I seldom have rooting interest for the Grammy Awards, but two of my longtime favorites walked away winners this year: composer and bandleader Gordon Goodwin won the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his thrilling adaptation of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” You can read more about him and his music HERE. And my pal Vince Giordano’s wonderfully evocative music for the TV series Boardwalk Empire earned a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack. Read more about it HERE. Is it coincidental that I wrote about both winners on this site, or am I merely prescient?
Whenever I go to a movie theater I’m astonished by the repetitive quality of trailers; originality and humor are no longer valued in this age of hard-sell. The same monkey-see, monkey-do mentality applies to movie poster design, which I never thought about until a friend sent me this link to a devastating visual essay that speaks for itself: 9gag.com.
If you want some meatier food for thought, you might want to read what master cinematographer John Bailey has to say about digital cinema in his latest blog post HERE.
Looking backward instead of forward, if you’ve never seen Fletcher Markle’s two-part interview with Alfred Hitchcock, first broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1964, it’s viewable online here, and it’s well worth watching. There’s even some footage devoted to composer Bernard Herrmann.
And, not to end on a downbeat note, I just read this piece about the plight of historic movie palaces and the digital revolution. We haven’t seen the end of this story yet: studios and archives may yet find a way to keep vintage films in circulation, especially if there is a profit motive. But in the short term, the prospects are daunting.
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