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Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Legend Award winner Liza Minnelli finally joins Robert Osborne's illustrious guest list on Saturday's episode of Private Screenings (10/9c, TCM). I watched her film the chat in the New York's West Village back in June, looking remarkably limber just a few months after knee replacement surgery. She was about to head out on tour to support her album Confessions, released this past September. Earlier this week, fresh from a San Francisco concert, the diva talked to me about her new album and her conversation with Osborne about growing up with legendary parents Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli and some of their equally famous friends. (AMC is also airing 10 of her parents' films — including An American in Paris and Gigi — plus Liza's Cabaret on Saturday and Tuesday...
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- Ileane Rudolph
If you're (a) at work, (b) of sensitive disposition, or (c) very young, this clip from Mathieu Amalric's new musical road movie On Tour probably isn't for you. We had to watch it with a responsible adult - not as straightforward as it sounds in these parts - and will only say that it packs enough saucery to make Sid James' head explode. Directed by Amalric, On Tour is a modern updating of a book by French novelist Colette. Her experiences of the seemier side of French life also formed the basis of Vincente Minnelli's multi-Oscar-winning musical Gigi, although this one looks a bit lighter on the love story and a lot heavier on the nipple tassles. Click below to watch the clip, in which one of impresario Joachim Zand's (Amalric) band of American burlesque dancers performs in a French nightclub. If it feels authentic, that's because »
Getty File photograph of Szot and O’Hara from 2009.
Having already mastered a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, former “South Pacific” co-stars Paulo Szot and Kelli O’Hara moved on to conquering the works of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe in a celebration of the musical theater duo’s works Friday night at Carnegie Hall. The final performance of Music Director Steven Reineke’s inaugural season with the New York Pops, the night also featured tenor Michael Slattery, the Clurman Singers, and dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet.
The focus, of course, remained on Szot and O’Hara, who while singing at each other in “South Pacific” on and off for the better part of two years, never truly sang with the other, a situation which was remedied on Friday. The evening began with selections from “Camelot,” Paint Your Wagon,” and “Gigi,” and concluded with numbers from “Brigadoon »
Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan Letter from an Unknown Woman Louis Jourdan is Turner Classic Movies‘ star of the evening, which has just kicked off with a showing of Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 multiple Oscar-winning musical Gigi, co-starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier. But the highlight of the Louis Jourdan evening comes later, with the 7:15 p.m. (Pacific Time) TCM premiere of Max Ophüls‘ haunting Letter from an Unknown Woman, a 1948 romantic drama that ranks among not only the greatest movie romances ever, but also among the greatest motion pictures ever made, period. The only reason I don’t call Letter from an Unknown Woman Max Ophüls’ masterpiece is because Ophüls also directed the sublime Madame De (1952) and the revered Lola Montes [...] »
- Andre Soares
I dug the whole Hollywoody hand-off as Barbra Streisand presented the Oscar for Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow last night. (I was, indeed, on my couch for the historic moment, waving a hankie of hope as described in my last post.) I loved La Streisand with a bit of lace hanging off her bosom like something out of my late grandma's closet, and I loved her sisterly preview statement, "Well, the time has come!" So please tell me: Why did the band strike up "I Am Woman" as the Oscar winner ascended the stairs? Why did the band strike up »
- Lisa Schwarzbaum
Restored to the big screen, Letter From an Unknown Woman still resonates today
You should never take memory for granted. After all, remembrance is not a reliable scientific process helping us to understand the past. It can be simply the projection of our wishes, the thing that has made us walk crookedly all these years when we believed we were upright and straightforward.
Take Letter from an Unknown Woman, made by Max Ophüls in 1948, and now brought back in lustrous restoration by the BFI. You should see it, of course, just because it is Ophüls, because John Houseman produced it and Howard Koch adapted it from the Stefan Zweig novella. These are all first-rate contributors – then there is Franz Planer, who shot its Vienna of 1900; there is Travis Banton, a drunk on the slide, fired by Paramount and Fox, but able to design one more great costume picture. And the »
- David Thomson
6 items from 2010
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