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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Classics of Jewish Humor —

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:07 PM

The Polish starlet joke

Related material — Costume design for New Year’s Eve.

“Show me all  the blueprints.” —  attributed to Howard Hughes.

The Social Network

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 5:27 PM

Writer Robert Avrech on director Brian De Palma —

“Both Brian and I greatly admire Alfred Hitchcock so we were
pretty much on the same page aesthetically. That’s how I came
to write Body Double , a superb thriller that immediately thrust
me into the Hollywood limelight.”

— https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?
f=Behind-the-Scenes-with-Hol-by-Joan-Brunwasser-
American-Jews_Hollywood_Interviews_Judaism-Jewish-
131219-897.html

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Same Page

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:54 PM

Writer Robert Avrech on director Brian De Palma —

“Both Brian and I greatly admire Alfred Hitchcock so we were
pretty much on the same page aesthetically. That’s how I came
to write Body Double , a superb thriller that immediately thrust
me into the Hollywood limelight.”

— https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?
f=Behind-the-Scenes-with-Hol-by-Joan-Brunwasser-
American-Jews_Hollywood_Interviews_Judaism-Jewish-
131219-897.html

See also Avrech in this  journal —

Dark Comedy

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:42 AM

“There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies.
But there aren’t many dark screwball comedies.
And if Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers  is any indication,
there’s a good reason for that.”

— Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel 

Perhaps another indication — De Palma’s  Body Double .

“Like a rose under the April snow . . . .” — Streisand

The De Palma Balcony

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:44 AM

The Demolished Man  was a novel that had fascinated De Palma
since the late 1950s and appealed to his background in mathematics
and avant-garde storytelling. Its unconventional unfolding of plot
(exemplified in its mathematical layout of dialogue) and its stress on
perception have analogs in De Palma’s filmmaking.”  — Wikipedia

This, together with the Cuernavaca balcony in Deschooling MIT, is
perhaps enough of a clue for mystified theologians on St. Peter’s Day.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

From MOM back to WOW —

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:55 PM

Wild Thing.

Mystic Cristal Revelation

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:26 PM

In memory of actress Linda Cristal — The New York Times  today —

“After a modest film career, followed by guest roles on television,
Ms. Cristal auditioned for ‘The High Chaparral,’ a western
developed by David Dortort, the creator and producer of ‘Bonanza.’
In her telling, it was a memorable occasion.”

Judy Carne and Hoss in NBC’s “Bonanza,”  a nemesis of
CBS Sunday programming.

The New York Times  on “Bonanza” in 2010

“Mr. Dortort oversaw production of the show for most of its run. In addition
to telling stories based on historical events involving the Comstock Lode and
the oncoming Civil War, the show dealt with themes like racial prejudice and
religious tolerance. Mostly, though, its drama, and its popularity, were because
of its focus on the Cartwrights and their tightknit bond.

‘What is the message?’ Mr. Dortort said. ‘Love is the message.’

David Solomon Katz was born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrant parents from
Eastern Europe on Oct. 23, 1916, and grew up in a neighborhood famous for
the gangsters of Murder Inc. …”

Jazz for Fosse: The Quotation Dance

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:54 PM

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Deschooling* M.I.T.

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:29 PM

New York Times  opinion yesterday from a professor at M.I.T.

* For some background on Deschooling, see (for instance) . . .

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