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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:27 am 

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Hank Deutschendorf, baby Oscar from Ghostbusters II.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:20 pm 
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Geri Allen, wonderful jazz pianist and educator. Much of her best playing is actually on other jazz artists' albums, but one excellent exception is The Life of a Song.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:46 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Hope Ryden. In 1961, she joined Robert Drew & Associates where she and her colleagues were in the vanguard of cinéma vérité filmmaking.

Today, her best-known work may be something that wasn't even seen for decades. In 1965, she and her production team, including the cinematographer Abbot Mills, immersed themselves in the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving, the Virginia couple who challenged the state’s law against interracial marriage. It became a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, but unfortunately, broadcasters wouldn't show her footage. Luckily she saved it and nearly 50 years later, it saw the light of day when it was incorporated into Nancy Buirski's documentary on that story. (The same story was later made into a narrative feature by Jeff Nichols.)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:50 am 
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Jonathan S wrote:

He felt like the UK equivalent of Roger Ebert to me, in the sense that he was the weekly pre-internet source of film reviews and news during my filmgoing coming of age in the 90s up to his retirement in 1998 (I also remember that show with fondness for the way it would always show the clips from films in their proper widescreen ratios! That more than anything normalised the idea of films being shown in their correct aspect ratios, I think).

Here's Mr Norman's 'infamous' 1997 Cannes meet up with the Spice Girls to promote their movie! (I think that combined with making Bruce Willis grumpy by refusing to take Armageddon seriously was the early sign of Barry's departure!)

We also shouldn't forget that Barry Norman's father was Leslie Norman, director of the original 1958 version of Dunkirk (i.e. the film that Christopher Nolan's remake has to live up to!) and the great Hammer sci-fi horror X The Unknown (as well as quite a few episodes of The Saint)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:48 am 

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Barry Norman was of course very much a national figure in his heyday - in the 1970s particularly, he was the BBC's film equivalent of David Attenborough, much parodied and imitated by impressionists like Mike Yarwood and (later) Rory Bremner, who drew on characteristics like Norman's crow's feet, his thumb gestures and catchphrase "And why not?"

I was never very interested in his reviews of new films and when he wrote about films on TV for Radio Times it always seemed penny-in-the-slot criticism, favouring popular classics. His TV presentation style usually felt curiously stilted to me, as if he was reading a script written with little thought of how it might have sounded when delivered verbally.

For me, his most memorable achievements are the documentary series The Hollywood Greats (1977-79), The British Greats (1980) and Talking Pictures (1988 - unofficially taking over where Brownlow's Hollywood finished with the coming of sound). Although they were often as superficial as his film criticism, they did secure many filmed interviews with key figures of the studio era. For that reason at least, they deserve a repeat.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:17 am 
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A nice tribute from Peter Bradshaw. I agree with the assessment but I want to add a couple of things to this section:
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Did British TV audiences have to be treated to a top 10 countdown of what was doing well at the US box office? When he quit, he went briefly to Sky but, unlike America’s Roger Ebert, never mastered the new digital world of social media to keep his opinions available; he preferred a conventional retirement – but it was a bit of a shame.

I'd argue that UK audiences at the time did need that US box office countdown, especially in pre-internet times where that information was scarce and there was a frisson of excitement in seeing an 'early' trailer for a film that would be arriving in the UK three to six months later. It might not have been of practical use, but it helped to feel more in touch with what was going on at the moment rather than always playing catch up!

Barry Norman didn't really master social media, but he did have a regular job doing a weekly review in the 'old media' - the film section of the BBC's Radio Times television listings magazine. He might not have been the most adventurous type but as times moved on he ended up almost by accident championing 'classic' (i.e. black and white) films in a way that nobody else was in a position to, and giving a push to a curious viewer to look into a screening. Looking back over the last few weeks of articles, he did a piece on a showing of I'm All Right Jack (on that Talking Pictures TV channel) and The Blue Lamp (on TCM). They're not particularly deep, and its true that he never really wrote about any particularly obscure film, but I'd argue that he still performed a much appreciated job of keeping those films alive and talked about in a mainstream publication.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:24 am 
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Miriam Marx daughter of Groucho died last week. She was 90. She authored the book "Love, Groucho: Letters From Groucho Marx To His Daughter Miriam."


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:25 pm 
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YouTube star Stevie Ryan of suicide at 33


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Svetlana Karmalita, Alexey German's wife, guarding angel, co-author and muse.


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Vladimir Svetozarov, production designer on numerous Russian films including "Khrustalev, my car!" and "Dog's heart".


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:48 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:11 pm 
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Paolo Villaggio died July the 5th. National icon in Italy.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:44 am 
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As a 12-year old in 1989, my friends and I did what we could to obtain a cassette copy of As Nasty As They Wanna Be. Luckily, the sellers at flea markets didn't really care if you were a minor or not and one of us was able to snag a copy and make copies for the rest. Good times.


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