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    FR asked about films from the 40s and 50s

    WWII era was not great for films.  Val Lewton's horror films in general stand out as exceptional.  I already mentioned "I Walk With a Zombie" which is one of the worst-titled films ever and has some of my favorite cinematography ever.  "Cat People" is also great and the best known.  Other standouts are "The Seventh Victim" and "The Body Snatcher" which has a just superb performance by Boris Karloff.

    I also like the Bogart films - "High Sierra" with Ida Lupino is one that is less known that is excellent (if grim) as is In A Lonely Place (maybe even more grim).    I would really like to add another Lupino film to my list as I think she was one of the great talents of Hollywood who never really got the material she deserved as either a director or an actress.

    Pretty much anything by Billy Wilder is going to be a high point of the 50s for me, especially Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard.

    I'm kind of torn about the great sf films of the era.  "The Thing From Another World" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" are fantastic as films but quite xenophobic.  "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is not as good a film but has a much better message.  "Forbidden Planet" is also excellent.  

    A lot of good British films from this era - I love Great Expectations and the Alec Guiness comedies.  I was very struck by a lot of the Bergman films (Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal) when I was younger but I suspect I would think them pretentious if I watched them today.

    While I admire Hitchcock films he never really speaks to me - Notorious is great because of the remarkable acting by all three principles but especially Claude Rains in the role of his career (I'm back to the 40s now).

    I'll answer Belinda's question in another comment.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:25:13 AM PDT

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      Explanation of cryptic comments about living room floor and job.

      I mentioned a leaky pipe inside a wall a couple of days ago.  It turns out that the pipe was leaking under the wall (the water was coming up into the wall inside the rubber sleeve covering the pipe) while embedded in concrete.

      The plumber ended up cutting holes in both the inside and outside of the wall before drilling into the floor.  It was all entirely logical - it was clear, based on the information he had at the time, what the logical next step was each time, although cutting the wall turned out to be unnecessary.  This pipe serviced two outside faucets and for some reason ran from the kitchen under the floor to the living room and then into the concrete, up through the wall, out into the outside, and then down under the deck.  It could have gone straight from the kitchen to under the deck.

      The other thing that happened was even more baffling.  While reviewing our finances a couple of days ago I noticed that my last paycheck was less than half its usual size.  Going back online I found that this had happened once before back in November (most of my pay goes to retirement so my take home is quite small).  Each time I had only been credited with 48 hours of work in a two week span instead of the usual 80.

      After meeting with several office staff it appears that what happened in each case is that my position was temporarily terminated in the payroll system for some unknown reason.  This happens routinely for tenure track faculty as they have nine month contracts and don't get paid in the summer unless they take on summer teaching or have grants with summer salary.  I'm on a 12 month contract so I should be paid all the time.

      The missing 4 days in November was completely baffling.  Here it appears that my job was terminated (in the payroll system - I wasn't actually fired) on July 1 and the only reason I got paid at all was that I had done some add on work (a teaching workshop) for another unit in the university.

      So they are working on fixing it and I should get a big paycheck in eight days but no one seemed to know why this happened.

      "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

      by matching mole on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:38:06 AM PDT

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