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Just to say Hi

I just came across this community, and I decided to join, so this is just to say hello *waves*

I first got into P and P films back in 1989, with Colonel Blimp. I pretty much wore out the tape I had, watching it over and over, falling for Anton Walbrook and admiring Roger Livesey and the splendid colour and the clever idea of three Deborah Kerr parts.

Then I saw Contraband, and The Spy in Black... Conrad Veidt is totally amazing! I spent most of the 90s searching out Veidt and Walbrook films, both P and P and others. Back then, Channel 4 was showing loads of old British films, and I wallowed in them.

I saw A Matter of Life and Death twice in the same week on TV, without realising what it was...  the beginning is so surreal, and the first time, I came in where Peter is on the beach, and it was so weird and fantastic I didn't know what to make of it.

I caught the Small Back Room, and really liked it, and read the book, too. I bought both Powell and Pressburger's bio/autobios. I've searched out what I can about Anton and Conrad, and Roger Livesey and David Farrar. And I adore The Red Shoes. I've even managed to get the original novel, which is quite interesting, and somewhat different from the film.

It's a shame Channel 4 doesn't show those old film much any more. But I recently read an article in The Times, about a kids Film Club project, where they'd shown The Red Shoes to the kids, and some of them were really enthused about it, even though they couldn't bear to watch it all the way through. So I reckon there's hope for us yet :-)

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Hey, welcome reggietate! (*waves back*) I'm always so thrilled to find another P&P fan. They made some pretty damn good movies, didn't they? LOL.

I too love Roger Livesay, Conrad Veidt and Anton Wallbrook. I hope you've managed to see Anton in Dangerous Moonlight (my personal fav non P&P role of his), Gaslight, The Queen of Spades and La Ronde. I was lucky enough to see the original Victor/Victoria with Anton here in LA at a special screening of films banned by Hitler, but haven't been lucky enough to find a copy of it on DVD to see it again. But if you can track it down, its a hoot to see Anton so young and in a fun film. I'm sure it'll come out on DVD one of these days....You know, I've always loved Conrad too - but never realized how handsome he was until seeing The Spy in Black on the big screen and having my breath taken away (literally) by his entrance at the beginning of the movie. Sometimes things just have to be seen the way they were meant to be seen if at all possible - not just on our TV's. Although I'm looking forward to being able to afford one of those super large flat screen TV's someday to enjoy my P&P films on.

I don't know about The Red Shoes for kids - I mean, I saw it at 6 or 7 (my mom had seen it when it came out and it was one of her fave films) and I loved the ballet, but I have to confess, I didn't really understand what the rest of the movie was really about until I was in my late teens. Although, I'm surprised TRS didn't put me off trains forever! LOL.
Hey, welcome reggietate! (*waves back*) I'm always so thrilled to find another P&P fan. They made some pretty damn good movies, didn't they? LOL.

Absolutely.

I too love Roger Livesay, Conrad Veidt and Anton Wallbrook. I hope you've managed to see Anton in Dangerous Moonlight (my personal fav non P&P role of his), Gaslight, The Queen of Spades and La Ronde.

I adore Dangerous Moonlight (though Anton reportedly hated it, and was miserable when he was making it, 'cause his boyfriend has just been interned!) I saw Q of S on Channel 4 way back, in the days when they put - shock!horror! - black and white films on in the evening :-) Not long ago, I managed to get a copy on DVD, too. La Ronde is a bit odd, though - most of his lines are dubbed. Not the beginning, where he sings, but later on. Which is odd, considering he was certainly able to speak decent French.

I wish more of his films were available on DVD. Most of the ones I have are videoed from the telly, and they're getting a bit worn now.

You know, I've always loved Conrad too - but never realized how handsome he was until seeing The Spy in Black on the big screen and having my breath taken away (literally) by his entrance at the beginning of the movie.

Conrad is truly amazing. The least likely romantic heart-throb you could imagine, but it worked. Spy in Black is brilliant, but my softest spot is for Contraband. I watched it late one Friday night and very nearly didn't bother to tape it. Next day I was sooo glad I had, because I was suddenly madly in love with him :-)

I don't know about The Red Shoes for kids - I mean, I saw it at 6 or 7 (my mom had seen it when it came out and it was one of her fave films) and I loved the ballet, but I have to confess, I didn't really understand what the rest of the movie was really about until I was in my late teens.

I think these kids were about ten or twelve, which isn't too bad an age to see it, although I daresay some of the more adult aspects of the theme would fly over their heads. I'm all for encouraging young people to see classic films. Channel 4 (that's an independent TV channel in Britain, similar in output to the BBCs BBC Two, slightly more artsy, etc) used to show many, many old films back when it first came on the air in the 80s because it had little of its own programming. So you could see old films practically every day, and they weren't just filler. Nowadays, phutt! They can't be bothered. Shame...
I wish more of his films were available on DVD. Most of the ones I have are videoed from the telly, and they're getting a bit worn now.

Man, I wish so too, because there are so many I haven't seen. La Ronde is one in particular that I'd love to watch (I keep suggesting it on TCM's website). There is some stuff of his available on youtube, but it's a little spotty and haphazard.
There is some stuff of his available on youtube, but it's a little spotty and haphazard.

I must have a look over there sometime.