Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It was by luck that I knew about the screening. No promotion. Not even a mention in the newspaper.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
While the era of the roadshow engagement is long gone, I couldn't help but notice some remnants are coming back. Advance tickets were available. Granted, there was only one screening in this case. You could still buy them in advance. You could also choose the seat you wanted, similar to reserved seating during the initial engagement. They also including the intermission.
Unlike the roadshow engagement, I bought the first ticket for the screening 30 minutes before showtime!
Monday, August 26, 2013
I vaguely remember seeing Funny Girl in the theater when it came out. I was there with my parents. I don't know why the brought me. As a child, it wasn't a movie that would hold my attention. My only memory was the tugboat scene.
I remember seeing it on network television a few years later. Again, too young to appreciate.
After I became a Barbra fan, I would hunt it down whenever it would show up on TV.
Way back when, the major cities in Texas had theaters screening double features of old movies. I'm sure this was true in all major cities back then, but I knew of a theater in San Antonio and Austin that would show double features of old movies. They would print a monthly calendar so you could plan ahead. They always screened Funny Girl with Funny Lady.
I was able to see such a screening in Austin. I believe it was the Varsity theater across the street from the University of Texas. It was definitely across the street from the University. This was my first screening on the big screen after becoming a Barbra fan.
I was amazed at the screening. I didn't understand Panavision or widescreen processes at that time. However, I could tell I was seeing images on the big screen that I didn't see on TV. The biggest shock was when she sang My Man at the end. During part of the song, she is on the right side of the screen- not dead center like on TV.
It was truly an eye-opening experience. Of course this was back before the videotape of Funny Girl was released. And even then, that was a pan and scan version. Years later, the widescreen laserdisc version was unavailable before I could buy one. Then years later, finally, the widescreen version on DVD was released.
But back in the early '80s, nothing could compare to the big screen.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
By luck last Wednesday, I was checking online to see what movies were playing this past weekend at my local theater. Imagine my surprise when I noticed Funny Girl listed as an option. I couldn't believe my eyes. I had no idea. One showing only. Sunday at 2:00 p.m. No display ad in the paper. No write up in the newspaper. No promotion what-so-ever. I emailed the local Barbra fans that I knew to give them a heads up.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
CBS Sunday morning recently interviewed Bette Midler regarding her portrayal of Sue Mengers on Broadway. The show mentioned that they interviewed the real Sue back in the '70s and showed a clip from the original episode. At the time Barbra was one of her biggest clients and they showed a few scenes in the editing room of Barbra's soon-to-be-released film, Funny Lady.