Certain movies make an impression upon you — you can remember who you went to the movie with, what you were doing with your life, and especially what age you were. I was still in high school when this American crime film came out, and it was the sensation of 1972.
Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
'The Book Thief' features an emotive score by the legendary composer John Williams.
Elmer Bernstein provided a breathtaking score for the tale of courage and character in a small southern town. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is on Flicks in Five.
'Dances with Wolves' changed both Kevin Costner's career as an actor and director as well as the place of Westerns in American film history. On Flicks in Five, we hear John Barry's Oscar-winning score.
In the last 15 years of the 20th century, Broadway struggled with the demise of the impresario, the entrance of big corporate sponsors, skyrocketing ticket prices and production costs, and a dwindling audience base. But is another Broadway renaissance afoot?
This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel features the music from iconic American films, including 'Summer of '42', 'The Natural' and 'Star Wars'.
As the Fourth of July approaches, Flicks in Five features one of James Cagney's most enduring roles, and one of his favorites. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" gave Cagney the chance to shine as a song and dance man.
Stephen Sondheim is one of the reigning kings of musicals. With witty, erudite lyrics and gorgeous soaring scores, he has had hit after hit on Broadway with <em>Follies</em>, <em>Company</em>, <em>A Little Night Music</em>, <em>Sweeney Todd</em>, and numerous others.
As summer is now officially begun, Lynne Warfel celebrates it on this week's Saturday Cinema with scores from films that were summer blockbusters or classic summer releases.
The preceeding generations of directors, choreographers, and producers paved the way for the new group of creative minds. Fosse, Sondheim, and Kander and Ebb brought an edgy realism to the plots and a virtuoso turn to the dancing in their musicals.
Rodgers and Hammerstein try to top their success with "Oklahoma" when they filmed "South Pacific". Only two of the actors in the film are heard singing with their own voices.
This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel begins with some 'trouble' in River City, then continues with music from 'The King and I', 'West Side Story' and a tribute to Fred Astaire.
Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered.
While 'Showboat' was a harbinger of things to come on the Broadway stage, the form of the musical was in flux until Rodgers collaborated with Hammerstein, and 'Oklahoma' rang in the 1940s.