October 28th, 2011

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

FLiFF 26 "Troupers"

In Steve Martin's last non fiction book, he wrote about The Amazing Ballantine's influence upon his comic persona. We lost Carl Ballantine two years ago, but his final words of wisdom can be found in the documentary "Troupers."

Directed by his daughter Saratoga Ballantine, "Troupers" interviews 12 familiar faces from the acting profession, among the most recognizable;
Kaye Ballard
Betty Garrett
Pat Carroll
Harold Gould
Marvin Kaplan
Allan Rich

While the fame and fortune of a Steve Martin may have alluded these individuals, one gets the feeling that these performers enjoyed their work. Among the topics discussed includes;
parental disapproval
The black list
bad acting teachers
nasty and ignorant casting directors.

Most importantly, these "Troupers" impart the wisdom of the ages to a new audience.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

FLiFF 26 "Mary and Bill"

"Mary and Bill" is a documentary about a triathlete and a high jumper. Candidates for the 2012 Olympics in London? Not likely, for two these athletes have a collective age of over 150 years. Meet "Mary and Bill" who believe that aging is truly a state of mind.