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The Book of Love

The feature debut of director and co-writer Bill Purple does not feature a single authentic moment. Imperfect would actually be a step up.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Marni Nixon: The secret voice of Hollywood

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Marni Nixon is an American soprano renowned for being a "playback singer" for actresses featured in well known movie musicals. It's earned her the title "The Ghostess with the Mostess" and "The Voice of Hollywood".

Note: It was Marni's voice you heard in "My Fair Lady", Julie Andrews losing the role to Audrey Hepburn, whose singing voice was then ironically dubbed. Nixon and Andrews would later work together; they both appeared in 1965's Sound of Music (Nixon played Sister Sophia, who helped ponder how to solve a problem in the song "Maria").Her voice was also used to dub such films as "The King and I" and "West Side Story."

Marnie sings us a song at Ebertfest 2006:
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Marni at the opening reception at the President's House of the University of Illinois

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