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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 …


Ella sings “Summertime” November 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Jazz, Music.
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Berlin, 1968.


“Rhapsody In Blue” November 16, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Cartoons, Classical, George Gershwin, Jazz, Music.

Previously I posted Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, in my opinion just about the best animated short ever produced by the Disney studios.

Too bad no one is willing or capable of producing quality 2D animation any more.


An American In Paris August 25, 2007

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Art, Dance, George Gershwin, Movies.
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T-L Chocolat

Left: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

For the sequence in my screenplay Tabula Rasa in which Lucy escapes from her father to a movie theater, I originally intended for her to see Lust For Life, the Van Gogh biography starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Vincente Minnelli. But when I went to the video rental store, they didn’t have Lust For Life, and they did have this by the same director. A better choice for Lucy’s palette, as it turned out …


Opera of the week: Porgy and Bess January 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in English, George Gershwin, Jazz, Music, Musicals, Opera, Theater.
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This is by way of an answer to Ruth’s question about a good opera to introduce young people to the form. George Gershwin’s masterpiece is, of course, the great American opera, and arguably the best opera ever written in the English language.