Archive for October 5th, 2012

by Jaime Grijalba.

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FADE IN                                                          

          INT. CABIN IN VALDIVIA - NIGHT                                   

          It’s a nice, warm cabin made of wood in the middle of the        
          countryside of Valdivia, in the outskirts. Inside, there’s a     
          fireplace and a couple of armchairs, sitting in one of them,     
          with a glass of wine and today’s newspaper is JAIME (22)         
          dressed in a bathrobe. He stops right in one page of the         
          newspaper, it reads ’Great Success at the International Film     
          Festival in Valdivia!’. Jaime smiles. Suddenly, there’s a        
          knock in the door.                                               

                         (to himself)                                      
                    Now, who could that be?                                

          Jaime stands up and approaches the entrance door, looks out      
          through a small hole and sighs. Jaime opens the door and         
          steps outside.


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by Allan Fish

(UK 1972 645m) DVD1/2

Aka. America

In Search of the Twelve Bar Blues

p  Michael Gill  d  Michael Gill, David Heycock, Tim Slessor, Ann Turner  w  Alistair Cooke  ph  Roynon Raikes  ed  David Thomas, Alan Tyler  m  William Davies  presented by  Alistair Cooke

For over half a century Alistair Cooke presented his ‘Letter from America’ to eager radio listeners back home in Blighty.  He was as much an institution of Anglo-Americanism as one could ever hope to meet.  The British Cambridge educated journalist who finally went to America in 1932 and stayed there until his death, in his nineties, in 2004.  There had been American commentators in London who had made an impact – Edward R.Murrow and Quentin Reynolds in the London blitz during the war perhaps most memorably – and yet Cooke truly did embody the best of both the new world and the old in one urbane, erudite, comforting package.  When he finally died, it was as if a huge invisible bridge that stretched across the Atlantic, had been demolished.

Looking back over thirty years to when this series was first aired, it showcases just how much has happened since; technologically, artistically, and most importantly historically.  America was then in the aftermath of the civil rights struggles, on the cusp of the Watergate affair and the Vietnam War was still ongoing.  The opening credits to the very first episode, however, give an even more poignant reminder, in the form of the then freshly constructed twin towers of the WorldTradeCenter, that stood even more dominant over the Manhattan skyline than they did on that fateful day in September 2001.  Later on in that same opening salvo, he takes a trip to another vanished landmark, the old New Orleans.  (more…)

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