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Exactly a month ago today, I was at the Beverly Hills home of Richard Sherman, 83, one half of the great “Sherman brothers” who were the only songwriters ever put under contract by Walt Disney. (Richard’s brother Robert Sherman is now 85 and lives in London.) Over the course of a two-hour interview for a book that I’m writing about film history, Sherman regaled me with stories about the evoltuion of some of the most famous and beloved songs of our time — “It’s a Small World” (for the 1964 New York World’s Fair), “A Spoonful of Sugar” (1964, for “Mary Poppins”), “I Wan’na Be Like You” (1967, for “The Jungle Book”), and the list goes on and on.
One song that I was particularly curious to learn the origin of was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (1964, also for “Mary Poppins”) — how in the world, I asked Sherman, did he and his brother manage to »
- Scott Feinberg
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.
“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver  were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled »
2 items from 2011
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