For Flicks in Five and Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel revisits Frank Capra's masterpiece about George Bailey's redemption in Bedford Falls. She continues in the spirit of the season with music from other holiday classics; plus a Cube Critics video that looks at the best films of 2013.
It started as a "pop" song by Irving Berlin that Bing Crosby debuted at Christmastime 1941, but didn't get much notice until late in 1943 when servicemen and women requested it to the top of the charts.
Join Bill Morelock and Lynne Warfel for an hour of holiday movie music that ranges from the sentimental to the completely cranky. From "White Christmas" and cozy homes for the holidays to Grinches and Scrooges, <i>A Hollywood Holiday</i> takes in your favorite holiday movies from a musical point of view.
The 1970 musical by Leslie Bricusse is a beautifully filmed version of the classic "A Christmas Carol" with Albert Finney, Alec Guiness and an all-star British cast.
Saturday Cinema begins with Flicks in Five and the 1990 holiday classic, <i>Home Alone</i>. The hour continues with the scores from holiday films. We've also included a DVD review from MPR's Cube Critics.
John Williams provides a sentimental and lovely score to accompany the screwball comedy about a kid left alone at home at Christmastime.
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways.
The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in NYC, "Miracle" was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.
Movie scores provide a huge portion of the story telling. John Barry wrote a choral score for <i>The Lion in Winter</i> that sets the stage for intrigue and the appropriate Plantagenet style backstabbing.
Our celebration of Pixar films continues this week as we look at <i>Monsters, Inc.</i>, another Randy Newman-composed score.
So many Hollywood romances, so little time. But for sheer passion and a tale of (nearly) unrequited love, at least by movie's end, you can't beat Rick and Ilse in "Casablanca." Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman sizzled as the two star-crossed lovers trying to survive in war-torn North Africa. Sam plays again on Flicks in Five.
While Casablanca made Humphrey Bogart a star before he met Lauren Bacall, it was their famous off-screen love affair that fired their on-screen chemistry.
As we think about movies with a back-to-school theme, there's a beautiful and rather somber one that comes to mind. It was even filmed at a real private school in Vermont.
This week's spotlight Pixar film is the 2003 release, <i>Finding Nemo</i>, which was scored by Thomas Newman in collaboration with Andrew Stanton.
American composer Jerome Moross celebrates his 100th birthday on August 1st. In this week's Flicks in Five we learn about Moross' early years and how Aaron Copland was indirectly responsible for Moross' time at Warner Brothers.