Friday, December 28, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Love is "One Hour with You"!

Being in my film library and watched a thousand times, it never fails the funny bone and intellect that there's a Colette and Andre, Mitzi and Adolph in all of us! 

The dashing Andre (Maurice Chevalier) must overcome temptation when his wife Colette's (Jeanette MacDonald) beautiful best friend, Mitzi (Genevieve Tobin), tries to seduce him. Meanwhile, suspecting his wife of infidelity, Mitzi's disgruntled husband (Roland Young) begins pursuing Colette. Directed by the matchless Ernst Lubitsch, this musical romp, set in Paris, was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1932.

The film is a musical remake of The Marriage Circle (1924), the second film that Lubistch made in the United States and in 1932 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The French version, Une heure près de toi, was made simultaneously with Lili Damita playing Genevieve Tobin's role.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Looming Health Crisis in the Rockaways, New York after Hurricane Sandy

CNN PRODUCER NOTE   DougKuntz, a freelance photojournalist in New York, read about humanitarian volunteer Alison Thompson in a story about Hurricane Sandy, and learned about her past with other disasters around the world. 'I came to Rockaway and followed her around while she worked. She is a modern-day hero in my eyes.' Kuntz wanted to share her story with CNN 'because the problems in Rockaway are growing, and are not being reported as they should be.'

Third Wave Volunteer and Medic, Alison Thompson, who has jumped head first into some of the world's worst scenes of death including 9-11, the earthquake in Haiti, and the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, gives her take on the looming health crisis in the Rockaways where there is not enough help at this time to avoid serious health issues for thousands of residents.

Thompson is a full time humanitarian volunteer, who in 2010, was awarded the Order of Australia, the highest civilian medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II of England for her volunteer work and contribution to humankind.

Alison Thompson's voice should be heard now while there is still time.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Nights of Cabiria" and "La Strada," my favorites of Federico Fellini's fertile imagination

How can a screenwriter, director, actor, audience member not love everything by el maestro, Federico Fellini, and his lovely wife, Giuletta Masina.  Nights of Cabiria and La Strada, my favorites, will touch even the most cynical of hearts.
p.s. and the music by Nino Rota, exquisite!
Despite an endless string of heartbreaks and misfortune, Cabiria (Giulietta Masina), a wide-eyed prostitute working the streets of Rome, never seems to give up on finding true love. One of director Federico Fellini's best-known efforts, this supremely human tale -- by turns absurdly comic and jarringly tragic -- won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and the visually arresting Masina earned Best Actress honors at the Cannes Film Festival.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese introduces this restored special edition of Italian auteur Federico Fellini's powerful rumination on love and hate, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956. The story follows the plight of gentle Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who's sold by her mother to a bullying circus performer (Anthony Quinn), only to have a clown (Richard Basehart) win her heart and ignite a doomed love triangle.