“Forgotten Hollywood”- LOC National Film Registry 2019…

Posted on December 12, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`This year’s selections of the Library of Congress National Film Registry have just been announced. Twenty-five entrants including fairly recent productions:  Amadeus, Platoon, Boys Don’t Cry, Purple Rain, She’s Gotta Have It, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Zoot Suit. Noted motion pictures from Hollywood’s Golden Age include:

~ GASLIGHT –  Based on a Broadway play, and also staged as Angel Street. Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar for her spellbinding performance in the lead role. She was ably assisted by Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, and in her movie debut,  Angela Lansbury as a cockney maid, and expertly directed by George Cukor.  Gaslighting remains firmly within our cultural lexicon.


~ SLEEPING BEAUTY –  This was the last of classic animated fairy-tale adaptations produced by Walt Disney. Along with vivid images, the film introduced audiences to one of Disney’s most enduring villainesses —  Maleficent (voiced by Eleanor Audley). Disney transformed a timeless fable from the original Charles Perrault The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood and The Brothers Grimm Little Briar-Rose.

~ OLD YELLER –  Also produced by Disney, this timeless production was directed by Robert Stevenson, and stars Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, and Tommy Kirk. It was adapted from a Fred Gipson novel.  Few cinematic endings have ever proved as emotionally affecting as the conclusion of this melodramatic piece.

“`An unprecedented seven motion pictures directed by women are in the year’s list, the most since the inaugural registry in 1989.  The oldest footage is of immigrants arriving in New York at Ellis Island in 1903, a poignant examination of a still debated policy.  And The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s 1978 documentary,  pays tribute to the 1976 farewell concert by The Band, featuring performances by the biggest names in music.

“`Selections heralding diversity dominates this year’s class.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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