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BILLY WILDER INTERVIEWED BY MICHEL CIMENT

Filmmakers appear to be at their best when being interviewed by Europeans. Yesterday I offered up Orson Welles on Michael Parkinson’s show. Today, dig this one-hour doc made for French television titled ‘Billy Wilder; Portrait Of A 60% Perfect Man’. Ciment, a noted French cineaste, shot this material in Los

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ORSON WELLES ON MICHAEL PARKINSON

This is absolutely one of the best–if not the best–of the many interviews Orson Welles did over the years. It’s from a 1974 BBC program, the highly respected interview show hosted by Michael Parkinson. Welles is more relaxed than he is on guard, which is often his default attitude when

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GEORGE CUKOR: ‘THE MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES’

Seeing how it appears to be ‘George Cukor Day’ on TCM (‘The Philadelphia Story’ is playing as I write this and I’m about to give ‘Her Cardboard Lover’, which I’ve never seen, a try) I thought I’d post this 1973 doc about him. It was made as part of an

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TIME MACHINE–THE 1940s

The YouTube genius NASS (I’ve posted his/her/their videos before) has once again worked his/her/their magic on some old footage of a city from the past, in this case Los Angeles in the 1940s. Much of it appears to me to be stock footage most likely shot by a studio crew

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘Three Sappy People’ (1939) is the 43rd short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Thursday, April 6th through Monday, April 10th, 1939 and released on Friday, December 1st of that year. The film is a sharp-as-a-stiletto Curly-era outing, perfectly paced, inventively violent and

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MEL BROOKS MEETS ORSON WELLES?

Here’s a short but delightful clip of the great Mel talking about working with the great Orson on ‘History Of The World Part 1’. I love Welles answer to Mel’s question as to what he was going to spend his salary on but I don’t believe it for a second;

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LITTLE STEVIE WONDER MEETS FATS WALLER?

YouTube is an interesting place to hang out. It enjoys introducing people to material that it houses and makes some curious connections when doing so. For instance, I’ve been posting Fats Waller material for the past few days. When I awoke this AM and logged in I found that they

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‘THE JOINT IS JUMPIN’–A FATS WALLER SOUNDIE

Here’s another Fats Waller short made for jukebox consumption in 1941 (see yesterday’s post for ‘Your Feets Too Big’). ‘The Joint Is Jumpin’, written by Waller, Andy Razaf and J.C.Johnson, is another of his hit novelty numbers and it’s given a rowdy treatment in this dramatization of what a Harlem

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FATS WALLER SOUNDIES: ‘YOUR FEETS TOO BIG’

Last Friday I posted about a beautifully restored jukebox that was equipped to show films of the bands performing the songs in the jukebox. These films, known as ‘soundies’, are a great preservation tool as far too little film of performers of the day exist, especially black performers who were

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