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The Black Swan
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Commentaries on this disc:
Film historian Rudy Behmer and actor Maureen O'Hara
Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [
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Reviewed by Uniblab on June 3rd, 2013
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A very fun and lively chat between the knowledgeable and stimulating Behlmer and the delightful, remarkably lucid for her then-age, 83 year-old Maureen O'Hara. Not quite reference quality content-wise but the rapport between the commenters definitely makes the track worth listening to.
Reviewed by badge on September 8th, 2014
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Never seen this movie? Or even heard of it? Doesn't matter: you don't have to! This is practically a stand-alone commentary (rarely scene-specific) that serves as a good listen for film buffs who are interested in classic Hollywood. O'Hara has great recall about damn near everything and everybody, and while she and Behlmer talk about the 'broader picture' of those days, they always find a way to relate it specifically to THE BLACK SWAN by means of example. Zanuck, the Hayes Office, musical scores, the Studio System - it's all there. O'Hara is so with-it that she sounds younger than Behlmer, and the two of them have such knowledge and enjoyment of this period of movie-making that the commentary (or "chat", really!) is always light yet informative.
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