“I am a Marxist of the Groucho tendency” reads a still-popular t-shirt, translating from the original anonymous French. The Marx Brothers’ films are a joy to watch just for the crazy, often absurd humor each has to offer. However, strong political, social, and economic themes run through the brothers’ films and they are worth noting along with their source.
Friday, May 27, 2016
In anticipation of the American Cinematheque’s screenings of the new restorations of the first five Paramount Pictures Marx Brothers films, we asked a local “Marxist” to comment on how the Marx Brothers took on the “one percent” to comic effect. The Marx Brothers Restored runs at the Aero Theatre June 16 – 19, 2016.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
On Sunday afternoon, April 24, a full house enjoyed a screening of the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. In attendance were many kids from Castle Heights Elementary on a school outing. After the screening there was an interview and Q&A with Wally Wolodarsky, the voice of Mr. Fox’s dim-witted sidekick Kylie.
Friday, May 13, 2016
I’m an unabashed Gene Kelly fan. The 1952 classic Singin’ in The Rain is my favorite musical and I’ve given up counting how many times I’ve seen it. Ditto 1949’s On the Town, 1951’s An American in Paris, and 1945’s Anchors Aweigh, for which Kelly earned his only Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
And I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Columbia’s endearing 1944 Technicolor musical comedy Cover Girl, which changed the careers of Kelly and his leading lady Rita Hayworth. It’s fun, frothy, and extremely romantic, especially when Kelly and Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears) sing the haunting ballad “Long Ago and Far Away.”
Friday, May 6, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The beloved comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were in another fine mess. But this time, it was no laughing matter. The prints of the classic shorts and feature films they made for producer Hal Roach, including the 1932 Oscar-winning short “The Music Box” and the 1937 feature Way Out West, were worn and torn and had been cut to shreds for commercials. Mere shadows of their former selves.
|All images courtesy Randy Skretvedt|