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, A Hollywood Holiday 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.
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.
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.
All month long, we've been highlighting the best of Broadway throughout the years. Have you been paying attention? Test your Broadway acumen with our quiz.
It is a sad fact that the musical world, especially the film music world, didn't have Jerome Moross for a longer time. But what he left us was indeed impressive. His best known film score is from "The Big Country", a rather oddball Western about an out of place retired sea captain played by Gregory Peck, who arrives in the "wild West" and inadvertently takes on the established system he finds.
<em>A Place in the Sun</em> was a 1951 black and white classic of intrigue, betrayal and murder based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel, <em>An American Tragedy</em>.
<em>Summer Stock</em>: Judy Garland's last film for MGM and her last pairing with friend Gene Kelly, <em>Summer Stock</em>'s upbeat nature is far from what was going on during filming.