Friday, September 19, 2008

Warner Bros.

If you're into movie history, set your DVRs for what figures to be an entertaining three-part series next week on PBS (check your local listings, as they say.)

"You Must Remember This"
chronicles the 85-year history of Warner Bros. studios.

Perhaps you heard Joe Donahue's interview with noted film historian Richard Schickel this morning on WAMC. Schickel is involved with the TV project as part of an accompanying coffee table book on the subject, and his enthusiasm was contagious.

I toured Warner Bros. in Burbank a couple of years ago with my son, David, and his wife, Jennifer. I've been visiting family in Los Angeles for decades, so I've made the rounds of the various tourist spots, including Universal (which is more like a theme park) and Paramount (an excellent walking tour of the back lot). But Warner Bros. was tops: part tram ride, part stroll, plenty of close ups, lots of history and possibily even a celebrity sighting. (The morning we were there, we saw Martin Sheen, who was then filming the last episode of "The West Wing.")

Anyway, Warner Bros. movies and cartoons were unique in many respects, as the PBS series will document. Given the variety of clips and interviews planned, sight unseen, I recommend it.
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