Miracle on 34th Street Celebrates 70 Years of Holiday Magic

Miracle On 34th Street, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of its release this year, first appeared in Theaters on June 4, 1947. That’s right, one of the all-time classic, most beloved Christmas films was released in the summer!  We suspect that most people reading this blog are familiar with this classic holiday story, so rather…

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It's Showtime for "All That Jazz"

All That Jazz‘s opening scene is a stunning Broadway “cattle call” audition shot in documentary style.  It begins with dozens of dancers auditioning on a very crowded stage.  One by one, the director dismisses them until the stage is nearly bare.  It’s a great way to kick things off, painting an immediate picture of the relentless drive…

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1776: A Celebration of Our Independence

1776 is a musical film (based upon the 1969 stage musical of the same title) which dramatizes the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  It has always been a 4th of July favorite in my family. What better way to celebrate the holiday than a musical about how American Independence was declared in the…

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It Happens at the Byrd Tomorrow Night!

Richmond’s historic Byrd Theater presents Frank Capra’s classic film It Happened One Night this Wednesday (5/31) at 7:30 PM. The film tells the story of Ellie Andrews, who has eloped against her wealthy family’s wishes, they think Ellie’s new husband is just after her money. Her father Alexander (Walter Connolly) locks her up on a boat and…

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His Girl Friday: A Traditional Love Story…?

On Wednesday May 17, the Byrd Theater will feature a screening of His Girl Friday, which stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It’s considered one of the greatest screwball comedy films. It’s somewhat difficult to describe what makes a film a “screwball comedy” and it’s a genre that’s difficult to define. According to film historian…

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Gene Wilder: An Appreciation

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 11th, 1933.  He grew up to be one of the best comedic actors ever – up there with the likes of Charlie Chaplin.  In the course of his distinguished career, Wilder collaborated with comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor and played a…

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Groundhog Day: The Day of Your Life, Over & Over Again

Premiered February 12, 1993. “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” -Phil Connors Local TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is assigned to travel to Punxutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day event.  Phil is a generally cynical…

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At 75, does Casablanca still resonate?

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, one of the most celebrated motion pictures of the 20th century.   It’s a film full of excellent performances, great dialogue, and memorable quotes (that are often misquoted).  It also contains exotic locales, intrigue, humor and a few plot points that don’t make a lot…

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