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OLD & CLASSIC FILMS

            When I do not have other things to do, I like the sort of films shown on the free (as it was) satellite channel TCM, mainly the monochrome ones.  One can actually hear the dialogue without intrusive music drowning it all out.  Also the plots seem to move on much faster, not being burdened by a lot of unnecessary sex scenes.  I’m not against the showing of sex on television but at the proper time, in the right place and context, or if in a film specifically about sex that one may elect to view or not.  Films should tell a story and the old ones, especially Hitchcock’s and Huston’s seem to do so fluently whether it be an action adventure drama like ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’, old Cagney, Robinson, Raft, Bogart and Mitchum gangster movies; such as 'White Heat', Drama like‘Casablanca’ or Ealing comedies eg ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’, ‘The Man in the White Suit’ etc.

            Modern films tend to concentrate on special effects, shoot-‘em-up-bang-bang, lots of colour, much noise and an inordinate amount of overpowering music all the way through and over all dialogue.  It seems that the producers and directors all grew up in discothèques.  An old black-and-white film can pack more action into typically seventy-minutes than a modern one can put into one-hundred-and-fifteen.  For example, ‘The Big Steal’ with Robert Mitchum, William Bendix, and Jane Greer or ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ in colour with Spencer Tracey, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Walter Brennan, and Dean Jagger; what a cast and both short films. Admittedly some later films are very worthwhile if the narrative and fluency is good, but they are not that abundant, regrettably.  ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is one that I enjoyed. So are the original and remake of ‘Cape Fear’ but I need not go on. My collection of several hundred films is far too numerous to list here. For a little on my drinking with Oliver Reed see the paragraph in the "About Me" page.


LINKS TO G4TUG SUBJECTS
About Me (index) Ham Radio Cars
Hobbies RodLog Ham Radio Logging System Software Reading
My Diet Magnetic Loop Antenna Sailing
Computers Noise Figure of Receivers and Pre-amps Gardening
Links to other sites Experimental HF All Band Aerial Classic Films