For years, TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies has been an oasis for film lovers in the province of Ontario. Host Elwy Yost would present two films, linked either by personnel (like, say, The Wild Bunch and Major Dundee) or theme (like The Grapes of Wrath and Bound for Glory). The films were enough on their own, but the cherry on top was Yost’s effusive interviews in the intermission between films. Here’s the first part of a discussion on the Auteur theory with some Hollywood notables.
Friday, June 27, 2008
The Magnificent Ambersons, screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the Booth Tarkington novel
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The Film - Fantasia, dir. James Algar (by way of W. Disney)
The Set-Up - A mouse and a magic hat. Nuff said.
What I love about Fantasia is watching with the knowledge that I am seeing a truly seminal moment. Disney had already broken the animation game wide open with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and now his animators took what they had already learned and went into hyperdrive. This film reached new heights in just about any area you care to name - Color, movement, music, plot. The bar was now raised.