James Lapine

Why ‘Into The Woods’ Makes A Magnificent Movie

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In the early 1930s, George and Ira Gershwin wrote a pair of political satires, ‘Of Thee I Sing’ and ‘Let ‘Em Eat Cake’, which posited a dark future for American politics. They were musicals, and, like ‘Showboat’ (about another hot-potato subject – miscegenation) were unlikely hits. Wordsmiths love sophisticated musicals, an American art form once […]

Neglected Films No.11: ‘Impromptu’

Frederic Chopin explains the meaning of the title near the end of this delighted and virtually unseen film. He describes how hard it is to write something that seems spontaneous and effortless, to hide the hard work that has led to it and which underpins it. Of course, it’s also a metaphor for love within […]