remember the Night of the Hunter
Singin' in the Reign of Terror
These Three Comrades
The Unsinkable Shrinking Man
Voyage to It
Will Penny Spoil Rock Hunter?
X - the Man with the Movie Camera
Yolanda and the Ugly
Zabriskie Point Break

MovieMan0283 said...

"I am afraid the talk at the Stork Club would be of HUAC and frankly I am tired enough of that discussion and it's 2008."

Is Dirty Harry's Place the new Stork Club?

Campaspe said...

MovieMan -- nope, just Table 50. :D