I'm not really into films - my (our) last cinema visit was in about 1978 - *Same time next year* - Alan Alda & Ellen Burstyn, I did enjoy that, Easy Rider was good, imo.
Films I've seen on telly that spring to mind, and there aren't many, *Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia* - *In the heat of the night* ".......they call me Mr Tibbs" - doesn't seem like much has changed over there really - struggling now, I'd rather read a book.
We love Black and white films too Dave, I will check out the one you mentioned, but today for some reason and although not black and white I was thinking about the pink panther series. Particularly the singing scene that we find simply hilarious, (come to me.
Watched this one recently and both I and the wife thoroughly enjoyed it- Lady in the van, starring Maggie Smith, and watched this one a little time ago -Matt Damon, Bring him home.
I normally go for autobiographies in the way of books David Niven’s (the moon a balloon) will be my next although it is rather old now, I do like a good old laugh and this is supposed to one of the best.
Michael Winner’s book (winner takes all) was very good for anecdotes especially those on Bert Lancaster / Charles Bronson.
With the recent death of Gene Wilder in mind, I have to mention Blazing Saddles.
I loved Gene Wilder... Blazing Saddles is a classic.
He was great in Willie Wonka, and Young Frankinstein too.
He was a wonderful actor, and from all accounts a genuinely nice man, too.
This is from an article written by Jacob Stolworthy for the Independant on Aug. 30....
"In her memoir It's Always Something, Radner - who died of ovarian cancer in 1989 - describes a moment featured in Lynne Sharon Schwartz's book Disturbances in the Field. In the story, the female protagonist recalls how, when she was a little girl she regularly visited her parents' beach house. The character goes on to explain how she and her sister would often have difficulty locating their parents because "there were always lots of people there, and everybody had umbrellas that looked alike." Because of this, her "father began to tie a pair of tennis shoes on one of the spokes of their umbrella so when the two little girls look over, they could see right away where their parents were."
Radner then explains how, following her diagnosis, this moment correlated to her life.
“I remember riding in the backseat of my father’s car and thinking I was really safe… If my parents were home, I was safe, and things didn’t happen - cancer, bus accidents, plane crashes or wars. As long as my parents were home, everything was all right… In the hospital, I remembered that book, thinking inside, 'Please, someone protect me from this cancer. Make me feel safe again.' The night before my first chemotherapy, I was lying in bed and Gene walked in the doorway of my hospital room. He was carrying a little pink umbrella with shoes tied to it.”
As you may have noticed I have already placed the theme song to Robin Hood in the music section and so this the very episode starring Richard Greene that inspired this once young boy to run round the woods with his homemade yew bow trying very hard indeed to Robin Hood an arrow something that ever archer in the world is still inspired to do, much like the golfers hole in one. And has Alan reproduced the Robin Hood shot; only a couple of times but at least once in his life is enough to satisfy any archer even to this very today.
Incidentally the Robin Hood shot was also shown in the 1938 film (The adventures of Robin by the very famous archer Howard Hill but not without using a certain amount of trickery in order to reproduce it on film, which is universally agreed to be the best of all the films about Robin Hood for its authenticity.
You will no doubt notice the dialogue and humour in this old episode is somewhat quaint and old fashion, but I find it quite refreshing compared too many of today’s films.
You may also notice the bows used were American flat bows probably because of the safety aspect just in case one shattered in the face of the actors, but I have already spoken about that point in the music section just to confuse and keep you on your toes dear reader!