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July 21, 2022


I loved the quiz--so many memorable lines and I loved that I remembered Yul Brynner's line from the Magnificent Seven. Such a fun quiz!

I got only one: Network and its memorable rant, "I'm made as hell . . ."
Fun quiz. Thanks for posting.

So much fun, David! I just watched THE ROSE TATTOO the other night....

Everybody is nothing until you love them.

Love this! And what a great meta-comment on Some Like It Hot: "a joke that's gone as far as it can go." Ashamed to say I've seen all the movies but one, yet still got only 4 out of 10. First saw The Rose Tattoo at a drive-in with my parents when I was 8 or 9; didn't have a clue, though I remember Anna Magnani starred. She must've made an impression. Here's a quiz: 'What were Stonewall Jackson's last words? Hint: Hemingway'. I'm reading 'Grant and Sherman' by Charles Bracelen Flood, who lives on a farm outside Richmond, KY. His 'Lincoln at the Gates' is GREAT. He's maybe not as comprehensive as Shelby Foote, but as eminently readable as Bruce Catton. A real find for my retirement years. Speaking of which, I'm thinking of being a Civil War reenactor to get some extra cash. It's either that or metal detector sales. Love to all.

These are fun but I couldn't help but notice how OLD the movies are-- two dating back nearly a century, and even the most recent almost half a century. Surely in the 46 years since The Candidate there have been some flicks with slam-bang words to bring down the curtain. But among vintage films, I like the closers in Missouri Breaks ("Sounds like a real good guess.") and Blade Runner (It’s a shame she won’t live – but then again, who does?”) Both a little opaque without the contest of the whole drama, but zingers with it.

Thanks everyone for the comments. Ken, it's true the films are old; my beat at The American Scholar is "classic movies," reflecting my conviction that the great days of Hollywood ended some times ago. Just as in popular music, the kids and their juvenile taste took over, and adults are deemed ridiculous. I was in a movie audience of mainly college students who couldn't respond with anything but a sort of embarrassment when witnessing a hot love scene (in this case, Orson Welles & Rita Hayworth in The Lady from Shanghai).

Because young love today
Is a version of parallel play?
I didn't say

What were Stonewall Jackson's last words?

"Let us cross over the river and rest in the shade of the trees." (Sorry this took so long; I just saw your response today.)

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