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In 1945 SIXTY million people tuned in to hear one radio program, out of
a US population then of about 130 million. It was "On a Note of
Triumph" by Norman Corwin..the same title as this year's Oscar winner
for documentary films. This tribute is well done, including comments
from Walter Cronkhite and Robert Altman, among others..and interviews
with the 95 year old Corwin who is still teaching.
I have 2 objections to the film (1) the producers failed to interview Corwin's number one fan..moi; (2) not enough people will see it and realize that the things Corwin hoped we had learned from WW2 we still have not learned today. Perhaps if enough people see this new tribute, we will learn--at last.
I loved the film and felt that the words of Norman Corwin are as
meaningful today as they were in the forties and fifties. What an ideal
film to make part of a modern history curriculum in both high school
and college. It is also a great review of journalism when it was at a
higher level-- journalist as essayist. It is a reminder of the 4th
estate as a significant player in current events.
The score accompanying this documentary is very varied and poignant--I found it a great setting for Corwin's persona--I hope it will get some more press. I look forward to the film being more widely available and the soundtrack as a promoted CD for purchase.
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