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By his own admission, Matt Novak is “obsessed with cataloging and watching all the movies that every U.S. president has screened while in office.” That obsession extends, evidently, to their wives as well. Using the diary of a deceased White House projectionist, a document given to him by an unnamed source, Novak has compiled a list of all the films Jackie Kennedy screened during her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from 1961 to 1963. In a piece for Gizmodo, he explores what these films reveal about the former first lady and the era in which she lived. The Kennedys screened home movies on numerous occasions, but they also viewed numerous feature films in their private theater. These range from James Bond flicks and cartoons like Gay Purr-ee to foreign-made art films like La Dolce Vita and Last Year At Marienbad. JFK was not too thrilled with that last one »
- Joe Blevins
This week's number is hands down the weirdest entry in Judy's filmography. It doesn't fit neatly into Judy's biography or star image; it really appears to be one of those things that happened because the timing was right. In 1962, Warner Bros released a Upa animated feature called Gay Purr-ee. It's a movie about Parisian cats that feels like An American in Paris meets The Aristocats as played by the Looney Tunes. In a bit of early celebrity stunt casting Upa cast two big voices for its dimunitive feline leads: Judy Garland and Robert Goulet.
The Movie: Gay Purr-ee (WB, 1962)
The Songwriters: Harold Arlen (music) & E.Y. Yarburg (lyrics)
- Anne Marie
The delightful British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth headlines a great Saturday matinee offering from the UCLA Film and Television Archive on June 25 as their excellent series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” wraps up. So it seemed like a perfect time to resurrect my review of the movie, which celebrates the collective experience of seeing cinema in a darkened, and in this case dilapidated old auditorium, alongside my appreciation of my own hometown movie house, the Alger, which opened in 1940 and closed last year, one more victim of economics and the move toward digital distribution and exhibition.
“You mean to tell me my uncle actually charged people to go in there? And people actually paid?” –Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) upon first seeing the condition of the Bijou Kinema, in The Smallest Show on Earth
- Dennis Cozzalio
3 items from 2016
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