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    Musical Mondays Week 63 A Star is Born (1937)

    Oh, one interesting thing I noticed. In the 1937 version, we see the work -- take her name change, for instance. We see a bunch of studio folk trying to figure out the best sounding name, and an (albeit, tame) struggle to try to get it right and figure it out. We also see her practicing acting, and things like that. In the 1954 version, Judy Garland just shows up to get her paycheck and they tell her she has a new name. It's just thrust right on her, done. Streisand didn't change her name at all, if I recall. Maybe it's a minor nitpick but I think it really shows off the differences between the movies. (I really should watch the 2018 version.)
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    Musical Mondays Week 63 A Star is Born (1937)

    I watched the first 3 versions and have not seen the new one. (Hopefully this week.) I would say this '37 version is my favorite, easy. It has the best humor mixed in with the dramatic story. It's just the most likable if you ask me. Interestingly, the '54 version literally uses the same dialogue, scenes, shots as the first for like the last quarter of the film. They knew the first one got it right, I think, and that also makes this version feel pointless. Even if it has some great songs. I've found all the acting to be pretty solid -- it's a natural story for great acting I guess. The '70s version is ridiculous though, and the writing is pretty bad. The music is weirdly bland and generic. I think I generally consider it to just be a story about Esther, and more or less ignore Norman haha. It's her life, and the relative success of the picture depends on how much you get a sense of her full arc. The '37 version gives it all from start to finish, from her just being a fan of the movies to her massive success to even the little coda. Judy Garland is already sort of a success at the start of it, she just switches careers because the guy says so. Streisand isn't, but she doesn't seem to want to be where she ends up either, which changes the arc a lot.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    I mean I think that's the answer, right? It's a list of the 100 greatest, not "100 good, maybe not great" films. I voted that it shouldn't be on the list, and that's exactly why. It's better than good, I'll add, but I'm not sure it gets to great.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    If anyone wants to read the original short story it's here https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm053.html Also here's this week's poster - I had to look closely to realize it was Paul and Amy lol
  5. This 1937 one isn't a musical at all! but it's definitely making me want to watch the later more musical ones
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    Well like I said, it's borderline. It's very close to the puritanical "don't enjoy any pleasures" theme that's in Pinocchio. That the food here is from a stranger is more reasonable, sure. But I mean, she dies later from food from a stranger, so why do we need Grumpy wagging his finger and being a scold? Maybe if we're arguing the age range of this movie is for like 5-9 year olds or something, this is a perfectly fine message for a film. But we're not, we're considering it as elevated, better than a kids' movie, and for all ages. I'm certainly not arguing against the message in of itself, I'm no heathen saying 'indulge yourself always'. But why does it need to be here at all? In a semi-scolding, patronizing way too, no less? Is that the best way to teach kids? *shrug* I mean whatever, most kids' movies have junk like this in them -- for whatever reason adults have always felt it was required to scold kids in entertainment made for them. And it will always annoy me haha.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    The foreshadowing is cool, but that's the type of "don't indulge in the simplest of pleasures, kids!" moralizing that really hurts these early Disney films for me. I guess b/c its unknown origin food, it's fine, but I still find it pretty borderline as a message.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    I started the same thing not long ago, I'm not that far into it yet, but yes Pinocchio is trash. I can't get over how much so, actually. It's fascinating to me that so much of it is so engrained in culture. Forget if it was Paul or Amy, but one of them said something about Snow White being about "learning to be an adult" and that's what Pinocchio is, but it extends the unfun moralizing so much further.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    Also FYI, Fantasia was on the 1998 list (#58) but dropped off entirely for the one we're using
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    Yea I'm not sure how I feel about it. Those are good points. I don't think Snow White should be on here by itself, if you divorce it from its pioneering status. It feels to me voters may have been, "I can't decide which Disney movie so let's go with the prototype" and that has led to its elevation over all the others. I mean, we could easily argue for at least 6-7 others, right? So then you're in a situation where the top-100 has like 5 similar animated Disney movies on it, or none at all. But I liked Amy's comment right at the end about leaving "first" culture. The next iteration of a list should indeed make the tough choices and decide which are the best.
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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

    The other idea I think Snow White does encompass (and maybe perfectly?) for the AFI list is that it represents "all Disney." I personally think that a few other early ones are better too, and even closer to "great", but Snow White may be the best representation of Disney as a genre. It's a stand-in for all the great Disney movies at once. And I think to some extent that's what puts this on the list.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Twitter confirmation 4/11 - All The President's Men 4/18 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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    Upcoming Episodes

    The pod description says next week is 4/11 - All The President's Men so I don't know what happened to The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, which was previously announced for next week will try to find out
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    City Lights

    Oh that isn't what I see as the film's flaws; I was mostly being sarcastic about Amy and Snow White up there, tbh. Though I do think that's part of what we're doing here with this podcast, isn't it? We're not assuming anything is great. Or that looking at things in a modern lens will get the same result. I know the initial conceit was to watch great movies. But it's also to think, is this still? Why should we cut anything any slack? That's been the most interesting thing for me to think about, and to hear Paul & Amy discuss (and us here). At first I was very similar to Paul here -- I've seen maybe 40 of the list, but it's been at least 20 years for most of those. And I'm not clueless, I know what most of these films are about or like even I haven't sat through them before. I wanted to learn about the language of great movies; that's why I started this podcast. But that's less my focus now, I think, and I find myself wondering, do these hold up to more current and my own sensibilities? Not everything has to be woke, I don't think I'm demanding that, but I dunno, I think someone should hold some of these films to the fire a bit.
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    City Lights

    I guess we'll get into it tomorrow but I halfway agree with Cameron. It is delightful, but I think other early Disney movies are much better.
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    City Lights

    I'm hoping she goes cynical about Snow White tomorrow
  17. Hey everyone who comes here just to rip on a guest, Nobody cares. Talk about the movies. thanks
  18. I watched this movie like 4 days ago and I have no idea what any of you are talking about
  19. Sure, but I mean, I also want to watch them all I'm not OCD on many things but I just don't jump into art like that. I start it at the start.
  20. *shudders* I can't do it! I can't just watch the 5th movie of a series. Maybe if they're unrelated like Bond or something, but not a series like this.
  21. yep. though now i also have to watch all the Twilights too so this 'series' may suffer. i'll def watch the 1937 one tho.
  22. 12th is good, it gives me 11 days to watch the whole series, not 4.
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    City Lights

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    City Lights

    I think they do probably fall in love. I don't think this is a cynical story. It's about a woman gaining sight, and a man gaining love, a millionaire being clowned. It doesn't seem to fit to me that suddenly at the very end, he wouldn't get the girl after going through all that. As I said on Letterboxd, I don't really consider City Lights a comedy. That probably sounds insane, but I don't think its comedic bits are notable (except for the boxing). But as a story being told through cinema, it's pretty close to perfect.
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