“I’m Mad As Hell and Not Gonna Take This Anymore”- Network 1976

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So a lot of you who do read my blog might know that I love William Holden- but what you may not know is how hesitant I initially was to watch Network. At first I said- “No Way”- I don’t wanna watch a movie where Bill is “Old”; I’m not a big fan of Faye Dunaway, and I’m not really into movies from the 70s because they are so different from the ones I do like from the 30s 40s and 50s.

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However- being in the film blogging community and following the TCMParty on twitter, I started to change my tune. I read a wonderful post that my friend Ginnie wrote up on her blog and I just started hearing these wonderful sentiments from, well everyone about the movie itself. So finally I cracked and said, “Well- William Holden is in this movie and it is iconic– I’ll just watch it for credit and the fact of being able to say- ‘Yes, I’ve seen that one.” ”

Getting to the part of me actually viewing the movie- When watching it- I had no idea of how amazing the plot, characters and iconic catchphrase of “I’m as Mad as Hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore” could be- I was so in awe of everything- and now I get it- I get it why Network is just such a fun movie to watch.

To me the only thing that dates Network is the technology  and the physical looks of the actors who are a part of the picture. Everything else is just as accurate today as it was back then. Especially for the “Mad as Hell statement”- I understand why Howard Beale (Peter Finch) isn’t gonna take it anymore- as who should?

Yes- his Mad as Hell spiel starts off as a statement to express why he’s mad at the station and his situation- but that’s not really the focus-  Beale then shifts his statement to why he’s just Mad! Mad as Hell! – and he shouldn’t have to put up with this- and as a matter of fact, either should you!

I think what makes this statement iconic is that no one had ever taken this risk of verbally expressing such strong feelings before in a film. I think maybe films such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and The Graduate (1967) were some of the first films to express angst or similar feeling in terms of actions, but it was all very symbolic and reading between the lines- whereas in this film the angst and anger, annoyance even in this statement is Bold and direct in terms of understanding.

Take a look at Howard Beale’s speech below

It just gets more and more accurate every time I watch it. And- the film in general gets funnier every time as well.

In short- I watched for Bill Holden , but I stayed for the funniness, accuracy, and overall just interesting and deeply layered plotline of the film.

 

For my own blogathon, I couldn’t think of any other way to wrap it up on! Be sure to check out other posts as they trickle in- and remember- sometimes It’s OK to be MAD AS HELL!!

THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE FOR WRITING, READING AND PARTICIPATING!!!! See you round for the next one, soon I hope!!!

 

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The Second Annual Classic Quotes Blogathon is Here!

Its arrived- the second annual classic quotes blogathon!

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Because this blogthon coincides with the TCMFF, I will be accepting posts all though next week, as there is not a silly school-like deadline to meet- this is “fun” learning!

I will be updating posts as they come in- so feel free to come back and look around to read about all the iconic and perfectly delivered quotes from some of your favorite films!

The Entries!

Charlene takes a break from Feuding by telling what Bette Davis actually said in All About Eve!

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Phyllis knows how  to decipher a Good Witch from a bad one in the Wizard of Oz.

Movies Silently Proves to us that you can quote (or kiss!) someone without saying a word.

Amanda tells us all about how The Man Who Shot liberty Valance properly prints a legend

Realweggiemidget tells us what inspired Jack Nicholson to “be a better man” in As Good as It Gets

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You tells us how being bad is better for Mae West in I’m No Angel. 

Le explains why the Maltese Falcon is “the stuff dreams are made of.”

Simoa calmly tells us why the Brewster family is practically insane in Arsenic and Old Lace. 

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The Midnite drive in tells us how Clint Eastwood makes their day

Catia gives us why Clark Gable had a right not to give a damn in Gone With the Wind. 

Kayla tells us about Claude Rains is shocked in Casablanca. 

Simoa tells us about why the moon is reaching for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina.

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And I have my own post up- FINALLY!- But just don’t be “Mad as Hell” for mine being late! 🙂

 

The Second Annual Classic Quotes Blogathon

Hello to all of you! As we wrap up 2016, I’d like to say I’ve been doing the “film blogging” thing for a little over a year now, and may I say it’s certainly the most wonderful hobby. I’ve learned so much from all of you and every blogathon I do is super fun!

As suggested by Silver Screenings  at the end of last year’s blogathon, I’ve decided to bring back my Classic Quote Blogathon! It will run from April 7- 9 2017. In this blogathon we are celebrating the classic sayings or phrases that have made it into our everyday lingo. From Clark Gable’s “Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn” to Margaret Hamilton’s “I’ll get you my pretty; and you little dog too” these phrases have been parodied twice over and still remain as classic as the day they were said

Here are the rules for participating- This year I’m loosening the rules a bit!

  • Pick a quote from  a movie that has made its way into pop culture and since its release has went on to become relevant to everyday life.
  • If you’re not sure what to pick, head on over to the AFI top 100 quotes page. Unlike last year, YOUR QUOTE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE FROM THIS LIST. For even more inspiration here is the list of the 400 AFI nominated quotes YOU can come up with one not on any list, but just make sure it’s famous!!!
  • Here’s some suggestions of what to include in your post: 1- The speaker (actor and the character they portray) 2-The film it is from 3-Who the quote is directed to 4- anything significant surrounding the quote (i.e. maybe it almost got edited out, or maybe it was improvised by an actor or director) 5- the legacy it gives (why do we love this quote in the modern day when it was said by someone years and years ago?!) Don’t be afraid to throw in your own 2 cents and make it your own!
  • PLEASE, No duplicates, there’s many quotes out there! YOU MAY DO THE SAME MOVIE AS SOMEONE, JUST A DIFFERENT QUOTE!!!
  • Have fun!

Please submit your blog name and quotes in the comments section, DM me or tweet me on Twitter ( @flapperdame16 ), or you can email me at countessemily16@gmail.com.

THE ROSTER So Far:

The Flapper Dame- I’m as Mad as Hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!- Network (1976)

Back to the Golden Days– “Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a damn”- Gone with the Wind (1939)

The Lonely Critic-“Well Nobody’s Perfect” Some Like it Hot (1959)

Realweegiemidget- You make me want to be a better man.” – As Good as it Gets (1997)

The Wonderful World of Cinema-“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”- White Heat (1949)

Movies Silently-“Kiss me, my fool” – A Fool There Was (1915)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies– Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”- The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Midnite Drive In– “Go ahead make my day’ Dirty Harry

Criteria Retro– “The Stuff that Dreams are made of”- The Maltese Falcon (1941)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood- “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” –The Jazz Singer ( 1927 )

Champagne For Lunch– “The moon’s reaching for me.” Sabrina (1954) AND “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” Arsenic and Old Lace (1941)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat  You- When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better. ” – I’m No Angel (1933)

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night”- All About Eve (1950)

Silver Screenings– Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth”- Pride of the Yankees

Peyron Classics -“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” – Oliver Hardy

Old Hollywood Films- Print the Legend” The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Here are some fabulous banners to use! AND HAVE FUN!!! 🙂

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We’ll Always Have Paris- The Classic Quote Blogathon

Hello All! This is my entry for my Blogathon- The Classic Quotes Blogathon! (click the Banner to read more)

Ilsa: But what about us?

Rick: We’ll always have Paris. 

Ranked at #43, it’s just one of the six quotes from Casablanca that made the AFI Top 100 List. And to this day it remains one of the most romantic, yet heartbreaking quotes ever to be spoken on the silver screen.

“We’ll Always Have Paris” was one of Rick Blaine’s (Humphrey Bogart) final lines from Casablanca and is the second to last piece of dialogue he speaks to Ilsa Lund (the lovely Ingrid Bergman). It’s just a simple little phrase, but in it, he means so much- as it’s all about the backstory behind his words.

For all of you who love Casablanca, (and that’s like 99.99% of us) we all know that Rick’s words are of course referring to the glorious days he and Ilsa spent in Paris before his heartbreaking heartbreak. The car ride, romantic boat trips, the dancing, singing and drinking by piano (with Sam, naturally)- all of the fun and romantic moments that made Rick and Ilsa’s short romance memorable. They’ll Always Have Paris! 

 

For Ilsa, even though these words are hard to hear, its almost as if its a reassurance that Rick will never forget his time with her and he will always remember their shared, happy memories.

Behind the scenes, this quote  was most likely written in at the last minute, as during production, both the writers and the actors didn’t know what would happen in the end. They weren’t sure who was going to end with who, who would leave, or who would stay. The production code would not allow for Ilsa- who was still married woman- to end up with Rick if her husband was still alive, so a possible ending was set up with Laszlo being killed off. In the end, however, the writers decided to keep the ending from the original play- with Rick sending Ilsa and Laszlo off at the airport. Using this ending also allowed for a surprise twist for viewers and a strong character action for Rick- for he’s giving up the girl for more important work to be done.

Over the years, “We’ll always have Paris” has become a cultural staple. Its been used at the name of several TV episodes (including episodes of Star Trek- The Next Generation and American Horror Story- Asylum ), is the name of at least two songs (By the band Commander Venus and the group Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) and has even been parodied. For instance, in Full House season 5 episode 15 “Play it Again, Jesse”, (which is a misquote of another famous Casablanca quote) the character of Danny Tanner is saying goodbye to his girlfriend Vicky,who is taking a new job in Chicago-as Vicky and Danny say goodbye, she tells him “we’ll always have the terminal lounge”. In The Vampire Diaries season 4 episode 8- the title of the episode is “We’ll always have Bourbon Street”.

And who can forget the latest use of the phrase- as a symbol of hope for the devastating Paris Bombings.

So my classic film fans, no matter what happens – remember that.. As time goes by… We’ll Always Have Paris! 

It’s Here: The Classic Quote Blogathon!

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It’s finally here and I am totally excited to be the Hostess of My First Ever Blogathon!

First, I wanna thank each and every one of you that participated and I am looking forward to reading all of your fabulous entries. I know I didn’t get a ton of participants, but to me- it’s about having and learning about cinema- and that’s just what I’ll do when reading all of the posts!

I actually am in the middle of curating a Blogathon idea- so stay tuned on this blog and on twitter  (follow me @flapperdame16 ) for an announcement coming in the next few days 🙂

So without further ado, let’s begin:

Celebrate the quotes from classic cinema that we use everyday! From parodies, to references, to making jokes, these quotes have helped shape our lives and have made history in their own right by becoming famous phrases.

Here is the roster and it will be updated as entries come in:

  1. “I think I’ll have a large order of prognosis negative”– Dark Victory (1939)-  In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
  2. “We’ll always have Paris”– from Casablanca (1942) – The Flapper Dame
  3.  “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”– from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – Silver Screenings
  4. Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a damn!”– From Gone With the Wind (1939)-Amanda Garrett from Old Hollywood Films
  5.  “Here’s looking at you, kid”– From Casablanca (1942)- Back to the Golden Days
  6. “Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”– Laurel and Hardy- Movie Movie Blog Blog
  7. The stuff that dreams are made of”– from The Maltese Falcon (1941)- Blog of the Darned
  8. “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.” from  In a Lonely Place (1950) – B Noir Detour

 

 

Announcing- Classic Quotes Blogathon

Hello everyone! If you didn’t know, I myself am new to the classic film blogging world. Wanting to be more involved and have some fun, I’ve decided to host my very first ever Blogathon! Want details?- Continue reading below!

If you’ve ever wanted to discuss the significance of a certain film quote that has found its way in pop culture, here’s your chance to do so! The theme of the Blogathon is called “Classic Quotes” and it will run from March 4-6 2016. (I went for March because Christmas season is busy and I know Oscar season will have passed by then. Also, I know there are some other Blogathons coming up in February I don’t want you guys to feel rushed!!)

The rules are you must pick a quote that has made its way into pop culture and since its release has went on to become relevant to everyday life. You can choose any quote on the AFI top 100 list, but of course it’s not limited to it, as there were many quotes that didn’t make the cut. Try to stay away from films made from the 2000s.

So what do you include in the post? Here’s a list to get you started: 1- The speaker (actor and the character they portray) 2-The film it is from 3-Who the quote is directed to 4- anything significant surrounding the quote (i.e. maybe it almost got edited out, or maybe it was improvised by an actor or director) 5- the legacy it gives (why do we love this quote in the modern day when it was said by someone years and years ago?!) Don’t be afraid to throw in your own 2 cents! 😉

Please submit your blog name and quotes in the comments section, DM me or tweet me on Twitter ( @flapperdame16 ), or contact me on tumblr (under the message me tab) and requests will be made on a first come first serve basis. (Note- if you do the tumblr option and you leave a message as an “anonymous”please leave an email address so I can confirm your participation) No repeats as there are many, many great quotes to talk about! I will make a list for everyone to see once requests start coming in.  Below is the list of taken quotes and participants.

 Will be updated as requests come in

  1. “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore!” from Network (1976) – The Wonderful World of Cinema
  2. “Fasten Your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” from All About Eve (1950)-  In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
  3. “I am big. Its the pictures that got small”- from  Sunset Blvd (1950) – Smitten Kitten Vintage
  4. “We’ll always have Paris”- from Casablanca (1942) – The Flapper Dame
  5.  “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”- from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Silver Screenings
  6. “Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a damn!”- From Gone With the Wind (1939)-Amanda Garrett from Old Hollywood Films
  7.  “Here’s looking at you, kid”- From Casablanca (1942)- Back to the Golden Days
  8. “Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”- Laurel and Hardy- Movie Movie Blog Blog
  9. “The stuff that dreams are made of”- from The Maltese Falcon (1941)- Blog of the Darned
  10. “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.” from  In a Lonely Place (1950) – B Noir Detour 

Posts may be submitted anytime between March 4 and 6 and requests will be accepted until Feb 26. Also on Feb 26 I will give submission details UPDATE 2-7-16 NOW ACCEPTING REQUESTS UNTIL MARCH 3 2016 please email me your posts to emilyg16@sbglobal.net or you can DM the link to me on twitter! ( @flapperdame16 ) 

So everyone, grab yourself one of these iconic badges and Have fun!!!

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