Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951

April 3, 2016

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” premake by Ivan Guerrero.

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Hole In the Wall

February 20, 2016

“Hole in the Wall,” written and performed by Shelton Brooks, from the 1939 “race film” Double Deal. The film’s other performers include Monte Hawley, F.E. Miller, and Jeni le Gon, who is said to be the first African American woman signed by a major Hollywood studio.

See the full 1 hour film here.

More:

“Shelton Brooks: A Profile,” Thomas Morgan, Jass.com

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The Empire Strikes Back, 1950

February 12, 2016

“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” 1950 premake by Ivan Guerrero.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

January 24, 2016

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,”  words and music by Frank Loesser. Performed by Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams in the 1949 MGM movie “ Neptune’s Daughter” and reprised later in the film by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett but with the boy-girl roles reversed. The song won the 1949 Academy Award.

A classic winter duet, the tune has been recorded by countless couples including Steve and Edie, Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald, Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Jones & Willie Nelson, and Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone.

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 25, 2015

“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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90-Second Prep for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

December 14, 2015

You’re psyched to see the new Star Wars movie, but do you remember the older Star War films? Anne-Sophie Goninet and Worldcrunch present 90 seconds of highlights  Just watch the video above.

There. All caught up?

Before you ask: Spanish, Russian, English, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, French, German, Turkish and Italian. 

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“Welcome, ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Todd Leopold, CNN

“‘Back to the Future Day’ arrives, and marketers celebrate,” The Week

“‘Back To The Future Part 2’: Designing A Future For 30 Years Ago,” Andrew Limbong, NPR

“How politicians are celebrating ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Nicole Brown, MSNBC

“Back to the Future II” official website

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Movie Night in America

July 29, 2015

“For towns across America, theaters — both the stage and screen variety — have long been places to congregate. During summer months, they offer sweltering citizens a cool place to collectively relax.

‘The movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together,’ German film director Wolfgang Petersen once said. ‘I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.”

— “The theater: No longer a magical refuge from reality,” Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes. Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace what is precious to us — churches, schools and places where the arts can send our spirits soaring. As a national community of artists and audiences, AFI offers our heartfelt sympathies to the victims in Louisiana and their families.”

— Bob Gazzale, American Film Institute

More:

“What we lose when movie theaters aren’t safe,” Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

“A Brief History of Violence in American Movie Theaters,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Update:

“Largest U.S. movie chain searching bags after recent theater attacks,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

Video: “Saturday Night at the Movies,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, recorded by The Drifters in 1964.

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 27, 2014

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

Related:

“A Very Fleisher Christmas,” FleischerStudios.com

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Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains and the Sexes

October 14, 2014

Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains, and the Sexes

Film star Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) was interviewed in 1963 by columnist Shirley Eder.  The recording  was recently animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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