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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

A Man of a Thousand Faces is another AWESOME example of what I am talking about.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

MADAME X, starring Lana Turner. She gave her all for this one.

Absolutely -- despite the Ross Hunter gloss, it is Lana's finest acting in that final scene that makes this one of the great melodramatic endings. I cry ever time.


My choice, too. I didn't sob quite so much on second viewing ... smile

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I am talking about GOOD melodrama here.


SPOILERS!



Waterloo Bridge (1940) - girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl shags everyone except boy, boy finds girl, girl eats truck.


What are you on ... posting such a spoiler?

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I am talking about GOOD melodrama here.


SPOILERS!



Waterloo Bridge (1940) - girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl shags everyone except boy, boy finds girl, girl eats truck.


What are you on ... posting such a spoiler?

Mitch


Hope I haven't ruined it for you. Will it be showing at the Redditch Odeon any time soon?

Chris

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Pelle The Conqueror : outstanding character driven drama by Bille August + a beautifully filmed study of the suppression of the poor

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Anthony Marose   (Member)

Legends of the Fall - hands down.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Pelle The Conqueror : outstanding character driven drama by Bille August + a beautifully filmed study of the suppression of the poor


Didn't like that one - too slow and not enough story for its length.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Legends of the Fall - hands down.

Excellent example. Wish there were more movies like this and less Transformers.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO ANTHONY MAROSE-Good choice-LEGENDS OF THE FALL-I have a feeling the ending of that tragic movie has a scenario, that might become common in the near future the way this country[that is AMERICA] is going. But I will stop at that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO BARRYFAN-WHAT IS GOOD MELODRAMA? AN OPINION RIGHT?

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2013 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Two Darren Aranofsky pictures

The Wrestler

But particularly The Fountain, which is pure existential angst in a nonlinear format.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Two Darren Aranofsky pictures

The Wrestler

But particularly The Fountain, which is pure existential angst in a nonlinear format.


Yes, The Fountain is a masterpiece... and the performances by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are stellar.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Pelle The Conqueror : outstanding character driven drama by Bille August + a beautifully filmed study of the suppression of the poor

Didn't like that one - too slow and not enough story for its length.


A good melodrama takes its times and counts on the audience to invest in the characters. A lot happens to Pelle and his father, but there are no car chases or super heroes. smile It's a beautiful film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

WIZARD OF OZ-39- Gets me everytime.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2013 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Pelle The Conqueror : outstanding character driven drama by Bille August + a beautifully filmed study of the suppression of the poor

Didn't like that one - too slow and not enough story for its length.


A good melodrama takes its times and counts on the audience to invest in the characters. A lot happens to Pelle and his father, but there are no car chases or super heroes. smile It's a beautiful film.


For the record, I don't need car chases and superheroes for a movie to be good. Indeed, the melodramas that I have enjoyed over the years don't have these elements. Pelle had wonderful sense of time and place, decent characters, and a so-so story that would have been better if it was 40 minutes shorter. lol

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2013 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

D.W. Griffith's WAY DOWN EAST.

With that classic scene with Richard Barthelmess searching for misunderstood Lillian Gish, who's fainted on an ice floe, which is headed straight for the falls. Barthelmess jumps form ice piece to ice piece, trying to reach her unconscious form, before it hurtles into the abyss...

And, they really filmed this on a frozen river, as ice was headed towards a steep falls.

Worth seeing.

But very melodramatic.

Griffith was a master at that. Sections of BIRTH OF A NATION can still bring a tear, while other scenes are laughably over-the-top in melodrama....

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2013 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Legends Of The Fall
House Of The Spirits

 
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