Calamity Jane (1953)

Calamity Jane (1953) Doris Day once claimed that this movie was the closest to who she really was, and certainly her performance expresses wild exuberance and delight. Sammy Fain (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics) scored Billboard and Academy Award success with “Secret Love,” which, coupled with “The Dead Wood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away),” adds a lesbian … More Calamity Jane (1953)

Ballet Mécanique

Ballet Mécanique (1924 ) This short experimental film was conceived by Fernand Léger in collaboration with the filmmaker Dudley Murphy (with cinematographic input from Man Ray) and music by George Antheil. Its juxtapositions of the human and the mechanical suggest a world succumbing to the mechanistic, a dehumanizing production line. The French model Alice Prin, … More Ballet Mécanique

Strictly Dynamite (1934)

Strictly Dynamite (1934) A pre-code theatrical farce, directed by Elliott Nugent to promote the “Mexican Spitfire,” Lupe Vélez, only to be upstaged by Jimmy Durante. Nick (Norman Foster), a poet of mediocre talent, agrees to write sophisticated jokes for malapropistic radio ham Moxie (Jimmy Durante). Money goes to the Nick’s head, and he winds up … More Strictly Dynamite (1934)