A new miniseries premiered last Tuesday (April 9th) on the FX cable channel titled Fosse Verdon. It’s based on the Fosse biography written by Sam Wasson, and stars Sam Rockwell as director–choreographer Bob Fosse, and Michelle Williams as actress and dancer Gwen Verdon. Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame) is one of many executive producers.
“The project tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse (Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Williams). He was a filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors; she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment — at a perilous cost. The series will feature Fosse’s choreography and explore the hidden corners of showbiz, the price of pursuing greatness and the suffering inflicted in the name of art.”
Once Gwen Verdon started working with Fosse, she became his muse. The first episode of the series depicts his almost “need” to have her around while he was choreographing Cabaret in Germany. They eventually married and separated, but Verdon remained legally married to Fosse at his death, and she was the mother of his only child (daughter Nicole Fosse, who co-executive produces).
Check out the official trailer from the series, and also check out resources available on Bob Fosse in our collection:
Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels. Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this winter vacation – a classic movie serial.
According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.
Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”. Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.
Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre. Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders? Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship? Binge viewing is encouraged.
You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.
September is National Classical Music Month which makes this a great time to listen to some of your favorite classical pieces or discover some new favorites. The Naxos Music Library database is a vast collection of streaming classical music. It boasts over 2 million tracks with thousands being added every month. You have the option of searching by composer or title of work or you can browse through different geographical study areas and take guided tours through musical eras.
Naxos Music Library can be accessed from the Art databases on the Library’s Research Tools page. If you are using the database from off campus you will need to enter your MVCC username and password.
Additional classical music resources are available in the MVCC Library as well. Click here to see some of our books, CDs and DVDs on classical music. You can also search the Library Catalog for composers or classical works.
According to the magazine, Rolling Stone, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandalbum is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time – The Beatles.”
The MVCC library has books, e-books, dvds, and database articles on this band and their music. One way to get a “live streaming” feel to the album’s introduction on June 2, 1967 (U.S.) is to use the historical databases and read the world’s reaction to this historical album.
This short article is full of insights on how Chicago teens reacted to the album.
It’s that time of year again, when the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…and you might want to watch the Nutcracker ballet! Two new versions have been added to our library collection. The first is TheNutcracker featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. It premiered in 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and was recorded for television in 1977. It remains one of the most popular televised productions even until today and earned Baryshnikov an Emmy nomination. Our copy is the Blu-ray version which was released in 2012.
The second version is the Nutcracker choreographed by Helgi Tomasson for the San Francisco Ballet. This was a new version of the ballet, which premiered in 2004 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. The story is set during the time of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, a 1915 world’s fair held in San Francisco celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Another difference from Baryshnikov’s version is that the main female character of Clara is played by a young girl instead of an adult female dancer. One of the extra features of our copy is a documentary on the 1915 World’s Fair.
Both versions of the Nutcracker can be located in the library’s main floor lounge for a limited time. In the meantime, here’s some fun Nutcracker facts!
Are LPs making a comeback? For those of us with stacks of them in the basement, they never left. But statistics show that there seems to be renewed interest in the format. In 2015, revenues from vinyl sales were $416 million, the highest level since 1988. RIAA keeps these statistics and has other information about music sales on its website. And there’s a historical connection for this time of the year—Edison demonstrated the hand-cranked phonograph for the first time near the end of the year in 1877.
With the new Shakespeare Garden being dedicated on July 21st and the upcoming MVCC production of The Taming of the Shrew, we wanted to celebrate the greatness that was William Shakespeare! We’ve got a number of resources in the library that get you in touch with his works directly. You can check them out here.
Shakespeare’s works permeate much of our culture and influence so many movies and TV shows. There are a ton of movie adaptations, many of which aren’t obviously a Shakespeare work in disguise. To give you an idea, here is a listing by Mark Lawson of the 10 best screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s work.
We have many of these movies, along with some not listed, in the library available for checkout. The links below may lead you to a whole new interpretation of one of your favorite Shakespeare plays!
It started with an article Jeanne Marie Laskas wrote for GQ magazine titled “Game Brain.” She helped to publicly expose the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered the brain disease CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) that many NFL football players/retirees were dying from, some committing suicide over.
Omalu’s story began when Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers died suddenly. He performed the autopsy and started doing exhaustive research, paying for tests on Webster’s brain out of his own pocket, to try to figure out what made this former NFL player go mad. “What Omalu discovered in Mike Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident, but a disease caused by relentless blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL would do anything to keep secret.” (Back cover book.)
MVCC Library has Laskas’s book Concussion, which is based on her GQ article. We also have the DVD motion picture adaptation of the same name, starring Will Smith (as Dr. Omalu). As a librarian who does not enjoy sports, I can tell you the movie and book look riveting! Check them both out in tandem if you’d like. The book is located here in our catalog, and the DVD is located here (both for a limited time located in the main floor lounge area).
Also, check out Laskas’s original GQ article here.