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« on: June 12, 2003, 03:56:14 PM »
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QT has named him as his favorite director.  he made a wide range of films from westerns to wacky comedies to detective film noir type things.  i think he deserves a thread.  i loved BRINGING UP BABY and thought it was wacky as hell. i liked THE BIG SLEEP (but i had just watched THE MALTESE FALCON and for bogie detective flicks i preferred the latter).  the plot got a little muddled i thought.   next up for me is RIO BRAVO, HIS GIRL FRIDAY and GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2003, 04:02:38 PM »
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His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby are two of my favourite golden era movies: they still feel so fresh and funny.

Hawks was amazing the way he could shift genres so successfully.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2003, 04:04:18 PM »
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yeah i mean, just the differences between BRINGING UP BABY and THE BIG SLEEP.  totally different styles, genres, feels.  i wouldnt have known it was the same guy, if i....didn't know it was the same guy.  i am very excited to see some more though.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2003, 04:09:48 PM »
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That happened a lot more in the studio system: jobbing directors being given lots of different kinds of material - I mean, Michael Curtiz, who made Casablanca, made The Adventures of Robin Hood...
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2003, 04:12:10 PM »
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The Adventures of Robin Hood...


which is also on my list (of movies to see).  i think its interesting to have a director who could adapt to the material like that.  even though it may not be his hearts desire he can still make a terrific film.  thats something you dont see as much nowadays (as we are not really in a studio assembly line type setup).
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2003, 06:06:37 PM »
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I'm going to start getting more into his movies with my weekly cheap rentals of old movies where I rent 5 movies for a week and watch it over that week. Red River, though, is a great film. One of the very best westerns and I definitely recommend it.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2003, 12:23:49 AM »
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I'm going to start getting more into his movies with my weekly cheap rentals of old movies where I rent 5 movies for a week and watch it over that week. Red River, though, is a great film. One of the very best westerns and I definitely recommend it.

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Red River does rule......I suggest watching that.....with any John Ford Western...and compare the 2.....the difference between something in the same genre is almost unseen.....

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2003, 05:37:21 PM »
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I've seen Rio Bravo and it's one of my favorite movies...definitely look forward to seeing more by Hawks...John Ford too.

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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2003, 07:51:40 PM »
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Have to make a special mention:

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2003, 10:34:03 PM »
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just watched Rio Bravo finally.  loved loved loved it.  so good.  funny, good action, great characters and relationships.  it was really great, and i am going to have to buy it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2003, 08:20:01 AM »
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Quote from: children with angels
His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby are two of my favourite golden era movies: they still feel so fresh and funny.

Hawks was amazing the way he could shift genres so successfully.


And his dialogue was almost revolutionary, the way he had characters overlap sentences (i.e. Bogie and Bacall in The Big Sleep)....it drew a certain chemistry between the characters and made them seem all that more real.  This guy RULES.
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2003, 10:15:59 PM »
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just watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and His Girl Friday, both of which i liked (although my favorites are still Bringing Up Baby and Rio Bravo).  GPB was pretty good, it seemed like a wacky I love Lucy episode with some musical numbers thrown in rather than a big scale musical (like singin in the rain).  but was good.  monroe and russell were funny.  and his girl friday i liked also.  but there were about 30 min towards the middle that cary grant was not in!  it really slowed the movie down i thought.  and then it got a little too into the escaped killer thing and not enough of the witty backandforth with grant and that was disappointing.  i love cary grant.
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2003, 11:27:23 PM »
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i fucking love his girl friday with a passion
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2003, 01:10:30 AM »
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Wonderful mention...great flick.  Marlowe is sweet.

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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2003, 11:28:47 PM »
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just watched Hatari! at the recommendation (and loaning of the dvd) from my boss, who inexplicably is in love with the movie.  i thought it was pretty good.  good characters, great locations (africa).  surprisingly, not really any sort of plot.  (and it was a two and a half hour movie).  just sort of the characters relationships and them going out and hunting animals during the day and getting drunk at nite.  but i liked it. so i think...

1. bringing up baby
2. rio bravo
3. hatari
4. gentlemen prefer blondes
5. his girl friday
6. the big sleep

if i had to rank my favorites for my own INTRO TO HOWARD HAWKS>
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