Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 19th 2013 Contents The usefulness of perpetrating the Santa fantasy
I had avoided thus far suddenly clicked. Pure
bribery, greasing the good behaviour wheels for
a few weeks, backing up precious negotiating
power against potential toddler guerrilla tactics.
Bring on Christmas I cheered, all spirit, no irony.
Today, we also worked on hand-eye coordination
(hers and mine) as I tried to wrap gifts shaped,
I swear, like whole frozen chicken and she learned
how to put scotch tape, not just any or everywhere,
but in neat lines that actually cover two ends of
paper. Feeling all present in the moment (pun not
initially intended), and given that serious social-
isation is being established, I took the time to talk
about how Christmas is not just for getting, but
for giving. I know this is important because when
I asked her what gift she got for mummy, she
looked not so much at me as through me. The
idea had never occurred to her and, now that it
did, had no priority.
As the three-year-old brings in old traditions
and establishes new family rituals, fun times and
togetherness are undoubtedly ahead.
Just in time for a new movie about the
making of Mary Poppins, the 1964 Disney
classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick
Van Dyke has been selected for preserva-
tion at the Library of Congress so future
generations of Americans can see it.
Yesterday, the library inducted 25 films
into the National Film Registry to be pre-
served for their cultural, historical or cin-
ematic significance. This year s selections
include Quentin Tarantino s Pulp Fiction,
the space race film The Right Stuff, and
Michael Moore s documentary confronting
the auto industry, Roger and Me.
Curators said it was a coincidence that
they selected Mary Poppins just ahead of
its 50th anniversary and during the release
of the new Disney film Saving Mr Banks,
which is about the making of the movie.
Steve Leggett, program coordinator for the
library s National Film Preservation Board,
said Mary Poppins had been on the short
list of picks many times before.
"It s just a title that everyone has seen
and recognises, and the musical numbers
and just the Julie Andrews and the shim-
shim-a-ree---it s just become a real, imbued
part of our culture," he said.
The films chosen this year span from
1919 to 2002 and include Hollywood classics,
documentaries, silent films, independent
flicks and experimental pictures. Congress
created the program in 1989 to ensure that
gems from American movie history are pre-
served for years to come.
Some are chosen for their influence on
movies that would follow, as with Pulp Fic-
tion from 1994. The film board called it a
milestone for independent cinema, and
Leggett noted Tarantino s "stylised violence
and kind of strangeness" in the cinematog-
raphy. Older films often become endangered
of being lost, said Librarian of Congress
James Billington, "so we must protect the
nation s matchless film heritage and cine-
This year s selections represent the
"extreme vitality and diversity of American
film heritage," Leggett said. Many illustrate
American culture and society from their
times, he said.
The oldest films joining the registry this
year are from the silent era. They include
1920 s Daughter of Dawn, which featured
an all-Native-American cast of Comanche
and Kiowa people, with a fictional love story
and a record of Native American traditions
of the time. The 1919 silent film A Virtuous
Vamp, a spoof on workplace romance, made
Constance Talmadge an early film star. And
"Ella Cinders" from 1926 featured the
famous actress Colleen Moore.
Earlier this month, the library released a
study that found 70 per cent of America s
feature-length silent films have already been
Other notable selections this year include
the 1956 science-fiction film Forbidden
Planet, which depicted humans as space
travelers to another planet ahead of the real
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Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) will resume
its acting workshops in January 2014 for children,
teenagers and adults.
Children Theatre Workshop (CTW) starts on
January 11 and continues every Saturday for 13
weeks. Sessions will be between the hours of 10
am and 1 pm and will be conducted by Tyker
Phillip. The cost is $1,600 and is open to children
between the ages of seven and 12.
Teen Theatre Studio (TTS) commences the
same day, January 11, and runs for the same period,
every Saturday, for 13 weeks. Sessions will be from
1 pm to 4 pm. This workshop will be conducted
by Afi-Forde-Hopson and is open to teenagers
between the ages of 13 and 17, and costs $1,800.
New Actors Workshop (NAW) begins on
Wednesday, January 8 and runs every Wednesday
for 13 weeks, from 6 pm to 9 pm. This workshop
is open to ages 18 and over. This will be conducted
by Timmia Hearn Feldman. The fee for this work-
shop is $1,800.
Scholarships and deferred payment plans are
available upon request.
Interested people can contact TTW at 624 8502
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
resume in January
space race to the moon; the popular Western The
Magnificent Seven from 1960; and the 1946 film
Gilda, which is the first in the registry featuring
actress Rita Hayworth. Also included is the 1966
adaptation of Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, starring
the real-life couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Bur-
ton. The movie earned Oscar nominations for them
both, a win for Taylor, and launched the screen-
directing career of Mike Nichols.
Original prints of even newer movies, such as
Michael Moore s Roger and Me from 1989, have
become endangered. In a statement to the library,
Moore said he learned last year that there were no
more usable prints left of his film about the hem-
orrhaging of jobs at General Motors in Flint, Mich.
"Over the years, this movie has received many
acknowledgements, but this is certainly the one I
cherish the most," Moore said of the movie s selection
for preservation. "The true regret I have is that the
cities of Flint and Detroit, which are at the centre
of my film, are now in much worse shape---as is the
American middle class in general." (AP)
Mary Poppins among 25 US films to be preserved
Fun times and
Diary of a Mothering Worker from Page B4
Bert the chimney sweep, played by Dick Van Dyke, centre, and the other sweeps are
performing Step in Time in the 1964 film Mary Poppins. AP PHOTO
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