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We're watching old movies at our house, focusing especially on movies we should have seen, know all about, can quote lines, yet somehow never have seen.

The Great Dictator: Charlie Chaplin's take on Adolf Hitler. Very good in parts, especially Chaplin's lustful dance with a floating world globe.

In the Heat of the Night. They call him MR TIBBS!

Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? White girl lucks into marrying Dr. Perfect played by Sidney Poitier Earnestness ensues.

Big Country. An epic western where Gregory Peck combats toxic masculinity.

Saturday Night Fever. A gritty tale of young Italian Brooklynites going nowhere, seeking fulfillment and escapism by strutting and performing in a rundown disco. More toxic masculinity.
The Big Country has fantastic photography! Like a music motif, the landscape can become part of the cast of characters. Giancarlo Esposito noted that about Breaking Bad - the way the stark but beautiful New Mexico landscape provided effect, contrast, and sometimes drama.
 

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Saturday Night Fever. A gritty tale of young Italian Brooklynites going nowhere, seeking fulfillment and escapism by strutting and performing in a rundown disco. More toxic masculinity.
A good example of a movie calling out toxic masculinity before the term existed. And in an ethnic culture where it's particularly rife.

People seem to remember this movie with nostalgia goggles, or maybe just turn it off after Tony "wins" the contest. It's got a dark plot that contrasts with the flashy marketing and soundtrack.
 

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The best actor for psychological darkness was affable, good-natured, average guy Jimmy Stewart. Harvey and It's A Wonderful Life were dark fantasies about suicide and mental health problems. With Wonderful Life, I always get a smack in the back of the head for saying, you know when brother came back from college with his new missus and all - I think I'd be saying you know, I've been holding the fort here for quite a while and there's some things I'd like to do! Brother was the designated Bailey family success, so George always stepped aside for him.
 

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The best actor for psychological darkness was affable, good-natured, average guy Jimmy Stewart. Harvey and It's A Wonderful Life were dark fantasies about suicide and mental health problems. With Wonderful Life, I always get a smack in the back of the head for saying, you know when brother came back from college with his new missus and all - I think I'd be saying you know, I've been holding the fort here for quite a while and there's some things I'd like to do! Brother was the designated Bailey family success, so George always stepped aside for him.

Mr. Potter was a TOTAL a-hole, but Clarence did get his wings :)
 

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Mr Potter was definitely sinister. Ever notice the skull paperweight on his desk? There were several little things like that around him. Or tricks like the super low chair George had to sit in so Potter could look down on him from his wheelchair!
 

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A good example of a movie calling out toxic masculinity before the term existed. And in an ethnic culture where it's particularly rife.

People seem to remember this movie with nostalgia goggles, or maybe just turn it off after Tony "wins" the contest. It's got a dark plot that contrasts with the flashy marketing and soundtrack.
The clothes and music...my youth! But the movie was surprisingly dark. Tony was dedicated to dancing, being the king. So the rigged contest was a betrayal of the thing he thought was most important in the world. He's man enough to lose to a better dancer, and to reject a false victory. Sign that he's growing.
 

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The best actor for psychological darkness was affable, good-natured, average guy Jimmy Stewart. Harvey and It's A Wonderful Life were dark fantasies about suicide and mental health problems. With Wonderful Life, I always get a smack in the back of the head for saying, you know when brother came back from college with his new missus and all - I think I'd be saying you know, I've been holding the fort here for quite a while and there's some things I'd like to do! Brother was the designated Bailey family success, so George always stepped aside for him.
Stewart's very angry in that film.
 

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Stewart's very angry in that film.
He is - he couldn't even throw the 'frustrated old man' insult at Potter without getting 'frustrated young man!" back. That anger always made the foundation of most of his best characters -The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; Winchester 73; Shenandoah, Destry Rides Again. Tom Destry was not what he seemed to be!
 
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