The 12 Days of Blogmas – Day 9

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For the ninth day in a row, I’m playing Cinematic Santa, passing out online movie and TV clips to my favorite bloggers in a concerted effort to match their tastes. (Visit here for a more complete synopsis of my new Blogmas tradition.)

Today I reach into my bag of goodies (forgive me if my phrasing offends) for Kellee of the blog Outspoken and Freckled. Kellee loves a little of everything movie-wise, and as her blog’s title implies, she has as many opinions about film as she has sunkisses on her physique.

In fact, Kellee likes so many kinds of movies, I hardly know which interest to pinpoint — so I’m going for the obvious. Kellee lives in Kansas, which was the birthplace of one of her many movie idols, Buster Keaton. And if we’re talking Buster, I can’t do any better than to reward Kellee with one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen — Keaton’s solo film debut, One Week (1920).

It doesn’t even do justice to the movie to try to summarize its plot; it goes for big belly laughs from the get-go (and it succeeds) long before the main plot even takes hold. The movie is embedded below, so just hang onto something (so you won’t fall to the floor with laughter) and watch — and please join us tomorrow for Day 10!

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Bruce Altman, unheralded supporting actor

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The following is my entry in the What a Character! 2017 blogathon, being co-hosted Dec. 15-17, 2017 at the blogs Outspoken & FreckledOnce Upon a Screen, and Paula’s Cinema Club. Click on the above banner, and read bloggers’ takes on some of their favorite character actors!

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My chosen actor for this blogathon is Bruce Altman, but I’m afraid that my entry is going to be very brief, because even in the vastness of the Internet, there is very little information about him other than his voluminous TV and movie credits. If you’re really interested in him, probably the best source of info on Altman is this, an article summarizing a talk he gave to aspiring actors at the New York Film Academy. (One would guess that the reason for the scarcity of information about Altman is that that’s the way he wants it, and more power to him.)

Altman is one of those actors whom most people probably wouldn’t recognize by name, but as soon as they see him on-screen, they say, “Yeah, I’ve seen that guy before.” He graduated from the Yale School of Drama, began acting in off-off-Broadway shows in the 1980’s and has since gone on to a pretty rich career in television and cinema. Click here to see Wikipedia’s summary of the many series and movies in which he has appeared.

At his NYFA talk, Altman stated his philosophy as, “Never think you know what someone else is thinking.” He was referring to actors trying to second-guess the motives of casting directors and the like, but it’s obvious that Altman has also applied this philosophy to his own acting. In his best work, his acting consists of simply reacting. That doesn’t seem like much, but any straight man in a comedy act will tell you how important it is to have one guy who simply listens and doesn’t try to hog the stage for himself.

Below, I have embedded two clips of Altman’s appearances in movies that are very different in tone (and in time — look at the dates on these movies, and you’ll see how far Altman’s acting career has taken him). In Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), he plays a very disinterested customer trying his best to indulge an overzealous salesman (Jack Lemmon). In Matchstick Men (2003), he plays a low-key psychiatrist gently prodding a reluctant, tic-ridden patient (Nicholas Cage) for information about his past. Savor the work of this very fine supporting actor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual SEX! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon – Da Big Finish

Well, it’s been fantastic, bloggers — but let’s just be friends. I’m here to present

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If you happened to miss the first two days of the ‘thon, click below for the respective recap:

Day 1 Recap * Day 2 Recap

Our last few entrants struggled to the finish line of our blogathon of suggestively sexy movies, but they gave it everything they had and made it. (Click on the appropriate blog’s name to read his or her entry.)

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The Flapper Dame wonders how Tom Ewell can possibly keep his cool around Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.

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Outspoken & Freckled conclusively proves why silent-screen siren Clara Bow is It.

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Flickers in Time says God only knows how Robert Mitchum got washed up on the same island as nun Deborah Kerr in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison.

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Pop Culture Reverie echoes the sentiments of Patty O’Neill (Maggie McNamara) in The Moon Is Blue: “Don’t you think it’s better to be preoccupied with sex than occupied?”

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Another sexy silent film, Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, is herein examined by Silent Wierdness.

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Serendipitous Anachronisms finds surprisng sexiness in Edwardian Britain in A Room with a View.

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And last but hardly least, Dell on Movies found his inner soundtrack playing Salt-n-Pepa as he watched the film-noir classic Double Indemnity.

Thanks to all of our wonderful blog guests for their time and contributions, and thanks to the readers who pored over the entries. May everyone have a summer that is sizzling in only the best way! And that wraps things up! (Now, Adrienne, the show’s over. Don’t think you can sneak in on us that way…)

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