2005/09/06

NO and Hollywood

I know this is fluff but I needed a break.

Big Easy holds a special place in Hollywood's heart
by Margaret McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The devastation from Hurricane Katrina reminds Americans of the special place New Orleans holds in the nation's heart, even for those who have seen it only in movies. The city has long been a magnet for moviemakers, who raised it to iconic status in films such as:

New Orleans (1947) — This silly but rollicking musical tale about a high-society girl hooked on jazz showcased the music of the great Louis Armstrong, plus Billie Holliday, Woody Herman and many more.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — Marlon Brando brought the heat to this now classic American story from Tennessee Williams, the playwright who made the city his muse.

King Creole (1958) — By many reckonings, this dark-toned story about a street kid scrapping for respect was Elvis Presley's best film. Co-stars Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau, plus director Michael Curtiz, definitely helped.

The Big Easy (1987) — The definitive New Orleans movie of the last 20 years stirred up a spicy gumbo of music, politics, crime, corruption and romance; with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.

Interview with the Vampire (1994) — Novelist Anne Rice set her steamy vampire tale in her beloved hometown, and director Neil Jordan caught her spirit in the movie version starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a young Kirsten Dunst.
Double Jeopardy (1999) — Passion and intrigue rule the polite circles of New Orleans where Ashley Judd seeks revenge after she is falsely convicted of murder.

Shamelessly lifted from Tennessean.com.

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