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Mighty Aphrodite [DVD] [1996]
Mighty Aphrodite [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
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42nd Street [DVD] [1933]
42nd Street [DVD] [1933]
Dvd ~ Warner Baxter
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Classic, 14 Aug 2013
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This review is from: 42nd Street [DVD] [1933] (DVD)
This is a Hollywood classic musical. Gives an insight into the theatre show business of the 1930s. Incidentally, for those that are song buffs, Al Dubin and Harry Warren, who provided the score, make a fleeting appearance. The Busby Berkeley finale was worth every penny of the admission price in those Depression Days. Needs to be seen by every film buff.


Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin, One of America's Great Lyricists
Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin, One of America's Great Lyricists
by Patricia Dubin McGuire
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting daughter's account, 14 Aug 2013
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This is the daughter's account of a very successful, but at the same time sad life. No doubt she had some good times with her
father, but those that had to deal with him professionally had a very difficult time. Obviously, he was a genius as a lyricist, but as a human being he was a complete mess. There was no real psychological insight into why a young, atheletic boy turned into a gross, drunken, drug taking wreck. An exhaustive list of the hundreds of lyrics he wrote. He will long be remembered for the great
1930s musicals he wrote with Harry Warren. Will certainly interest those that love The Great American Songbook.


The Arrangement
The Arrangement
by elia kazan
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Decline and Fall of an Adman, 24 Dec 2012
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Having read Kazan's autobiography I felt this story was very much the story of his marriage and his extra marital affairs.
This distracted from my enjoyment of the book, somewhat. I felt it was a rather unsavoury book.
I found his accounts of the Armenian-Greek background , his upbringing and relationship with his father very interesting.
If the book was written from experience I must say that Kazan is a very honest and insightful man.


Wild River [DVD] [1960]
Wild River [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Montgomery Clift

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3.0 out of 5 stars DEEP WATERS, 5 Nov 2012
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Tennenessee valley in the 1930s. The government has decided to flood the valley to build a reservoir, but
a stubborn old woman holds out and refuses to sell. She is aided and abetted by her redneck sons.
Intense Montgomery Clift, as the government agent, is sent to negoitate with her. Director Elia Kazan
is on the side of the people. It is a topic we have seen many times before and since. Lee Remick lends
a degree of glamour and possible romance. Bruce Dern, in his debut, is one of the rednecks. An interesting
historical film, one for the buffs.


Dancing Lady [DVD]
Dancing Lady [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joan Crawford
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vintage Delight, 1 Aug 2011
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This 1933 film wears well. Crawford and Gable are in top form.
Fred Astaire makes his film debut as himself.
Highly enjoyable, a pleasant surprise.


Second Chorus [1940] [DVD]
Second Chorus [1940] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fred Astaire
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Fred, 1 Aug 2011
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This is a sub-standard Fred Astaire film. Both he and Burgess Meredith are too old for their parts.
Paulette Goddard brings little to the dance routines. The film is saved by the music of Artie Shaw.


In Treatment - Season 1 [DVD][2008]
In Treatment - Season 1 [DVD][2008]
Dvd ~ Gabriel Byrne
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO EASY CHAIR, 8 Jan 2011
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As a therapist I can vouch for the veracity of this enthralling series.
It is well paced, with Gabriel Byrnes giving a beautifully judged performance
as the therapist. He has the right degree of empathy and toughness to illuminate his role.

His four clients bring a range of challenging, interesting, and at times, annoying,
problems to him. He deals with them ethically, and with perceptive insights.
The setting is both comfortable and personal (he can certainly afford it, considering his fees!)

Byrne's relationship with his supervisor is also fraught. He is able to confront his own difficulties,
both professional and personal, in his sessions with her.

This show gives you a real insight into the process of therapy, and no doubt, into oneself.
This is work of the highest calibre, and is highly recommended.
CLEVELAND


Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant
by Jeremy Musson
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUST AND LOYALTY, 23 Nov 2010
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This is an excellent book that traces the history of the country house from the middle ages to the present time. In the early days men predominated in service but by the 19th century women were the driving force. There appears to be more class distinction below stairs than above. There were the Upper Ten (Butler, valet, housekeeper etc) and the Lower Five (footmen, maids etc)and they protected their privileges determinedly. The author traces the development of the country house itself, which will make it more interesting next time I visit a stately home. What amazes is the number of people, 45 plus, per household, to service a family, not forgetting the outside staff, gardeners, grooms etc.The keynote of the relationship between master and servant was Trust and Loyalty. Incidentally, the word servant seems to have diappeared from the modern vocabulary.
This is a well researched book, thatI recommend whole heartedly.


Sailing to Australia: Shipboard Diaries by Nineteenth Century British Immigrants
Sailing to Australia: Shipboard Diaries by Nineteenth Century British Immigrants
by Andrew Hassam
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Shipboard Diaries, 1 Dec 2009
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I found this book rather academic. It was really an analysis of shipboard diary styles of people travelling to Australia in the 19th Century. There was a well chosen selection of diary entries (few from the steerage, as the author pointed out, few wrote diaries.) mostly from
cabin class travellers. It showed the strong class structure of Victorian society.
I think this book is more suited to the serious student of 19th century
emigration (which I am one) rather than the general reader.Nevertheless well written and researched, and interesting.

Cleveland


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