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 From:  Manthorp  
 To:  milko      
42379.4 In reply to 42379.3 
Indeed. Great cast too.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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Got his Sightseers from the lieberry. Anyone seen it? Any good?
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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Well, it's f00king weird. Not quite as out there as A Field in England, but OTOH it hasn't got that disarmingly historic angle going for it. (still got ~15-20 minutes left to go)
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 From:  Manthorp  
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42379.7 In reply to 42379.6 
I'm intrigued to see how history regards A Field in England when the dust has settled. It clearly admits to a tiny budget. I'm still on the side of calling it great -or at least, bloody good - but there's a (possibly mean-spirited) bit of me thinking that one of the virtues of microbudget masterpieces is that they find ways of circumventing budget limitations so that it becomes unnoticeable. Bogdanovich's still stunningly watchable Targets is maybe the exemplar.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  Manthorp  
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Now I'm fretting: have I just admitted to some artistic equivalent of the so-British imprecation to 'live within your means'.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
 To:  Manthorp     
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they find ways of circumventing budget limitations

The best known way is to arrange to have an outstanding director and great actors who don't cost a fortune to employ.
 
never trust a man in a blue trench coat, never drive a car when you're dead
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  Manthorp     
42379.10 In reply to 42379.7 
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things clearly had a microbudget, and they did SFA to circumvent it. Even so, I consider it some kind of masterpiece, though I doubt many would agree with me (perhaps I should say masterpieces, as a totality it was more of an interesting failure). I think it worked, because the plot was about a deranged wannabe film director and his little troupe of wannabe film stars, whose dabbling in necromancy goes horribly wrong.
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 From:  Manthorp  
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42379.11 In reply to 42379.10 
Just looked it up. I'd been confusing it with Who Can Kill a Child? which I wouldn't classify as a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. I've not seen it - I'll give it a look.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  Manthorp  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)     
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And a couple of reels of rushes from an unfinished Karloff movie...

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
 To:  Manthorp     
42379.13 In reply to 42379.12 
And string. Lots of string and Gaffer tape. 
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  Manthorp     
42379.14 In reply to 42379.11 
Make no mistake, the first half is in the 'so bad it's good' genre, then quite unexpectedly turns believable (beer goggles recommended).
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 From:  Manthorp  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)     
42379.15 In reply to 42379.13 
And guns.

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