On Stanley Donen and On the Town

Written as a Film Note for Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Stanley Donen and his Oscar
Stanley Donen was never nominated for an Oscar, so in 1998, the Academy did what was right and awarded him an honorary Academy Award. Donen danced with his Oscar on stage before declaring the secret behind his directorial success. “You show up,” he said. “You show up- and you stay out of the way. But you gotta show up or else you can’t take the credit and win one of these.” Continue reading