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by Sam Juliano

R.I.P. Christopher Plummer, the renowned Shakespearean actor whose fame will forever be mainly centered around his beloved performance as Captain Von Trapp in 1965’s musical legend The Sound of Music.  My own review of the film at Wonders in the Dark years ago for the musical poll remains one of my two or three proudest accomplishments for the site.  Plummer, who reached the ripe old age of 91 passed away of complications from a fall at his Connecticut home.  This past weeks have been hard on screen legends though all (Cicely Tyson, Cloris Leachman and Hal Holbrook) made it to their mid 90s, which is rather a stunning accomplishment.

At the time I am posting this MMD we are still hours away from the 2020 Super Bowl between the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs and the challengers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  This erstwhile sporting event of course gives Americans and some others worldwide a temporary reprieve from all the stress and uncertainty which sadly remains very much in play as we all continue to deal with COVID-19 and political unrest.  I managed to get my own second (and final) dose of the Pfeizer vaccine this past Thursday, while Lucille finally got her own initial dose on Wednesday.  Hoping that many of our friends and readers have been or will be vaccinated soon.

This past week, film scholar extraordinaire Jim Clark published a brilliant essay on Claire Dennis’ Towards Mathilde at the site. (more…)

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