The Academy’s celebratory event for “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” caught my attention ’cause I couldn’t believe they were more jaded about Hollywood than I am. 1939 was the shit huh? What do these imperious folk think about the past 70 years of Hollywood pictures? I’d probably pick 1982 if I had to grab a year outta the air, I mean just look at it:
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”
“Star Trek: The Wrath Of Kahn”
“An Officer and a Gentleman”
“Conan The Barbarian”
What a tough year.
But anyway the Academy says its 1939, and when I think of the refuse that brings in big box office numbers, and producer/directors known by one word show names that sound like they were plucked from a turd burger wrapper from a fast food toilet, I’m inclined to just go along with their hyperbolic nostalgia. The event is a series of theatrical screenings of all the best picture nominees from 1939, which indeed was a ground breaking year for music in film, sound technology having made significant leaps (along with technicolor) since it’s warbled beginnings the decade prior.
Robert Osborne hosts the event at Academy Theater in NY beginning this weekend Sat June 20th with “Gone with the Wind” and ends Monday, October 12 with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” Check him out chatting with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate about the year WWII kicked off, and how the music of “Gone with the Wind” makes him want to fight the Civil War all over again.
“Gone With the Wind” – main title, “Tara’s theme”
“The Wizard of Oz” – “Over the Rainbow”
All screenings are archival prints and will be preceded by both an animated short and an episode of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers.”
Detailed info here.