Here is a sample from Judy’s latest interview:
This wonderful new interview series with Judy Mastrangelo is all about the movies. This is a seven part series… Let’s delve in!
Films have always inspired my life and my art, ever since I was young. They fulfill needs for fantasy, excitement, etc., which can be experienced vicariously by everyone who loves to partake in the adventure of this delightful art form.
I don’t watch movies all day long, only when I have some time to spare for them. But many great movies stay with me forever in my memory. Several of the films I mention here, I’ve seen several years ago. But they were so enjoyable that sometimes they will come to mind, and I’ll enjoy thinking about them and the actors who were in them. I find the realm of film a magical place of enrichment for my soul, since when I visit it, I can become other characters, visit fascinating lands, and partake in exciting adventures.
Personally, I enjoy both the old and the new films. They each have something to offer.
- Besides being a film buff, I’m also an opera buff, and films of my favorite operas are a delight to me. There are many to choose from, but there is a very special one I’d like to share with you:
HANSEL AND GRETEL: An Opera Fantasy – This 1954 movie of the beautiful opera, with magnificent music by Engelbert Humperdinck, is a lovely childlike film with the characters done as stop motion animated figures. These puppets were called “Kinemans,” and took many years to create so that they looked very lifelike, with wonderful movements and facial expressions. It’s a real classic, like a fairy tale come to life. This opera is one of my personal favorites.
FILMS ABOUT FAMOUS COMPOSERS:
There are quite a few movies about the life of Beethoven:
IMMORTAL BELOVED ~ 1994 The premise of this film is most likely a fictionalized theory that Beethoven’s nephew was his love child from an affair with his sister-in-law, but it is very enjoyable. Gary Oldman is a great actor and portrays Beethoven’s spirit well.