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"S.O.S. Titanic" is a 1979 American made for television movie about the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. The script was written by James Costigan and the film was directed by William Hale. The "SOS Titanic" originally appeared in two nughtly segments on ABC television (1979). This is one of several films about the Titanic disaster. It is a good example of how modern Hollywood presents historical events in a left-wing manner designed to depict America and Britain in a negative way. In this case the target is more Britain than America. It presents the Titanic tragedy from the perspective of three groups of passengers based on the accomodation classes ( First, Second, and Third Class). Individual characters based on real passengers are depicted as well as fictional characters. In Third Class steerage are Irish immigrants, picked up when Tinantic stopped at Queentown.
I have no problem with them going on about the class-based society and accommodations. And at the end there is an extended section on responsibility in which the producers are able to condemn the company involved. Now we have no problem with presenting this information. It was part of history. My problem is that the film makers are essentially preaching at the viewer and pretending that they have the moral high ground. Where is the point that the capitalistic shipping companies were providing poor people the economic mobility they needed to build a new more prosperous life in America. That was capitalism at work and of course we don't want to say anything nice about capitalism. Or where is the much more interesting point about the enfatuation of the period with technology. It of course is not addressed because it does not have a claas angle to exploit.
The director recruited real Bombay children for this view of ghetto children. The film reminds one of "Pixote" and reflects post-war Italian neo-realism. Chaipau (Shafiq Syed) is separated from his parents and finds himself in Bombay. Intending to save money to get home, he is an easy mark for hustlers, but is eventually befriended and educated by the extended street family of prostitutes and ragged peers. He is about 10 years old and wears shorts. The overall effect is to celebrate the resiliency of Bombay's street children.
This British thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock has a British school boy, Stevie (Desmond Tester). I'd say he was about 13 years old. He features prominently and wears a short pants suit throughout as was common in Britain during the 1930s. It is presumably his school uniform as he wears it with a school cap that has a "B" shield. Interesting how boys used to dress up, he never appears without his tie on, even in the evening. I one scene he pulls up his knee socks smartly and even brushes his shoes on the back of his socks. Unfortunately he gets blown up by a bomb. Several other school boys appear in shorts in various street scenes, but only Stevie has a real role.
A reader writes, "A thought for Christmas. I saw the French film 'Un Sac de Billes' ( The Bag of Marbles) as part of a Christmas special. TIt is a film from the 1970s, but I had not see it before." It is a factual account of two Jewish boys who live in Paris. The family goes along to the center distributing the Jewish Star of David badges that the Geman and Vichy authorities ordered Jews to wear. These are black and yellow badges with 'Juif' written on them. Mum sews on the badges of her two boys on their school smocks. At school they are singled out and the teacher won't let them answer questions even though they are the only ones who know the answer. This is the scene that gave me hope. The younger Jewish boy is walking home with his friend who is Christian. He has a bag of marbles which the Jewish boy would like. He played marbles and won a few but his partner still had a big bag full. The non-Jewish boy collects badges and wants a Star of David for his collection. They swap. The badge is easily removed and both boys go home thrilled at their trophies, one boy with a Star of David and the other with the bag of marbles.
I do not know whether this is cinema making a part or a depiction of an actual event. Of course when both boys got home there would be trouble. In reality, we believe that Vichy authorities ultimately expelled Jewish children from the state schools, but do not yet have detils. This varied over time and perhaps from school to school. Even before this, however, many parents began removing the children from the schools to hide them once the rojunduo and deportations began.
Movie about a boy (David Ladd) and his horse.
A sailor gives up his career at sea, but fails to meet his stepson's jealous demands for perfection. Several English school boys appear, in bright red blazers and caps (if I remember right), but with the long pants that were becoming increasingly common in the 1970s. Stars Jonathan Kahn. Original story by Mishima, the gay writer. A reasonably made film.
A movie about life in the Royal Navy during the First World War. It graphically details how common boys and midshipmen were mistreated.
This movie picks up on the famous British TV-series about a debonair detective--Simon Templar. It was the series in which Roger Moore made his name. The movie version begins with an orphan boy in Hong Kong makes up a name for himself--Simon Templar. The openoing scenes from "The Saint" starring Val Kilmer show how the saint started out in life. He was a 11 or 12 year old boy in an Catholic orphanage. Being strong in mind and will power, plus gifted with unusual talents. The first part containing the orphanage only goes for a few minutes. He wears short trouser suits. They lcertainlyb ook exceptionally well dressed for orphans. I don't know the name of the boy as yet, but will endeavour to find out who it is.
A HBC reader tells us about a charming recent Canadian film about a 14-year-old Catholic schoolboy from Hamilton, Ontario, entitled "Saint Ralph" (2004). The film was written and directed by Michael McGowan. The action is set in 1954. It was fimed in Ontario, Canada. Gordon Pinsent plays the strict headmaster, Father Fitzpatrick, while Campbell Scott plays the younger and more sympathetic priest who coaches Ralph in his running. Ralph himself is wonderfully played by a very talented child actor, Adam Butcher. "Saint Ralph" is the coming-of-age story of Ralph Walker, a devout but somewhat wayward and mischievous boy at a rather strict Catholic boarding school in Hamilton. Ralph's father has been killed in World War II, and the boy has grown up with only the memory of his Dad, cherishing his father's military uniform. His mother is very ill in a local hospital and falls into a coma from which, Ralph believes, only a miracle will awaken her. Ralph is constantly getting in trouble with the rigid disciplinarian headmaster, Father Fitzpatrick, who punishes Ralph (he has no particular interest in athletics) by making him join the school track team and work out with the boy runners.
A novelist returns to his boyhood home to put an end to troubled memories. One of those terrible horror shows. I couldn't stand listening to it. Several boys are involved. The one with the biggest role is Lance Kirwin
Roddy McDowall has a bit part.
Semi-documentary film about a strike of Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico. The film was attacked during the red-scare period of the 1950s as being communist propaganda. I saw a boy pictured with his mother in a still. I'm not sure if he has an important role.
Two orphans in route to Florida encounter an animal transporter an a playful sealion, Salty. The sealion brings adventure into the lives of a young boy and his family. Nothing of special interest. Billy Mummy.
Based on Michael Landon's close relationship with his father. The boy (Timothy Patrick Murphy) is a bit old for the part even as a high school boy. The mother is a real screw of a woman, who keeps fussing about the boy locking the bathroom door and staying there for long periods. The father tries to ignore her.
An English boy named Sammy (Fergus McClelland)--a little blond chap, tries to cross Africa alone to reach is aunt. His parents are killed and he sets off south to Durban. Sammy is dressed in shorts throughout, khaki bush-shorts. He is often pictured bedraggled as a result of his travels. At one point the boy is taken in by the French Ambassador of one of the countries he ends up in and the ambassador's wife has him bathed, takes away his old clothes, and buys him a new suit. The boy eventually runs off again -The boy plays the part quite nicely, none of the smarty child actor bit. Worth watching as it is a well produced film. The movie ends when he arrives, but you could imagine a nice sequel. She lives in a plush home with a little girl (dressed in a white frock) who first sees Sammy. "A Boy Ten Feet Tall" was the American release title. The actual title was "Sammy Going South".
A family seeks to save a stranded seal. Two boys are involved, the younger boy is played by Billy Mummy.
Bobby Blake had a small part.
Great film about kids who play ball all of the time in a local sandlot. Very authentic. Quite a nice little movie. A 12-year old's boy bonding movie set around baseball. The boys mostly wear longs. Kind of a suburban version of Our Gang set in the 1960s. His step-father takes no interest in him. A shy new kid named Scott (Tom Guiry) gets help from the star player, Benny (Mike Vitar), to join a bunch of sandlot players. Popular American 1960s fashions are show cased. Most boys wear long pants, but a few boys play in short pants. The shy boy at first wears a cap with a big bill. American boys in the 1960s were very particular about the style of their base ball caos and in particular how they bent tyhe bill. He is advised to get a new cap. A HBC reader recalls, "I was the same age at that time
(1962) and the clothes were very authentic. The boys wore jeans, regular shorts and cutoffs. The best player never wore shorts and told the main character, after he shows up the first time in shorts, to switch to jeans the next time and that's all he wears for the rest of the film. Interestingly, there is a great deal made about PF Flyers, the sneaker that was supposed to make kids "run faster and jump higher".
"The Sandpiper" is a torid Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor film. Vincent Minnelli directed them in their third film. Laura Reynolds (Elizabeth Taylor) is a free-spirited, unwed mother with artistic pretentions. She is attempting to raise her son Danny/Tom (Morgan Mason). They live an idelic life on Big Sur--California's Pacific coast. The setting certainly is dramatic. Shevbelieves in free love and had set outvtonhave Danny without any attachment to his father. She has other issues and doesn't care for schools and conventional teaching methods. teaches him at home, instilling her unconvebtiinal views and morals. Tom gets into trouble when he shoots a dear. A judge orders him enrolled in a a school. For some reason she chooses a staid Episcopal boarding school. This brings the very proper Dr. Edward Heath (Richard Burton) into the film. Dr. Heath is the school's headmaster. He is initially agast at Laura's rather challenged moral code--with good reason. He is apauled by her lack of restraint and conventional morals. She proceeds to seduce him. A rageing affair soon bloosoms, complicated by the fact that Heath is married and has two children. Claire Heath (Eva Marie Saint) proves to be a long-suffering sole. Cos Erickson (Charles Bronson) enters the picture as a beach bum and would be sculptor. Dr. Heath is drawn into thecaffair, but at thecsame time is wracked with guilt over his moral failings. The most nptable achievement of the film was that the theme song, "The Shadow Of Your Smile", won the Academy Award. The boy is played by Morgan Mason, son of film star James Mason. He plays his part nicely.
I guessing about the title as I didn't see the opening credits. The movie was shown on Science Fiction Theater, the cult TV show with the wise cracking robots. The movie has quite a number of little nippers showing some of the styles worn by boys in dfifferent countries. One group of children in national outfits had a German boy in grey short pants and white knee socks. The Mexican boys all wore longs, but most were in pajamas.
Two children,a boy and girl, are involved in this dreadful fil
Rather boring movie. A boy, Joe, is played by David Huddleston.
Bobby Blake had a small part.
The film begins with two little kids finding a dead body. One is a boy wearing shorts under a heavy coat--which must have seemed strange to an American audience. Well made mystery which realistically confronted the race issue. One brief interesting scene. While investigating the murder scene, two school boys in traditional uniforms bicycle home--presumably from a grammar school. One runs into the brother of the victim. They are togged out in yellow school caps, blazers with yellow trim, shorts, and properly pulled out knee socks. One of the best school boy outfits I have seen depicted in the movies.
A star-crossed romance develops between an unhappily married princess and a Swedish nobleman. Unfortunately I can't read my notes here, but I seemed to have written "white knee socks." I'll have to try to see this one again.
Roddy McDowall has a bit part.
A man who fails to support his family abuses his wife for years. He takes off with their son and eventually sells him to a wealthy couple. The boy's mother becomes a successful opera singer. She begins a search for her son. This may be a silent film. The boy is played by Phillip deLacey.
This classic Roman story shows aincient Roman clothing. HBC does not know enough about aincient clothing to really assess the costuming. The Fellini version has a lot of scenes stressing rather strange aspects of Roman life rather than ordinary peoole and dress.
A middle-aged dress manufacturer is unable to reconcile the her-worshipping of his youth with the degradation he is forced to submit himself to in the business world. I haven't seen this, but thought that he might be pictured as a boy.
A one-legged vagabond searches for a fortune in gold with a drunken parrot as his only companion. The film features Mark Lester's who career has declined as he aged. Mark was about 15 in this movie and it was his first teenage role. (In his previous movie, Who Slew Auntie Roo he wore short pants even though he was 14 years old.) He was having difficulty making the transition to teenage roles. His performance in Scalawag starring and directed by Kirk Douglas was disappointing. In reviewing the inept pirate story set in Mexico during 1840, but filmed in Yugoslavia, one journalist reported that Douglas "so mishandles Mark Lester that his `Englishness' looks like embarrassingly bad acting."
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
A new girl in a small Russian town puts up with ostracism to protect a boy she likes. A story of power dynamics among high schoolers.
A Catholic monsignor conceals Allied POWs in German-occupied Rome. I haven't seen it, but there may be some interesting street scenes.
"Scent of the Rain" is a new film being shot in Belgrade. It tells the story of two Jewish families who live in the Balkans during the 1930 and 1940s. The film is in production at the Belgrade film studio. Location shots are being filmed in Belgrade's historic streets. The story ends before 1941 and the Nazi occupation."
Oscar Schindler was a German businessman who had come to Crakow to benefit from the opportunities created by NAZI policies. He found and operated a formerly Jewish factory in the Zablocie district. He used his factory to save 1,098 Jews from the Plaszow camo. Speilberg's film "Schindler’s List" was filmed at the site of the Cracow ghetto. "Schinder's List" is the most realistic and moving of all the Holocaust films. One wrenching scene that I can not get out of my mind is a scene from "Schindler's List" where the NAZI guards are rounding up the children to kill them because they are not productive. Many of the children try to hide, but are found. One scene shows a boy that hid in the waste and excrement under the out house. This to be is one of the most haunting scenes in film history. There is no dialog, but I found it to be one of the most heart wrenching scenes in the film. A reader writes, "I saw the entry for this film and agree that the scene mentioned was a very moving one, so were the scenes that preceded it, where the children are being driven away from the forced labour camp. I'm sure you'll agree that there are many moving scenes in this film which are too numerous to mention." A reader writes, "One of the memorable scenes for me is at the end where Leam Neeson (Schindler) breaks down and he says, 'if only I could have got more out,' or something like that. Another scene is when the women are sent to Auschwitz by mistake instead of being snt to Schindler's factory in Czechoslovakia. You see them having their hair cut and being marched into what they think is the gas chamber, but is in fact a shower block. They stand there shivering expecting the gas to come throught the shower head, but when the water comes out instead their relief is tangible." Ralph Feinnes played the sadistic NAZI officer Amon Goeth. A reader tells us, "I saw him in one of the evening news broadcasts in which he was featured in a report about something he is currently engaged in doing with UNICEF. I thought what a different person he is to the one he portrayed in Schindler's List. I know that it was only a part he played, but I wonder how much an effect such a role can have on an actor." One wrenching scene that I can not get out of my mind is a scene from Schindler's List where the NAZI guards are rounding up the children. Many of the children try to hide, but are found. One scenr shows a boy that hid in the waste and excrement under the out house. There is no dialog, but I found it to be one of the most heart wrenching scenes in the film. The film leaves it to the imagination what was done with the children. They were being rounded up to kill them because they were not productive. This is the same reason the children were selective for immediate murder when they arrived at Auschwitz and other concentration camps.
"Der schönste Tag meines Lebens" is about a Hungarian orphan, who becomes in the end a Choirboy at Vienna. [Note: There is a historical association between Austria and Hungary as they were for a long time unified under Hapsburg rule.] The film feature Michael Ande, who was a well-known star at that time, as main character. The plot of the flm is almost identical to another Austrian film, Orphan Boy of Vienna. The plot has a similar story (coming to the Vienna Boys Choir, being an orphan, brougt to the choir be Mr Bluemel, the nun caring for him, the sum of money missing, the story with the misplaced money and Tony suspected, Tony saved from drowning, etc.)? Even the names are the same! Well,
Max Neufeld is connected to both films.
"Die Schwabenkinder" (TV movie, 2003) (translation: Swabian Children) is about children (6-14 years old) of the poor who lived in Austria (Tyrol, Voralrlberg) and Switzerlandand were sold by their parents to walk over the pass to Swabia (Germany) to be robot hard like slaves for rich farmers.
This lasted from the 17th Century until 1950.
I can't read my notes here, but it seems to be about a sailboat and a grandfather who is a bit of a fuddy duddy.
Serial. Ben Alexander.
Another version of the Dicken's classic.
Roddy McDowall has a bit part.
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