NYU professor leads talk on persona of Frank Sinatra

first_imgThe Notre Dame department of Film, Television and Theatre hosted professor of cinema studies Dana Polan of New York University on Tuesday night for a talk on singer and actor Frank Sinatra, whom Polan called an American entertainment icon, particularly after World War II.The talk, titled “Ring-a-ding-ding: Performance Styles in the Movies and Music of Frank Sinatra,” took place at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and was followed by a screening of the 1955 Sinatra film “Young at Heart.” The department of American Studies and the Gender Studies and Teaching Beyond the Classroom programs also sponsored the event. Jack Lyons | The Observer Dana Polan, a New York University professor, uses scenes from Frank SInatra’s films to facilitate a discussion on his persona before a screening of the 1955 film “Young at Heart” on Tuesday.The visit by Polan overlapped with “Sinatra,” a class Film, Television and Theatre professor Pam Wojcik is teaching this semester.Polan discussed the “voyeuristic” nature of film throughout his lecture, touching on the saying, “You’re watching something that’s for you, but is pretending you’re not really there.”Few stars did this better than Sinatra, Polan said.Polan used multiple clips of the star exhibiting what he called a “confrontational” style, where a confident Sinatra establishes a bond with an audience that “avowed how he seemed to be singing personally to each audience member,” Polan said.However, Polan said this manner of “force strutting and swagger,” which appeared in Sinatra’s more energetic swing tunes, was only one side of the Sinatra coin. Polan also touched on the other side; he noted that, while Sinatra’s ballads addressed the singer himself, the performance still existed for the purpose of the audience.In addition to his ability to cross emotions in his performance, both Polan and Wojcik said they studied Sinatra for his ability to cross media.While known primarily as a singer, Sinatra’s acting career earned praises from critics and audiences alike. Appearing alongside the method actors of the 1950s, the untrained Sinatra channeled his abilities to become what Wojcik called a “method singer” to portray his complex characters.“There’s a virtuosic performance of vulnerability,” Wojcik said in an interview. “He’s broken in so many ways that I think are surprising if you just think of him as a singer.”Despite his vulnerability, Sinatra existed as an icon of masculinity in 1950s American culture, Polan said.“The person who would want to be Elvis is an Elvis impersonator, whereas the person who wants to be Sinatra is every American in the postwar period,” Polan said.For Polan, who is authoring a book on the legendary Sinatra album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers” with Sinatra scholar Chuck Granata, Sinatra’s performance resonates even today from his ability to captivate an audience while making it appear natural at the same time.“Part of his power is that it doesn’t seem studied, it doesn’t seem mannered, it seems like who he is, even if it is a performance,” Polan said.Tags: Browning Cinema, dana polan, Department of Film Television and Theatre, Frank Sinatralast_img read more

Cricket News Cummins, Starc, Hazzlewood may be rested for first 3 ODIs against India

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Melbourne: Australia is set to rest its fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood for the first three ODIs against India in a bid to manage their workload ahead of a busy international calender.  Cummins has been Australia’s top performer with both the ball and the bat in the just-concluded Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and coach Justin Langer insisted that it’s a great selection “conundrum” for the hosts for the ODI series which begins in Sydney on January 12. Langer said Australia need to keep its players fit and fresh ahead of busy 2019, which includes a World Cup and an Ashes tour and hinted that Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood may be rested in the ODI series against India ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka.“It’s the great conundrum for us, really, how we manage our bowlers. For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they’re ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh,” Langer was quoted as saying by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.Also Read | Cameron Bancroft returns to competitive cricket, plays for Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League“He (Cummins) has been brilliant, he’s been outstanding but then – as soon as we do that they want to play and also then everyone else would be on our back saying: ‘Why aren’t they playing every single game?’ But if you play every game – we’ve also got a World Cup and Ashes next year – we want him fresh for those things.”Cummins, who has been Australia’s best fast bowler in the first three Tests against India with 14 wickets at an average of 20.07, had earlier missed the ODI series in England and the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE owing to injuries.The lanky pacer is one of several Australian cricketers, who will not feature in the 2019 IPL because of a packed international calendar.“You look at every year on an individual basis and the player as well. There might be times when it’s a really good thing for them to be playing IPL. But there’s so much cricket now. The players individually – and us as management – have to make sure we get the balance right so everyone is happy and playing cricket,” Langer said.Read More | Bangladesh lifts Steve Smith’s Twenty20 tournament ban“So getting that management right and staying true to the management, so we can have him (Cummins) fit and firing – we’ve got to be strong with that because there’s got to be a lot of people with different opinions as to whether they should play every game.“But we know it’s really hard to play all year around because they need to keep their bodies as fresh and strong (as possible) and then be bowling at the level we want them to be at. It’s a real balancing act as well,” he added. last_img read more

Local GAA action

first_imgThere’s plenty of local GAA action on around the county this weekend.First up this afternoon is the meeting of near neighbours Arravele Rovers and Galtee Rovers in the West Senior Football Final.Both have to win west to stay in the county, however Galtee Rovers have the upper hand, having beaten Arravale in the recent O’Donoghue Cup final. Photo ©Stephen Gleeson The game throws in in Annacarthy at 3 o’clock, and Arravale Selector Tommy Twoomey says they’ll have to be ready for the Galtee’s challenge…Before that game, at 1.30, Rockwell Rovers meet Clonoulty Rossmore in the intermediate decider.Then this evening at half 5, Killenaule meet Carrick Swans in the South Senior Hurling Final.Swans are the most decorated south tipp hurling club with 22 south titles to their name.However, Killenaule have 21 titles, and a win this evening would see them level with Swans.That game is on in Fethard.Also down for decision this evening is the North Senior hurling final which throws in at 6pm in NenaghNenagh Eire Og face Borrisoleigh, in what is expected to be a pulsating game.Borrisoleigh Coach Johnny Kelly is a Portumna man, and with the Galway in the All Ireland Final tomorrow, he says his sole focus is on the North game…Finally this evening sees the Mid Tipp Intermediate hurling final at 6 o clock in Holycross.It sees Thurles Sarsfields up against Gortnahoe Glengoole.last_img read more