Minnesota Public Radio features by Lynne Warfel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30426 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:41:24 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Lynne Warfel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Flicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/18/flicks-in-five-meryl-streep-out-of-africa?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: The Book Thief 'The Book Thief' features an emotive score by the legendary composer John Williams. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/15/flicks-in-five-book-thief?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:29:28 -0500 Flicks in Five: To Kill a Mockingbird 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/25/flicks-in-five-to-kill-a-mockingbird?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'Dances with Wolves' '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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/08/flicks-in-five--dances-with-wolves?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:50:00 -0500 The Future of Broadway: Regarding Broadway, Part Five 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? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/29/regarding-broadway-part-five?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: American Nostalgia This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel features the music from iconic American films, including 'Summer of '42', 'The Natural' and 'Star Wars'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/28/saturday-cinema-american-nostalgia?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Yankee Doodle Dandy 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/flicks-in-five-yankee-doodle-dandy?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Regarding Broadway: Part Four - The Sondheim Years and Beyond 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/22/regarding-broadway-part-four?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Summer Blockbusters 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/21/saturday-cinema-summer-blockbusters?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Regarding Broadway: Part Three - Broadway Comes of Age 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/15/regarding-broadway-part-three?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five - South Pacific 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/15/flicks-in-five--south-pacific?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Musicals Aplenty 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/14/saturday-cinema-musicals-aplenty?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five - The Music Man: from Mason to River City 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/29/flicks-in-five--the-music-man-from-mason-to-river-city?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Regarding Broadway: Part Two - The Golden Years 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/08/regarding-broadway-part-two?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: More Movie Musicals Lynne Warfel continues the celebration of movie musicals, staring with 'Carousel' and then looking at the music from 'Fiddler on the Roof' and others. Also, a tribute to a superstar of many musicals, Judy Garland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/07/saturday-cinema-more-movie-musicals?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Letter to my Dad on the anniversary of D-Day In 1984, I took a grad school student's holiday to London to stay the summer with a friend, trying to see all the West End plays I could from the cheap seats. Before returning home, I went to Normandy to see where my Dad, Norman "Bud" Warfel, served during WWII. It was then the 40th anniversary of D-Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/27/letter-to-my-dad-on-the-anniversary-of-dday?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:55:39 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'Carousel' Rodgers and Hammerstein were inspired by a Hungarian play about a con artist carousel barker who falls in love with a sweet, innocent local girl. The idea became 'Carousel', a Broadway and cinematic hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/05/flicks-in-five-carousel?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Regarding Broadway: Part One - The Early Days Lynne Warfel takes a look back at the early days of Broadway, including the start of it all in 1904, up through the Great Depression. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/01/regarding-broadway-part-one?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: June is Bustin' Out All Over As we stand at the cusp of the month of June, Lynne Warfel celebrates movie musicals. Plus, a tribute to the late Bob Hoskins. It's all on this week's Saturday Cinema. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/31/saturday-cinema-june-is-bustin-out-all-over?refid=0 Sat, 31 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'The Bridge at Remagen' and 'The Great Escape' So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/27/flicks-in-five-the-bridge-at-remagen-and-the-great-escape?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'The Longest Day' A very young Paul Anka, who had a part in this big-budget movie, wrote the theme song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/17/flicks-in-five-the-longest-day?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Audrey Hepburn - a belated 85th birthday The late Audrey Hepburn was the paragon of youth, beauty, elegance and romance. We pay tribute to her with music from the comedy-mystery-romance in which Audrey was paired with Cary Grant: <em>Charade</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/13/flicks-in-five-audrey-hepburn--a-belated-85th-birthday?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Movies for and with Mothers Nothing hits a sentimental chord in movies like a good mother-child relationship, or even a not-quite-so-good one. This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel features scores from 'Steel Magnolias', 'Forrest Gump', 'Little Women', 'Gypsy' and 'Hamlet'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/10/saturday-cinema-movies-for-and-with-mothers?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'Baby Mine' from Walt Disney's 'Dumbo' In the run-up to Mother's Day, Lynne Warfel offers this heartstring-tugging gem: 'Baby Mine' from the Walt Disney animated classic, 'Dumbo'. Bring your own tissues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/06/flicks-in-five-baby-mine-from-walt-disney-s-dumbo?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Derby Day Lynne Warfel's two big loves converge today: horses and films. It's Kentucky Derby Day today, so on Saturday Cinema, Lynne celebrates the music from films featuring cast members of the equine sort. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/03/saturday-cinema-derby-day?refid=0 Sat, 03 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: 'War Horse' Based on a play which was based on Michael Morpurgo's children's book, the film 'War Horse' featured original music composed and conducted by John Williams. Lynne Warfel features 'War Horse' on this week's Flicks in Five. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/29/flicks-in-five-war-horse?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Leading Men of the '60s and '70s From Sean Connery to Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Peter O'Toole, Robert Redford, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner (who turned 84 on April 7), a sampling of some of their best films and film music is on Saturday Cinema. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/26/saturday-cinema-leading-men-of-the-60s-and-70s?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: John Barry While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Bond. James Bond. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/07/flicks-in-five-john-barry?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Remembering Rooney Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/19/saturday-cinema-remembering-rooney?refid=0 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: There's No Business Like Show Business What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/22/flicks-in-five-show-biz?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Saturday Cinema: Dance with Fred This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The playlist includes works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/12/saturday-cinema-dance-with-fred?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Toy Story This week, we celebrate the work of Tom Hanks; in particular, his work in the Pixar film, 'Toy Story'. On today's Flicks in Five, we're featuring Randy Newman's Academy Award-nominated score to that first big Pixar hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/05/flicks-in-five-toy-story?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0500 The April Fools Discover how Spike Jones led the way for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach, and how one of The Marx Brothers helped Allen Sherman on his way. Also appearances by Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and, of course, The Clown Prince of Classical Music Comedy, Victor Borge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/01/april_fools?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:21 -0500 Flicks in Five: The Sound of Music Loosely based on a true story, 'The Sound of Music' was last in a string of successful musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/04/flicks-in-five-sound-of-music?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: The King and I Royal governess Anna Leonowens' incredible story was the basis for Mary Langdon's best-selling novel <em>Anna and the King of Siam</em>, which was later adapted into the broadway musical <em>The King and I</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/26/flicks-in-five-the-king-and-i?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:50:00 -0500 How Randy Newman re-invented himself with 'Ragtime' Film composer Randy Newman didn't have Hollywood success handed to him on a silver platter. 'Ragtime' gave Newman a chance to reach new heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/13/flicks-in-five-randy-newman-ragtime?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Danny Elfman Four time Oscar nominee, Danny Elfman is known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, music for the <em>Batman</em> movies and <em>The Simpsons</em> theme song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/02/flicks-in-five-danny-elfman?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/02/flicks-in-five-benhur--the-epic-defined?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:00:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: Most-Nominated and Oscar-Winningest Actors This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel spotlights music that was included in the works of some of the all-time most-nominated or awarded actors: Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/22/saturday-cinema-mostnominated-and-oscarwinningest-actors?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: 'The Wizard of Oz' The year 1939 was a bountiful one for Hollywood, and even though 'The Wizard of Oz' was not an initial success at the box office, it has since become a classic. Its music plays no small role in the film's enduring popularity. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/11/flicks-in-five-the-wizard-of-oz?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: 'Cleopatra' It boasted the biggest budget Hollywood had seen as of 1963. Alex North provided the score, and we hear the love theme of <i>Anthony and Cleopatra</i> on Flicks in Five. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/flicks-in-five-cleopatra?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:20:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: Classic Foreign Films Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's program features music from some classic foreign films. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/01/saturday-cinema-classic-foreign-films?refid=0 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Up This week's Flicks in Five features the 2009 Pixar film <i>Up</i>, with music composed by Michael Giacchino. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/27/flicks-in-five-up?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: More Top 100 Movies from the American Film Institute Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme continues from last week, presenting music from all-time great movies (according to the American Film Institute). Plus, some thoughts from the Cube Critics about depicting writers' lives in film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/25/saturday-cinema-more-top-100-movies-from-the-american-film-institute?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: The Magnificent Seven As we head into the awards season for movies, it's interesting to consider the nominee who didn't win on the day, but Elmer Bernstein's score has outlived the film itself to become part of our popular culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/flicks-in-five-the-magnificent-seven?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: All-Time Great Movies according to the AFI Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is music from all-time great movies (according to the American Film Institute). Plus, some thoughts from the Cube Critics about film reboots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/18/saturday-cinema-alltime-great-movies-according-to-the-afi?refid=0 Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' Stanley Kramer became known as a director of "message movies," taking on tough subjects of the day, but it was his big budget, all-star shot at comedy that endeared him to many. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/14/flicks-in-five-its-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: Chaplin, Hitchcock and Comedies Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is Chaplin, Hitchcock and comedies. Plus, the Cube Critics provide a video that looks at artificial intelligence in film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/11/saturday-cinema-chaplin-hitchcock-and-comedies?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Billy Wilder, 'Some Like It Hot' The Austrian born American director brought us many films in his trademark black and white, but it was his 1958 comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe that earned him a place in the annals of film history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/07/flicks-in-five-billy-wilder-some-like-it-hot?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0600 Flicks in Five - Sunset Boulevard Franz Waxman gave the same chilling effect as his score to "The Bride of Frankenstein" in the score of "Sunset Boulevard," the story of the mental disintegration of a silent film star. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/22/flicks-in-five--sunset-boulevard?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jan 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five & Saturday Cinema: It's A Wonderful Life 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/28/flicks-in-five-saturday-cinema-its-a-wonderful-life?refid=0 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: White Christmas 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/08/flicks-in-five-white-christmas?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:30:00 -0600 A Hollywood Holiday 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/hollywood-holiday?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:45:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: 'Scrooge' 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/10/flicks-in-five-scrooge?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:30:00 -0600 Saturday Cinema: Holiday Films and a DVD pick 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/07/saturday-cinema-holiday-films-and-a-dvd-pick?refid=0 Sat, 07 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Home Alone John Williams provides a sentimental and lovely score to accompany the screwball comedy about a kid left alone at home at Christmastime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/03/flicks-in-five-home-alone?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:00:00 -0600 Advent Voices 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/01/advent-voices?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:47:16 -0600 Flicks in Five - Miracle on 34th Street 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/24/flicks-in-five--miracle-on-34th-street?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:30:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: The Lion in Winter 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/10/flicks-in-five-the-lion-in-winter?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Monsters, Inc. Our celebration of Pixar films continues this week as we look at <i>Monsters, Inc.</i>, another Randy Newman-composed score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/13/flicks-in-five-monsters-inc?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Casablanca 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/18/flicks-in-five-casablanca?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: The Godfather Certain movies make an impression upon you &#151; 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/01/flicks-in-five-the-godfather?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:45:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Humphrey Bogart 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/flicks-in-five-humphrey-bogart?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Dead Poets Society 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/17/flicks-in-five-dead-poets-society?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Back to the Future This week's Flicks in Five features the film <i>Back to the Future</i>. Alan Silvestri composed the epic soundtrack to this film, and his music is just one of the many elements that makes this film a beloved and enduring classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/10/flicks-in-five-back-to-the-future?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Harry Potter This week's spotlight film is the first <i>Harry Potter</i> movie, which features a score by John Williams. As we're marking back-to-school month, what better school to imagine attending than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/03/flicks-in-five-harry-potter?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:30:12 -0500 Flicks in Five: Finding Nemo 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/20/flicks-in-five-finding-nemo?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Jerome Moross 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/30/flicks-in-five-jerome-moross?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:47:30 -0500 Quiz: How well do you know Broadway? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/26/broadway-quiz?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:27:25 -0500 Flicks in Five: Jerome Moross 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/18/flicks-in-five-jerome-moross?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: A Place in the Sun <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>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/11/flicks-in-five-a-place-in-the-sun?refid=0 Sat, 11 May 2013 09:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: "Summer Stock" <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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/flicks-in-five-summer-stock?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:43:21 -0500 Flicks in Five - Alexandre Desplat This French composer didn't hit the Hollywood radar screens until he received wide acclaim for the scores for the final Harry Potter movies http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/flicks-in-five--alexandre-desplat?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:25:09 -0500 Flicks in Five: Spencer Tracy A star long before he was paired on screen with Katharine Hepburn, Tracy's now legendary quote about the art of acting says it all: "Know your lines and don't run into the furniture." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/13/flicks-in-five-spencer-tracy?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood's most powerful director-producers, and we're taking a look at his early career and his Oscar wins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/flicks-in-five-steven-spielberg?refid=0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:30:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Life of Pi - Mychael Danna The Oscar-winning score is the backdrop to the story of a young Hindu boy, Pi, in the summer of 1977, surviving a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger named after an Edgar Allen Poe character. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/02/flicks-in-five-life-of-pi-mychael-danna?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: John Williams This weekend's Oscars ceremony marks John Williams' 48th nomination for best score and his 26th collaboration over 40 years with Steven Spielberg. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/23/flicks-in-five-john-williams?refid=0 Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five - Bette Davis Bette Davis was the nemesis to some Hollywood types and muse to others. Through the late 1930s and into the 1940s she was Hollywood's top leading lady, winning two Academy Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/02/flicks-in-five--bette-davis?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: New Release of music from James Bond Films In a new release, American born Carl Davis conducts a full orchestra in the best of James Bond Movie Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/09/flicks-in-five-new-release-of-music-from-james-bond-films?refid=0 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five - Lauren Bacall Betty Jean Perske started as a dancer, then went to acting school. When the tuition money ran out, she turned to modeling, and if not for an appearance on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, she might never have been cast opposite Humphrey Bogart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/17/flicks-in-five--lauren-bacall?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Charlie Chaplin Well-known as a movie-making wunderkind, Charlie Chaplin was also known to dabble in the musical arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/13/flicks-in-five-charlie-chaplin?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Pets and music: one degree of separation? Can music really soothe the savage beast? Lynne Warfel explores how pets and other animals respond to music, with some surprising conclusions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/11/pets-and-music?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Polar Express Alan Silvestri's music to a Tom Hanks extravaganza with Hanks giving voice to at least four characters. Based on Chris van Allsburg's award winning kids' book. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/15/flicks-in-five-polar-express?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 Roll Credits - Hollywood Holiday During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/03/roll-credits--hollywood-holiday?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: It's a Wonderful Life Two WWII vets just returned from front line action pair up in Hollywood to make one of the most touching movies of all time; Frank Capra's masterpiece about George Bailey's redemption in Bedford Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/01/flicks-in-five--its-a-wonderful-life?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Ronald Reagan From affable average guy-next-door roles in the movies to President of Screen Actors Guild to President of the United States, it's his "Oh shucks, folks" delivery that endeared him to many. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/09/flicks-in-five-ronald-reagan?refid=0 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:30:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Henry V Considered by many to be the finest choral works in a motion picture, Patrick Doyle supplies Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" with a stirring score to match the epic tale. Non Nobis Domine from the orginal soundtrack. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/24/flicks-in-five-henry-v?refid=0 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five - Lady and the Tramp In 1937, a talented writer-artist came to Walt Disney to pitch an idea for a story based on life with his English Springer Spaniel, Lady, and how she was ignored after his first child was born. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/01/flicks-in-five--lady-and-the-tramp?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Mary Poppins The 1960s marked a big change in Hollywood. The studio system was nearly gone, and in its place a new freedom and variety reigned in the movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/25/flicks-in-five-mary-poppins?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 08:21:01 -0500 Flicks in Five - Mancini and the Pink Panther Henry Mancini is one of the most loved and celebrated of 20th century movie composers. He crated music for many of Blake Edward's movies including "The Pink Panther". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/18/flicks-in-five--mancini-and-the-pink-panther?refid=0 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith's big Hollywood studio break came when a very famous film music composer from 20 Century Fox heard some of Jerry's TV music and recommended him to take the help at Universal Studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/21/flicks-in-five-jerry-goldsmith?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: The Trolley Song 1944: The year The US became involved in the European theater of war. Back home, folks were going to the movie theater to bolster spirits. Some movies looked directly in the face of war, while others helped people escape for just a couple of hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/18/flicks-in-five-the-trolley-song?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Singing at Elizabeth II's Coronation As Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebrations kick off, former King's Singer Tony Holt has been reminiscing about being a boy soprano in the coronation day choir at Westminster Abbey, and how he started singing in the first place. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/01/singing-at-elizabeth-iis-coronation?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Memorial Day For Memorial Day, a tribute to all who served: "Saving Private Ryan." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/26/flicks-in-five-memorial-day?refid=0 Sat, 26 May 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: "Baby Mine" from Dumbo I wanted to pick just the "right" movie and composer for Mother's Day to pay tribute to the love, devotion and loyalty that epitomizes motherhood. There were so many movies, it was hard to choose: "Steel Magnolias", "I Remember Mama", "Little Women" in it's many movie incarnations. Then in a flash my favorite song about Moms came to mind, and a "real" Mom isn't involved. From the WWII-era "Dumbo", we hear Barbara Cook sing the Oscar Winning "Baby Mine." Bring the tissues! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/flicks-in-five-baby-mine-from-dumbo?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Maurice Jarre Once a relatively unknown young French composer was hired to bring "Lawrence of Arabia" to life, director David Lean never let him go. Maurice Jarre went on to score nearly all of Lean's films, and his success with "Lawrence" was quickly followed by "Dr. Zhivago." The score that started it all for Lean and Jarre, "Lawrence of Arabia." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/28/flicks-in-five-maurice-jarre?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Rodgers and Hammerstein While Jerome Kern's Showboat changed the face of American musical theater history in the late 1930s, form the 1940s on the undisputed kings of the genre were Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. And they showed the world how to do it when they turned Broadway successes into Hollywood hits like "The King and I," "Oklahoma" and our featured music on Flicks in Five, "Carousel." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/31/flicks-in-five-rodgers-and-hammerstein?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: The Quiet Man To celebrate St. Patrick's Day Flicks in Five looks at John Ford's 1952 classic film about an American prize fighter visiting Ireland. John Wayne gets more than he bargained for: a romance with a fiery Irish lass played by Maureen O'Hara, and in one of the best comic fights of all time with Victor McLaughlin. John Wayne starred as "the Quiet Man," and for the score, Victor Young made a detailed study of original Irish folk tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/17/flicks-in-five-the-quiet-man?refid=0 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flicks in Five: Star Wars In 1977, a film collaboration between a director and composer began that became one of the most successful in all of film history. Geroge Lucas met his musical equal in providing music for sci-fi's equivalent of The Ring Cycle, "Star Wars." Six films and billions of dollars later, Williams' music stands as some of the best movie music of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/10/flicks-in-five-star-wars?refid=0 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: The Artist A unique score for a unique film that came out of nowhere at Cannes. Now it's won Golden Globes and received numerous nominations for "best everything" (almost) from BAFTA, the Brit's Oscars to the SAG and Directors' Guild awards to The Oscars. Ludovic Bource created a score that's both original and an homage to the great film composers of the early 20th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/10/flicks-in-five-the-artist?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Alfred Newman Longtime music director at 20th Century Fox and father of the studio's famous fanfare, Alfred Newman holds the distinction of winning more Oscars (9) than anyone outside of Walt Disney, AND his record for nominations is tied at John Williams at 45. If Williams is nominated next week for "War Horse" the tie is broken in regard to that! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/04/flicks-in-five-alfred-newman?refid=0 Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Erich Wolfgang Korngold One of Hollywood's first great movie composers was a Viennese wunderkind. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was Vienna's bright operatic hope in the 1920s and 1930s, but with the outbreak of war he had to leave home and find safer ground. He was one of the earliest Oscar winners and went on to influence generations of composers that followed. Korngold's "Robin Hood" on Flicks in Five. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/28/flicks-in-five-erich-wolfgang-korngold?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: North By Northwest A self-effacing diminutive English gentlemen appeared in Hollywood in the 1930s, and by the late 1950s, his nine-stroke pencil caricature have become internationally famous. Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, long associated with holding audiences on seat-edges, casting handsome leading men and beautiful (usually blonde) leading ladies, had a musical muse in Bernard Herrmann. We celebrate hitch with "North by Northwest." Mt. Rushmore never looked the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/14/flicks-in-five-north-by-northwest?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: It's a Wonderful Life World War Two had just ended. The GIs were coming home and America had been forever changed. Two veterans returning from service in Europe got together in Hollywood in 1946, and the result of the teaming of Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra is a hopeful holiday favorite. A tale of love and hope restored, "It's a Wonderful Life." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/24/flicks-in-five-its-a-wonderful-life?refid=0 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Flicks in Five: Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell's epic novel had taken America by storm. By 1938 it was a runaway best-seller, and by 1939 it premiered in Atlanta as a big-budget epic movie that went on to become as popular as the novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/17/flicks-in-five-gone-with-the-wind?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Cartoon Rhapsody: A Celebration of Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday Join Lynne Warfel in celebrating the life and music of Franz Liszt on his 200th Birthday. Since he was perhaps the leading composer in providing soundtracks for America's most memorable cartoons, your audience will hear a collection of his work, and the work of his close colleagues in "Cartoon Rhapsody." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/20/cartoons-franz-liszt-200th-birthday?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:54:21 -0500 SPCO names new Principal Timpanist Twenty-something Michael Israelievitch has just been named Principal Timpani of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. It was a grueling (but thorough!) audition and he feels ready to take on his new role. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/24/michael-israelievitch-spco?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:49:37 -0600