Category Archives: Acting

THE SUNDAY SERVING: Making “Taxi Driver”

DAILY MUSE | Here is an excellent in depth documentary about the making of the film “Taxi Driver”. It includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybil Shepard, Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks and writer Paul Schrader and others– a wonderful peek inside the creative process. (Video in 8 Parts) VIEWER ALERT: Contains strong language and scenes of intense violence. For mature audiences only.

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Part 8

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TODAY’S MUSE: Go See A Play

DAILY MUSE | Go see a play. Not a musical. A play. I went to see “Doubt” last night, playing in the Shubert Theater in New Haven. It starred Cherry Jones, who won the Tony Award for her role as Sister Aloysius on Broadway in 2005. It’s a rare treat for a play on tour to have the originator of a role in the touring company- let alone having the Tony Award winning originator of the role. Needless to say, both the performance and the evening were magnificent.

There really is no substitute for live theater. It offers unique creative opportunities, even as a mere member of the audience. On the one hand you have a singular opportunity to witness (both individually and in community) the stunning immediacy of well expressed emotions on a fabulously creative journey. On the other hand its an awesome opportunity for a helluva night on the town– we drifted through New Haven last night, letting one place lead us to the next, while we discussed the themes if the play… and life… and what have you. Either way you look at it you can’t miss.

Today, it seems that most people entertaining the possibility of seeing a live show are automatically drawn to see a musical. While musicals are a joy to see live and in person, there is a sacred intimacy to a play that I have yet to experience in a musical that deserves it’s own place of honor. Go pay homage. Go see a play!

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TODAY’S MUSE: The Third Man

DAILY MUSE | Here are a few scenes from one of my favorite films “The Third Man“, directed by Carol Reed and based on a Graham Greene novel. There is much to fascinate in this movie– the cinematography, the actors (among them Orson Welles), the setting (in Post War Vienna when it was occupied simultaneously by the US, Britain, France and the USSR), the well tailored suspense of the plot and that uniquely famous soundtrack featuring the zither.

Here are a few scenes available online.

The Trailer

The Apparition

The Ferris Wheel Ride

The Final Scene

TCM Trailer

The Zither player

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Interview with Meryl Streep

DAILY MUSE | While a few years old now, this is a fascinating interview with Meryl Streep. I love to hear artists speak about their background in creativity. I think it provides immense inspiration to others on the creative path.

Also, it has the full length scene from “Sophie’s Choice” when you find out the horrific choice that Sophie had to make– stunning work.

The Creative Power of Austin Powers

DAILY MUSE | I can never be sad when I watch the introductory sequence to “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”. The music, the colors, the tongue-in-cheek homage to bright, shiny 60’s Pop culture– are all pure creative joy. They always lift my mood.

I already have the musical theme (the awesome Quincy Jones “Soul Bossanova”) on my Ipod. But now I can watch the intro sequence everyday! So can you. Enjoy!

Mike Myers’ account of how the idea of Austin Powers came to him is quite inspiring. While stuck in traffic a particular song (which happens to be one of my own favorites) started playing on his car radio. Myers said, “I heard the song The Look of Love by Burt Bacharach. And all the childhood memories of my father, of watching Monty Python and Benny Hill and Carry On movies and The Mouse that Roared and Strangelove, all the James Bond movies … it all came back.” (via The Canadian Encyclopedia) He began playing and experimenting with the elements of the character– right there in the car. The fundamentals of the Austin character were designed by the time he parked and got out of the car. He wrote the script in the following three weeks. Sent it off to a studio executive one morning and got a greenlight by the afternoon. Pretty cool huh?

The Dark Side of the Rainbow (Full Length)

DAILY MUSE | A week or so ago I posted a YouTube video demonstration of the phenomenon known as “The Dark Side of the Rainbow” (Also known as “The Wizard of Floyd”), whereby Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon can be played in sync with events in the film ” The Wizard of Oz”. Since then I have found multiple postings showing the extended duration of this. These links below take it from the beginning and play the album through once. Some of the syncs are uncanny! | via meowcat889

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Part 3: Great Gig in the Sky… incredible!

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The Dark Side of the Rainbow

DAILY MUSE | I’ve often heard about how one could sync “The Wizard of Oz” with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” yet I’d never seen it done. Apparently one can play the album through twice during the course of the film and it syncs up to events, moods and cuts. It’s kinda cool seeing it for the first time; the syncs are pretty stunning. Here is a clip I found on YouTube of the movie playing against the track “Us and Them”. The lyric “Black” is sung when the Wicked Witch of the West appears. And “blue” is sung when it cuts to Dorothy wearing a blue dress. “Which is which” is sung when the Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good Witch are confronting each other. Other moods, rhythms and music changes in the album sync up to actions and cuts int he film. At the end of this clip there is a stunning music change that occurs when Dorothy has left Oz and is all alone at a cross roads.

How does something like this get discovered? Whoever did is pretty brilliant.

Learn more about “The Dark Side of the Rainbow” here.

UPDATE | Full version here