There’s much to be appreciated about this movie: its spare-but-lovely score, its sensual, metaphoric use of water and moonlight, the fine acting even by the youngest of its cast.
Corwin traveled the world creating broadcasts for the United Nations, until McCarthyism drove him out of the radio medium and into writing for the screen and stage.
Mumbai native Sunny Pawar, who reportedly never even saw a Western movie before this one, blazes across the film like a comet.
Shaffer got it right: The mediocre human is audiences’ way into understanding this story. That’s why the obsessively envious Salieri, and not his titular bête noire with the hideously annoying laugh and the peerless compositional brilliance, is the protagonist of Amadeus.
It works like this: Founder, editor and producer Ed McCann announces an open-ended “theme” meant to prompt writers of every background, professional and amateur, young and old, to address that theme in as many as 650 words – maybe four, five minutes of reading time.
Set in the 1960s, it follows the adolescence of a girl called Li’l Bit in flashback as her alternatingly supportive and abusive Uncle Peck exacts a high emotional price for driving lessons on the rural roads of Maryland.
“Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda Blackmon’s stirring tale lets audiences of all ages experience the courage it took to help change American history.”
Since 2003, Vassar College has held an annual festival dedicated to exploring and celebrating the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s called Modfest, and it brings together students, faculty members and outside artists (such as Pulitzer Prizewinning composers Yehudi Wyner, Steve Reich and David del Tredici) for a week-and-a-half of residencies, performances and exhibitions, all free and open to the general public.
Kicking off its “Pulitzer Series” of four plays exemplifying the Golden Age of American drama, this weekend and next, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will stage one of the most beloved works of 20th-century theater: Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece, Our Town.
“Raising Voices” is the theme of Modfest 2017, and anyone who was energized by the politicized acceptance speech delivered by Vassar alumna Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes Awards may want to check it out.