Category Archives: Performers

Showtune Saturday: “Doin’ What Comes Naturally”

Eddie Pensier writes: An outtake from Annie Get Your Gun (1950), with Judy Garland, before she was fired by MGM and replaced by Betty Hutton. Garland had clashed with original director Busby Berkeley, and retaliated against his perfectionism by showing … Continue reading

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Capitulation

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A Russian who immigrated to Paris in the early 1920s, Dimitri Kirsanoff was above all an avant-gardist. However, he wasn’t above employing Griffith-style melodrama when it suited his purposes. In his “Menilmontant,” a brief, richly volatile work about a … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: In my more than ten years of critical examination of motion pictures, I have never seen anything quite so unacceptable as the shots of the breasts of the character of Rio. This is the young girl whom … Continue reading

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Jane Russell: Singer

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Showtune Saturday: “So In Love”

Eddie Pensier writes: Hermann Prey, the great Austrian baritone known best for his German lieder interpretations, gives a heartfelt rendition of the standard from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. Yes, perhaps his English could be better, but can you doubt … Continue reading

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Notes on “Every-Night Dreams”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s an almost cubist visual sensibility at work in this 1933 silent from director Mikio Naruse. Scenes are fractured into barrages of angles, the camera sometimes moving in on its subjects in kamikaze fashion. Many of the … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Dentist”

Eddie Pensier writes: Certainly the best song sung by Steve Martin playing a sadistic biker-dentist in a musical horror movie about a cannibalistic plant based on a stage musical derived from a Roger Corman film, ever. From Frank Oz’s Little Shop … Continue reading

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