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

Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian mining giant Oz Minerals says it is looking to use wind and solar to provide the bulk of the power needs for a giant new nickel project in a remote part of central Australia near the border of South Australia and Western Australia, some 800kms west of Uluru.Oz Minerals says a 55MW hybrid power plant would look to harness solar and wind energy to provide 70 to 80 per cent of the power needs of the West Musgrave project, backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators.Oz Minerals says lower cost wind and solar are a crucial part of the decision on whether to go ahead with West Musgrave, which is Australia’s largest undeveloped copper and nickel project, given that power costs would account for around 40 per cent of the processing costs.“Large-scale solar photovoltaic and wind solutions are currently economically viable and technically mature solutions to reduce the project’s reliance on high cost fossil fuels for electricity generation,” the company says in a presentation released on Tuesday along with its half year results. “Baseline data collected over the last year has demonstrated a high quality, consistent solar and wind resource is available, with higher wind velocities at night offsetting the lack of solar power.”Oz Minerals is just the latest of a number of big and small mining groups that are now turning to wind and solar to deflect the soaring costs of diesel or gas generators, the traditional source of supply of mining projects such as this. But this would be by far the biggest installation.More: Mining giant looks to wind and solar to power huge nickel project Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining projectlast_img read more