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Subject: Re: Has "Samson et Dalila" gone the way of "Mignon"
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:58:42 -0400

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Supposedly after the premiere DeMille asked Groucho Marx what he thought of
the film, and he said something along the lines that a film can never
succeed if the leading man has a bigger chest than the leading lady. DeMille
was not amused. 

For those who don't know, Hedy Lamarr was one of the most amazing people
ever--not only a beautiful and talented movie star, she also invented a
communication system intended for radio-guided torpedoes. She gave the
patent to the US Navy; although not used then, it later became a basis for
modern wi-fi and Bluetooth technologies. 

As to the opera, it has always been one of the few that I simply cannot
tolerate. Saint-Saens may have been the greatest musical prodigy ever, but
as with most other prodigies (other than Mozart of course) that did not
translate to brilliance as an adult. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jon Goldberg
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:40 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Has "Samson et Dalila" gone the way of "Mignon"

To reverse a running joke from Blazing Saddles - "that's Hedy." (It was
Harvey Korman in that film who played "Hedley" Lamarr.)

Though I don't think the Saint-Saens opera is necessarily at the top of my
list, I certainly enjoy it when I hear/see it, and don't think it's
forgettable at all. 

I confess I've never seen the DeMille film. But, you know, even as classic
as "The Ten Commandments" is, I tend to think that whole genre of "biblical
epic" films have not aged well. That "Samson" was actually one of the
highest-grossing films of its t ime - but times have changed. 

On Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:24:00 -0500, Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>S&D is very forgettable, particularly with Domingo. The movie is even 
>worse, Hedly Lamarr,
an incredibly mis cast Angela Lansbury, and the homely Victor Mature.
DeMille at his worst.

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