Amassed from over 250 hours of present-day interviews and items from Danny Fields’ immense archive (thousands of photographs, audio cassettes, ephemera). Danny Says is wonderful stuff.
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Chen Si believes in a certain ‘live-no-matter-what-personal-horrors-one-encounters’ ethos. It’s a good dose of individual responsibility mixed with as much Communist philosophy that to commit suicide is as much a personal tragedy as a move against the state. Not that one would expect anything less from the actual angel of Angel of Nanjing, as he mans his weekend post, attempting to talk people down, in some cases even grab them off the ledge, before jumping to their death off The Yangtze River Bridge in China.
Reaching out to the master-of-suspense via fan letters, the young Truffaut managed to corral a very cordial and flattered Hitchcock to a sit down for eight days at Hitch’s offices at Universal Studios. This movie, showing many great candid stills from that conversation as well as keeps a running commentary of the actual interview from the notes is interspersed with current interviews about both filmmakers from Wes Anderson, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin and Olivier Assayas.
This show tells the whole Carpenters story, with Richard himself sitting at the piano, as much talking about the band’s creation, signing, rise (and fall) as much tickling the keys showing how he came up with many of the infamous Carpenters arraignments…arraignments that saw the duo score three Grammy’s and countless gold record. Songwriters, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach (who penned hit songs for the duo) and Herb Albert (who sgned the band to A&M) also appear, along with many ithers. But the real treat is the arahcieval footage of the band, some rare footage indeed, that;s included in the show.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a romp of a documentary, telling the story of the National Lampoon from its start in 1970 as a magazine, through that magazine’s stuttering then growing popularity, its radio and stage shows, the stealing of its talent by Saturday Night Live and the mag’s movies. It is a story of the creators Doug Kenney and Henry Beard and all the talent they amassed over the years (people like Chevy Chase, John Landis, P.J.O’Rourke, Anne Beatts-all interviewed here, with plenty more) and how at one times this really was the place to be in American comedy.