Albert Speer, Hitler’s pet architect and the vaunted “glamour boy of the Third Reich, would have hated Vanessa Lapa’s unblinking and unforgiving documentary, which is the best recommendation I can give it.
“Concord was actually surprisingly representative of Massachusetts, New England, and maybe even the North in the 19th century. In learning about Concord, you learn about the making of modern America.”
Making Monsters “is a wake-up call. We need to seriously address the phenomenon of dehumanization if we are to have any hope of constraining it when things get really difficult.”
“I’m hoping people will revisit Otto Preminger’s movies because he made some of the best films ever made in America.”
Jane Ira Bloom responded to her pandemic isolation with a CD of duets with bassist Mark Helias and a CD of duets with drummer Allison Miller. These two sessions are unique projects in her discography and beautiful testaments to her ingenuity.
I spoke with Jane Ira Bloom on September 21, 2021 via Zoom. This transcript has been edited for space and ellipses have been omitted for readability. Some paraphrases and details are added for clarity.
A conversation with acclaimed filmmaker, poet, and educator Lynne Sachs about her work, particularly 2020’s Film About a Father Who.
“I believe artists create a safe space for unsafe ideas in our world.”
For Benjamin Zander and his musicians – as for all of us – it was a strange, even desperate, several months.
A packed, wide-ranging conversation with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter that touches on several subjects, from a lifelong love of jazz to her verdict on John Williams’ Violin Concerto no. 2.