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  •  i saw breakfast at tiffany's for the first time (2+ / 0-)
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    a couple weeks ago.

    there was more plot in five minutes than in the entire star wars saga - and i mean all SIX movies.  more plot in ten minutes than in entire years' of today's movies.

    although strangely enough, George Peppard's performance reminded me of either Hayden Christenson or Wally Cleaver.

    zomg, the imdb sez

    A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

    lol, socialite.

    "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

    by jlms qkw on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 07:58:29 PM PST

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    •  How'd you get through Mickey Rooney's (2+ / 0-)
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      performance in that?  I haven't seen the movie - just clips of him - and... yikes!

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:35:24 PM PST

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      •  it is worth seeing, but you're right to keep.... (3+ / 0-)
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        ....Mickey Rooney's performance in mind.  You will cringe, but the rest of the movie makes nice enough watching.  Plus, Audrey does her own vocals in "Moon River" :) .

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:56:49 PM PST

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        •  She better have! (2+ / 0-)
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          Mancini wrote the piece for her limited vocal range.

          Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

          by pico on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:57:43 PM PST

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        •  i agree (2+ / 0-)
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          it is a good watch.  the singing is nice.  but the knitting is very good, too.  husband cracked up over that scene, as i am an unabashed knitter-in-public fan.  

          "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

          by jlms qkw on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:06:17 PM PST

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          •  am trying to remember that scene... (1+ / 0-)
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            ....in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and obviously am failing :) .  Now I'm also trying to remember if I've read the Truman Capote original, and I don't think I have.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 10:21:43 PM PST

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            •  the knitting is close to the end (1+ / 0-)
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              when she thinks she's marrying the jose guy.

              the yarn is in one of her fancy glass things on her ?dressing table? or something.  and she has a rather large partially completed garment hanging from the needles.  

              the yarn is red.  

              i am kind of interested in the novel - it's supposed to be more obvious that she's a prostitute and fred/paul is a gigilo.  the imdb description made me lol though.  socialites don't get $50 to go to the powder room.  

              "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

              by jlms qkw on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 10:26:06 PM PST

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              •  that's my understanding too (0+ / 0-)

                Obviously Hollywood had to tone down more salacious aspects like that.  I think I read somewhere that Truman C. actually enjoyed the movie, but also said that it had virtually nothing to do with his original.

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 10:31:30 PM PST

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        •  Moon River - (1+ / 0-)
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          I think is the best song ever written. Simply gorgeous.

          •  speaking of Henry Mancini songs.... (1+ / 0-)
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            Back in the days when I did ballroom dancing, one local band played a great arrangement of HM's "Charade".  Best damn tune to ballroom waltz to, ever :) .  (This is separate from Viennese waltz, the fast waltz dance.)

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 10:23:13 PM PST

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      •  well, as with many things (2+ / 0-)
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        like the rampant sexism of heinlein, i can kind of toss it off to a bad decision and reflection of the times.

        heck, when Star Trek came out last spring, there was some contention in the ?korean community that an actor from the wrong asian country portrayed Sulu.

        his character is like the worst spot in the whole movie, by a factor of about ten thousand.  

        "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

        by jlms qkw on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:05:03 PM PST

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        •  well, that's normal with As-Am actors.... (1+ / 0-)
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          ....Japanese-Americans playing Chinese characters, Chinese-Americans playing Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese, etc., since "we all look alike".  It's odd that I can discern among Asians often enough between various ethnicities, certainly to a decent 1st approximation.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 10:33:35 PM PST

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          •  oh you're good (1+ / 0-)
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            i am finally able to tell the differences between japanese, chinese, and korean after really trying hard for several years.  and i can tell ethnic thai.  

            and i live with a han chinese, have a close korean girlfriend.

            "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

            by jlms qkw on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 08:20:43 AM PST

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            •  for example.... (1+ / 0-)
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              ....have noticed that Koreans tend to be the more "square-jawed" among Asians, to be rather supeficial about it.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 11:23:21 AM PST

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    •  shows what happens when you make a film.... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....about people, rather than special effects.  The one thing that really mars the movie, as pico noted, is the awful Japanese character played by Mickey Rooney, bloody awful cross-racial casting.  Granted, Marlon Brando did the same in The Teahouse of the August Moon a few years back, but from what I remember, MB was rather less exaggerated (not hard, to be sure).

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:55:56 PM PST

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