From: delanceyplace <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 3:35 AM
In today's encore excerpt - in the late 1970s, comedian Steve Martin, who had labored for years in obscurity, reached a level of success with
his stand-up act that was unprecedented in comedy. But he was unprepared for the crush of this success, and left stand-up at the peak of his popularity:
One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was It's a Wonderful LIfe. Both have to do with a philosophy of life, but are approached quite differently. Lost Horizon, the other one, is written up separately. Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore are in this picture. Most of Stewart's movies are excellent. When you combine Stewart's acting with Hitchcock's plots and directing (like Vertigo or Rear Window) you are sure to have a great movie.
One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was Lost Horizon. The version we like is a black and white film from 1937. It is non-musical, black & white staring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. Each of these are excellent actors. The director is Frank Capra who made many excellent movies.
People frequently ask me which movies I like. It is hard to form an answer to that question, because I like a lot of movies, but most of them are older ones (to me, older ones means 50 or more years ago). But there are some specific movies that I like and some "blocks" of movies I like. For example there are a lot of Hitchcock that I like, or a lot of Jimmy Stewart or Tracey-Hepburn movies that I like. These are blocks. And there are some individual movies that I like.