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It’s A Wonderful Life on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Tune into a special holiday edition of The Sounds of Film with Tom Needham featuring a special audio broadcast of Frank Capra’s beloved It’s A Wonderful Life and the children’s holiday classic, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

In 1946, Capra’s holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey was actually considered communist propaganda by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1947, the House on Un-American Committee held a hearing on the matter. The FBI determined that the film intentionally maligned the upper class. They determined that there was a deliberate attempt by the filmmakers to discredit bankers by portraying Potter as the villain.

Similarly, the children’s claymation special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, tells the radical story of an outlaw, Kris Kringle, who disobey’s the selfish Bugermeister‘s law forbidding the ownership of toys by delivering presents to children in the darkness of the night. The show stars Fred Astaire as the narrator and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle.

The Sounds of Film will air an audio broadcast of the 1970 Christmas special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Thursday at 6 PM.

Captain Phil's Planet Holiday Special

Celebrate the holidays with Captain Phil featuring music by Big Big Train, Spiraling, Pandafan. Jethro Tull (Of Course!) Mariah Carey (!?) and a live reading /performance of The Grinch who Stole Christmas starring Anne Marie Strauss, Captain Phil and Scarbucket as Cindy Lou Who (Formerly of Tatooine.)

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Airs Thursday, December 21, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Ken Burns’ Longtime Composer, David Cieri, on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Thursday, December 14
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brooklyn composer, David Cieri, will be a guest on Tom Needham’s ‘The Sounds of Film’ this Thursday at 6 PM. He will be speaking about his latest CD, ‘Notes From The Underground: 10 Years With Florentine Films.’

David Cieri has a 10-year relationship scoring films for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Through the years, he has contributed musical scores to many of Florentine Films’ documentaries including ‘The Vietnam War,’ ‘The Roosevelts,’ ‘Prohibition,’ ‘Baseball,’ and ‘The Address.’

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/12-13-17/ken-burns-longtime-composer-dav...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, on the Sounds of Film

Actress Grace Van Patten and The Rider composer, Nathan Halpern, are Tom Needham’s special guests this week on Thursday at 6 P.M. on WUSB’s The Sounds of Film.

Tom Needham met up with Grace Van Patten earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival’s presentation of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. She spoke about Noah Baumbauch’s Netflix film, The Meyerowitz Stories starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. The film, featuring an original score by Randy Newman, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section and won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a group of troubled siblings and their dysfunctional dad. Grace Van Patten plays Eliza who is a young experimental film student.

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/12-07-17/noah-baumbauchs-the-meyerowitz-...

Rocco DiSpirito on the Sounds of Film - TONIGHT at 6:05 PM.

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito will be calling into the Sounds of Film at 6:05 PM to discuss his book signing at Book Revue in Huntington, NY, which is tonight at 7:00 PM.