Bill Forsyth’s 1980 film Gregory’s Girl has stood the test of time. One reason: it breaks most of the”rules” we get told about film writing.
Cycling author and podcaster Richard Moore on podcasting, cycling, Bernard Hinault, and Chris Froome’s Giro win. (And the salbutamol case).
In their different ways, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein’s West Side Story are the sound of 20th century New York.
The American songwriter Jackson C. Frank’s only record was produced by Paul Simon and had Al Stewart on second guitar. His life was tragic, but his song Blues Run The Game is now a folk standard.
Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions are a long and detailed list.
Sondheim said that Follies was a play without a plot. Maybe. But it does have a story, about memory, regret, and illusion. And songs.
‘Silk Stockings’ is one of the last musicals from MGM producer Arthur Freed. It can be read as a commentary on the whole genre, as it’s made obsolete by rock ‘n’ roll.
The launch of Sputnik, in October 1957, meant that people had to reimagine their ideas about the Soviet Union–and about space.
Philadelphia Story is a classic Hollywood comedy set in the world of the very rich. It works because it makes them vulnerable too.
Race washes lightly through the 1951 second remake of the musical Show Boat without ever touching the sides.