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#2497 - 03/03/09 08:27 PM Not-so-current movies
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The IMDB says eight movies have been made bearing the title Incubus. I rented the first one, released in 1965. It stars a pre-Kirk William Shatner, who plays a soldier returning home from a war, and right away there's trouble. He tries to protect his sister from an incubus while at the same time dealing with a succubus who has targeted him. If that isn't weird enough, here's the kicker: all the dialogue is in Esperanto.

Written and directed by Leslie Stevens, produced by Anthony A. Taylor, with a score by Dominic Frontiere and starkly beautiful photograpy by Conrad Hall. Shatner, Stevens, Taylor, Frontiere, Hall -- the one thing those five men had in common was The Outer Limits. Can't you just see them sitting around on a soundstage, waiting for the next scene to be set up, and one of them says, "Hey, kids! Let's do an Esperanto movie!"

Recommended only as a curiosity.

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#2498 - 03/03/09 09:51 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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1965? The Esperanto movement was fairly well dead by then. What made them do it?

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#2499 - 03/04/09 01:07 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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In Esperanto? How weird!

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#2500 - 03/04/09 07:47 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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What made them do it? No idea.

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#2501 - 03/05/09 06:58 AM Re: Not-so-current movies
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There are a couple of discussions about this in the message boards at the bottom of the IMDB page. Apparently somebody still thought that Esperanto was going to take off, though it was said at the time that the movie would be screened for 300 people in NYC and 200 people in Chicago and that would be that.

That discussion led on to another one about Esperanto itself. Allegedly there are about 1m Esperanto speakers around (and I know that there's an Esperanto Wikipedia). One poster was actually learning the language himself (but didn't know why!).

Worth a look. I think you have to register in order to use the message boards (just as you have to do here).

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#2502 - 04/01/09 02:49 AM Re: Not-so-current movies
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Seeing Christian Clemenson (Jerry in Boston Legal) in NCIS tonight reminded me that not long ago I watched an oldish movie called Bad Influence that he appeared in with his Boston Legal buddy, James Spader. They played brothers, and they were believable as brothers -- oh, they were so young! Rob Lowe played a stranger who struck up an acquaintance with Spader and then proceeded to ruin his life, the same sort of manipulative charmer that Spader himself was to play so often in later years. Not a bad movie.

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#2503 - 04/03/09 11:48 AM Re: Not-so-current movies
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Street Kings, released just under a year ago and already on cable. It's the first movie I've watched where Keanu Reeves looked to me like a man instead of an overaged boy. He plays a violent cop, so he's the perfect fall guy to take the rap for a murder he didn't commit. Forest Whittaker is his corrupt supervisor, and Hugh Laurie is the Internal Affairs officer investigating them both. And guess what! Laurie wears a toupee in House. He let his baldness show in the movie.

[This message has been edited by Rita (edited 04-03-2009).]

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#2504 - 04/03/09 01:20 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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#2505 - 04/03/09 09:52 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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Good heavens! What was going on there? Is that a parking lot?

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#2506 - 04/04/09 02:15 PM Re: Not-so-current movies
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It looks like one, but I don't know what was going on. The picture came from ImageShack, which is one of those places where anyone can upload photos. There was no text to explain it, not even a caption. There's another picture there I didn't want to post here, but the URL is http://imgcash4.imageshack.us/Himg99/scaled.php?server=99&filename=6929qo5.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=480 .

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