Macy´s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 13 Days, Interview & Tour of White House with Jackie Kennedy, Tarzan II, Fiddler on the Roof, Dorian Gray, James Stewart Roast, a Beautiful Mind, Wallis and Edward, Spellbound
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade traditionally signals the start of the Christmas shopping season. It all started in 1924 and was organized by Macy employees. The store and its employees all take part in the production of this much beloved American tradition. It always starts at 9 in the morning and is televised to many countries (not to Spain). There are floats with famous people and the latest singers, Mini-shows by Broadway musical companies, high school marching bands and cheerleaders who practice and save up all year to be here at this gala event and of course huge balloons floating high above the crowds with kids´ favorite characters. Since we can´t see it direct here, this is the next best thing – last year´s complete parade. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving to All.
Thirteen Days is a 2000 docudrama about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political leadership. Kevin Costner stars, with Bruce Greenwood featured as John F. Kennedy.
While the movie carries the same name as the book Thirteen Days by former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, it is in fact based on a different book, The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is the second docudrama made about the crisis, the first being 1974’s The Missiles of October, which was based on Robert F. Kennedy’s book “Thirteen Days”. The 2000 film contains some newly declassified information not available to the earlier production.
In her own words, here is a never-before-heard candid interview which reveals how First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy felt about her life with the President. Taped only 4 months after his death, they have just been released.
On February 14, 1962, Jackie Kennedy took American television viewers on a tour of the White House with Charles Collingwood of CBS News. The quality is not good but it is an invaluable document which gives us an extraordinary insight into the history and evolution of the White House into the residence it is today.
We can also see the first lady who narrates the tour and tells us about the important work she started which brought the mansion a renewed sense of history restoring the original furnishing and paintings.
An truly exceptional musical which won three Academy Awards in 1972 and two Golden Globes: one for Best Actor Topol and the other for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Great script, direction by Norman Jewison and so many memorable songs like “ If I were a Rich Man”, “Matchmaker, Matchemaker and the poignant “Sunrise, Sunset”.
Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-thriller drama film based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “ The Picture of Dorian Gray”. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, and stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton. The film tells the story of the titular character Dorian Gray, an attractive Englishman whose image is captured in an enchanted painting that keeps him from ageing. For every sin he commits, his image in the portrait ages and loses his beauty while he remains forever young and handsome.
This is a very special roast held in 1978 with celebrities June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Red Buttons, Goldwater, Henry Fonda, George Burns, Don Rickells, Milton Berle, Orson Wells, Janet Leigh attending among others.
If you´ve never seen a “roast”, you´re in for a real treat. The format has the celebrity guest seated at a banquet table, and one by one the guest of honor is affectionately chided or insulted about his career by his fellow celebrity friends. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast was hosted by entertainer Dean Martin from 1974 to 1984. The show is one of the most sold video sets of all-time.
These roasts were patterned after the roasts held at the New York Friars’ Club in New York City. The Friars Club is a private club in New York City, founded in 1904 and famous for its risqué celebrity roasts. The club’s membership is composed mostly of comedians and other celebrities.
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, starring Russell Crowe in the title role with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and other notable actors in supporting roles. It is about young prodigy, Nash´s early years and his development of paranoid schizophrenia.
The film grossed over $313 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score.
Ever wonder what the Duchess of Windsor thought about Edward VII and about the whole abdication crisis? You just might be surprised.
Wallis & Edward is a 2005 British made-for-TV movie, dramatizing the events of the time. It is considered the first scripted account of the romance between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII of the United Kingdom viewed from Wallis Simpson’s point of view. Joely Richardson played Wallis, and Steven Campbell Moore, Edward.
Spellbound is a 1945 American psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was one of the first films to delve into psychoanalysis and its effects on mental problems. It is also notable because of its dream sequence which was conceived and designed by Hitchcock and surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. Even though only 2 minutes of the sequence appear in the film, it was originally 20 minutes long before being edited.
It broke every record in London in both famous theaters where it was released, the Pavilion and the Tivoli Strand, for a single day, week, month, holiday and Sundays.
Spellbound won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Effects, Special Effects and Best Picture. Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck did not receive Academy Award nominations for the film. Bergman received the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress for the film in 1945.