Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

BUDDY’S TAVERN: THE BLOGATHON COMMENCES!

Last night I attended the official opening night of a musical we made of my film “Two Family House”, which I wrote and directed and which was released in 2000. We call our musical “Buddy’s Tavern”–really I should have titled the film that but was stupidly talked out of it

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CITY ISLAND: MEET MICHAEL MALAKOV

Here is the great Alan Arkin (represented both in the flesh and in portraiture prominently displayed behind him) in the role of acting teacher Michael Malakov, whose class Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) attends. In talking with Alan before filming his scenes, I suggested that Malakov might not be a complete

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CITY ISLAND: THOUGHTS ON THE CODE (AND MAKE OUT SCENES)

Yes, dear readers, I’ve heard you loud and clear. The make out session is on its way. But first… I thought, while I had your attention, I’d attempt to interest a few of the newer readers of this modest blog who joined us once production commenced on “City Island” to

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CITY ISLAND: MOVIE CRAZY

Sorry for the unexpected hiatus–I returned home to LA after sixteen weeks in New York this past weekend and found myself far more exhausted than I expected to be. The past four months of filmmaking have been essentially riding a wild bull–starting with our prep period in late May/early June,

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CITY ISLAND: THE DENISE THING

Forgive the shameless self-promotion (to say nothing of the unattractive need to point out positive things about myself), but click here to read an excellent review of my last film, a documentary soon to be released on DVD called “Tis Autumn; The Search For Jackie Paris”. The film is rolling out theatrically

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CITY ISLAND: THIS IS MY WEEKEND?

Welcome to City Island. Above is a view of this magical and strange place where I am currently living, working and blogging. We wrapped our first week of shooting Friday night at eleven PM. I took off for the city in the morning and somehow a day and a half

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CITY ISLAND: ON TWO WHEELS

Today I met the liquor store owners. They were relaxing, in the shady (as in dark, not dodgy) store eating mangoes. They gave me gifts and advice; below is the ‘Official’ postcard for City Island from JGL Wines & Liquors. Go there, they are lovely and sell intoxicating substances. Bonus!

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THE FABULOSITY OF J. MARGULIES

This past Wednesday, I became the luckiest filmmaker in New York when the fabulous Julianna Margulies leapt aboard the runaway train known as “City Island” and agreed to play Andy Garcia’s wife, Joyce Rizzo. How the hell can a movie be one week away from shooting and still not have such an

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Here's a hugely entertaining and informative conversation between Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, shot in Sondheim's NYC townhouse. The final anecdote about Oscar Hammerstein could make a stone cry. #broadwayisback #musicaltheatre http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Another Filmex trailer, this one from 1971. The whole aura of Filmex and its place in LA film culture is, for me, wrapped up in the era of the USC crowd meeting the Beverly Hills retirees-Lang, Cukor, Hitchcock, Mamoulian etc. Pot smokers v. cigar smokers. http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Does anyone remember 'Filmex', LA's very own 1970s film festival? If not see the below trailer from the '72 fest. And if you do remember Filmex...watch it anyway. You'll feel all warm and cuddly. #FilmFestival #FilmTwitter #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

@ReelRDEF discusses with Adell Aldrich, the first woman to direct a network movie of the week, the details of her work in this special-edition guest episode of XCU: The Viewfinder that you can listen to here: https://www.hangoverloungepodcasts.com/blog/movies-til-dawn-an-interview-with-adell-aldrich-by-raymond-de-felitta

#film #filmpioneer #audiodrama #moviestildawn

Take a drive along a remarkably spiffy Wilshire Blvd. on August 1st 1951. All will be explained when you go to my new blogpost below and enjoy a 10 minute respite from your day. #Hollywood #LosAngelesCL #academymuseum http://raymonddefelitta.org/blog/

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