114 My Man Godfrey

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#26 Post by Werewolf by Night » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:04 pm

I expect we'll really get into this once the Screwball List starts up but I find neither Libeled Lady nor Godfrey particularly funny. The Thin Man is also strictly Dullsville. I've seen each multiple times and they get less funny each time. But I know each has its devotees. Comedy is subjective. I don't expect anyone else here finds Vivacious Lady or Professional Sweetheart as funny as I do, and that's just fine with me.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#27 Post by knives » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:28 pm

What happens if you think all five (or at least of four seen) great and above standard?

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#28 Post by Werewolf by Night » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:36 pm

The final judgment depends upon how you feel about It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#29 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:38 pm

Well, it's not a screwball comedy, so seems irrelevant either way

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#30 Post by Werewolf by Night » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:46 pm

Sez you and me, and yet:

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#31 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:49 pm

I'll take the film knowledge and experience of you and me versus someone who knows nothing about film that got paid to provide that content to the Encyclopedia

EDIT: I just Googled the author. They wrote the Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Films. They are clearly well-suited to author such a book

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#32 Post by Werewolf by Night » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:57 pm

Anyway, it was meant to be a joke that no matter which screwball comedy films we think are the best, we are all united in our hatred of IAMMMMW. But here I am explaining another not very funny joke, so pass me my hat and I'll be on my way. I'll come back when Mercury's out of retrograde.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#33 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:58 pm

Sometimes people throw out a much looser definition of "screwball", which is probably what happened there. Instead of a specific genre of comedy wedded to a particular time period, they use the word "screwball" for anything "wacky".

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#34 Post by swo17 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:01 pm

I think the first time I ever heard the term "screwball" was with regard to NewsRadio

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#35 Post by Apperson » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:33 am

My Man Svet

Can someone work out what exactly he's trying to say about the film in the overview and conclusion?

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#36 Post by domino harvey » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:59 am

As I'm sure you know, he's trying to say the film is about the follies of liberal elites and how they look down on the little guys something something Trump 2020

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#37 Post by tenia » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:35 am

Yeah, but this one is very weirdly/poorly written, to the point it just looks like an undecipherable summary of the movie.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#38 Post by domino harvey » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:08 am

It certainly looks like once again he didn't even actually watch the extras-- how could anyone watch the reel of Carole Lombard swearing a blue streak and just label it "outtakes" without comment? It looks like a C+P job

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#39 Post by 371229 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:25 pm

I know this may sound sacrilege... but I wish Criterion also included the "colorized" version as an extra. (Just out of curiosity). Don't hate on me.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#40 Post by Gerald Christie » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:12 pm

Sigh, I was under the impression for some reason that this one included a booklet and not a leaflet. I kind of thought Criterion was over them since I hadn't seen them in a while but I guess not. That being said, I'll take a leaflet over the limited first printing nonsense.

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#41 Post by Werewolf by Night » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:20 pm

371229 wrote:I know this may sound sacrilege... but I wish Criterion also included the "colorized" version as an extra. (Just out of curiosity). Don't hate on me.
Good lord, why? Just watch it on YouTube.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#42 Post by domino harvey » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:29 am

For those wondering where to go next for Carole Lombard, I've posted a guide to all 42 of her sound films here

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#43 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:30 pm

The Giddins extra is useless: seventeen minutes in which almost nothing of value is said. I guess the idea that the film is divided into ten binary sections is something, but we don't get to explore it in this interview, so why bring it up at all? Thankfully the Pinkerton extra is much better, offering a more measured appreciation of La Cava and some brief biographical notes. Still seems like a really slim package of extras for a film both men agree is considered among the greatest of the era

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#44 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:50 pm

Agreed. The few extras left me wanting more. Maybe a commentary or something on Powell and Lombard. The newsreel stuff was cool but maybe a little doc on the depression and hollywood. I am not really a Lux Radio Theater fan. I did enjoy Farran Smith Nehme essay.

I really love this film. It is pitch perfect. Powell and Lombard hold their own with any of the other Screwball Comedy Couples.

BTW... I would love La Cava's other gem, Stage Door, in the Collection.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#45 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:16 pm

I wish they had gotten a real la Cava enthusiast onto this, someone like Joe McBride (who is extremely good on comedy). The Giddins piece is surprisingly poor I agree. As the for movie I had not watched it for decades plus. Approaching with trepidation I was really, really happy with the film againl. It and McCarey's Awful Truth define screwball, with the veyr distinctive stamp of two totally different directors on them. And they are at the top of their respective directors' work. The McCary is a masterpiece, and so is this So is Stage Door!! Hello Warner?

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#46 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:31 am

FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:50 pm
The newsreel stuff was cool but maybe a little doc on the depression and hollywood.
Morris Dickstein wrote a whole book on the subject so I'm surprised he wasn't asked.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#47 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:58 am

Does anyone know where those "newsreel" excerpts came from? Given the narration, they sounded an awful lot like excerpts from separate documentaries that used newsreel footage, not newsreels themselves

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#48 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:28 pm

Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:
FrauBlucher wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:50 pm
The newsreel stuff was cool but maybe a little doc on the depression and hollywood.
Morris Dickstein wrote a whole book on the subject so I'm surprised he wasn't asked.
Maybe an intern was put in charge of producing this release.

Domino, I was wondering about that. There were no intros or outros attached those clips. Maybe they were edited from longer Newsreels.

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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#49 Post by movielocke » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:39 pm

domino harvey wrote:Does anyone know where those "newsreel" excerpts came from? Given the narration, they sounded an awful lot like excerpts from separate documentaries that used newsreel footage, not newsreels themselves
Per the booklet, They came from the WPA library so they probably had those narrations originally.

I liked both of the interviews, the pinkerton a bit more, but I found nothing really wrong with the giddins one.


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Re: 114 My Man Godfrey

#50 Post by Black Hat » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:44 pm

Here's a fun fact for ya, Gregory LaCava's grandson? None other than the Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road infamy.

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