Monthly Archives: February 2014

El Norte was about a brother and sister

who felt they had no other option but to leave their homeland in Guatemala and go north.  It’s a gripping tale of hope and expectation. Now I read that the problem is still going on (no surprise) but the ones … Continue reading

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El Norte will be the last film of this series

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.

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“In America” interview with Jim Sheridan

I received a nice link to an interview with Jim Sheridan about the making of In America.  In part, he says that the stealing and dragging of the air conditioner down the street really happened! click here

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In America notes

In America notes Arial is narrating as they enter their new apartment building in NY and refers to the man who screams . . . . referring Mateo     –        opening the door to their apartment with all the locks, … Continue reading

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Shirley Temple

During the class on film in the 1930’s we didn’t see any of her films although I would have liked to have shown one . . . The Little Colonel. No one in America helped more to raise the moral … Continue reading

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Paul Mazursky . . director, writer, producer, actor

Moscow on the Hudson, last week’s movie was created almost entirely by Paul Mazursky; he co-wrote, directed and produced it. Nabbing Robin Williams was a stroke of genius as we all saw, Williams was already established as a funny, multi-talented … Continue reading

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Notes from “Moscow on the Hudson”

The scene in Moscow where Vladimir takes his girlfriend to his friend, Anatoly’s apartment so they can have sex reminded me of The Apartment. Has anyone in the class had the experience of leaving a place with family to go … Continue reading

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Connie Chung, Elya Baskin and Saveliy Kramarov

Yes that was her in Moscow on the Hudson playing the news reporter. Elya Baskin, who played Anatoly, immigrated to the United States in 1976. He attended Moscow’s prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College. Won a Festival of Young Actors … Continue reading

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Moscow on the Hudson poster infringement

This poster, depicting a bird’s eye view of New York with Moscow and Russia beyond, prompted a lawsuit by artist Saul Steinberg. Steinberg alleged that the movie poster infringed the copyright in “View of the World from 9th Avenue”, his famous cover illustration … Continue reading

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