Â Boomers mourn:Â we lost one of the great voices…:Â
Robert Goulet dies at age 73
Legendary crooner Robert Goulet died Tuesday morning while awaiting a lung transplant in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 73 and had been diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in September. The singer was perhaps best known for appearing as Lancelot in the original Broadway production of Camelot, as well as for his countless cameos in movies ranging from Atlantic City to Beetlejuice to The Naked Gun 2 1/2. After breaking out with his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Goulet won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1963, and he took home a Tony Award for The Happy Time in 1968. Younger generations know him as the subject of a Will Ferrell spoof on Saturday Night Live. ”You have to have humor and be able to laugh at yourself,” he once said. (AP via Yahoo!)
Many thanks to my brother-in-law Rich for steering me toward the “Mere Existence” series that you can find on YouTube. This is the first one I watched–I’ll be checking out the rest. Watch this and tell me that it is not spot on:
Â Â This movie just came out on DVD.Â It was jaw-droppingly incredible.
Â Â Made in 1964 (post-Bay-of-Pigs, post-JFK-assassination) as a joint venture between the Soviet Union and Cuba, it is four vignettes about the Cuban revolution.Â Very pro-Castro and very anti-American.Â Comically so!
Â Â What is incredible about it is the cinematography.Â Filmed in black and white (glorious black and white!), this film invented camera moves that take your breath away even now over 40 years later.Â
Just fascinating to watch. Here is, perhaps, the most-talked-about scene. Paul Thomas Anderson pays homage to it in his movie BOOGIE NIGHTS, where he has a similar camera move following a woman into a swimming pool. (And remember–this is before the Steadicam was even invented. This is not the original music, by the way). Highly recommended: