Posts Tagged ‘films’

America

July 4, 2018

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side StoryRita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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Birth Of The Bike

May 18, 2018

“Birth Of The Bike,” 1937. A short film by British Pathé.

Note: Today is “Bike to Work Day” in Washington DC.

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When to Cut

April 2, 2018

How Does an Editor Think and Feel? Written & edited by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou.

Every Frame a Painting tumblr

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 22, 2017

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland, who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945. The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting the poignant perennial enjoyed for seven decades.

More:

“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 10, 2017

“Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” Fleischer Studios, 1936. Voice actors: Jack Mercer and Mae Questel. DirectorDave Fleischer. Animation: William HenningSeymour Kneitel. Music: Bob RothbergTot SeymourSammy Timberg.

Related:

“A Very Fleisher Christmas,” FleischerStudios.com

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Jeep

October 8, 2017

“Autobiography of a Jeep” (1943), from United Films via the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, reprocessed by Jeff Quitney. The Willys MB Jeep was the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II (more here). This WWII-era film celebrates the buggy’s prowess.

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The End of Chivalry

September 29, 2017

“A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry,” by Jake Mahaffy.

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Godard In Fragments

September 1, 2017

Iconic elements of the 1960s work of Jean-Luc Godard, supercut by Kogonada.

Related:

“Jean-Luc Godard: a beginner’s guide,” John Patterson, The Guardian

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America

July 3, 2017

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side Story. Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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‘Hollywood Steve’ Bannon

April 19, 2017

Between working as a Goldman Sachs investment banker and haunting the corridors of the Trump White House, Steve Bannon produced 18 films. Three of them explain his plans for presidential power, says Adam Freelander.

More:

“What I Learned Binge-Watching Steve Bannon’s Documentaries,” Adam Wren, Politico

“How Hollywood Remembers Steve Bannon,” Connie Bruck, The New Yorker

Note: Steve Bannon’s filmmaking idol is Leni Riefenstahl.

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