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TV - the good, bad and ugly

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I learned to love opera after seeing Amadeus. Then I had a patient who repeatedly watched a movie with Mario Lanza, a bio of Enrico Caruso. The thing about Mario Lanza, who had a big barrel chest, was you could SEE the absolute JOY he had of singing, which led to more appreciation of opera for me.

I watched "My Cousin Vinny" last night; haven't seen it for years, and REALLY enjoyed it! Quite funny! Then a movie with Joan Crawford came on... she's not my favorite, especially in her later years. Anyway, it was made in, what,1965? She was showing her age, but still wanting to play the young 'hot woman' love interest to a younger man. Not only was it unbelievable, it had a terribly dull and boring plot wherein she was the Master Of Ceremonies of a puny little circus, where Scotland Yard (??!!??) had to come in and investigate a series of murders. I tolerated about 8 minutes of it, and then Ozzie and I went upstairs to go to bed.

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3 hours ago, amoLucia said:

Ah! But do you still have a VCR player?

Picky, picky, picky!

I have a audiotape---AND a tape cassette player!--- of the Amadeus soundtrack. When I used to have to go to a laundromat YEERZ ago,I would bring the cassettes of Amadeus, Talking Heads' "Burning Down The House" , The Best of Merle Haggard, and Queen's Greatest Hits to listen to while the laundry was washing and drying. Sometimes I would add a Linda Ronstadt tape, and The McGarrigle Sisters (folk songs and music of Canadian sisters), and Cat Steven's "Catch Bull At Four" tape. I am eclectic in my musical tastes.

Don't ask me what "Catch Bull At Four" means, 'cause I dunno. Just loved the songs on that tape, is all.

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I also have Queen's Greatest Hits!  And Beach Boys.

Those tapes you lower the car windows and just BLAST the music to sing-a-long!

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22 hours ago, amoLucia said:

Ah! But do you still have a VCR player?

Oh yes, and a record player for my vinyl records - some of which are originals from the 1970's although I still buy modern ones.

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I'm thinking of selling off my old vinyl albums to a record dealer. I need someone who does the house call routine. I will still keep just a few of my best-est fav albums, but the rest can go. Have some cassettes also. Only a handful of CDs. Not that I really play them anymore.

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I had a vinyl album of "Marblehead Messenger" which had some really wicked-good fiddling on it, and dammit I cannot recall the name of the very-popular-by-another-artist song! Something about a train.

Well, aren't *I* a font of information! 

Guess I could look it up, but it's midnight, and I'm outta here!

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On 11/14/2020 at 1:47 PM, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Anyway, it was made in, what,1965? She was showing her age, but still wanting to play the young 'hot woman' love interest to a younger man. Not only was it unbelievable, it had a terribly dull and boring plot wherein she was the Master Of Ceremonies of a puny little circus, where Scotland Yard (??!!??) had to come in and investigate a series of murders. I tolerated about 8 minutes of it, and then Ozzie and I went upstairs to go to bed.

I think I saw part of that a month or so of that. There was something about her daughter going away to school. Yeah, I never saw the appeal of Crawford. Most of the other female stars of the time had a charisma, but not her or Bette Davis. 

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Nah, I don't care much for either of them, but you gotta give it to Bette Davis, in that SHE didn't care HOW her character looked. You can't say that for Crawford, she always wanted to be seen as young, beautiful, and desirable. She was kind of pretty when she was very young, but always seemed so aware of the camera, she couldn't sink in to her role's character, ie, she was ALWAYS Joan Crawford pretending to be someone else. Her eyebrows and her shoulder-pads ... WHEW! Severe looking!

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