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“Manhattan” January 27, 2008

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, George Gershwin, Movies.
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There once was a time when I made a point of seeing every Woody Allen movie the day it opened. Why? Because I remember breaking down in tears at this …

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“Suite Judy Blue Eyes” December 10, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Movies, Music, Rock.
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From the 1969 Woodstock festival and the movie of the same name, the first public appearance together of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young …

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Three loverlies October 12, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Movies, Musicals, Theater.
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Almost from the moment his studio announced they had purchased the movie rights to My Fair Lady, Jack Warner started stepping in one bad publicity mess after another.

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“Where the devil are my slippers?” October 11, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Legit, Movies, Musicals, Theater.
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When Gabriel Pascal, the producer of the 1938 movie of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, first showed their movie to GBS, he was understandably nervous. Although Shaw had insisted on co-credit for the screenplay (as a result of which he won an undeserved Oscar), in fact he had not had a hand in the writing or the production. Shaw’s play ended with Higgins and Pickering sharing a good laugh at the realization that Eliza was, indeed, going to marry Freddy. Shaw wrote a prose epilogue (lengthy even for him) in which he explained that Eliza started a flower shop with Higgins and Pickering’s assistance.

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The new small talk October 10, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Movies, Musicals, Theater, Trivia questions.
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My Fair lady cover

Of those of us who have actually heard of George Bernard Shaw (the answer to yesterday’s question), the image at left is most likely what we think of when we think of him.

When I saw the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady, I was young enough that I remember equating Al Hirschfeld’s image of GBS in the clouds, with the strings tied to his fingers, with my image of God. This proved an even more appropriate metaphor as I grew older: by high school, my two favorite playwrights were Shaw and Bertolt Brecht.

Other children acquire their spirituality from church, or their parents. I got mine from the cover of a Lerner & Loewe album. Ah, but I was a strange child …

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The Last Waltz: It Makes No Difference and I Shall Be Released October 1, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Folk, Movies, Music, Rock, The Last Waltz.
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Our waltz with The Last Waltz comes to an end, as The Band performs It Makes No Difference:

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The Last Waltz: Evangeline and Caravan September 30, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Folk, Movies, Music, Rock, The Last Waltz.
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This next sequence from Martin Scorsese’s documentary The Last Waltz (1978) was shot at the MGM Studios in Hollywood after the Winterland Ballroom concert.

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The Last Waltz: Up On Cripple Creek and Helpless September 29, 2007

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In the opening number of their Thanksgiving 1976 farewell concert, The Band performs Up On Cripple Creek:

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The Last Waltz: The Weight and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down September 28, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Folk, Movies, Music, Rock, The Last Waltz.
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For the next four days, excerpts from The Last Waltz (1978), Martin Scorsese’s documentary of The Band’s farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom, Thanksgiving 1976.

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“The Honorable God has spoken!” August 18, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Movies.
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Tippy Walker as ValSo I’m posting my screenplay, Tabula Rasa, onto a website that requires you to include the names of three movies to which your screenplay is similar. I was stumped … (more…)

Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007 August 2, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, 1961 through 1989, In memoriam, Movies.
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From Wild Strawberries, which I believe to be Ingmar Bergman‘s best film, the first dream of Professor Borg (Victor Sjöström).


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“Cockaboody” July 31, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Cartoons, John Hubley, Movies.
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John and Faith Hubley

Fifteen years after their animated short Moonbird won the Oscar for Animated Short Subject, John and Faith Hubley (right) returned to the same format for Cockaboody (1974), for which they recorded the voices of their daughters Emily and Georgia.

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Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda May 7, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Movies, Weirdness.
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Hiçbir türk filmi bu kadar özenilerek yapılmamış.

Bir komedi filminden ne kadar ciddiyet beklersiniz ki.

Özet şeklinde hazırladım umarım beğenirsiniz …

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“That’s what a union is. One.” March 4, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1961 through 1989, Labor, Movies.
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It seems they don’t make movies like this any more.

But I write them.

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