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Film retrospectives will honor two icons of the stage and screen this summer in New York City. An exhibition celebrating Oscar-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand, called “Simply Streisand,” will be held June 30-July 6 at the Quad Cinema. “Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer,” will feature screenings of the dancer, choreographer, and director’s work July 21–27 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Fslc).
“Simply Streisand” is a collection of Streisand’s “evergreen big-screen work” in honor of the legend’s 75th birthday. Streisand made her feature film debut at age 20 in “Funny Girl.” She won a Golden Globe and Oscar for the role of Fanny Brice. “Streisand’s screen presence was larger-than-life,” a press release details. “Her breathtaking singing voice and extraordinary comic chops turned a series musicals and comedies into smash hits.”
Streisand-led films like “Funny Girl,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Way We Were,” and “Hello, Dolly!” will screen at the retrospective. “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Yentl,” and “The Prince of Tides” — all helmed by Streisand — will also be shown.
Opening up about her lack of Best Director Oscar nods, Streisand recently said, “There were a lot of older people [voting]. They don’t want to see a woman director. I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director.” She added, “I directed because I couldn’t be heard.”
Check out the Quad’s website for “Simply Streisand’s” full schedule.
“Talking Pictures” will screen the radical work of Rainer, who completed her first film in 1972. Her “cinema signaled new possibilities for film language, retooling narrative generally and melodrama specifically with a disjunctive audiovisual syntax, restless political intelligence, deft appropriation, and deadpan wit,” a press release summarizes.
Rainer herself will attend the retrospective to discuss her career and work with writer Lynne Tillman. Their conversation will serve as the centerpiece of the film series.
All of the films Rainer directed — such as “Lives of Performers,” “Privilege,” and “Film About a Woman Who…” — will screen. Films that feature Rainer as subject and those that influenced her own filmmaking style will also be included. Among them are “Paul Swan” and “Madame X: An Absolute Ruler.”
Visit the Fslc website for the entire schedule and lineup for “Talking Pictures.”
Barbra Streisand and Yvonne Rainer Film Retrospectives Announced was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
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Idina Menzel is switching from “Let It Go” to “You Oughta Know.” Per The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony and Obie Award-winning actress will lead a reading of “Jagged Little Pill,” Diablo Cody’s stage musical adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s iconic album of the same name.
“Jagged Little Pill” is directed by Diane Paulus (“Waitress”) and includes orchestrations and arrangements from Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). Cody (“Juno,” “One Mississippi”) wrote the book in close collaboration with Morissette. Featuring songs like “Ironic” and “Hand in My Pocket,” the show “revolves around a modern, multigenerational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race,” THR summarizes.
Menzel is not attached to star in the show’s 2018 debut at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater.
The actress and singer won a Tony in 2004 for the lead role of Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked,” a musical retelling of “The Wizard of Oz.” Menzel’s other stage credits include “Rent,” “Funny Girl,” and “If/Then.” She collaborated with Kitt on the latter. “Frozen,” Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches,” and “Glee” are among her screen roles. Next, Menzel is set to star in the Off Broadway production “Skintight.”
Idina Menzel to Lead Reading of “Jagged Little Pill” Musical was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
William Wyler’s 1960s screwball heist comedy is a squeaky-clean high fashion vehicle for stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole — who of course aren’t really crooks despite pulling off a major art theft. It’s lush, beautiful to look at and directed with verve by Wyler; with some funny jabs at the art world from screenwriter Harry Kurnitz.
1966 / Color / 1:35 widescreen / 123 min. / Street Date April 11, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95
Cinematography: Charles Lang
Film Editor: Robert Swink
Original Music: John Williams
Production design: Alexander Trauner
Produced by Fred Kohlmar
Directed by William Wyler
There’s no denying that Audrey Hepburn had a fairly incredible run of hits in the 1960s: The Nun’s Story, »
- Glenn Erickson
Barbra Streisand didn’t mince words when Robert Rodriguez interviewed her at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend —of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way. The famously outspoken megastar had some choice words about how women directors are treated in Hollywood and how little things have changed since she made her own directorial debut with 1983’s “Yentl,” a story about a woman (Streisand) posing as a man in order to study the Torah.
According to Variety, Streisand spoke candidly about her lack of directing Oscar nods for “Yentl” and 1991’s “Prince of Tides.” She believes sexism from both men and women stopped her from receiving recognition from the Academy. “There were a lot of older people. They don’t want to see a woman director,” she told Rodriguez. “I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director.”
Streisand’s lack of directing nominations does seem like a blatant snub, as both “Yentl” and the romance “Prince of Tides” racked up a bunch of other nods. “Prince of Tides” in particular was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, which often go hand-in-hand with a directing nod.
As Streisand revealed, her work on Sydney Pollack’s 1973 romantic drama “The Way We Were” was the catalyst for her directing career. She disagreed with Pollack’s vision and was “horrified” when he cut “scenes that [Streisand] felt illustrated why her on-screen relationship with Robert Redford’s character ultimately disintegrated,” Variety details. Her lack of creative control is what drove her to helm her own movies.
“I directed because I couldn’t be heard,” Streisand emphasized.
While she wouldn’t be credited as a director until 1983, Streisand first demonstrated her artistic vision on the 1976 drama “A Star Is Born.” The film, which sees Streisand as a rising music star in a doomed relationship with past-his-prime rock star Kris Kristofferson, was directed by Frank Pierson. But Streisand told Rodriguez that she had the final cut. “That was tough because I was blackmailed into hiring [Pierson],” she said, per Deadline. “I hired him to write and he said he wouldn’t do it unless he directed. I had final cut rights. I told him he could have all the credit, but that he had to allow my vision to be there. He would agree, but then I’d show up and the cameras would be in [the wrong places].”
The “Funny Girl” star also brushed off Rodriguez’s suggestion that her work as a director “shattered a glass ceiling for other female filmmakers,” Variety notes. Acknowledging how few opportunities female directors receive in Hollywood, Streisand responded, “Not enough women are directing now.” In other words, the glass ceiling might have a crack or two, but it’s still very much intact.
Among Streisand’s other directing credits are the 1996 feature “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and three documentaries of her concert performances. She is also set to direct an untitled film about the affair between photographer Margaret Bourke-White and author Erskine Caldwell. She has received two Oscars: one for her performance in “Funny Girl” and another for Best Original Song for “A Star Is Born.”
Fittingly, Streisand was the person who presented Kathryn Bigelow the Oscar for Best Director in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker.” After opening the envelope with the winner’s name, Streisand said, “Well, the time has come,” in reference to the fact that a woman had never received the award before. To date, Bigelow remains the only woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Director.
Barbra Streisand Started Directing Because She “Couldn’t Be Heard” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Funny Girl theatre review // Image: Paul Coltas
Following a stunning revival in 2016 at London’s Savoy theatre, Funny Girl takes to the road in 2017 taking in 22 venues along the way. Touring until August, the show features two actresses stepping into the role of Fanny Brice, Sheridan Smith and Natasha J. Barnes, the latter of which takes centre stage for its current run at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, which we caught on Tuesday evening.
Originally staged on Broadway in 1964 before moving onto the West End just two years later, Funny Girl is based on a remarkable true story, revolving around New York stage star Fanny Brice, originally played by screen and theatre legend Barbra Streisand both on Broadway »
- Paul Heath
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
Top 10 Oscar Winning MomentsTop 10 Oscar Winning MomentsAdriana Floridia2/23/2017 3:45:00 Pm
The most exciting part of the Oscars is obviously the winners.
Everybody there, no matter how confident they are in their chances, wants to win an Oscar. Oftentimes, these talents are calm and collected while they experience what may very well be the best moment of their lives. Other times, they expose the sheer excitement they're feeling.
With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we're taking the chance to throwback to some of the best Oscar winning moments in history. We're hoping this year can deliver some equally iconic moments.
10. Melissa Leo
Won: Best Supporting Actress- The Fighter (2011)
Moment: Rated R for Coarse Language
Won: Best Actor- The Revenant (2016)
Moment: The end of all Internet Memes (He Finally Won)
Won: Best Supporting Actor- Jerry Maguire (1997)
Moment: I Love You
Won: Best Supporting »
- Adriana Floridia
La La Land garnered a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations this year — it’s now neck-and-neck with Titanic and All About Eve for receiving the most Oscar nominations in a given year. Among those nods is a first-ever Best Actress nom for Emma Stone, who’s been racking up rave reviews for her performance in the film.
While we’ve got musicals on the mind, let’s take a look back at some other actresses who’ve received acclaim for their musical turns.
Hathaway’s turn as Fantine was the only non-technical award the 2012 adaptation of the smash musical picked up. »
- Alex Heigl
When people talk about memorable Oscar moments, they usually mention the streaker, Sacheen Littlefeather, Sally Field, or Cuba Gooding Jr. But there is another gauge for Academy Awards events: significant moments that helped shape the awards DNA that we see today. Many of these moments occurred off-camera, but their effect is long-lasting.
The first ceremony was held May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, three months after winners had been announced. Like high-school graduates getting diplomas, winners silently went to the stage, accepted the trophy, then sat down; honorable mentions did the same, receiving certificates. Warner Bros. was given an award for “The Jazz Singer,” the only talkie honored. Accepting the trophy, Zanuck did something radical: He said a few words of praise for the WB team. And thus the acceptance speech was born.
The ceremony was first broadcast March 19, 1953, on NBC. The Variety review the next »
- Tim Gray
By: Carson Blackwelder
Not only is La La Land breaking records as the most-nominated musical in Oscar history but that haul of 14 nominations for its lead pair, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Musicals don’t often get that much love from the Academy Awards and getting recognition in both the best actor and best actress categories is even rarer. Let’s take a look back at the history of this happening and see how Stone and Gosling’s nominations — and potential wins — are important.
Taking a look at this year’s nominations, Stone is favored to win more than Gosling is for their work in the Damien Chazelle-directed musical. Gosling is up against Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences) — with the latter expected to reign supreme. »
- Carson Blackwelder
Kl Studio Classics
Cinematography: Henri Decaë
Production design: Jacques Saulnier
Original Music: Ennio Morricone
Produced by: Jacques-e. Strauss
Directed by Henri Verneuil
American crime fanatics wary of European imports now have access to a fully Region-a disc of a big-star, big budget French-Italian-American gangster film from 1969, Henri Verneuil’s exciting The Sicilian Clan. It was filmed in two separate versions, a multi-lingual European original and a less exciting, English language cut for America. A huge hit overseas, The Sicilian Clan didn’t »
- Glenn Erickson
11 items from 2017