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scribbler50

I admit to the same compulsion, Blue Girl, Googling to see how old someone is or "was" when a movie was made. Like all the time! Or if it's really an old movie, (a-hem) like pre 1976, I'm Googling to see if so-and-so is still alive. Or just got picked up for shop lifting in Boca Raton! Great fun, especially when you go way, way back... to those movies with the Humphrey Bogart's, Cary Grant's and Ingrid Bergman's of the day... and are surprised every time at just how young they were. Whatever is afoot with the psyche I don't know, but they always appear to me really grown up and much, much older in those flicks, then Google will report they were only in their mid to late thirties. Weird!
But again, great fun.

Jennifer

I can't even think about that stuff... it freaks me out. I remember realizing that Clint Eastwood was basically the same age as my father... it just didn't compute... even though if I looked at him now, I'd get it. But back when I was say 13... there was no way I could think of the Clint Eastwood from "Play Misty for Me" as being close to my father's age.

Also, did you ever see The Four Seasons?? I noticed it was on cable again and I remember seeing it when it was first out... those people seemed ANCIENT! Of course, some were probably younger than I am now... and they still seem ancient... I was also wondering, would someone who is 20 now go to see a movie about 3 middle-aged couples? Looking back, I'm not sure why I did... must have been Alan Alda and Carol Burnett.

blue girl

scribbler, I know what you mean. But, I'm not sure how to explain it because my thinking is not consistent. For instance, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman do not *feel* like my contemporaries, so no matter how old they were in a movie, even if they were much younger than I am now, I would consider them ancient. Or at least way older than me.

But, here's the weird thing. Dustin Hoffman is not my contemporary, but it feels like he is. That's why I was traumatized that he is 72 years old. I have that same feeling about Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Uh, why? I have no idea.

Which brings me to Jennifer...Clint Eastwood does not feel like my contemporary but he's only six years older than Robert Redford, who does.

I was also wondering, would someone who is 20 now go to see a movie about 3 middle-aged couples? Looking back, I'm not sure why I did

I would have and did. Even when I was a lot younger than 20. Never liked kid stuff. Always wanted to grow up way too fast.

BK and I watched Revolutionary Road together the other night. And he seemed to be enthralled by all the grown-up-ness of the thing...

Wonder if Kate Winslet seems ancient to him? I should ask.

I'm not sure if I ever saw The Four Seasons. I must youtube it to refresh my (aging) memory!

blue girl

I should also add that 39 was a very good age for Dustin Hoffman. He looked great. Sort of adorable, even.

Kathleen (in Oakland)

Clint Eastwood does not feel like my contemporary but he's only six years older than Robert Redford, who does.

I can see BG on the Sneakers crew, but not as Dirty Harry. She could violate the criminals' rights by throwing cookies at them!!!

oh yeah, I'm back and I brought it with a cookie joke!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

In 1976, I was 12...

You kids stay offa my lawn.
~

blue girl

thunder, you seem ancient to me.

Jennifer

I would have and did. Even when I was a lot younger than 20. Never liked kid stuff.

I agree, I just have hard time believing they could market such a movie as easily.

As for peers, I know exactly what you mean (Clint wasn't a peer, but wasn't as old as my father. :)) I think some of that comes from "growing up" with them... I think articles I read back in my teens and recall more than a few that mentioned the Robert Evans crowd or Paul McCartney or any number of people who were much older, but who were a part of my formative years. It does throw you when you realize they are indeed older...

Still freaks me out that Dustin was only a couple of years younger than Anne Bancroft...

I'll also agree with you... '76 seems like yesterday. I graduated from the 8th grade in '76... guess it wasn't. :)

Jennifer

One more thing... I HATE that dentist scene...

blue girl

I turned it last night during the dentist scene. No way am I watching that again. Can't take it.

Is it safe?

NO! CHANGE THE CHANNEL!

I just have hard time believing they could market such a movie as easily.

How did we know about movies when we were young? Were there commercials for them? There had to be, but I don't remember! Why did I beg my stepdad to take me to "All the President's Men" when I was 12? How did I even know about it?

zombie rotten mcdonald

Coming attractions trailers played before other movies, Beege.

much less entertainment competition. We were REALLY bored.

blue girl

I wish I could go back in time to the moment I saw whatever I saw or heard whatever I heard about those movies when I was so young to know what all I was thinking at the exact moment I was thinking...I have to see that!

blue girl

Also, I would argue we are no less bored now.

zombie rotten mcdonald

nah. There's always LOLcats.

blue girl

I can has excitement?

Larry Jones

Jeez, I'll be glad when this 50-100-Whenever Challenge is over. Think of of all the stuff we're missing cuz you have to fit it all into, what, 50 words? A hundred? Who challenged you, anyway? Are you going to sweep it all up from the cutting room floor and post it when the challenge is done? Or does that violate the spirit?

More on topic: We didn't know what we were doing when we started making movies. We were creating immortals. If not for film, Eastwood, Hoffman and John Wayne would be stage actors at best (JW might have been a circus ringmaster, if he was lucky), more likely a bunch of over dramatic crotchety old dudes. But the Lauren Bacall from "To Have And Have Not" -- I'd do her today if I could. She will live forever just like that, and Tom Cruise will always be lip synching "Old Time Rock'n'Roll" in his Tightie Whities.

I can't wait until somebody manages to create fully lifelike digital copies of Bogie and Cary Grant and (oh, please, God) Grace Kelly, so they can appear in new movies, and let us pray that the technology is used by Merchant-Ivory, and not Disney.

blue girl

Larry Jones, it is quite unfortunate that the world is missing out on some of my very profound thoughts. lol

Are you going to sweep it all up from the cutting room floor and post it when the challenge is done?

No. When this is done, I will have something very cool. Which is a document containing 50 posts of exactly 100 words each. 5,000 words. I love that.

Who challenged you, anyway?

I challenged myself so I'd write something everyday. It was just a way to try make myself stick to doing something that I love to do.

Plus, I want to win the prize!

zombie rotten mcdonald

the prize is a slug-and-lettuce sandwich...

Brando

BG, it could be worse. When Clint Eastwood was your age, he was reduced to driving around in a pick-up truck with a sucker-punching orangutan. So you got that going for you, unless your adventures with a pugilistic primate are part of what wound up on the cutting room floor.

EastBayGrease

BG, if you enjoy the screenwriting of William Goldman (both "Marathon Man" and "The Princess Bride" were screenplays based on his original stories), you might like to read "Four Screenplays" by William Goldman. Bill Goldman shares anecdotes for each movie, including one about the dentist scene that happened to him in real life after the movie came out. http://tinyurl.com/nzo9rm

Martín

Roy Scheider was a great, great actor. I remember him in 52 Pick Up, Sorcerer, All That Jazz, Jaws, 2010, Blue Thunder, Cohen and Tate, Klute, and many others works when he gave us her arts.

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