About CineMaven

I am a Capricorn and a native New Yorker who has loved classic films for as long as I can remember. My favorite film? Alfred Hitchcock's “VERTIGO.”

MY ‘NICK’ and ‘NORA’

Folks, I want to introduce you to Andrea and Richard Rosen who I met at the TCMFF a few, scant years ago. They are a delight, have great camaraderie and friendship for each other ( even though they are married ) and if I may be sooooo bold…I call them MY own Nick and Nora Charles. I’ve asked, and they were kind enough to offer me their thoughts of TCMFF’18. I’ve even kept them up hours into the night with talk of movies. Yeah…guilty as charged. Take it away Nick and Nora…er–Andrea and Richard:

It’s August which means the frenzy is about to begin – when will the TCMFF dates be announced? What will be the theme? Might Angela Lansbury return? This is now the reality for my Husband Richard & me…but I wouldn’t have it any other way, this stuff is thrilling!

Thinking of our last TCMFF this past April 2018, I was just daydreaming about our favorite experiences, every day of the festival is like waking up on Christmas morning!

For me, I love sharing a film I’m obsessed about w/Husband Richard because I love his reactions as a 1st time viewer – this year that film was “LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN” (‘45). Frankly I was a little jealous because Richard got to see it for the first time on the big screen. Exiting the theatre he was still enthralled, his reactions ranged from: “The colors were so vibrant!” “She’s crazy!” “Did the brother have to die?” “Is it a Noir?”

Our together discovery is definitely the pre-codes. TCMFF ’18 gave us “FINISHING SCHOOL” (’34), where footsteps filling up w/snow denoted the passage of time and overnight untoward behavior. That film was delicious!

The fun never ended, we met Cicely Tyson – we attended an intro of Nancy Olson’s for “SUNSET BOULEVARD” (‘50)…she is one Dame I could listen to all day & night. If you ever get to hear Nancy Olson speak, do not miss that chance (oh, I hope she’ll be back in ’19…yep, getting excited already). And of course, my favorite is Eddie Muller – only Eddie could get us into a theatre at 9am but that’s the power of “The Czar of Noir.”

So those are just a few of my musings…Richard, what do you think?

Me? I try to be a person of few words, but not about this. Everything Nora (you dubbed her that, Theresa; Nick here) wrote is spot on. We are pre-Code crazy. Give us the celluloid. And I am silenced by the guest stars (Andrea met them, I smiled and bowed my head in honor of being in the same room, much less a foot away).

But the best thing for me is the friends who we have made, some of whom we have come to call family, and the conversations (with cocktails, of course) we have had – sometimes until 3 in the morning (and you know that, Ms. Brown) – about movies / themes / directors / actors / leitmotifs I never knew I could discuss with anyone outside of film class or PBS documentaries or mi’lady Andrea. And then, of course, there’s at the pool with Alicia, breakfast with Dave, drinks with Eddie and everywhere with Ben. We are lucky. TCMFF creates the best party.

Mic dropped.

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Andrea and Richard ( BROOKLYN  in the House )


Rest In Peace, Dear Lady.


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ONCE UPON A SCREEN, OUTSPOKEN AND FRECKLED and PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB are the hostesses with the mostesses and for the seventh consecutive year  Kellee, Aurora and Paula are hosting their very popular “WHAT A CHARACTER!” BLOGATHON this weekend. You need only click on the banner to the left for the announcement or click on each lady’s name for the contributions of the day.

Paula, Aurora & Kellee

For those of you who don’t know ~ and I can’t imagine you don’t ~ the “What A Character!” Blogathon covers character actors whose faces are recognizable though their names might not. These are actors whose names usually appear below the title.

I’ve been quite the lazy bones this year in terms of blogging but when I saw the ladies’ announcement I just knew I had to dive in and commit. And who better to dive into but the tall, dark, ruggedly handsome and oh so dangerous…STEPHEN McNALLY.

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Do you see this map? Everyone that we’ve ever known or will ever know lives somewhere here on this map. And some of those folks are classic film fans. I know we look through the lens of classic films as movies made in Hollywood during its “Golden Age.” Last year I did a blog post where I asked Classic Film fans from Texas to tell me about their journey and love for classic films. Being an American one might think classic film fans are only American. Au contraire mon frère. Au contraire. With the help of The Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival and my own movie~going experience at NYC’s popular retro movie houses back in the 70’s. I’ve learned that classic film fans come from all over the world.

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APEX ( 1962 )

Terence is at it again. He of “A Shroud of Thought” is hosting his fourth annual “FAVOURITE TV SHOW EPISODE BLOGATHON.” This “is a blogathon in which bloggers write entries about their favourite episodes of their favourite classic television shows.” If you’re interested in seeing everyone’s favorites ( don’t use a “u” ~ I’m an American ) please click on “The Saint.” I participated in this popular blogathon once before with the iconic and poignant “Twilight Zone” episode “Walking Distance” starring Gig Young. But now for something different.

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