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December 19, 2015


I love REMEMBER THE NIGHT! Whatever part Stanwyck plays, she brings her direct emotional intelligence to every moment.

loved it the first time, and even better with the "Hollywood ending" of 2015 (so far)...and agree about Stanwyck, every single scene she ever played for that matter...

Lovely tribute to Tinseltown's best for the holiday season! Thanks for this essay. Now that you're a father, Michael (congratulations!), I'm sure you and your wife would not think of depriving your child of the seasonal joys of two other Stanwyck-does-Christmas scenes: "My Reputation" (wartime, upscale Chicago suburbs; sheltered genteel widow and mother of two prep-school-age boys, Stanwyck entertains bluff, rakish army man George Brent at her Christmas hearthside gathering); "No Man of Her Own" (an interloper with a dark secret, young widowed mother [of infant son] Stanwyck is trimming the in-laws' Christmas tree when dreaded telegram arrives). No spoiler alert needed to ask if the dropped ornament in "No Man of Her Own" (noir) is assigned the same Foley tinkle-crash as the one that slips from Stanwyck's hand in "Christmas in Connecticut" (comedy), or if a classic-era studio stocked sound clips for different genres of tree-trimming boo-boos (foreboding-menacing vs. cute-romantic).

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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