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[Interview with Brendan Gill : raw footage]

Title
[Interview with Brendan Gill : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Publication
New York, 1997.

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Additional Authors
  • Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997
  • Kantor, Michael, 1961-
  • Hunt, Mead
  • Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
  • Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Description
2 videocassette (VHS) (62 min.) : sd., col. SP; 1/2 in.
Alternative Title
  • Broadway, the American musical
  • Broadway film project : Gill
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Documentaries and factual works.
  • Musicals.
  • Unedited footage.
Note
  • This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
  • Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
  • Time code on frame.
  • Contains various takes, at occasional brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Credits (note)
  • Cameraman: Mead Hunt.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Brendan Gill.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on June 6, 1997.
Biography (note)
  • Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Call Number
NCOX 2098
OCLC
164432701
Title
[Interview with Brendan Gill : raw footage] [videorecording] / [directed by Michael Kantor]
Imprint
New York, 1997.
Credits
Cameraman: Mead Hunt.
Performer
Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Brendan Gill.
Event
Videotaped in New York, N.Y. on June 6, 1997.
Summary
Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Brendan Gill, critic, author, arts and architecture advocate, who for 20 years served as moderator of The American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre seminars, discusses the history of Broadway. He begins with Broadway, a place whose tremendous energy has attracted the theater since the Revolutionary War era. Gill then discusses The black crook, a 19th century work considered by some to be the first modern example of musical theater; Vaudeville entertainment, which regularly featured the use of ethnic humor, and its celebrated duos such as Harrigan & Hart and Weber & Fields; George M. Cohan, a performer, playwright, songwriter and showman who penned such popular songs as I'm a Yankee doodle dandy, and whose productions represent a landmark in the development of the musical theater; the Ziegfeld Follies, a series of revues produced by Florenz Ziegfeld which emphasized beautiful girls and visually striking settings; the revue, the prevailing theatrical form of the 1920s and '30s, which attracted top composers; the rise of songwriter Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant who wrote quintessentially American songs; composer Jerome Kern, in Gill's opinion the most exquisite of his generation of songwriters; the 1927 musical Show boat, a classic musical comedy based on a novel by Edna Ferber, and the 1956 musical My fair lady, which was in Gill's view a breakthrough; the musical comedy of the last ten or fifteen years, represented by such shows as Rent and Bring in 'da noise, bring in 'da funk; where Gill believes the musical is headed; the predominance of the Broadway entertainment and communications industries in New York City; songwriter Cole Porter, an Indiana-born heir to a fortune, who wrote hundreds of terrific songs featuring great lyrics with delectable rhymes. Gill speaks about Porter's marriage and closeted homosexuality, and the impact of his 1937 horseback riding accident on his life and career. Discussion then turns to critics, or reviewers as Gill calls them, whose opinions he feels carry too much weight; composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who transformed the musical into a spectacle which emphasizes visual opulence over human emotions, and the productions by the Disney Company like Beauty and the beast, which continue to anchor the spectacle to Broadway.
Discussion resumes on videocassette two, at ca. one minute, with Broadway's theaters, such as the Hippodrome and the John Golden, whose skillful designers created them in a variety of ornate architectural styles which accomodated all manner and size of productions; the Broadway musical as a distinctly American art form; what Broadway and Times Square represent to Gill, and the energy generated at this geographical cross roads which gets transferred to the theater; the exchange that occurs between performers and audience in a live production, which creates an emotional intimacy between the two groups; composer Stephen Sondheim's contribution to the musical theater; and lastly, Fred Astaire's role in conveying the debonair, "Cole Porter" attitude toward life.
Biography
Broadway, the American musical, which aired on PBS in October 2004, is a documentary chronicling the entire history of a unique American art form, the Broadway musical. Each of its six episodes covers a different era in American theater history, and features the Broadway shows and songs which defined the period. The series draws on feature films, television broadcasts, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in the development of the genre.
Local Note
Gift of Broadway Film Project, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET, 2005.
Added Author
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997, interviewee.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- interviewer.
Kantor, Michael, 1961- director.
Hunt, Mead, cameraman.
Broadway Film Project, Inc, donor.
Thirteen/WNET, donor.
Added Title
Broadway, the American musical
Research Call Number
NCOX 2098
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