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  1. And brief cameo appearance in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995); would you consider this film a musical? It uses songs performed by other singers; there's a choreographed group number. Also it's being workshopped as a stage musical: "In an interview with the Post, [Douglas Carter] Beane said he originally intended To Wong Foo for the stage. “I was a struggling writer trying to break into the theater,” he told Michael Riedel. “I was working as a nanny in Brooklyn, and every time the family went on vacation, I’d write a play. I started working on To Wong Foo but c
  2. Fanny was a Broadway musical, music/lyrics by Harold Rome, with Joshua Logan involvement. The 1961 film was based on the musical but: "When the 1954 Harold Rome Broadway musical, Fanny (888 performances), was about to be turned into a Hollywood movie, Joshua Logan, co-author of the book with S. N. Behrman and director of the show, received an unpleasant surprise. As Logan, equally at home in movies, set out to direct, studio head Jack Warner informed him that movie musicals were out, and that Fanny would be transformed into a dramatic feature. Logan, who had cast a number of fine
  3. Maybe it's not a coincidence he has "air" in his name. "He floats through the air with the greatest of ease, dancing his taps so they seem like a breeze..."
  4. Right. This is addressed in the article I quoted before (sorry if I'm going long on this, but having worked in film/tape archives most of my career, I see preservation as a big deal. There's a lot of focus on the front end of creating a film, but the back end of saving the product is also important, increasingly so as it becomes more unstable, physically and financially.) "Warner also began classifying its 8,000 feature films and 5,000 TV shows into two categories: those it will “manage”—that is, preserve for the long term—and those it deems “perishable.” Managed assets include not jus
  5. Even nitrate's replacement after 1951, acetate, degrades over time. Polyester stock supposedly will last a century or more if properly stored. The real headache now is preserving digital. The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence: "Maintaining such a [physical film] facility isn’t cheap. And as chemical film stock becomes obsolete, along with the techniques used to create and manipulate it, relying on a film-based archive will only grow more difficult and more costly.... And how much does it cost to migrate from one LTO format to the next? [LT
  6. And even if you keep a complete edition, film naturally starts to deteriorate. I didn't realize the negatives for Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were nitrate. Jeez Louise. Some preservation information: "Thousands of pre-1951 movies captured on volatile nitrate film are kept in frigid, low-humidity vaults in a modest cinderblock building owned by the George Eastman House Museum on the piney outskirts of Rochester. Cold storage saves them from rotting away within a lifetime or, worse yet, burning up. In most cases, these are original camera negatives from the first
  7. She's the unsung hero in all this brouhaha. Without her foresight the footage would have been lost. Perhaps some sympathetic archivists helped hide the negatives.
  8. Right, yes, radio. I grew up with a transistor radio as well. What I meant was, where could you visually see singers perform their songs, either pre-recorded or live? Locally there were State Fair appearances, radio station promotional events, and concerts. But what other national opportunities? I saw the show where Dick Clark introduced the Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane Beatles film clips. And they were weird: bearded Beatles and these disjointed images. According to this article the Beatles couldn't "perform" their songs: "The British Musicians Union had become sticklers abou
  9. I saw this when it came out, on a big screen, and I remember how disgusting it was to see into Richard Harris's mouth in the ultra-close-ups. What a draggy movie. I don't know if that was due to director Joshua Logan, (South Pacific, Paint Your Wagon). Or maybe it was partly due to the intermission structure. As Whipsnade noted, the films lengthened. This seemed especially noticeable in the worst movies, where excess pad and filler stretched to justify a split (aka bathroom break). I'd be curious to see those films re-edited so they didn't need an intermission. Trimming overly
  10. If MTV had existed back then do you think Elvis or beach movies would still have been made? Outside of teen dance shows, principally American Bandstand, where could singers plug their songs? Unless you had a dad with a TV show, like Ricky Nelson, or had your own show, like the Monkees or Patridge Family, the chances for national exposure were slim. Possibly variety shows like Ed Sullivan, or the Smothers Brothers, but that was for very popular, or politically relevant, acts.
  11. Way cool! Was there anything especially unusual, or surprising, the class discovered? Were there particular movies that really captured the essence of the time? I'm guessing each character in an individual film would dress according to her role, but still within the fashion of the period. (The Women (1939), for example) Did you look at films that spawned a trend, or that had a noticeable influence on fashion? You looked at Annie Hall, which was a craze for a while, as I remember. There were also Bonnie and Clyde, and somewhat, The Great Gatsby, although those were period films.
  12. Yes!! I posted elsewhere that sci-fi isn't just about endless clashes and dogfights in space against some aliens/bad guys (yawn). it's also about exploration, and humans interacting with technology (including computers and robots). Think of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Day After Tomorrow, On the Beach, The Time Machine, WarGames, Fantastic Voyage, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 , Brazil, Dr. Strangelove, THX-1138, Soylent Green, Blade Runner, etc. Apocalyptic societies, dystopias, and survival in other envir
  13. What were the previous classes? I'm seeing Film Noir, slapstick, Hitchcock, but others? I thought I heard this was the fifth class they'd done, or was it the seventh? Can't remember. I would watch sci-fi, but not a fan of pure horror. Sci-fi isn't just about fighting in space. it's also about exploration, and humans interacting with technology. Think of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Day After Tomorrow, On the Beach, The Time Machine, WarGames, Fantastic Voyage, 1984, Fahrenheit 451
  14. My computer doesn't have enough horsepower to do video games, so I thought that might be part of the buffering problem, that it was on my end. I agree, if the questions had just been typed in and submitted it would have probably gone smoother. I'm more interested in what the instructors have to say than looking at who's asking the question. In the limited time available, having the back and forth between the instructors and questioners bogged things down. From my experience with webinars, typing questions tends to get to the point without a lot of rambling.
  15. I've just heard it called the Bottle Dance. But here's more information: "The famous “Bottle Dance” is not a traditional Jewish folk dance but the razzle-dazzle creation of director-choreographer Jerome Robbins. Robbins had previously staged West Side Story and Gypsy. He did “field research” for Fiddler by attending Orthodox Jewish weddings and festivals where he was thrilled with the men’s dancing. He observed one man entertaining a crowd by tottering around with a bottle on his head pretending to be drunk. Robbins took that image and elaborated to create the Broadway showstopper featuring
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