THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT!
THESE CLASSIC DVDS PART OF YOUR HOME LIBRARY!
This definitive documentary begins its study with the Marx family vaudeville act and follows through to their final television work, including clips from Groucho’s popular TV show You Bet your Life. Fellow comedians and collaborators including Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, George Fenneman, Robert Klein, and David Steinberg examine the hard work and perfectionism that put these comic masters at the top of their game. Using rarely-seen footage derived from their original Broadway hit, I’ll Say She Is, and highlights from their best films, home movies and newsreels, this film enlightens as it entertains.
A tribute to Hollywood’s funniest brothers, The Marx Brothers in A Nutshell is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in these remarkable forerunners of modern screen comedy.
W.C. Fields Straight Up is the definitive feature-length celebration of the movies’ best-loved curmudgeon. This Emmy Award-winning documentary traces Fields’ life from his childhood in Philadelphia, through his years of Hollywood stardom, to his final days.
Interviews with Fields’ closest friends, family and collaborators are interwoven with beautifully remastered clips from his best-loved films and rarely-seen appearances. The resulting film presents Fields as both a brilliant comedian and a troubled, stubborn loner.
Billing himself early in his career as “the world’s greatest juggler,” Fields quipped his way to star status, and by 1938, became the sixth highest-salaried person in the United States. Though he separated from his wife to pursue his career, and maintained little contact with his only son for decades, Fields’ onscreen charm made him a hero for the masses.
Did he really hate dogs and children? Did he really drink a quart of gin a day? W.C. Fields Straight Up dispels some of the famous myths, and sheds light on the lesser-known facts. It highlights Fields’ most colorful antics and quotes, both on and off screen. For 93 minutes, W.C. Fields comes back to life in this probing and hilarious “warts-and-all” account of a man and an entertainer so distinctly himself.