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Feature Ivan Radford 30 Sep 2013 - 07:03
You can tell immediately when you're watching a Woody Allen movie. Not just from the opening credits (Windsor Light Condensed on black title cards) but from the music. Woody loves the stuff - he'd rather play clarinet with his band than go to the Oscars. He loves it so much that he joins the list of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese who are known for using popular, pre-existing music in their soundtracks. The man has directed an astonishing 43 films in his career. Just seven of those have original scores.
Love is currently in the air for the film-themed event company Future Cinema, who have really delivered the goods with their interpretation of arguably the greatest romantic feature of all-time – 1942’s wartime classic Casablanca.
Transforming London’s East End venue Troxy into a mock-up of Humphrey Bogart’s iconic watering hole-cum-resistance outlet (complete with beautiful art-deco furnishings) made for a hugely memorable evening, and the genuine feeling of awe upon first entering the main ballroom was a testament to the wonderfully immersive atmosphere created.
Incorporating pivotal moments and characters from the film in some truly imaginative touches (we were asked upon entrance by a Bogey look-alike if we intended to conduct ourselves properly; Nazi officials and police officers gave chase to numerous crooks and chancers throughout the evening), a casino mock-up and Moroccan ‘restaurant’ were also amongst the fun additions.
However, it was the London-based French jazz musician Benoit Viellefon »
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Patty Andrews was lead singer and youngest member of 1940s swing trio whose hits included Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Andrews died at her home in the Northridge area of Los Angeles, said Alan Eichler on Wednesday.
She was the youngest of the singing threesome, who were renowned for their tight harmonies in hits including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree. The Andrews Sisters sold more than 75m records and became household names in the 1940s when they entertained second world war troops in Africa, the Us and Europe.
The sisters also appeared in 16 films, »
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