Category Archives: Movies

Ich Ging zu Ihm – Korngold Das Wunder Der Heliane

Tweet The title of this piece is the 2nd act aria from Das Wunder Der Heliane by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1887-1957). The opera was completed before the composer reached his 30th birthday. His most popular opera, Die Tote Stadt, was written when he was only 23. Born in Moravia, but raised in Vienna, Krongold was…

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John Wayne – A Biography

Tweet John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman 672 pages Simon & Schuster – 2014   Why a new 574 page biography (this total does not include the notes and index) on a movie star who died in 1979 and who likely made more bad films than any other actor in the history of the business?…

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Metropolis Elektro at the LHUCA

Tweet Fritz Lang’s silent movie epic with an original soundtrack was performed live to two sold out audiences on March 22 and 23 at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The music was written by Scott & Amy Faris. The film was the opening work of the 2013 Flatland Film Festival. Metropolis is a landmark in the…

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When the Saints Go Marching In]

Tweet Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye in a scene from The Five Pennies – 1959.   Here’s an encore. Danny Kaye – Tchaikovsky (Weill/Gershwin) Here are the Russian composers mentioned in the song, in order: Witold Maliszewski, Anton Rubinstein, Anton Arensky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wassily Sapellnikoff, Nikolay Dmitriev, Alexander Tcherepnin, Ivan Kryzhanovsky, Leopold Godowsky, Nikolai…

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Flatland Film Festival Opens

Tweet Lubbock’s  5th Annual Flatland Film Festival opened last night (Oct 15) at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The first half of the program offered four shorts films . The second presented a full length ( 85 minutes) feature, A Quiet Little Marriage. Spoiler alert! The plots of these films are discussed…

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Fitzcaraldo and Opera

Tweet Somehow I didn’t get around to seeing Werner Herzog’s movie Fitzcaraldo, released in 1982, until now. I thought it was about a mad attempt to haul a steamboat over a small mountain. While moving the boat over the obstacle that separates one river from another is a central part of the story, the film…

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