Thursday, June 2, 2016

Arts Express: Domenica Scorsese Talks Almost Paris - And Taking The Economy Personally


**Like Father, Not Like Daughter: A Conversation With Actress Turned Director Domenica Scorsese. The offspring of Martin Scorsese takes the economy personally in her first dramatic feature film, Almost Paris. Delving into the current economic crisis in this country and the stock market disaster, reflected in the class tensions and divisions within one suburban family. And a title incidentally taking on new meaning with the current Paris uprisings. Perhaps best known for her turn when just a teenager in father Martin Scorsese's scary thriller, Cape Fear in 1991, Domenica phones in to Arts Express from the Tribeca Film Festival where her movie premiered. And discussing her venture into filmmaking as dodging those stereotypical typecasting traps for actresses, of 'the mother, the whore and the crone.' Also, what Domenica and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver happen to have in common; and a secret she has to share about her father.

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**Alessandro Rossellini Talks Viva Ingrid: The grandson of the late iconic director Roberto Rosselini is on the line from Rome to talk about the legacy of his eminent grandfather, and how he reinvented the existing landscape of cinema in the last century as the founder of the socio-economically fueled Neo-Realism - also known as the Golden Age of Italian Cinema. And Alessandro, like Domenica, has embarked on his first film - a tribute to his grandfather's muse and spouse Ingrid Bergman, in his short documentary Viva Ingrid. Premiering at the current Open Roads: New Italian Cinema series at Lincoln Center, the cinematic collage explores what Ingrid Bergman meant to both his family personally, and to the world. Including Rossellini's vividly raw innovative filmmaking that led Bergman to depart Hollywood stardom, and her subsequent public persecution in the US for her relationship with Rossellini while both were still married to others - a denunciation and blacklisting reaching into the highest levels of the US government back then. Our conversation touches as well on Karl Marx, McCarthyism, and how Roberto Rossellini's venture into filmmaking first surprisingly flourished under Mussolini.

**Hello, My Name Is Doris 

 
In no way Norma Rae and even less Mary Todd Lincoln regarding those characters she played, Sally Field nevertheless is not into complying with whatever stereotypical scraps  - the narrow spectrum of witches or grannies - are allotted to older actresses in movies. Embracing her role with geriatric gusto in Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name Is Doris. Field displays elder empowerment with eccentric charm and bold sexual desire - however freaky or fantastical.

Field as Doris is a cheerful but resentful Staten Island hoarding spinster and office clerk who as the sole female child in her family, got stuck with taking care of her widowed mother until she passed away in Doris' old age. And, while her brother as the conventionally privileged male, got to take off to get an education and raise a family. But when her mother dies, Doris is hit with the realization of how life has passed her by.

That is, until she rediscover long dormant erotic desires when John (Max Greenfield), a friendly young art director is hired by the office. Mistaking his attention for affection, Doris in frantic makeover mode and daffy day-glo duds, ends up going to great lengths to make a fool of herself. But so not what it seems, her inner sassy senior is rejuvenating as hell, illusion and whatnot.

Field oozes a giddy and kooky self-confidence throughout, though at times veering toward self-parody when a little less might have been a lot more. But her take it or leave it journey into Doris' world, is best consumed discarding any preconceived notions at the door.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Arts Express: Ken Loach Anti-Capitalist Top Prize Triumph At Cannes; Paul Winter, Pete Seeger



            PAUL WINTER CONSORT: WONDERING SOUND

**A Conversation With Paul Winter. The eminent musician discusses Pete-Pak, an original compilation he put together to honor the late iconic legend and friend, Pete Seeger. A collectors edition treasure trove of activist songs and performances incorporating Beethoven, Martin Luther King, coal mining country wordsmith Don West, and Brazilian musical collaboration. Winter also delves into the energy and joy inspiring his own music, and his upcoming Summer Solstice event at NY's massive St John's Cathedral in June. Musical interludes will air throughout this segment.

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**Broe On The World Film Beat: Highlighting the anti-capitalist Ken Loach drama 'I, Daniel Blake' taking top prize at Cannes. Arts Express Paris correspondent Dennis Broe on location at Cannes with a full report. Including Sonia Braga battling greedy land developers in Aquarius, and the modeling industry horror film Neon Dreams.  In which the literally cutthroat fashion world is plagued by undead models even further divorced from their bodies, when not clad in gold attire signifying their transformation into commodities.

Also, excerpts from the Ken Loach Cannes press conference. And, Loach remarking how strange to receive the award in such glamorous surroundings, considering the conditions endured by those people who inspired the film.  "We must say that another world is possible and necessary."  

Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations.
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Arts Express: Ciaran Hinds Talks Last Days In The Desert, The Crucible, And Devils On Demand



**Ciaran Hinds discusses his starring role in Last Days In The Desert. In which Ewan McGregor portrays both Christ and the devil, and with Hinds playing devils of his own at least three times on stage and in movies. Also, the Irish actor's current stage performance on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

**Rosie O'Donnell at the Fountain House Suicide Symposium: Talking about mental health issues - others and her own. And doing her best to make the Republican swells and donors on the premises laugh, while referencing Eugene O'Neill and Donald Trump. 

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**Fathers And Grandsons: Following in the enormous shoes of preceding patriarchs: A conversation with Ethan Gregory Peck, grandson of Gregory. And Ethan's starring role in the revisionist terror tale, The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty, in which a woman takes charge and he's the dude in distress. Also up for discussion is Gregory Peck's screen production of Daniel Berrigan's The Trial of The Catonsville Nine, Peck's name on Nixon's Enemies List, and his Nam anti-war activism. And how if Gregory Peck were still around, Ethan would ask his advice on 'how to be a man.' 


**Rob Reiner Talks Being Charlie: And, was his right wing father-in-law Archie Bunker in All In The Family, a premonition of Donald Trump's presidential bid to come? A conversation with Reiner about his directing collaboration on being Charlie with screenwriter son, Nick Reiner, focusing on Nick's struggle with drug addiction. And both of them faced with the challenge of 'coming out from the long shadow of a successful father.'
 

**The Cannes Film Festival Report: Arts Express correspondent Professor Dennis Broe on the world film beat at Cannes, investigating: Can the spectacle of cinema erase the spectacle of joblessness. Plus money monsters on and off screen; financial terrorism,  mercenaries and five hundred surveillance cameras; And, totalitarian entertainment: condemnation or collusion.

Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations.

Arts Express: Rob Reiner Talks Being Charlie; The Cannes Film Festival Report



**Rob Reiner Talks Being Charlie: And, was his right wing father-in-law Archie Bunker in All In The Family, a premonition of Donald Trump's presidential bid to come? A conversation with Reiner about his directing collaboration on being Charlie with screenwriter son, Nick Reiner, focusing on Nick's struggle with drug addiction. And both of them faced with the challenge of 'coming out from the long shadow of a successful father.'
 

**The Cannes Film Festival Report: Arts Express correspondent Professor Dennis Broe on the world film beat at Cannes, investigating: Can the spectacle of cinema erase the spectacle of joblessness. Plus money monsters on and off screen; financial terrorism,  mercenaries and five hundred surveillance cameras; And, totalitarian entertainment: condemnation or collusion.

**Rosie O'Donnell at the Fountain House Suicide Symposium:
Talking about mental health issues - others and her own. And doing her best to make the Republican swells and donors on the premises laugh, while referencing Eugene O'Neill and Donald Trump.


LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE

**Fathers And Grandsons: Following in the enormous shoes of preceding patriarchs: A conversation with Ethan Gregory Peck, grandson of Gregory. And Ethan's starring role in the revisionist terror tale, The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty, in which a woman takes charge and he's the dude in distress. Also up for discussion is Gregory Peck's screen production of Daniel Berrigan's The Trial of The Catonsville Nine, Peck's name on Nixon's Enemies List, and his Nam anti-war activism. And how if Gregory Peck were still around, Ethan would ask his advice on 'how to be a man.'

**Ciaran Hinds discusses yet another revisionist film, his starring role in Last Days In The Desert. In which Ewan McGregor portrays both Christ and the devil, and with Hinds playing devils of his own at least three times on stage and in movies.
Also, the Irish actor's current stage performance on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.


Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mr. Smith Does Not Go To Washington: Treat Williams Talks Dismayed And Dropping Out Of DC Politics, In The Congressman.


**Mr. Smith Does Not Go To Washington: Treat Williams talks dismayed and dropping out of DC politics, in his latest movie as, The Congressman. Along with thoughts about his own representative from up at his Vermont farm where the actor lives to get away from it all, Bernie Sanders.

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**Blood At The Root: Race on stage dramatizing the case of the Jena Six
, a production of the National Black Theatre. A conversation with the director John McCrory and producer Camille Forbes. Chris Butters reports.

**Nuit Debout - Why Not!: French screen legend and Godard muse Anna Karina phones in to Arts Express to discuss a New Wave classics retrospective touring this country. And her thoughts about new generations of French youth breaking ground as well, in the streets.

Arts Express: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY and the Pacifica National Radio Network and Affiliate Stations. 

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Arts Express: Mothers and Daughters; The Nuit Debut Diaries; Janis Joplin; Carousels, McCarthyism and Twilight Zone Aliens



ELAINE AND VIRGINIA MADSEN: I KNOW A WOMAN LIKE THAT

**I Know A Woman Like That: Mother/daughter documentary collaboration of actress Virginia Madsen and filmmaker Elaine Madsen, celebrating the vital and creative lives of older women. And featuring Rita Moreno, the only Latina actress to have ever won an Oscar - and that was over half a century ago, for West Side Story in 1961. Elaine is on the line from LA, and Virginia is phoning in to the show from Toronto, where she's filming future television episodes of American Gothic.

**Broe On The European Cultural Beat: The Nuit Debout Diaries. A continuing series of Arts Express Paris correspondent Professor Dennis Broe, on location there with updates from the mass labor and student protest movements. Which he indicates have spread to sixty cities across France, while currently spilling into Belgium as well. And with the possibility that Nuit Debut may turn up at the Cannes Film Festival, where Broe will be filing his on location report next week.

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**Janis: Little Girl Blue: A two part series of remembrance of the life and work of the late iconic performer Janis Joplin, on the occasion of the debut release of the Amy Berg director's cut documentary on television. Celebrating the rock legend's musical impact and legacy. Older sister Laura Joplin phones in from California.

**The Carousel: A Size Doesn't Matter series at the Tribeca Film Festival. A look at the Jonathan Napolitano documentary short documentary screening at the Festival, and touching on the connection between Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, carousels, and McCarthyism. And Serling's observation about his television series during that repressive time, that aliens can say things others cannot.

Arts Express: Thursdays 2pm ET: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY 99.5 FM, and streaming live and archived everywhere at wbai.org.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tribeca Film Festival 2016: My Scientology Movie, Shadow World, Elvis & Nixon, Dead Ringer




NINA SIMONE AND SALDANA...AND ELVIS & NIXON

**Or Rather, Enactment Or Impersonation? A Commentary. And on the line from LA to share his thoughts about the film Nina, is the composer of the score, Ruy Folguera. Describing the challenge of creating a musical context for such a larger than life iconic figure, essentially diving into the production 'without a parachute' ; how crafting compositions with Roberta Flack and Chaka Khan paved the way for him into this artistic endeavor; how his own trauma coming of age under the military junta dictatorship in Argentina connected him politically and creatively with Nina in this film; and memories of working with the late Anthony Quinn on the movie A Walk In The Clouds back in 1995, while sharing tango stories.

**What do Reagan, Thatcher, Tony Blair and Obama have in common? According to Shadow World, plenty. And having to do with covert roles as brokers for the arms trade in perpetrating endless war. A look at the investigative documentary and a discussion with the filmmakers Johan Grimonprez and Andrew Feinstein. Touching on connections to the Panama Papers, the 35,000 lobbyists in DC; the Pentagon as metaphorical self-licking ice cream cone; and the Gucci Shoe Guys complicit with the US corporate coup d'etat in slow motion. A feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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**Louis Theroux Talks My Scientology Movie: The BBC satirical journalist ventures into the murky depths of the intimidating religious corporate empire. Casting himself as the protagonist on a co-journey with a former leader turned whistleblower defector, Marty Rathbun. While uncovering why the Feds gave a pass to the church despite their many civil rights violations charges, and what it might have to do with 'consensual self-abasement' ; what's up with the possible connection of Scientology to ISIS and even McDonalds - as a corporate franchise serving up spiritual burgers instead; and will or will not Theroux's next weird project be a probe into the newest addition to his extended family - the marriage of his cousin and likewise filmmaker Justin Theroux to Hollywood actress, Jennifer Aniston. A Tribeca Feature.

**Dead Ringer:
Size apparently may not matter, when it comes to the outstanding short films at Tribeca. A presentation of this poetic and musical imagined uprising of the last remaining pay phones on the streets of New York City - raging against their own demise as cell phones proliferate and displace them in our present time. Directed by Michael Tucker, Alex Kliment and Dana O'Keefe.

Arts Express: Thursdays 2pm ET: Airing on WBAI Radio in NY 99.5 FM, and streaming live and archived everywhere at wbai.org.