The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer and others to raise the standards of film production, and its first Academy Awards were presented not long after. Hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. DeMille, the first Academy Awards ceremony recognized individuals who had made outstanding film achievements in 1927 and 1928. The gold-plated statuettes given to awardees are popularly known as “Oscars.” How did they get this nickname? More… Discuss
Swedish-born Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the greatest operatic and concert soprano of her age, was already the toast of Europe when she was approached by American showman P.T. Barnum in 1847. Even before hearing her voice, Barnum signed the ‘Swedish Nightingale‘ for 150 American concerts at the enormous sum of $150,000. With the help of Barnum’s matchless marketing, Jenny Lind mania swept America, with crowds of the rich and famous and ordinary music lovers alike falling at her feet. This 1850 daguerreotype of Miss Lind was taken by Matthew Brady.
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…that the Bible was the greatest passion of Sir Isaac Newton, who said, “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired… I study the Bible daily”?
…that the Black Madonna of Częstochowa is credited with miraculously saving the Polish monastery of Jasna Góra (English: Bright Hill) from a Swedish 17th century invasion, known as The Deluge?
…that taking $370m in the United States, Mel Gibson‘s film The Passion of the Christ became the highest-grossing R-rated film ever made?
…that, with 74% of its population Catholic and 15.4% Protestant, Brazil has the largest Christian population in the world?
From 1910 to 1970, more than 6 million southern blacks left their rural homes in search of an urban ‘Promised Land’ in the north. The largest migration in American history was caused by the ‘push’ of hardships prevalent in the South–such as segregation, lynching and the economic hopelessness of the sharecropping system–and the ‘pull’ of opportunity in the North. Plentiful industrial jobs, although sometimes menial, often offered wages three times higher than did jobs in the South. Glowing reports from friends and family already in the North inspired increased migration. While racism, housing shortages and crime often greeted the new arrivals, they also found organizations such as the National Urban League and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dedicated to improving the lives of black Americans.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, that features more than 2,000 pink stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Each star contains a bronze emblem representing one of five categories for which an honoree can receive a star—such as a camera denoting achievement in film. Who received the walk’s first star? More… Discuss
The films of renowned director Roman Polanski are marked by dramatic situations presented with irony and a cool lack of sentimentality. Born in Paris and educated in Poland, he moved to Hollywood in 1968 to pursue his filmmaking career. His pregnant wife was murdered by the Manson “family” shortly thereafter. In 1978, he fled to France to avoid sentencing after pleading guilty to statutory rape. A survivor of the Holocaust, he recently received an Academy Award for what World War II film? More… Discuss
The grand dame of television talk shows, Winfrey is a highly respected television host, actress, billionaire media magnate, and philanthropist. Early in her career, she hosted AM Chicago, which, following its early success, was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and expanded to a full-hour format. In the mid-1990s, Winfrey adopted a less tabloid-oriented format and began covering important social issues like abuse, addiction, and depression. Why did Texas cattlemen sue Oprah in 1998? More… Discuss
Tandy was a noted British-American theater, film, and TV actress. She made her London stage debut in 1927 and soon became a leading lady, appearing as Katherine opposite Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, and Ophelia opposite John Gielgud‘s Hamlet. She became known for her incisive portrayals of diverse characters and won a Tony Award playing Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Tandy often took the stage with her husband, actor Hume Cronyn. In 1989, she won an Academy Award for what film? More… Discuss
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Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1782 and is also called the Haffner Symphony. It was commissioned by the Haffners, a prominent Salzburg family, for the occasion of Sigmund Haffner’s ennoblement. The Haffner Symphony should not be confused with the eight-movement Haffner Serenade, another piece Mozart wrote on commission from the same family in 1776. The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in D and G, 2 trumpets in D, timpani, and strings. Mozart’s choice of key for the Haffner Symphony is an aspect that catches one’s attention. According to Cuyler, “the key of D major, which was so felicitous for the winds, served Mozart more often than any other key, even C, for his symphonies,” including the Paris (No. 31) and Prague (No. 38) symphonies. The key is also indicative of the work’s serenade origins as all of Mozart’s orchestral serenades are scored in D major. Hence, it is not surprising that the Haffner Symphony was written in the key of D major. The symphony is in four movements:
1. Allegro con spirito, 4/4
2. Andante, 2/4
3. Menuetto, 3/4
4. Presto, 2/2.
The Haffner Symphony usually runs somewhere around 20 minutes in length. A recording by George Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra (Sony SBK 46333) runs 19.11; one by Iona Brown with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Haenssler CD 94.003) is 21.09; and one by Sir Neville Marriner also with the same ensemble (Philips 420 486-2) runs 21.34.
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Despite suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that has made it impossible for him to communicate without a voice synthesizer or to move around without a wheelchair, Hawking is one of the world’s top theoretical physicists. While most experts in his field are little known outside the scientific community, Hawking has taken pains to make his work accessible to the layperson and, in so doing, has become a household name. What is the title of his bestselling book on cosmology? More… Discuss
Epifania sau Teofania (din grecescul theophania, însemnând “apariția / arătarea lui Dumnezeu”) este unul dintre Praznicele Împărătești ale Bisericii Ortodoxe, sărbătorit pe 6 ianuarie. Este praznicul care dezvăluie Sfânta Treime lumii, prin Botezul Domnului (Matei 3,13-17; Marcu 1, 9-11; Luca 3,21-22). Este cunoscut în popor și cu numele de Bobotează.
În această zi se prăznuiește botezarea Domnului Iisus Hristos de către Sfântul Ioan Botezătorul în râul Iordan și începutul propovăduirii timpurii a lui Hristos. Praznicul Epifaniei marchează sfârșitul sărbătoririi Crăciunului, care începe de la 25 decembrie și se încheie pe 6 ianuarie. În cadrul slujbei acestei sărbători, în această zi se face slujba de sfințire a Aghiasmei Mari, care este folosită de preoți pentru a binecuvânta casele credincioșilor.
Sărbătoarea se numește a Teofaniei deoarece la botezul lui Hristos Sfânta Treime a apărut lumii pentru prima data – glasul Tatălui se face auzit din ceruri, Fiul este întrupat și stă în râul Iordan, iar Sfântul Duh se pogoară asupra Lui în chip de porumbel.
Această sărbătoare mai este uneori numită și Epifania. Unii consideră că acest nume ar fi preluat din vocabularul catolic, făcând referire mai degrabă la sărbătoarea catolică din aceeași zi care comemorează venirea magilor la Pruncul Iisus. Totuși, termenul de „Epifanie” apare și în cadrul slujbelor ortodoxe.
Inițial exista un singur praznic creștin la care se sărbătorea arătarea lui Dumnezeu lumii, în forma umană a lui Iisus din Nazaret. Acesta includea sărbătoarea Nașterii Domnului, Închinarea Magilor și toate evenimentele din copilăria lui Hristos, cum ar fi Tăierea împrejur a Domnului și Întâmpinarea Domnului, împreună cu botezul Lui în Iordan de către Ioan. Fără îndoială că această sărbătoare, la fel ca și Paștile și Cincizecimea, a fost înțeleasă ca o împlinire a unei sărbători evreiești precedente, în acest caz Sărbătoarea Luminilor.
Slujba Botezului Domnului este organizată în același fel cu aceea a Nașterii. Istoric vorbind, slujba Crăciunului a fost stabilită mai târziu.
Deoarece principalul eveniment al sărbătorii este sfințirea mare a apei, ea urmează Sfintei Liturghii a ajunului și Sfintei Liturghii din ziua praznicului. Totuși, în cele mai multe parohii, aceasta se face doar atunci când sunt prezenți cea mai mare parte a credincioșilor. Sfințirea atestă faptul că omenirea și întreaga Creație au fost făcute pentru a se umple de prezența sfințitoare a lui Dumnezeu.
Ajunul praznicului este zi de ajunare, chiar post negru, în orice zi ar cădea.
Conform unei vechi tradiții, în ziua Bobotezei, după Sfânta Liturghie, episcopul sau preotul (în sate) face slujba de sfințire a apei pe malul celui mai mare râu sau fluviu din acel loc. După sfințirea apei, episcopul sau preotul aruncă în apa râului o cruce mare (în secolele trecute aceasta era uneori dintr-un metal prețios). Un număr de bărbați mai destoinici pornesc apoi să recupereze crucea, căutând-o în apele înghețate. Primul care o găsește primește binecuvântarea preotului sau a episcopului. În vechime, cel care găsea primul crucea și o aducea la mal primea și daruri de la domnitorul țării și era ținut la mare cinste de către ceilalți. Tradiția s-a păstrat până în ziua de astăzi.
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Though we know him today as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—the creator of the fantastic Middle Earth, the inventor of hobbits and orcs and Elvish, indeed the “father of modern fantasy literature“—Tolkien was also a respected medieval scholar and professor. He worked briefly for The Oxford English Dictionary, taught at Leeds University and then Oxford, and produced a landmark lecture on Beowulf. For whom did Tolkien write The Hobbit? More… Discuss
A Japanese diplomat, Sugihara was sent to Kaunas, Lithuania, in the early days of World War II. There, in direct violation of his orders from Tokyo, the consul began issuing transit visas for fleeing Jews. Without such visas, the refugees would not have been permitted to leave the country. In little over a month, he wrote thousands of visas, continuing even as the train removing him from his consulate post pulled out of the station. How did the Japanese government react to his insubordination? More… Discuss
Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. He began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, became one of the highest-grossing movies ever and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park. What 1993 movie earned him his first Academy Award? More… Discuss
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Churchill was prime minister of the UK during World War II and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, artist, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed prime minister in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers. A prolific painter, Churchill exhibited his art under what pseudonym? More… Discuss
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614
The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions? More… Discuss
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Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1961 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work. Why did she serve more than two weeks in prison in 1982? More… Discuss
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Leigh was “discovered” by actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband, Irving Thalberg, had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Though inexperienced, Leigh secured a contract with MGM, left college—where she had been studying music and psychology—and went on to appear in dozens of films. She is perhaps best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, which earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. What famous actress is Leigh’s daughter? More… Discuss
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1962). Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre. Feel free to write comments! 🙂
– Academy Award – Best Original Score (1962)
–00:00 = “Overture”
–04:13 = “Main Title“
–06:05 = “Arrival At Auda’s Camp”
–07:26 = The Voice Of The Guns”
–09:24 = “Continuation Of The Miracle”
–11:31 = “That Is The Desert”
–12:55 = “End Title”
The soundtrack version by Nat King Cole spent 8 weeks as
number 1 in the Billboard chart in the USA in 1950.
Also, Cole’s version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1987, it was used as the theme of the British film Mona Lisa. An unaccredited version of Mona Lisa plays in the background of one scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).
The famous painting: Mona Lisa (also known as La Giaconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo da Vinci throughout the Italian Renaissance.
Umeki was an Academy Award-winning, Japanese-born actress best known for her roles as Katsumi in the 1957 film Sayonara and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper, in the TV series The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. In 1958, she became the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award when she won an Oscar for her role in Sayonara. She also played the role of Mei Li in both the Broadway and film versions of Flower Drum Song. Where did Umeki begin her performing career? More… Discuss
Quinn was a Mexican-American artist, writer, and Oscar-winning actor. He boxed in his youth and studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright before turning to acting. He achieved international stardom in the 1950s and 60s for his ability to portray ethnically diverse characters, most notably Zorba the Greek. He appeared in over 100 films and won Academy Awards for his supporting roles in two, Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. His role in the latter film lasted just how many minutes? More… Discuss