Cinematography & editing enhance Toni Basil choreography for ‘Head’

Dance · Film · Music
I have found a new obsession in this brilliant “ear worm” song and early music video, “Daddy’s Song.” This extraordinary dance-film number was choreographed by Toni Basil who appears in the video in tandem with Davy Jones, of the Monkees. It’s from the cult-favorite movie Head (1968) co-written by Jack Nicholson, directed by Bob Rafelson ...

Carmen de Lavallade remembers Rudi Gernreich, Lester Horton dancer

Dance · Fashion
artsmeme’s exclusive interview with the peerless modern dancer Rudi Gernreich with Peggy Moffitt modeling the “Marlene Dietrich”pantsuit, 1964.Photograph © William Claxton, LLC, courtesy of Demont Photo Management & Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, with permission of the Rudi Gernreich trademark. Rudi Gernreich papers (Collection 1702). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. The establishment, ...

Cool blues fuel philanthropy at Fire Island Dance Festival

Dance · Fashion
It sure looks like summer, doesn’t it? The swanky seaside affair had the ultimate emcee, Joel Grey, introducing not the girls of the Kit-Kat Klub, but the Fire Island Dance Festival in its 25th year — an enduring charitable fundraising event on Fire Island Pines Great South Bay on July 19-21. The roster was replete ...

Dear Hollywood Boulevard … love, The Lare

Film
boulevard of dreams … and nightmares ed. note: a letter contributed by artsmeme’s friend Jeff Mantor of Larry Edmunds Bookshop on the cusp of the opening of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Dear Hollywood Boulevard, You are a short street, but a long road. A place & idea. A dream & a dirty nightmare ...

Can it possibly be fifty years since ‘Goodbye, Columbus’?

Film
One of the landmark comedies of the 1960s and perhaps the best screen rendition of the work of Philip Roth was the adaptation of the author’s National Book Award-winning novella, Goodbye, Columbus. The movie launched the careers of its two stars, Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw, who will both join Laemmle Anniversary Classics host Stephan ...

Jets ‘do the hustle’

Dance · Film
The filmmakers behind the re-do of WEST SIDE STORY (1961) did not win a lot of internet love upon the release of a production still of Steven Spielberg’s redux filming of Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise’s iconic WSS “Prologue,” with menacing gang members dance-trawling the streets of Manhattan. It’s hard to give fewer points for either the ...

David Crosby’s ‘freak flag’ flies in new documentary

Film · Music
rock-and-doc star david crosby, photo by amy graves David Crosby, who almost cut his hair but didn’t, ended up having it shorn in a Texas state prison. After serving time for drug possession, he exited the big house as a drab-looking middle-aged, balding man of no particular distinction. Then he grew back his hair. Now ...

The Lubitsch touch — for a 1929 wedding gown

Fashion · Film
travis banton wedding gown forjeanette macdonald Really wonderful to see director Ernst Lubitsch’s THE LOVE PARADE (1929) starring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, at Paramount Pictures where the movie was made 90 years ago. The delightful light comedy, peppered with MacDonald-esque coluratura and Chevalier-esque direct chatter to the audience, was screened at a fundraising event ...

Sleepless nights? Let Gwen read you nursery rhymes.

Dance

REVIEW: Go to ‘Royal’ hell, in Wayne McGregor ballet

Dance · Reviews
edward watson & artists of the royal ballet, photo: cheryl mann In the first of my two viewings of choreographer Wayne McGregor‘s explosive and brilliant dance collaboration with composer Thomas Ades and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, “The Dante Project Part 1 [Inferno]” danced by The Royal Ballet as a world premiere for Glorya Kaufman Presents ...