Source: The Grim Gallery: Exhibit 1881
MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis.
In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.
Directed by Billy Wilder. With Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver. Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
1950s re-release French grande for ROPE (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1948)
Artist: Roger Soubie (1898-1984) [see also]
Poster source: Heritage Auctions
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On this day in 1899, film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born in London. Considered to be a pioneer of the suspense and psychological thriller genres, Hitchcock set precedents in the filmic techniques of camera movement, composition and editing.
Hitchcock’s filmography includes popular classics like Psycho and Vertigo, but he also worked as “treatment advisor” (or film editor) on an unfinished Holocaust documentary commissioned by the British Army in 1945.
Cinerama Theatre, 1579 Broadway
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