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The President’s Award
Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”
So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.
Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age. »
- Alissa Simon
Zeb Larson reviews The Autumnlands #11…
Who are the Galateans? And why are they a threat to the Autumnlands?
This issue of The Autumnlands deals with the monster from last issue and also introduces a heretofore unseen group: the Galateans. Regarding the Galateans, the rug is pulled out from under our feet a few times in the course of the issue. It raises more questions about the Autumnlands, and more importantly, Learoyd’s role in helping to create this world. After all, the Galateans are the only other thing in this world (that we know of) to resemble Learoyd, but he appears to have no idea whatsoever about who they are, or where they might have come from. I’ll be trying to stay away from any major spoilers with this review, so read on.
Never before has one of the faux-novel intros grabbed me quite as strongly as it has in this issue. »
- Zeb Larson
The creation of any work of art is tricky. If everything meshes, it’s magic. But if one key element is off, it’s just an interesting experiment.
This week marks the 60th anniversary of “My Fair Lady,” which opened March 15, 1956, at Broadway’s Mark Hellinger. Theater lovers consider it one of the few perfect musicals, because every piece worked. And while nobody would question the talents of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mary Martin, Cary Grant and Doris Day, it’s probably a good thing that they never became a part of “My Fair Lady,” though all of them were possibilities.
The “Oklahoma!” composers, Broadway star Martin, and Noel Coward flirted with the idea of the stage musical, but the deals never happened. In 1955, Variety reported that “Lady Liza,” a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” was being targeted for a Broadway debut the following year. Alan Jay Lerner and »
- Tim Gray
Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from the Criterion Collection that were later remade.
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A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.
- Ryan Gallagher
4 items from 2016
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