Monday, February 27

Silence is golden

I was extremely interested last night to see that The Artist got the Oscar for Best Picture - the first silent film to get do so since Wings at the original Oscar ceremony in 1929.

The Artist takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.

In Wings, two young men who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

The Artist received four prizes Sunday, including best picture, best actor, best director, and best music.

Betsy-Tacy fans will be interested to know that Paolo Conte, who wrote the score for Wings, was the real-life inspiration for Marco Regali in Betsy and the Great World. Maud Hart Lovelace met Regali in Venice in 1914. He later moved to the United States to head the University of North Dakota
music department where he composed the music for Wings.

I'll need to do more research though since for some reason Wikipedia credits John Stepan Zamecnik for the Wings score.


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