(Note: our light posting lately is due to a family illness.)
ON THIS DAY in 1981, singers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a benefit performance before 500,000 people in Central Park. This event was documented in the 1982 film, THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK.
ON THIS DAY in 2001, New York City’s World Trade Center was destroyed when two, hijacked airplanes crashed into the towers. Stories surrounding this event were dramatized in the 2002 French film, 11’09″01.
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ON THIS DAY in 1911, 146 garment workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, New York’s deadliest industrial disaster ever, and the fourth deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history. The incident was dramatized in the 1979 film, THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE SCANDAL, starring David Dukes and Tovah Feldshuh.
Opened in movie theaters 29 years ago today:
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Connelly; directed by Sergio Leone)
“This epic is a compendium of kitsch, but it’s kitsch aestheticized by someone who loves it and sees it as the poetry of the masses. It isn’t just the echoing moments that keep you absorbed–it’s the reverberant dreamland settings and Leone’s majestic, billowing sense of film movement.” —Pauline Kael
Recognition: Golden Globe nominations, Best Director, Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone).
Quote: “All my life.” —Noodles (Robert De Niro), in reply to Elizabeth McGovern’s question, “Been waiting long?”
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