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‘Gilda,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’: 2013 National Film Registry movies (photo: Rita Hayworth in ‘Gilda’) See previous post: “‘Mary Poppins’ in National Film Registry: Good Timing for Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’” Billy Woodberry’s UCLA thesis film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984). Stanton Kaye’s Brandy in the Wilderness (1969). The Film Group’s Cicero March (1966), about a Civil Rights march in an all-white Chicago suburb. Norbert A. Myles’ Daughter of Dawn (1920), with Hunting Horse, Oscar Yellow Wolf, Esther Labarre. Bill Morrison’s Decasia (2002), featuring decomposing archival footage. Alfred E. Green’s Ella Cinders (1926), with Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis. Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956), with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Robby the Robot. Charles Vidor’s Gilda (1946), with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. John and Faith Hubley’s Oscar-winning animated short The Hole (1962). Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), with Best Actor Oscar winner Maximilian Schell, »
- Andre Soares
“Pulp Fiction,” “Roger & Me,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Mary Poppins,” “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” are among 25 films selected by the Library of Congress this year to be added to its National Film Registry.
The registry is composed of U.S.-made pics dating from 1912 that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” enough to warrant preservation. The list is expanded annually by 25 titles selected by the librarian from suggestions by the facility’s curators, members of the National Film Preservation Board and the public. The 2013 selections bring the number of pics in the Registry to 625.
Eligible films run the gamut of Hollywood classics, silent films, documentaries, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s picks are the usual eclectic mix that include MGM’s 1956 sci-fi classic, “Forbidden Planet;” John Wayne’s much-praised turn in John Ford’s 1952 drama “The Quiet Man;” the Charles Vidor- directed film noir classic, »
- Paul Harris
Don Jon is yet another example of a film where the women only exist in order to teach the men a lesson
In his supremely cocky directorial debut Don Jon (out later this month) Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the eponymous Jon, a self-professed porn fanatic who openly acknowledges his preference for internet porn stars over "real pussy" – a telling synecdoche he applies to the female gender at large. And who can blame him, given the sorry assortment of real pussy Gordon-Levitt surrounds his creation with. Of the two anaemic love interests in the film, Scarlett Johansson's selfish Joisey girl Barbara exists solely to illustrate what's wrong with Jon's taste in women, while Julianne Moore's older, wiser Esther is merely a catalyst for his inevitable redemption (1).
A lot is made of the scarcity of female characters in Hollywood, but equally troubling is the nature of those who do exist. Women »
- Charlie Lyne
Helen Hayes was the second person after Richard Rodgers to complete the Egot, winning all four top showbiz awards. Fittingly, the "First Lady of the American Theater" won the first of her two Tony Awards for Best Actress at the inaugural ceremony of these kudos in 1947. She picked up the prize for her performance in Anita Loos' "Happy Birthday" tying with Ingrid Bergman ("Joan of Lorraine"). For the first two years of these awards -- which were a tribute to Antoinette Perry, the founder of the American Theater Wing who died in 1946 -- winners were given a scroll with the men also getting a money clip and cigarette lighter and the women a compact. And that is what Nate D. Sanders Auction house has on the block Tuesday -- a Tiffany sterling silver compact with the initials "Hh" engraved on it while inside is the inscription: "The American Theatre »
A new musical production of Gigi is coming to Broadway.
Created 40 years ago by Anita Loos, the musical is based on the well-known novel of the same name by French writer Colette and the Oscar-winning 1958 film that starred Leslie Caron. (Audrey Hepburn originally played the heroine in a popular 1951 play.) Loos’ musical didn’t last long when it originally opened in 1973; Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s music and lyrics won a Tony but the show closed after only 103 performances.
- Samantha Highfill
Everybody's favorite movie decade: Which ones are the best movies released in the 20th century's second decade? Best Film (Pictured above) Broken Blossoms: Barthelmess and Gish star as ill-fated lovers in D.W. Griffith’s romantic melodrama featuring interethnic love. Check These Out (Pictured below) Cabiria: is considered one of the major landmarks in motion picture history, having inspired the scope and visual grandeur of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Also of note, Pastrone's epic of ancient Rome introduced Maciste, a bulky hero who would be featured in countless movies in the ensuing decades. Best Actor (Pictured below) In the tragic The Italian, George Beban plays an Italian immigrant recently arrived in the United States (Click below for film review). Unfortunately, his American dream quickly becomes a horrendous nightmare of poverty and despair. Best Actress (Pictured below) The movies' super-vamp Theda Bara in A Fool There Was: A little »
- Andre Soares
6 items from 2013
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