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Complete the Sentence on This Wet Afternoon

"The last old movie I saw was __________________ which I watched because ________________________ and it was ________________ ."


I'll start: The last old movie I saw was Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) which I watched because Kim Stanley was Oscar nominated in a supercalifragilistic Best Actress year and the film was stagey but good... only I kept wishing Hitchcock had directed it to amp up both the perversity and the tension. I would totally endorse a remake for one of today's finest actresses because Myra Savage was one crazy bitch.

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Reader Comments (56)

Oh Nathaniel, you must! The trilogy seeking amy is refering to is brilliant, specially "Carmen".

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The last old movie I saw was Bed of Roses which I watched because I love pre-code and it was hilarious, sexy and surprisingly (somewhat-ish) romantic all in 67 minutes

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The last old movie I saw was Casablanca, which I watched because it was back in theatres for its anniversary and it is one of my top 3 films of all time (along with Star Wars and Singin' In The Rain), and I simply could not pass up the opportunity to see it on the big screen. It was MAGICAL. If I lived in NYC as opposed to just working there and commuting, I would be at film retrospectives all the freaking time.

I wish there were more revival houses spread out around the country - film lovers exist outside of big cities, you know! - but I imagine they really don't make a huge amount of money, which is sad.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

denny - unfortunately i think it requires a theater owner who is a film buff first and a business person third and who is willing to lose money for their love of cinema

There was one multiplex in detroit when i was 18 that started reserving one screen for old movies. It was SO cool. It's where I saw WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF for the first time. But they didn't keep it up and the theater was always depressingly thin in terms of crowds.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

True that, Nathaniel!

If I ever win the lottery, I'm totally doing it, though. I already have the place scoped out and everything. All I need is just tens of millions of dollars!

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

The last old movie I watched was the wonderfully campy "The Most Dangerous Game," because it happened to be on TCM, and it's kind of mesmerizing in its nuttiness (also, there's that Thierry Kuntzel article about it you have to read in film theory school).

Speaking of "Séance in a Wet Afternoon" remakes, though - have you seen Kurosawa Kiyoshi's? It's called "Séance" - worth checking out!

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeRightBack
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