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Sun Apr 15, 2012, 05:14 AM

67. The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

Hilary & Jackie - about famous cellist of the 1960s Jacqueline du Pre. Jackie is played by emily watson.

It's about her rivalry with her sister & her tragic decline from neurological disease.
I was lucky enough to see Jacqueline du Pre play the Elgar Cello Concerto live in 1968.

Kinsey - Liam Neeson plays Dr. Kinsey, the first modern sex researcher of the 1940s and 50s.

Diva - a young man stalks a beautiful opera singer. The role was played by Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez. It was based on a real life stalker of Jessye Norman.

Milk - excellent biography of Harvey Milk, city supervisor of San Francisco, his assassination and the assassination of Mayor Moscone, by Dan White. Uses original news footage of Diane Feinstein announcing the deaths of both men in San Francisco City Hall.
Harvey Milk is played by Sean Penn and Mayor Moscone is played by Victor Garber.

Juarez- Story of Benito Juarez and his revolution in the 1860s; the French import Emperor Maximilian of Austria to rule, and he is a Hapsburg; his wife Carlotta is played by Bette Davis. Juarez is played by Paul Muni. Saw this a while back on Turner Classic Movies and it was quite historically accurate.

Serpico -NYC police officer Frank Serpico played by Al Pacino.

Carnegie Hall--semi fictional but has performances by many musical stars such as Rise Stevens and Ezio Pinza, Arthur Rubinstein, Bruno Walter,Lily Pons, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jascha Heifetz.

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