An Ear for a Career

January 1, 2009

A very summer, my family got invited to the Paramount Studio picnic by my uncle, Al Zuniga. New movie and TV stars would appear; most notably for me were the Cartwrights from Bonanza. Al was Paramount’s trailer editor and his job really intrigued me. […]

Jacques Tati’s ‘Playtime’

January 1, 2009

Comedy, as they say, is all in the timing. Therefore, a comic’s best friend has got to be the film editor. But how does one become a good comedy editor? First, I believe, a person must have a natural instinct for what’s funny. […]

‘Broadway’ Playback

January 1, 2009

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film legacy is its musicals. Perhaps because it was the most politically conservative of the major studios, MGM was more comfortable with melodramas and musicals than with social issues. […]

A ‘Lion’ For All Seasons

November 1, 2008

A medieval historical romp like The Lion in Winter was considered to be an old-fashioned project in the revolutionary political year 1968, especially after the success of such socially provocative films of 1967 as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night and even Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, which presaged the New Hollywood. […]

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