3 items from 2015
The full cast has been announced for the upcoming UK tour of The Glenn Miller Story. Joined the already cast Tommy Steele will be Ashley Knight (I Can’t Sing, High Society) as Chummy MacGregor and Sarah Soetaert (The Sound of Music, Chicago) as Helen Burger.
Joining them on stage for the national tour, which starts on the 26th October in Milton Keynes, will be Jon Bonner, Mike Lloyd, Kieran Kuypers, Tim Maxwell-Clarke, Jessica Ellen, Zoe Nicole Adkin, Siobhan Diffin, Nathan Elwick, Alex Tranter and Jordan Oliver.
It’s been seventy years since Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel as he flew to Paris to entertain the troops during the Second World War. Did he crash? Was he shot down? Will the mystery ever be solved? Brought to the stage for the very first time in a brand new musical spectacular, is the life, fame and vanishing of America »
- Paul Heath
There is a thing of wonder out there, and it is in an unexpected place, what we can only regard as an American entertainment movie. More than that, as I have returned to the picture over the last few weeks, I find that its audience is growing, as if enough people are saying, “You really should see 'Love & Mercy'” – as if people still trust friends to talk to. I like Bill Pohlad’s film very much, even if it drifts a little from time to time. I don’t know or really care whether it is a reliable portrait of the life and times of Brian Wilson. But I never thought to worry whether "The Glenn Miller Story" or "New York, New York" were “accurate.” After all, people in American show business have gone there to escape the clinging and demeaning tests of fact and credibility. So I have always »
- David Thomson
As much as any other filmmaker who found a niche in a given genre, in the 10 Westerns Anthony Mann directed from 1950 to 1958 he carved out a place in film history as one who not only reveled in the conventions of that particular form, but also as one who imbued in it a distinct aesthetic and narrative approach. In doing so, Mann created Westerns that were simultaneously about the making of the West as a historical phenomenon, as well as about the making of its own developing cinematic genus. At the same time, he also established the traits that would define his auteur status, formal devices that lend his work the qualities of a director who enjoyed, understood, and readily exploited and manipulated a type of film's essential features.
Though he made several fine pictures outside the Western, Mann as an American auteur is most notably recognized for his work in this field, »
- Jeremy Carr
3 items from 2015
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