The Sound of Lady Gaga–A Timeless Saga Handed Down To A New Generation

Last night, there were very few surprises @ the 87th Academy Awards. Then, Lady Gaga, sang a tribute to the Sound of Music. It was utterly thrilling to witness her vocal virtuosity & versatility. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an intact You Tube version, so the abbreviated version shared here will have to suffice. It seems that there was one, but it got pulled. Her tribute to Julie Andrews was a triumph for both women & proof of the timelessness of well written songs beautifully performed. And, never forget Mary Martin, who originated the role on Broadway!

It’s a shame not to be able to share this in its entirety. But you will have a sense of it, if you did not see the Awards.

Abbreviated Showing of Lady Gaga Singing Tribute to The Sound Of Music–22 February 2015.

The Sound of Julie Andrews

Mary Martin Climbs Every Mountain–Her Wonderful Acceptance Speech!

In this, The Sound of Mary Martin…

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Presents Hitchcock 9 Silent Era Films


Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro           (1899-1980) 9 Of His Silent Era Films Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Alfred Hitchcock-Maestro
9 Of His Silent Era Films
Featured @ Castro Theatre June 2013

Was a terrific honour & priviledge to attend & have the opportunity to meet one of his grand daughters & her daughter, a great-grand daughter. Wonderful way to experience the continuity of film history with a living connection to the genius behind the making of so many iconic films. They were fun to meet & clearly elated to be there for this highly deserved tribute. He never won an Academy Award, but many who worked with him did. Yet, he is remembered today, whilst many who did received that coveted Golden Man are not. His films still fill houses & the best of them require multiple viewings, just to savour the brilliance. All thanks to those associated with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival who made this tribute to him possible! Putting this together was a fine achievement for this art form & offered many of us a chance, for the first time, to see how his genius evolved.

Here is a still from The Ring, 1927

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson.  Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

The Ring, 1927, featuring Lilian Hall-Davis & Carl Brisson. Still taken from Castro Theatre Screen projection 15 June 2013.

This special treat from You Tube, collected by Morgan T. Rhys. We owe this person a debt of gratitude. This tribute covers most of his vast career. It was a joy to watch these!

VERTIGO–More Than 50 Years After The Making, Alfred Hitchcock Fills Theatre!


Last night, running late & frustrated that I would be missing the title & introduction of the above-referenced film, I got a huge & wonderful surprise.  The late running subway did not keep me from missing any part of this brilliant film (and using the word ‘brilliant’ in the same blog with the name Alfred Hitchcock is a bit redundant, I must confess.

The queue to enter The Castro Theatre, at ten minutes past the posted start time of 8:00 pm, ran almost down the entire block, about two abreast standing.  The place was, at my best guess, 85% filled.  This is happening on a Friday night of a secular holiday weekend, in a city where all kinds of venues for entertainment are going on simultaneously. Yet, here we were, young, old, all walks of life, venturing out, spending our time to see this masterwork of film.

Kim Novak, James Stewart, Barbar Bel Geddes, starring in what, perhaps, were their finest screen moments, had the audience in the palms of their hands, so to speak.  This was a gloriously restored 70MM print, nearly flawless.

To add accolades to this work is a challenge to the best writer–but too keep this short, its vibrancy still touched the souls of those in attendance.  One bit of technology foretold in this fim, the type of art work we commonly now associate with desktop computer screen savers–curvilinear abstractions, all meticulously hand done, frame-by-frame were incorporated into the editing process, adding a touch of prophecy to this 1958 marvel.

Mr Hitchcock did appear, an early walk-on part, as was his famous trademark, and the applause was there.  What finer tribute can there be?

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