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Who Is Allan Ivarsson? III

(2015)

A keen film enthusiast, Allan loves watching good American, British and Australian films. From the silent era to sound… his favourite being Charlie Chaplin… 1940 ‘The Great Dictator’ being Chaplin’s first full sound flick. Appreciating the evolution of film in the Al Jolson 1927 ‘The Jazz Singer’ the first talkie, silent film, with sound music and several talking events. The Gene Kelly 1952 ‘Singing in the Rain’ great romance, humour musical film, introducing further, rising star Debbie Reynolds, is a classic reminder of the problems, beginning with the transition from silent to sound film production.

The excellent James Stewart 1953 film ‘The Glenn Miller Story’ with talented June Allyson, tells the true life romance of Glenn Miller with his music orchestra and his wife. An amazing great man. In the film an appearance by Louis Armstrong reminds us of his presence in excellent films like Grace Kelly 1956 ‘High Society’, musical, romantic humour, a remake of the 1940 Cary Grant, not musical, ‘Philadelphia Story’ and Armstrong’s powerful voice delivery in the Barbra Streisand 1969 ‘Hello Dolly!’ musical, romance, funny film.

Allan said… “I remember going alone into Sydney one afternoon, to watch this great spectacular “Hello Dolly” film, as I did with the Audrey Hepburn 1964 ‘My Fair Lady’ and Julie Andrews 1965 ‘Sound of Music’ and Clint Eastwood 1969 ‘Paint Your Wagon’ and other fantastic films.”

Allan from the age of 15 years, preferred to go to the theatre alone, without his mates, because his focus was to enjoy the moment, not be distracted by other attitudes. This ‘Fountainhead thinking’ was to become a true part of his character for the rest of his life. During his wild years in Sydney, he always preferred to stand alone on the streets at night, and face hoodlums without backup. He trusted his own instincts, as he did not believe that his mates were tough enough to back him in a fight; he came to that conviction after his first street fight in 1971 outside Cabramatta RSL near midnight, one Saturday night, when a stranger covered his back, whilst his friend Bruce did nothing. He went into wine bars, pubs and discos alone and made casual friends for the night, during his adventures on the streets of Sydney. He lived often like a ship in the night passing by, meeting a lot of great people and then disappeared looking for another adventure.

Allan said, “I like people, but most have limited minds and I find that it is difficult to meet dynamic people that can truly think outside the square with open mind, and it is difficult to find people that have true open minded courage that are not afraid to stand up and be counted, even when the odds of winning are against them. For that reason, I chose often to walk alone, for I listened to a different drummer, whose inspirational music guides me with caring courage and conviction in my heart and soul.”

“I consider myself very fortunate thanks to the invention of VHS tapes and later DVD’s. I gained the opportunity to catch up on all the great films that were made since the 1920’s silent era, and occasionally some odd pieces made before the 20’s.”

“I saw a lot of films, my parents never knew existed and I saw great films my grandparents never ever saw. And I know my children and grandchildren whom are caught trapped in the new technology world, are not likely to take the initiative to watch the great history of films I and other film enthusiasts like I, have seen.”

“I gained good communication training from films, studying scripts, dialogue, human nature, philosophy of thought, humour, dos and don’ts, project set layouts and photographic special effects. And enjoying great music when presented. That’s life living the experience, the adventure, the challenge, by always being dynamic and adaptable, not saying no to wholesome good experience. And for that reason to stay happy with peace of mind, I always reject horror films and excessive violent films. A world of peace, love and fun, is inspired by great happy entertainment.”

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