So I watched Walt Dizzy’s original 1940 Fantasia the other night— It was the first time I’d seen the flick since its late-1960s/early-1970s cash-in-on-psychedelia re-release. And the movie is PRETTY DAMN GOOD STUFF.
I am sure I liked the film more now than when I was a kid: Fantasia wouldn’t have been violent or mayhemic enough for monstrous l’il me, and as an adult I have a greater understanding and appreciation of classical music. But I couldn’t help but wonder: Did Joseph Stalinever see Fantasia? He was a known film buff, and if he did see Fantasia, what did he think of it? I bet Stalin would have liked most of it, especially “The Dance of the Hours.”
But “Night on Bald Mountain”? Not so much, I’d venture. Uncle Joe doesn’t go to the movies to be reminded of his work….
That was my original idea for the title of this blog, a sort of summation of nearly everything I'd ever wanted cinematically: regularly playing on the ABC Channel 7 4:30 movie--or on WOR-TV Channel 9's 4 O'Clock Movie--the greatest monster movie in the universe, and incredible combo of miniatures, men in suits and stop motion, with entire continents destroyed!
But then there was a coup d'etat, and Tzar Ivan I of Ivanlandia took charge.