Say goodbye to Patty Andrews who died this week at the age of 94, proving that she was not, after all, immortal  —  except she is.  The incomparable harmony of Patty Andrews and her two sisters is not out of this world.  We can hear them and watch them in some unique movies, some very worth viewing,made between1940 and 1970.

Readers may be interested in my post of March 24, 2011:  The Andrews Sisters in the Movies.


Say hello to Phillip Lopate if you are not already familiar with one of our outstanding essayists and critics:

     “Whether the film had been glorious or dull barely mattered, so long as I could cross it off my list.  The development of a taste of any sort requires plodding through the overrated as well as uncovering the sublime.”  These words from an eassyist and critic who is a film buff can be found in his essay “Anticipation of La Notte:  the ‘Heroic’ Age of Moviegoing,” included in Lopate’s collection Against Joie de Vivre, Poseidon Press, 1989.

Filmgoers and my readers should be able to relate to these memories and experiences from elsewhere in the essay:  “Sometimes a film club ad would lead me to some church basement in Chelsea to watch an old Murnau or Preston Sturges, projected by a noisy Bell & Howell set up on a chair in the back of a rec room.  Or:  “In my last two years of high school I was restless and used film showings as a pretext  to get out of Brooklyn, away from my family, and explore the city.”  

Also inlcuded in Against Joie de Vivre is a piece called  “Samson and Delilah and the Kids.”

I wish you joy in Phillip Lopate’s inimitable writing.  And speaking of the sublime and the overrated, look for a future blog devoted to the ten most overrated Hollywood movies.

NEXT POST Friday, February 8.

See you at the movies,

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