Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Ghostbusters, 1954

July 16, 2016

“Ghostbusters 1954,” a premake by Ivan Guerrero.

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America

July 3, 2016

“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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Artistic Creation

June 11, 2016

Movie magic: An artist’s creations come to life in this 1901 film short. Directed by British illusionist/filmmaker Walter R. Booth and produced by engineer/filmmaker Robert W. Paul.

h/t: Public Domain Review 

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Iratus aves. O tempora, o mores!

May 24, 2016

Iratus aves. O tempora, o mores!

The movie that scored number 1 at the box office last weekend, with $39 million in ticket sales, was Angry Birds, based on a mobile phone game. Few audience members liked the film, but of course they’d already spent their money. Anger is entertaining, but not for more than a few minutes. Will Trump voters have this kind of buyer’s remorse if he wins the general election?

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Image (“Field Guide to Angry Birds [Iratus aves]”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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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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