- Actors: Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Leonard Bernstein, Anne Brown, Irving Caesar
- Producers: John H. Williams, Kirk D'Amico, Peter Adam
- Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- VHS Release Date: December 23, 1996
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302653053
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
George Gershwin Remembered (An American Masters Program) [VHS]
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Presented occasionally on the A&E network, "George Gershwin Remembered" takes on George's life from the start of his days as Jacob Gershwitz to his tragic death at an early age.
Interviews with numerous Gershwin authorities are presented along with stirring remembrances of his work. A simple "must-have" for any Gershwin lover.
Gershwin's first songwriting partner, Irving Caesar claims that their enormous 1920 hit "Swanee" took all of ten minutes from conception to completion. Caesar gave George the first line of the lyric's intro ("I've been away from you a long time") and the rest just appeared like magic. This isn't the only cited case of inspiration spawning instant creation. Choreographer Hermes Pan recalls how during the filming of SHALL WE DANCE (1937) (VHS) (DVD) some incidental music was needed for a scene where leashed pets and owners stroll on ship deck; Gershwin immediately wrote the perfect thing: a piece now known as "Walking the Dog."
Cinematic highlights of this 90-minute documentary include "Blah, Blah, Blah" from DELICIOUS (1931), Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly's duet on "The Babbitt and the Bromide" from ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (VHS) (DVD), Al Jolson's blackface rendition of "Swanee" and pianist Oscar Levant with Paul Whiteman's orchestra doing RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1945) (VHS) (...Read more ›
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Although the content was wonderful, the sound quality was awful. I was very disappointed.Published 22 months ago by Robert L. Van Brunt
I am Jewish and also so proud of him as a great composer,pianist, and great song writer with brother Ira doing the lyrics..Also an arranger.Published on March 16, 2014 by rh
I so wanted this DVD, but as of yet, I cannot play this one. It is as if it is blocked from playing and I tried it numerous times.
I' m tired now.