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Friday Night Films: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” by Robert Stevenson

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Angela Lansbury made me cry this week singing “Beauty and The Beast at Lincoln Center in New York. She’s simply WONDERFUL so I decided to choose one of her films for this Friday. Love Bednocks and Broomsticks so here it is.  Enjoy ☺

 Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 British-American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1945) by English children’s author Mary Norton.The film combines live action and animation.

When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated…

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Publicado por en septiembre 23, 2016 en Actresses, Art, Movies, Musical

 

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Camelot – Musical Movie (1967)

Camelot – Musical Movie (1967)

Camelot is a 1967 film adaptation of the musical of the same name. Richard Harris stars as Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere, and Franco Nero as Lancelot. The film was directed by Joshua Logan.

The film, nominated for five Academy Awards, won three for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (John Truscott), Edward Carrere, John W. Brown, Best Costume Design (John Truscott), and Best Music-Scoring of Music (Adaptation or Treatment) (Alfred Newman, Ken Darby). It was also nominated for Best Cinematography (Richard Kline) and Best Sound. It also won three Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for an additional three.

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The film is also notable as the only instance in which a song written for a Broadway show won a Golden Globe award. The category it won in, “‘Best Original Song Written for a Motion Picture,” is reserved only for songs explicitly written for films, not stage musicals, but in this instance, an exception was made, and the song “If Ever I Would Leave You” (mislabeled “If Ever I Should Leave You” on the award) won the Golden Globe that year. Whether this was an accidental oversight on the part of the Foreign Press Association, or a deliberate attempt to circumvent the rules, is unknown, but it had never happened before, and has not happened since. In addition, Frederick Loewe was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Original Score,” although the score was written for the Broadway stage, and not for film.

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Richard Harris won the 1968 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. (Information via Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Publicado por en enero 20, 2014 en Actors, Actresses, Movies, Musical

 

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“Singing in the rain” Gene Kelly

Singing and dancing in the rain...

Singing and dancing in the rain…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I want to bring joy to people.” Gene Kelly

 
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Publicado por en diciembre 30, 2013 en Actors, Movies, Musical

 

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Barbra Streisand – “Memory”

Songs that go beyond the heart…

Barbra Streisand – “Memory” (Official Music Video) 1981 – From the Broadway show: “CATS”

 
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Publicado por en diciembre 28, 2013 en Music, Musical

 

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Gaston Leroux: The writer who unmasked “The Phantom of the Opera”

Gaston Leroux: The writer who unmasked “The Phantom of the Opera”

 Gaston Leroux (6 May 1868 – 15 April 1927) was a French journalist and author of detective fiction. In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, 1911), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1986 musical.

 

Gaston Leroux’s name will always be joined “The Phantom of the Opera” but personally I have to say that I discovered the works of this singular writer with another of his brilliant novels: “The Haunted Chairr”. A novel full of mystery, irony, some horror and a unique sense of humor that also commonly used in many of his novels. Since that day, Gaston Leroux became one of my favorite authors. Another of his stories that impressed me most was “: The Kiss That Killed“. That burning desire to discover the human mind and feelings, his way of making the reader feel part of the story from the moment he speaks directly and personally to him are peculiarities of this brilliant French writer.

The genre of his novels is fictional detective, being a master in the management of mystery and terror. A constant motif in his work, is the transition between life and death, and problems beyond.

The Haunted Chair

The Haunted Chair

 

 Le mystère de la chambre jaune (English translation: The Mystery of the Yellow Room – 1907

Le fauteuil hanté (1909, English translation: The Haunted Chair, 1931)

Le fantôme de l’Opéra (1910, English translation: The Phantom of the Opera, 1911)

La poupée sanglante (1923, English translations: The Kiss That Killed, 1934)

 

 At this point, I decided I could not pass up the opportunity to read his most famous work. Many of you, like me, sure you know more the history thanks to the extraordinary musical that Andrew Lloyd Webber made based on his novel. Humbly I recommend that you read the novel by Gaston Leroux, if you have not done yet. You will discover a way to write unique that will be a great surprise and will again fall in love with this wonderful story.

Credits in the picture

Credits in the picture

 

 “You will be the happiest of women. And we will sing, all by ourselves, till we swoon away with delight. You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked. Love me and you shall see! All I wanted was to be loved for myself.”
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Song: The Phantom of the Opera
Performed By: Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman
© 1987 The Really Useful Group Ltd. A Universal Music Company, All Rights Reserved.

 
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Publicado por en junio 18, 2013 en Books, Musical

 

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