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Remembering Harris Goldsmith

Thursday, April 03, 2014

We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.

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Kingdom of Oscar

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I’m rooting for one of my favorite films of last year, “Moonrise Kingdom,” to get the best screenplay Oscar.

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The Idea of Motion

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A new novel by Robert Seidman has me thinking about Edward Muybridge, the Apioneering 19th century photographer obsessed with capturing movement on film

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Jazz Loft Losses

Friday, April 20, 2012

Some items of interest to Jazz Loft listeners.

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Regarding Russell: The Obit as History

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ken Russell, who died Sunday at age 84, was a British movie director whose name was a household word a few decades ago.  No more, I guess.  But people are writing about his life in interesting ways, noting that he was a “provocateur,” that he pioneered male frontal nudity in the movies (Women in Love), and that he popularized a passionate and boldly specific approach to telling the story of musical lives on film (Song of Summer, the best ever film about a creative person).  Among other things.

 

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Think Big

Friday, October 28, 2011

You can carry the world in the palm of your hand. You can put the universe in your pocket.  You can look at a movie on a screen the size of a watch face.  So it’s a perfect moment to launch “See it Big,” a series of screenings of big screen blockbusters to remind us that size does indeed matter.

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McLuhan, Medium, Rare

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marshall McLuhan’s hundredth birth anniversary is July 21st, and, after a lull, his ideas seem provocative and relevant again. In an attempt to concoct a 7 minute “Fishko Files” radio piece about him, I found myself arguing with him all the way through his speeches and aphorisms. Whatever can be said about him, he made you think.  Thinking, pro or con, while listening to Dr M, was simply unavoidable.  Having finished the piece, I’m still thinking about him.

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Miles Davis 85th Birthday Tributes in New York

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Click in to see Miles Davis tribute events in New York

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Oscar Fever Now Over

Monday, February 28, 2011

I love the Oscars telecast, always have.  But my love, I now realize, is a leftover from another era.  I think this year killed it off, once and for all.  NO more love.

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The Clock

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

You have roughly 84 hours and some number of minutes left to see “The Clock,” Christian Marclay’s astonishing creation, now at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, through Saturday.  Admission is free. It has been mobbed, so you may have to wait a while to get in and/or find a seat.

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More on Simon Barere, brilliant pianist of the past

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simon Barere was a fascinating case: a spellbinding pianist with a magical technique.  His skill was super-human. Dazzling.  Astonishing.

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Arthur Penn

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I had the pleasure of interviewing the late Arthur Penn 3 years ago, just 40 years after the release of his ground-breaking film Bonnie and Clyde.

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Pianist of the North

Friday, September 24, 2010

On Marc-Andre Hamelin

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Restored and Fascinating: "On the Bowery," 1957

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lionel Rogosin's restored "On the Bowery" (1957) begins a week-long run at Film Forum today.

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