Lady, Let’s Dance was a 1944 black and white film directed by Frank Woodruff that was nominated for two Oscars. Produced by Monogram Studios, the film is unique as an ice skating musical. Lady, Let’s Dance starred ice skaters Belita, James Ellison, Werner Groebli and Hans Mauch (more commonly known as ‘Frick & Frack’) and Walter Catlett.
A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people’s ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.
This is not a joke. Karlheinz Stockhausen dreamt of it and he did it. He wrote a score for a string quartet whose musicians (in this instance the Arditti Quartet) would each play in a helicopter, while their music would be mixed on the ground by Stockhausen and broadcasted in the concert hall. The helicopter rotors are naturally present.
This documentary captures the overflowing energy and activity of one today’s greatest composers, Philip Glass, and allows us to follow him from New York to London and from Paris to Boston. He speaks about his beginnings, his moving to Paris for two years of intensive study with Nadia Boulanger, his meeting with Indian musician Ravi Shankar and director Robert Wilson, who had a deep influence on his career. The film also shows him at work on the last details of his opera The Sound of a Voice, directed by Robert Woodruff and conducted by Alan Johnson.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007) Scott Hicks, Philip Glass, Holly Critchlow, Chuck Close, Documentary, Biography, Music
Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks (“Shine”) documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts with a number of friends and collaborators, who include Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar, and Martin Scorsese.
An Evening in Paris (1967) Shakti Samanta, Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Sarita, Musical, Romance, Thriller
In romantic Paris, two Parisians of Indian origin are in love namely Shyam or Sam and Roopa. Mystery and intrigue surround this romance, as Roopa is abducted and held by criminal mastermind Jack and his minions, who will trade her for a hefty ransom. Roopa has a look-alike in the shape and form of Suzy, who is sent in place of Roopa to ensure that the money is received, while the real Roopa is still being held captive. Sam must use all the resources available to in order to set Roopa free, but he will have a difficult time to differentiate between Suzy and Roopa.
Abner Weaver, a small-town mayor in the Ozarks, through the music of performers from ‘The Grand Ole Opry,” and the antics and help of his family and the local citizens, manages to pass a legislative bill to help the farmers, and also wins the election for state government from a group of crooked politicians.
Tango argentino (1992) Goran Paskaljevic, Mija Aleksic, Predrag Manojlovic, Nikola Zarkovic, Drama, Music
Nikola is an ten-year-old boy who enjoys relating with the old people that his mother shops for and cleans up for. He is particularly enthralled by an old fellow who used to earn his living as a tango singer, and who still has something of the enthusiasm for living that infuses that music. His father is a music teacher who isn’t quite up to the challenge posed by living with his energetic and complicated wife, and since they are not well off materially, the difficulty of their lives is compounded. The boy has a scheme which may make the family a lot of money, but he first has to decide that the real world is more worthy of his attentions than his rich and gentle fantasy life.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1967) Gene Kelly, Bobby Riha, Ted Cassidy, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
The adventure begins when Jack trades his cow for some magic beans from peddler Jeremy Keen. The beans sprout a beanstalk high into the clouds, and Jack and Jeremy climb it to discover a giant, a goose that lays golden eggs, and Princess Serena who is trapped in a harp by a magic spell and can only be released by a kiss.
Worried About the Boy (2010) Julian Jarrold, Douglas Booth, Jonny Burt, Mathew Horne, Biography, Drama, Music
In 1980 young George O’Dowd baffles his parents with his love of frocks and make-up and moves into a squat with kindred spirit Peter,who dresses as Marilyn Monroe and calls himself Marilyn. They make a splash at Steve Strange’s trendy Blitz Club where George gets a job in the cloakroom but George is unlucky in his relationships with men until he meets wannabe musician Kirk.