Lloyd Schwartz http://wvasfm.org en 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit http://wvasfm.org/post/pearl-earring-crown-jewel-fricks-dutch-exhibit Some years ago, I wrote <a href="http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/69088699914/fresh-air-contributor-lloyd-schwartz-shares-a-poem" target="_blank">a poem</a> called "Why I Love Vermeer," which ends "I've never lived in a city without a Vermeer." I could say that until 1990, when Vermeer's exquisite painting <em>The Concert </em>was one of the masterpieces stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's still missing. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 39200 at http://wvasfm.org 'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime http://wvasfm.org/post/branagh-imagines-mozarts-magic-flute-wartime Mozart's <em>The Magic Flute,</em> the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a <em>Singspiel,</em> a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 30647 at http://wvasfm.org Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA http://wvasfm.org/post/art-life-claes-oldenburg-moma The sculptor Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm but grew up in Chicago, went to Yale and came to New York in 1956, where he became a key player in the pop art movement — the major counter-reaction to the abstract expressionism that dominated the 1950s. So much for art history.<p>Although Oldenburg is a serious artist, probably no artist in history ever created works that were more fun. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 30006 at http://wvasfm.org The Art Of Life: Claes Oldenburg At MOMA Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies http://wvasfm.org/post/cinerama-brought-power-peripheral-vision-movies As early as silent film, directors attempted to create widescreen images. But in the 1950s it became a commercial necessity to give the multitude of new TV watchers what they couldn't get on a small screen. So even before CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO and Panavision, there was Cinerama — a process in which three projectors threw three simultaneous images onto a gigantic curved screen. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 23933 at http://wvasfm.org Cinerama Brought The Power Of Peripheral Vision To The Movies Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' http://wvasfm.org/post/mozarts-starring-role-sunday-bloody-sunday <em>Sunday Bloody Sunday </em>is one of those films that lets you into the lives of believable, complicated characters. A handsome, self-centered young artist played by the actor/rock singer Murray Head is having simultaneous affairs with both an older woman (played with infinitely nuanced self-irony by Glenda Jackson) and an older man, a Jewish doctor (the touching Peter Finch), two intelligent adults who have mutual friends and even know each other slightly. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:35:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 20898 at http://wvasfm.org Mozart's Starring Role In 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50 http://wvasfm.org/post/what-happened-baby-jane-shes-turning-50 Baby Jane Hudson is now 50 years old — or at least the strange and brilliant movie in which she's the main character is, just released as a beautifully remastered Blu-ray. Robert Aldrich's grotesque gothic tragedy is a cross between <em>Gypsy</em>, with its antithetical show-biz kid sisters, and<em> Sunset Boulevard</em>, with its decayed Hollywood glamour.<p>Baby Jane is a blond, curly-haired child star, a Shirley Temple wannabe, like Baby June in<em> Gypsy</em>. She's self-centered and more selfish than her plain sister, Blanche, who in the 1930s becomes a queen of Hollywood melodrama. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:54:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 18828 at http://wvasfm.org What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50