Nelson George -- whose latest documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, is now available for pre-order on iTunes -- brings the original version of Sparkle into the basement to explore the curious cultural moment that produced a blaxploitation melodrama about Diana Ross and the Supremes. Your genial host Norm Wilner is in it for the Aretha stories.
Producer and director Michael McNamara -- whose new film The Trick with the Gun has its theatrical premiere in Toronto this Thursday (November 19) before going live on Vimeo on Demand this Friday (November 20) -- brings D.A. Pennebaker's Dont Look Back into the basement because it's the movie that changed his life. Your genial host Norm Wilner spends the entire episode trying not to put the apostrophe back into the title.
It's our second straight Best Picture winner, as Milcho Manchevski -- director of the terrific Macedonian drama Before the Rain, and subject of the new archival collection Monograph -- brings the artistry and joy of Milos Forman's extravagant 1984 drama Amadeus into the basement. Your genial host Norm Wilner is most pleased.
Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant, whose new documentary Paradise Is There: A Memoir is playing in theatres and available this Friday in the deluxe edition of The New Tigerlily Recordings, comes to the basement to discuss (and perform selected dialogue from) Joseph L. Mankiewicz' 1950 classic All About Eve. Your genial host Norm Wilner is her delighted audience.