Friday Night Classic: Stormy Weather (1943)

On Tuesdays, I run a classic film screening. On Fridays, I write about these movies.

This week’s film: Stormy Weather (1943) – directed by Andrew L. Stone; starring Lena Horne and Bill Robinson.

Fond Farewells of 2010

Jill Clayburgh. Dennis Hopper. Arthur Penn. Jean Simmons. Lynn Redgrave. Eddie Fisher. Eric Rohmer. Lena Horne. Tony Curtis. Peter Graves. Barbara Billingsley. Leslie Nielson. Sally Menke. Patricia Neal.

These are just some of the actors and filmmakers who passed away this year.

Embedded below are two lovely videos, from Turner Classic Movies and Time, that feature clips and quotes from many of the stars and public figures who left a lasting impact on culture.


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Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Lena Horne

Lena Horne, the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major studio, died on Sunday at age 92.

Despite her six decade long film career, Horne is best known for her music career, which included collaborations with Tony Bennett, Grammy-winning recordings of her Vegas nightclub act,The Lady and Her Music, Live on Broadway (1981), and An Evening With Lena Horne (1995), and her Tony-nominated performance in the musical, Calypso.

I loved her in Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather, both from 1943. There are a number of clips on Horne performing on YouTube. Here are some that I found including an interview of Horne on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Watch This: Now (1965)

We watched the following documentary in my Film Theory course the other day and after seeing it I feel the need to share it here.

Now, directed by Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez (1919-1998), is about the Civil Rights movement in the United States and features a Lena Horne recording of “Now”. The film and song were banned in the US.

Alvarez’s other documentaries include LBJ (1968) and 79 Primaveras (1969). He also collaborated with Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino (founders of Grupo Cine Liberacion)on the four-hour documentary Hora de los hornos, about imperialism in South America.

Now is just over 5 minutes long. I really encourage you to take the time and watch it.