Episode #1046

Almodóvar, In Verse, Precious

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1046, Almodovar, In Verse, Precious Penelope Cruz in "Broken Embraces", Directed by Pedro Almodovar (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Movies make it all better. Pedro Almodóvar says his new film "Broken Embraces" is an ode to cinema itself. Gabourey Sidibe, the star of "Precious," reflects on her life-changing role as a troubled Harlem teenager. In her Broadway show, Carrie Fisher makes peace with her career-making role as Star Wars' Princess Leia. And in the second installment of Studio 360's "In Verse" series, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey writes about the lives of two of her relatives, coping with the aftermath of Katrina in Gulfport, Mississippi.

"In Verse" is supported by Public Radio Makers Quest 2.0, an initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. This project is made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by a creative partnership with Virginia Quarterly Review. Go behind the scenes of "In Verse" at Transom.org.

Pedro Almodóvar

Since the 1980s, the filmmaker has been giving audiences a tragicomic view of Spanish life the world had never seen before. His new release "Broken Embraces" has all of the hallmarks of his greatest films: a complex structure, an underlying mystery, and Penelope Cruz. It tells the story ...

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In Verse: Congregation

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey visits her cousin Tamara Jones, still battling financial problems triggered by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It inspired Trethewey's poem "Believer," and the visit was documented by photographer Joshua Cogan. Produced by Studio 360's Lu ...

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In Verse: Congregation, Continued

Natasha Trethewey wrote her poem "Watcher" about her brother, who had a job looking for remains on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. He was later incarcerated for a time, and Trethewey's poem "Benediction" documents the moment of his release from jail.

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Precious

Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has been getting a lot of attention for her performance in the title role in the new film, Precious. Studio 360's Jenny Lawton finds out what it's like for Sidibe to ride this wave of acclaim for a part ...

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Carrie Fisher

Broadway's "Wishful Drinking" stars Carrie Fisher as Carrie Fisher. Like memoir of the same name, the one-woman show blurs the line between person and performer for the movie star, as she draws from the most painful periods in her life for comic material. She ...

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Bill Frisell Scores Buster Keaton

Old-timey piano music isn't the only way to watch the silent films of Buster Keaton. A new DVD features three Keaton classics with gorgeous and strange music by acclaimed jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Frisell tells Studio 360's David Krasnow about his awe for Keaton and ...

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