BEHIND THE SILVER SCREEN
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
In the film-going arena, one man towers above all
others. His endurance, stamina and tolerance for popcorn are unparalleled.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Kevin Murphy's
quest to see a movie a day. Every day. For a Year. Also, writer
Michael Ondaatje on the art of editing. And wizards, hobbits and
elves we'll take a look at the art behind the film "The
Lord of the Rings."
Kevin Murphy (formerly of "Mystery Science
Fiction 3000") decided to see a movie a day for a tear. He
chronicles his experience in a book called "A Year at the
Movies." Murphy tells Steve Paulson film festivals from Finnish
Lapland to Cannes and Sundance. Also, Veronica Rueckert
reports on the opening of the first American Kino. Kino is a new
movement in film-making that features the work of amateurs. For
more information visit their website at www.kino00.com.
Madelon Sprengnether is the author of "Crying
at the Movies: A Film Memoir." She tells Jim Fleming that
going to the movies became a form of therapy for her and helped
her sort out her own life experiences.
Alan Lee's illustrations for an early edition
of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" landed him
a job as a conceptual artist on the Peter Jackson film production
crew. He tells Anne Strainchamps that Lothlorien was the hardest
set to realize, the mines of Moria were easy, and the one of the
new locations (a city in Rohan) from "The Two Towers"
is his favorite. Also, novelist Michael Ondaatje met film
editor Walter Murch during the filming of Ondaatje's Booker Prize
winning "The English Patient." Their conversations matured
into a book: "The Conversation: Walter Murch and the Art
of Editing Film." Ondaatje tells Steve Paulson that pacing
for film is entirely different than doing it on the page. We hear
a clip from Murch himself describing a scene from "The English
Patient" and we hear that scene.
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Grab a big bucket o' popcorn and enjoy Steve Paulson's
conversation with Kevin Murphy about Murphy's
book, "A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey".
It's an unedited producer's cut, exclusive to our website!
- Kevin Murphy, A Year
at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey (Harper Collins)
- Michael Ondaatje, The Conversations: Walter
Murch and the Art of Editing Film (Knopf)
- Brian Sibley, The Lord of the Rings: official
movie guide (Houghton Mifflin)
- Madelon Sprengnether, Crying at the Movies:
a Film Memoir (Graywolf)
- -- "Popcorn (Techno Remix)"/Artist not
based on "Popcorn"/Hot Butter
- -- Film music featured in Madelon Sprengnether
- - Music from the film, "Pather Panchali"
(1955): by Ravi Shankar
- - Music from the film, "Fearless" (1993):
"Lento - Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile" by Henry
from Symphony No. 3
- - Music from the film, "Trois couleurs: Bleu"
by Zbigniew Preisner
- -- "Big My Secret"/Michael Nyman
from the CD, "The Piano: Original Music from the film
by Jane Campion composed by Michael Nyman" (Virgin Records)
- -- "Finale"/Composed and Produced by
from the CD, "Myst: The Soundtrack" (Cyan/Virgin Records)
- -- "Hooray For Hollywood (Cha-Cha)"/Don
Swan & His Orchestra
from the CD, "Ultra-Lounge: Volume Two Mambo Fever"
FILM CLIPS FEATURED IN MICHAEL ONDAATJE INTERVIEW:
-- "The English Patient" (1996)
-- "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
-- "The Godfather" (1972)
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