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  1. This might help: http://www.umsl.edu/~gradyf/film/STUDIOS.htm These days a lot of studios are distributors of films rather than actual producers, but I don't know about Universal. A visit to their official website got me stuck on an endless reel of their logos which I couldn't turn off!
  2. My mom saw Cabaret when it opened in the cinemas, so I knew it couldn't be an X! The entry on Wikipedia says Cabaret had an X in the US, but that site is notorious for misinformation. Anything I read there, I confirm on other sites. As for the PG rating, back in the 70s there was no PG13, so it was a big leap from PG to R. It will be interesting to re-watch Cabaret and see how it compares to a PG film these days.
  3. The MPAA rating for Cabaret was PG. It was given an X in the UK, but that was later changed to "15" (Suitable only for aged 15 and older).
  4. Broadway today is awesome! I love Dear Evan Hansen, for one. It's interesting that the Tony Awards for best musical in recent years have gone to more intimate shows like Fun Home and Dear Evan Hansen and now The Band's Visit and the innovative revival of Once On This Island. I haven't been able to see Hamilton yet, but some day!
  5. The Tony Awards that are televised now are a 3 hour promotion for Broadway, and I think all the folks involved are aware of that fact. It gives a big boost to ticket sales, and that's not a bad thing for the theatre community. All the acceptance speeches are available online. https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/VIDEO-Chita-Rivera-Accepts-her-Lifetime-Achievement-Tony-Award-Saying-Theatre-is-Life-20180610
  6. I went to a 70mm IMAX showing of Dunkirk, and it was so loud the seats rattled the whole movie! Thank goodness I took ear protectors. The performances in the film are excellent, and I love some of the young up-and-coming actors (Jack Lowden, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Fionn Whitehead) but since Christopher Nolan refused to use a lot of CGI, the beach scenes look very anemic as far as the numbers of men. Same goes for the ships and planes. I'm afraid your WWII buff of a husband might have been grumbling a lot! I'm not interested in war stuff for the battles and strategy, but I am fascinated by ordinary people surviving extraordinary circumstances.
  7. I'm not in a position to defend Hollywood regarding the goals during WWII, especially since I haven't started watching the assigned films yet. Perhaps others will find this helpful, though. I always try to remember that the folks living through the world wars didn't have the luxury of knowing the outcome. What a terrifying, anxious time it must have been. Regardless of why patriotic movies were made, nobody forced the audience to buy tickets to see Yankee Doodle Dandy and Mrs. Miniver. People needed morale boosting, and who can blame them? I'm a bit of a WWI buff, and Hollywood actors were very active selling war bonds (Mary Pickford for sure). I know Buster Keaton served at the end of WWI.
  8. If you can, watch the section in The Great Ziegfeld that focuses on the real Fanny Brice playing herself. I believe she comes in about 90 minutes into the film. She does a couple of different numbers and has a few comic backstage scenes. We're doing Funny Girl in week 4, which is of course a musical about Fanny.
  9. Hi, Suzanne1228! Sholay is such a classic! I have to confess, I've not watched too many Hindi movies from before 1991. I get distracted by the dated makeup and hair, but really I just need find an actor I love and and delve in deeply to their films. If I gave the earlier films a better chance, I'd probably find someone to be passionate about. I only tolerated Shah Rukh Khan until I had the chance to see him at the cinema. His performances used to be so broad, they didn't play as well on a small screen. Nowadays he's more subtle, but it depends on the role. For those that don't know, playback singers perform the songs in Hindi popular cinema, and they're as famous and beloved as the actors are. There's no stigma in India attached to having your singing dubbed. I love Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan, playback singers who sing often for both Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan (another favorite actor).
  10. I've seen Oliver! in revival on stage in the West End, as well as other productions, but I prefer the movie. I saw the original West End cast of Les Miserables minus Patti LuPone, and I didn't like the movie much, in spite of being a big Hugh Jackman fan. The movie did introduce me to Aaron Tveit, though, so I'm grateful for that. These days, more films are going to stage musicals than ever: Legally Blonde, Spongebob Squarepants (which started as a TV series but there is a movie, too!), Mean Girls, Bring it On, Billy Elliot, The Band's Visit, Kinky Boots, the upcoming Moulin Rouge and Tootsie, etc.
  11. Isn't it fun!!! Popular Hindi cinema has a song and dance tradition that goes back to the earliest sound films in India, and it's deserving of its own course (hey, TCM!). The song Chaiyya Chaiyya has been used in some US TV shows and movies, and I always get excited when I hear it! The lyrics translated: http://blog.chandrahasa.com/archives/3168 And, sorry for meandering off-topic from the original post--perhaps this discussion should have a separate thread. Good discussion starter, MotherofZeus!
  12. Oh, yes!!! Kal Ho Naa Ho is one of my favorite films, although I can't watch it as often as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and others because I get too emotional at the end! Kal Ho Naa Ho was the first Shah Rukh Khan film I saw on the big screen. Thanks for sharing!
  13. http://www.tcm.com/watchtcm/movies/?ecid=subnavmoviesondemand http://www.tcm.com/watchtcm/movies/60/Born-to-Dance/ It's worth at least trying the On Demand movies on the TCM site. I swear I was able to watch some movies without a login, but now it's asking for a cable provider login, so I don't know!
  14. Parts of the Altman book, frequently referred to in this course, can be found on Google Books. I'm finding it especially helpful for the in-depth definition of the folk musical. https://books.google.com/books?id=yXPN0ZkkJuUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=isbn:025320514X&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjo3b7R8sbbAhVtx1kKHbr6Dc8Q6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
  15. All time favorite? Sorry, Hollywood. It's Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se with Shah Rukh Khan. (Supposedly he refused to wear a safety chain.)

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