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February 2005, Week 3


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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:27:40 -0500
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_Sullivan's Travels_' opening credits features the opening and flipping pages of a book technique, which it seems to me was fairly common.  I can't say about _The Palm Beach Story_, since at the moment, I've only seen the trailer.

Ratoff definitely surprised me with _Intermezzo_, since I don't think I had heard of him prior to when I saw it, yet I found the film overall, story aside, to be fresh and inventive.


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Date:  Thu, 17 Feb 2005 00:20:35 -0600

>Dear Prof Hutchins:
>I wonder, does Preston Sturges also use this same technique in Palm Beach Story
>(1941) and/or Sullivan's Travels (1942)?  I have vague recollections that he
>probably does, but memory sometimes plays tricks.  
>As to Gregory Ratoff (dir. of Intermezzo), I don't think of him as an innovator,
>so Intermezzo must be quite an exception for Ratoff.
>PS.  Morgan's Creek is NOT my favorite Sturges, not by a long shot.  I rate Palm
>Beach Story and especially Sullivan's Travels as much better Sturges films.
>Steven P Hill (U of IL).
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>Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 00:02:04 -0600
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>Topics of the day:
> 1. titles on live-action footage
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>Date:    Wed, 16 Feb 2005 17:35:01 -0500
>From:    Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: titles on live-action footage
>Recently I viewed The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1941) and Intermezzo (1939), and
>was surprised to see the titles unfold over live action.  I don't recall seeing
>too many films from 1930-1950 that did this, and admittedly it's rather different
>from contmeporary  uses of the technique.  How common was it during the Hollywood
>studio period?

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