Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
On this day in 1928, Lina Wertmüller was born. Wertmüller worked for several years as a theatrical actress and director before she began directing films in the early 1960s. She was the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, for her 1975 movie Seven Beauties. Wertmüller's films often focus on the social or sexual politics of her characters, and she is known for giving her movies unusually long titles, such as Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August. Giancarlo Giannini stars in Wertmüller's Love and Anarchy as a young man in pre-World War II Italy who falls in love while plotting to assassinate Mussolini; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.
|On this day in 1941, David Crosby was born. In addition to his career as a solo musician, Crosby was a founding member of The Byrds, and of the various permutations of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with The Byrds, and once with CSN. Several of Crosby's solo albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1945, Steve Martin was born. Martin's career began as a TV writer and stand-up comedian in the late 1960s; his comedy albums of the 1970s were hugely popular. He has since moved on to success in almost every area of show business -- acting, writing (films, plays, books, and a musical), and music. Martin's focus in the last decade has been largely on music; he's recorded several albums in collaboration with Edie Brickell or the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin stars with Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney in the 1994 movie A Simple Twist of Fate, loosely adapted from George Eliot's Silas Marner, as a reclusive carpenter who unexpectedly finds himself raising a toddler; it's available for straming at Hoopla.|