James Stewart

Behind the Song: ‘M’appari’ from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha

‘M’appari’ is the best-known name for the central aria from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, a romantic comic opera in four acts. Flotow – who was born into a musical family, his mother playing the piano and his father the flute – composed some thirty operas during his lifetime, beginning his career after studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, before achieving his first…

Christmas Films: Seven of the Best

There is romance from Budapest to Bedford Falls, explosive Los Angeles action, and a little match girl who hallucinates in the hiatus between Denmark and France in Culturedarm’s collection of the seven best Christmas films. Incontrovertible classics star alongside several lesser known works, while two animated offerings show something of Christmas traditions in Scandinavia and the United States. Yours might be just…

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – starring James Stewart and John Wayne – is often considered the last great film John Ford directed, in a career that comprised around 140 films over a period of fifty years. Released in 1962, Ford would direct only four more feature-length pictures; including one more with his friend and longtime collaborator Wayne, in…