A Movie A Day: NOTORIOUS (1946)
Plus Quint has an AMAD announcement!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day.
[For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection or from my DVR and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.]
NOTORIOUS marks the 200th A Movie A Day article, so I figured it’s the perfect time to make an announcement. Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a comment at the end of yesterday’s review of MOONTIDE that I would have something to say today and it spurned a little bit of discussion in the talkback.
No, I’m not leaving AICN. No, Moriarty, I’m not getting a sex change (those fuckers are so expensive, I figured I could do without… I have a good imagination).
This column has been my main contribution to this site over the last 7 months and I've loved it. A MOVIE A DAY has given me the opportunity to focus on vintage film, classics I should have seen by now, obscure gems and a fair amount of garbage, but that’s what happens when you explore cinema. If it wasn’t for the garbage you come across you wouldn’t appreciate those amazing films, like today’s NOTORIOUS, when you find them.
The responsibility of getting these out every day is one I took very seriously and I only messed up twice and all within the last 2 months of the column and there’s a reason for that. More and more plates are spinning as each week goes by. Next year is going to be a very, very busy one for me, I think, so I've decided to put a halt to A Movie A Day.
Now, this isn’t the last installment. I made this decision about a month ago and I planned to end it on the 7 month anniversary of the column, early next month. I had to take almost a week off because of BNAT and a secret trip (which I still can’t go into detail about just yet), so now the column will have its final movie on the 7th of January, instead of the 2nd, which would be the 7 month anniversary.
Watching these films and writing about them has not only helped me get to know some classics, but it’s also made me a better geek. My horizon has broadened and not only have I found a ton of new favorites, I’ve also had my love of the art form reinvigorated, which was a bit of a shock. I never considered that I needed a recharge until this column, but obviously I did. A Movie A Day has not only helped me put today's films into a better context, but it's has me focusing on the art in a different way.
I do not plan on dropping the vintage film discussion altogether. No, I love this too much to quit cold turkey. I will still watch and review older films for the site, just not on such a hellish schedule. I’d hesitate to call it A Movie A Week because even that promises a schedule and who knows? Maybe I’ll watch a few a week I want to talk about, maybe none.
I still have probably 300-400 unwatched movies on DVD and I will keep going through them. When I find one that really interests me or one that I discover I have a desire to talk about or dissect I will write it up.
So, I’ll have to think of a new title for the vintage discussion… maybe Quint’s Essentials? Or is that too ego-tastic and lame? Maybe you guys can help with that.
But yeah, I know… not a good Christmas present for those who have been following along, but I hope you understand that I’d rather end the column strong and not let it die a miserable, slow death.
Now let’s get out of the melancholy and into Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS.
Have I ever mentioned that I’m in love with 1940s Ingrid Bergman? In my perfect world I’d have the tough decision on who to marry: 1940s Ingrid Bergman, 1960s Julie Andrews or modern day Natalie Portman. Unfortunately for me, I think all three have about the same likelihood of happening.
In NOTORIOUS Bergman plays the daughter of an unrepentant Nazi who is tried and convicted before our story starts. We start with his sentencing and never even get a clear look at the man. That doesn’t matter. What interests us is his daughter, who falls into partying and boozing it up as a means to forget her father’s war crimes and the shame he has put on her.
At one of these parties she gets shitfaced while talking to a guest of a guest, someone she initially thinks of as a party-crasher. That someone is Mr. Cary Grant approaching her with a proposition.
He’s a government agent and because he’s heard her opposition to her father’s work on one of the wires placed in the house he knows she is an ideal candidate to go undercover for him in Rio de Janeiro, where he believes he’s tracked down a small group of escaped Nazi war criminals. It doesn’t hurt that the main man they’re after is a known associate of Bergman’s father and someone who had a thing for her.
The main plotline, the spying, is all well and good, but that’s not what makes this movie remarkable. What is still gripping some 62 years after release is the love story between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. It’s almost tragic. They fall in love in their downtime upon arrival in Rio. They have to await the mission from the higher ups and as they do they can’t help but connect.
Grant is hesitant, but submits to his feelings and the brief whirlwind romance is kicked into high gear. Grant makes Bergman want to be a better person. She’s ready to quit the boozing and a referenced, but never seen, slutty life for this man.
Then they get their assignment and the games begin. She is to woo their target, Claude Rains, and gain his confidence enough to get access to his house, where there are secret meetings with unknown people. The government wants to know who is there and what they’re cooking up.
I’m no fan of games during relationships. I’m of the up front and honest school of romance, not the “let’s test how much you really love me” shit. That kind of game-playing is what sped up the nasty demise of my last relationship and it’s not something I have much tolerance for.
So when the game-playing starts here I felt immediately bad for Grant and Bergman. In the brief time we’ve seen them together in love we buy it, we buy them and we want them to succeed. Grant protests initially to his superiors, but relents, ultimately deciding to leave it up to Bergman to decide if she essentially wants to whore herself out in the name of patriotism.
He’s testing her, wanting her to reject that life completely. But she thinks he wants her to do it and is disheartened when he skirts her question about whether or not he protested at the assignment. It’s like watching someone skewer their child, seeing their love wilt onscreen.
Then it becomes about revenge, Bergman striking back, rubbing her sexual relationship with Rains in Grant’s face and watching him squirm, but all the while damn near begging him to ride in and steal her away from the situation.
The spy moments are great. There’s an especially tense moment where Bergman has to steal a key from Rains (now her husband) in order to get into the only room in the house locked to her: the wine cellar. She can only do it if there’s a lot of noise and confusion, so she throws a big party. Grant is a guest at this party and they go to work, realizing on the spot that Rains will miss this key if the booze runs out of the party and the man-servant has to ask for entry into the wine cellar.
Hitchcock visually represents this tension with the ever-diminishing bottles of champagne as the party goes on and on and Grant and Bergman get closer and closer to finding what’s secreted away in the wine cellar.
I’m a big Hitchcock fan and the more of his work I see the more in awe of him I get. Even his misfires show a kind of genius to them.
For instance, I love in this film how Rains isn’t a fool. He’s kind of a likable guy and you believe he’s truly in love with this girl, but they don’t have him ignoring obvious shit all the way through. He sets a very subtle trap for her and when she falls into it, you see him visually torn up. Then the suspense shifts effortlessly from “is he going to discover her” to “what’s he going to do now?” and to be quite honest, the suspense in the second half of the movie is much better than the suspense in the first half. It’s that ticking time-bomb theory of Hitch’s. We know Rains knows, we know it’s going to explode at some point, but when and how?
Final Thoughts: Another classic from The Master. The romance is tragic and completely atypical, especially for the time. Grant is charming as all get out, Bergman as beautiful as Grant is charming and Rains is perfect as the central goal and threat. He plays it very real, very human and that makes for an incredibly memorable character. It all builds to a fantastic moment of tension that is played perfectly. Plus, I was howling at Cary Grant’s final “Fuck You” moment with Rains. I don’t know why it got to me as much as it did, but I was laughing hysterically and clapping my hands. It’s an awesome moment in an awesome movie. Also keep an eye out for one of cinema’s best kissing scenes, the on again off again pecks between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is some super sensual stuff, even by today’s standards.
Here’s what we have lined up for the next week:
Wednesday, December 24th: THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958)
Thursday, December 25th: THE HIGH COMMISSIONER (1968)
Friday, December 26th: THE SILENT PARTNER (1979)
Saturday, December 27th: PAYDAY (1972)
Sunday, December 28th: A STRANGER IS WATCHING (1982)
Monday, December 29th: THE NEW KIDS (1985)
Tuesday, December 30th: SERIAL (1980)
Tomorrow we have more Ingrid Bergman in THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS, so it’ll be a good day. I’ll have to fit her in amongst some last minute shopping, but I think I can manage.
Thanks to everyone who has followed along with me thus far. If you have any questions about the future of the column or any suggestions, let me know in the talkbacks below. I’ll check in when I wake up.
See you folks tomorrow for the next installment!
June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
August 19th: Dracula A.D. 1972
August 20th: The Stranglers of Bombay
August 21st: Man, Woman & Child
August 22nd: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
August 23rd: The Young Philadelphians
August 24th: The Rack
August 25th: Until They Sail
August 26th: Somebody Up There Likes Me
August 27th: The Set-Up
August 28th: The Devil & Daniel Webster
August 29th: Cat People
August 30th: The Curse of the Cat People
August 31st: The 7th Victim
September 1st: The Ghost Ship
September 2nd: Isle of the Dead
September 3rd: Bedlam
September 4th: Black Sabbath
September 5th: Black Sunday
September 6th: Twitch of the Death Nerve
September 7th: Tragic Ceremony
September 8th: Lisa & The Devil
September 9th: Baron Blood
September 10th: A Shot In The Dark
September 11th: The Pink Panther
September 12th: The Return of the Pink Panther
September 13th: The Pink Panther Strikes Again
September 14th: Revenge of the Pink Panther
September 15th: Trail of the Pink Panther
September 16th: The Real Glory
September 17th: The Winning of Barbara Worth
September 18th: The Cowboy and the Lady
September 19th: Dakota
September 20th: Red River
September 21st: Terminal Station
September 22nd: The Search
September 23rd: Act of Violence
September 24th: Houdini
September 25th: Money From Home
September 26th: Papa’s Delicate Condition
September 27th: Dillinger
September 28th: Battle of the Bulge
September 29th: Daisy Kenyon
September 30th: Laura
October 1st: The Dunwich Horror
October 2nd: Experiment In Terror
October 3rd: The Devil’s Rain
October 4th: Race With The Devil
October 5th: Salo, Or The 120 Days of Sodom
October 6th: Bad Dreams
October 7th: The House Where Evil Dwells
October 8th: Memories of Murder
October 9th: The Hunger
October 10th: I Saw What You Did
October 11th: I Spit On Your Grave
October 12th: Naked You Die
October 13th: The Wraith
October 14th: Silent Night, Bloody Night
October 15th: I Bury The Living
October 16th: The Beast Must Die
October 17th: Hellgate
October 18th: He Knows You’re Alone
October 19th: The Thing From Another World
October 20th: The Fall of the House of Usher
October 21st: Audrey Rose
October 22nd: Who Slew Auntie Roo?
October 23rd: Wait Until Dark
October 24th: Dead & Buried
October 25th: A Bucket of Blood
October 26th: The Bloodstained Shadow
October 27th: I, Madman
October 28th: Return to Horror High
October 29th: Die, Monster, Die
October 30th: Epidemic
October 31st: Student Bodies
November 1st: Black Widow
November 2nd: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
November 3rd: Flying Tigers
November 4th: Executive Action
November 5th: The Busy Body
November 6th: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
November 7th: Libeled Lady
November 8th: Up The River
November 9th: Doctor Bull
November 10th: Judge Priest
November 11th: Ten Little Indians
November 12th: Murder On The Orient Express
November 13th: Daniel
November 14th: El Dorado
November 15th: The Gambler
November 16th: Once Upon A Time In America
November 17th: Salvador
November 18th: Best Seller
November 19th: The Holcroft Covenant
November 20th: Birdman of Alcatraz
November 21st: The Train
November 22nd: Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
November 23rd: Mystery Street
November 24th: Border Incident
November 25th: The Tin Star
November 26th: On The Beach
November 27th: Twelve O’Clock High
November 28th: Gentleman’s Agreement
November 29th: Panic In The Streets
November 30th: The Hot Rock
December 1st: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
December 2nd: The Day of the Dolphin
December 3rd: Carnal Knowledge
December 4th: The Cincinnati Kid
December 5th: Pocketful of Miracles
December 6th: Mikey & Nicky
December 7th: Two-Minute Warning
December 8th: The Sentinel
December 9th: How To Steal A Million
December 10th: What’s New Pussycat?
December 11th: Being There
December 17th: The Party
December 18th: Casino Royale
December 19th: The Stranger
December 20th: Brother Orchid
December 21st: The Petrified Forest
December 22nd: Moontide
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Dec. 24, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
This is indeed a wonderful film and I see it almost every year. Definitely high up my list of 'PLEASE DON'T RE-IMAGINE THIS FILM, SCUMBAGS!' Though I think the worst ever re-imagining prospect would be KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS with Eddie Murphy playing all the different Alec Guinness roles. If they ever made that, I think I would have to move to the Antarctic.
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST
It'll be a shame that it becomes more occasional, but you should deffo try and keep it up.
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST
*Sobs* I've loved this column the most out of everything on AICN and i'm very, very sad about this.<p>Quint, you've helped me to discover some movies I've never even heard of and have made my collection much richer (and me much poorer) because of this column.<p>I know we've got some AMADs left but I want to take the opportunity to thankyou for this column. You've been a star and certain people on AICN (*cough*Harry*cough*) could learn by the way you dedicated yourself and always got the column out without delays.<p>I salute you Quint. Live long and...watch many more movies.
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST
"A Movie Whenever..."
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:54 a.m. CST
cuz it would have been really low odds because I figured that was what you were going to announce Quint<P>I know I have really appciated what you have done for many of us through these columns, it's been fantastic and has encouraged me to visit some of the films in my own library I had nevr seen (The Day The Earth Stood Still, The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, some others) and be more willing to watch films on TCM that may or may not be good (took a chance the other night with THE 400 BLOWS-I thank YOU Quint)<P>I like Quint's Essentials, but it's really really close to the Robert Osborne/Rose McGowan TCM 'show' The Essentials (which he has hosted with others but is currently doing it with McGowan), Quint's Picks, is a little generic...hmmm<P>anyways NOTORIOUS is a fantastic film, a truly great film
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST
I like the idea of having a classics forum and perhaps one way to keep it showing up often but without regularity is to use it as a reference point. When someone announces that they want to do a High Noon remake by the director that did the 3:10 to Yuma remake, a column is done that reviews High Noon and both versions of 3:10 to Yuma. Have a discussion on context and what makes classics cool.
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST
Great job, Quint. AMAD has exposed me to many new movies and rekindled a desire to break out the unwatched classics in my own library. I knew it would be very hard to keep up such a grueling pace when life has a way of interfering, but I certainly hope this feature morphs into a similar ongoing column. I vote you go old school to compliment the nom de plume, and call it "Quint's Catch of the Day". Again, kudos!
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST
"Today we follow Danny Glover from Predator 2 to Lethal Weapon. The rest of the cast are all cunts and I wish they'd die but Danny Glover is great again. Mel Gibson annoys the fuck out of me and I wish he'd die, but he had some good chemistry with Danny Glover. Oh and I saw your comments in the talkback yesterday about Danny Glover not being a good actor. I know who you are and I have the power to find out where you live, you cunts. You fucking remember that. Tomorrow I take a look at Blindness. I hope some of you cunts catch blindness. Now fuck off."
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST
I'll miss this column. I've learned lots thanks to you.
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST
a movie whenever i get around to it! AMENAT!! a movie every now and then! I feared this, but I didn't think it would be any less than a movie a week....oh well..LIFE IS CHANGE! Onward----->>!!
Dec. 24, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST
Most of us film fans rejoice over great cinema, not just space aliens and bloody monsters (ya bunch of ADD kids, darn ya!). All other internet "blogs" should aspire to this series. Was really hoping you would go a full 365 days, but oh well... Thanks for your commitment to the classy film redisovering cause!
Dec. 24, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST
Or, Quint's Chamber for Forgotten Films. Or "Everything Old is New Again"? Or "Quint's Fabulous Mine of Cinematic Gems"? Or something?<Br><Br>And, yes, this column has been the best thing running on the site. And the consistency has impressed me. Thanks, Quint!
Dec. 24, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST
This column became like a girlfriend to me. I got enlighted, depressed and it sure as hell cost me a lot of money. And now you are leaving ...like all of them before. You Maniac! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
Dec. 24, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST
I got lots of unwatched DVDs here and need a reason to catch up. But no, it's christmas and nobody would care about MY Movie A Day anyway ;)<br> I will miss yours. It was always an interesting read.
Dec. 24, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST
Harry never puts his DVD column up on time anyway, so why should you be any different. In all seriousness, I love the column and would still read it in whatever form it reappears in.
Dec. 24, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST
The trouble with Quint's Picks or Quint's Essentials is that some of the columns that I've found most interesting are ones in which you don't like the films much---especially when the flick in question is an established classic or at least carries a strong critical reputation. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want you to focus on the negative since you have spurred me to watch films I would not have tried or have never even heard of. As many others have said, my favorite things on this site are AMAD and Harry's DVD reviews. So---how about A Movie A Week, and if you have to miss, well, that's OK, look at Harry!
Dec. 24, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
I remember when I finally discovered Hitchcock. I couldn't stop watching his films. I kept going to the local video stores and trying to find as many as I could. NOTORIOUS is one of his finest. Glad you enjoyed it!
Dec. 24, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
It's either Bergman or Grace Kelly.
Dec. 24, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Um, they already did...Mission: Impossible 2?
Dec. 24, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST
Excellent work on A.M.A.D. The column has been the most diligent, the most thoughtful and the most passionate thing on AICN this past year. It's nice to watch someone find new enthusiasm for movies.<p>NOTORIOUS is my personal favorite of all of Hitchcock's films. I own only three Criterion Collection dvd's, and NOTORIOUS is one of them. (The others - THE THIRD MAN and NIGHTS OF CABIRIA) Nearly point for point, you described my feelings about the movie. The film is achingly passionate. The chemistry between the two leads is nothing less than fire. And the espionage dangers are genuinely tense.<p>The cast is fantastic. Claude Raines is indeed a man you pity and fear at the same time. Cary Grant was never better than in this one. I love how Hitchcock filmed Grant in silhouette throughout his entire introductory scene. And yes, who couldn't fall in love with Ingrid Bergman, even when she's playing a hussy? (And speaking of women, one would like to marry, let's also not forget Lana Turner in 1946's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. Dear Lord, talk about a beauty!) Bergman gives solid acting in this one.<p>Cheers, Quint, to your work on this column! And Merry Christmas.
Dec. 24, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST
Thanks for doing such a column. It's nice to see some different things here on the site, and look forward to keep reading some more of the reviews when ever you can. And just a note, Quint's Essentials really isn't all that egotisical in the sense that all of these are coming from your DVD collection...and you're reviewing the ones (well, now) that are the best ones fit to be reviewed. Hence, an essential.
Dec. 24, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST
Have loved every minute of this.
Dec. 24, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
by Tin Snoman
So sad to see it go...
Dec. 24, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
What a way to promote a movie. "This hot babe is in this movie! What's it about? What do you care? She's hot, so GO SEE IT!
Dec. 24, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST
Quint, I've loved this column. It's kept me coming back to AICN often to read your take on movies I adore and films I've yet to see. But I do request that before you pack it in that you finally do that review of WHITE HEAT you intended to do back on November 21. I had a hard on for a week waiting for your review of that movie, only for you to discover that you'd lent it to a friend. Totally harshed my mellow.
Dec. 24, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
it was so cool having all those different posters etc for each movie.
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
Thanks for doing this column. Congratulations on such great work.
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST
Or is that too qitschy?
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST
I shall proudly. take over your AMAD assignment. It is one of the best features on the site, and I will make you and my fellow TB'ers proud.
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
"Casablanca? what the fuck? at least fucking get your TITLE in English? what shit-dicked queer made this? piano playing and whiny black and white bitches? don't EVER see this movie. Avatar will fuck your eyeballs in 1942."
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
by barry convex
Er, I mean Quint's Vintage.
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST
You got me all wrong. First-- I'm totally not part of the AVATAR EYE FUCKING crowd. And I barely ever drop the gay jokes. For some reason I've always been very Pro-Queer.
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST
That is pretty funny.
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
...in my AMAD article for Rock Hudson's "THE GOLDEN BLADE." <P> "Its quite clear to the viewer that Rock Hudson, at this point in his life, is 100% shit dicked queer."
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST
She always looked like she had a pussy filled with baby powder. <p> If we're talking classic females, I'd go with either Natalie Wood or Audrey Hepburn-- two fine ass brunettes. I think Natalie in Love With The Proper Stranger is probably the most attractive the female specimen has ever appeared. I would take Natalie as my wife and have Audrey on the side as a fuck buddy. <p>MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
There you go, discussion over...
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST
I've seen this a couple of times on Bravo in Canada and you're in for a weird little film. To see Christopher Plummer play the heavy is like seeing Andy Griffith for the first time in one of his evil roles. Memorable moments are the "foot" scene and the "aquarium" scene. It brings to mind "Hold-up" with Kim Cattrall (inspired by a novel and remade as 'Quick Change' with Billy Murray, Randy Quaid and Geena Davis) and 'Murder By Decree' which is as dark as 'The Silent Partner' but Plummer plays the hero in it instead.
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST
Thanks for the great movie ideas! Go get some fresh air now! lol
Dec. 24, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST
....when Randy Quaid breaks down "Why won't this night eeeeeeeeeeeeeend?!!!!"
Dec. 24, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST
how am i gonna learn about classic movies like Day of the Dolphin without AMAD. seriously i hope you get scurvy.
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST
by El Borak
that is the name.
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST
by El Borak
"it's bad luck just SEEING something like that!"
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST
...Day of the Dead shit. Hehehehe.
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
I, for one, like Qunit's Essentials. I hope you enjoy the Inn of Sixth Happiness -- we actually named our daughter after Gladys Aylward (the main character).
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST
by a goonie
I guess it had to come to an end one day. I've been in awe of how you've kept this going for so long, so congrats on all the hard work. I try to watch a movie a day myself, but it doesn't always work out, and I'm not writing several hundred words on every one I see either. So everything you've done here has been very impressive. It's even helped me locate some movies I may have otherwise skimmed over at the video store (like Gun Crazy, which was pretty damn awesome). Also, it's great to hear that you saw and enjoyed Notorious. A great Hitchcock movie.<br><br>And did you notice how much Mission: Impossible 2 steals the plot and just adds action? I always think it's kind of funny that the movie ripped off a classic so blatantly and never admitted it. At least, I don't think anyone ever admitted to that. Strange stuff.<br><br>Anyways, you deserve to pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Looking forward to more vintage film ruminations in the future.
Dec. 24, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST
by El Borak
i need to see it again.
Dec. 24, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST
Seriously, you've done a great job, Quint. And 'Quint Essentials' would be a fine name for your column.
Dec. 24, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST
QUINT'S ESSENTIALS <P> FEATURING DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD AS THIS WEEKS GUEST VIEWER
Dec. 24, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST
Dec. 24, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
This line sorta reminded me of Harry's Indy IV review-- when he was shaking and crying and glee. Jesus fucking Christ that was disturbing/hilarious/tragic/uncomfortable/and diarrhea inducing all at once.
Dec. 24, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST
by The Eskimo
...I visit this site each day, (along with my e-mail and google news routine), I guess I will bid you all adieu...thanks Quint. Good while it lasted.
Dec. 24, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST
Quint: This column is a welcome change from the childish rants in the rest of the blog; there's no way that you could share this column with the rest of the gang there?
Dec. 24, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST
I really do appreciate all the kind words. This column has been the most rewarding thing I've ever contributed to this site and the response from day one has been amazing.<BR><BR>Danny, I might take you up on the offer at some point, so be careful what you wish for...<BR><BR>We have until January 7th continuing as is and after that I'll re-evaluate the titles I have left and see where we stand for the continuing vintage film discussion. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Dec. 24, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST
There goes one of my few joys on this site. <p> Glad you liked Notorious. I always loved the ending <SPOILER> You have to give credit to Hitch, who is one of the few people who can make a scene of people walking out of a house into a car and leaving into one of the most climatic and suspenseful things ever.
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST
From someone that has seen first hand the crazy hours you've put into this, the hurdles you've had to jump schedule wise to get them up on time even when you're flying around the world, or have an ocean of other coverage you had to do for the site (I still can't believe you pulled Comic Con and this article off at the same time)... I thank you for a fun, insightful and well thought out series of articles that I will continue to re-visit in the future as these movies float in front of my eyes in the future. Well done my friend.
Dec. 24, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST
I'll be here dude. But seriously...the column has been great. I usually read but rarely post because its the one TB I don't feel like raising hell in. That must mean something. <p> Have a good holiday people.
Dec. 24, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST
by Luna Moth
Quint, this has been a great run, and I'm looking forward to reading your columns however they continue. Thanks for all your columns so far. I remember reading somewhere that that on again off again kiss was due to the length of single kisses being dictated by the Code. Hitch could have a lengthy "kiss" by having many little kisses. Pathetic constraint, but in the end, a great effect.
Dec. 25, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST
And set up some kind of reader poll, where we can vote on the next film you should pull from your shelf of unwatched DVD's, which you could watch and review whenever it fit.<p> Quint -- I have said it before and I'll say it again. You have managed to single handedly provide AICN with a huge library of classic film reviews. And your commitment to this pursuit was nothing short of astonishing.<p> This site will be diminished by the lack of a regular AMAD column, but I'm glad you're still going to be contributing. I do think your interviews are great.
Dec. 25, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST
But I understand. This column has been, hands down, the best thing that ever happened to AICN...and that's saying a lot. Way to go, and thanks, Quint, for so many hours of enjoyable reading you've given all of us.
Dec. 25, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST
...to continue it on a regular basis; obviously, someone you respect. This column is a great addition to the site, no reason to kill it off now. There is definitely a writer/reviewer out there who can continue A.M.A.D. with the same respect and gumption you put forth. Just find a willing and fitting participant. Hell, I'd be so lucky to have this assignment as my job. I watch TWO movies a day. Anyway Quint, I'll miss your reviews for real. It was a good run.
Dec. 25, 2008, 5 a.m. CST
You can't give up. Not now. Don't do it. Why not take the weekends off or something. But the fact is you made the site relevant again.<p> But if anything this has showed you is that you need the discipline to go forth and go on!
Dec. 25, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST
Great column, and I suspect it'll be good for everyone to get on a more flexible schedule (although mildly manic has been fun!)... How about something like 'Quint's Excavations' or 'Quint's Out of the Past'(my fave.) thereby avoiding the implication that every movie you choose to write about is going to be (or should be) a Notorious-level, literal essential? Great ending to Notorious as others have noted. It's especially worth noting that the chilling, closing door aspect of that final shot appears to have influenced the Godfather's great final shot. You're a great movie when other great movies imitate you! Thanks again for the series. (eleven hundred dvds went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, December the 24th, 2008.) 'Q
Dec. 25, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST
This section has been the best reason to read aicn for months. The fresh perspective on movies seen and the old school "danny Peary" like enthusiasm for movies I'd not seen has been a joy. Keep up the good work in whatever form.
Dec. 27, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
...Thanks for the passionate, insightful write up Quint. <P> AMAD ENDING?!!! Say it ain't so you salty dog!
Jan. 7, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST
good title for you to steal. "Have You Seen...?"
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