‘Dr. Zhivago,’ ‘Fargo’ and more movies to help you chill in the summer heat : NPR

Scenes from “The Seven 12 months Itch” and “101 Dalmatians” can transport you away from the sweltering climate outdoors. There are nice documentary and animated choices too.



ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Temperatures this week topped 115 levels in Texas and Oklahoma. And with greater than 275 million Individuals set to swelter by way of highs above 90 over the subsequent week, loads of us might be dreaming up ingenious methods to chill off, simply as Marilyn Monroe did within the Fifties comedy “The Seven 12 months Itch.”

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH”)

MARILYN MONROE: (As The Woman) Possibly if I took the little fan, put it within the icebox, then left the icebox door open, then left the bed room door open and soak the sheets and pillowcase in ice water – no, that is too icky.

SHAPIRO: Depraved or not, Marilyn bought movie critic Bob Mondello interested by extra film moments which may assist us all relax.

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: I bear in mind a blue-and-white signal that used to tempt me each summer season after I was a child. It dangled from the marquee of our neighborhood movie show, painted penguins and three irresistible, snow-covered phrases – it is cool inside. And it was. They stored the AC cranked so low that my mother made us take sweaters once we went to see midsummer motion pictures…

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “101 DALMATIANS”)

ROD TAYLOR: (As Pongo) Comply with the collie.

MONDELLO: …Motion pictures like “101 Dalmatians,” the place Pongo and his gazillion pups fought their approach throughout an icy river by way of wind and big snowdrifts to get to a pleasant, heat barn the place some pleasant cows welcomed them with recent milk.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “101 DALMATIANS”)

MARJORIE BENNETT: (As Duchess) Simply look, Queenie. Have you ever ever seen so many puppies? They’re fully worn out and half-frozen.

MONDELLO: I do not know whether or not filmmakers intentionally launched motion pictures with scenes of snow in the summertime again then, however they certain ought to have. Air-con wasn’t widespread in houses but, so it was a giant movie show attract these days. And whereas I used to be watching child flicks, my people had been watching the grown-up equal – Omar Sharif’s Physician Zhivago, his beard and eyebrows crusted with icicles mistaking half-frozen refugees on a frozen tundra for his spouse and baby…

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “DOCTOR ZHIVAGO”)

OMAR SHARIF: (As Yuri Zhivago) Tonya, Tonya.

MONDELLO: …Or breaking right into a long-neglected ice palace that might have doubled as a frosted wedding ceremony cake, its inside a white-on-white maze of drifting snow, frozen furnishings and glistening icicles that rivaled the chandeliers.

It is not as if any of this was new or occurred solely in summer season motion pictures. Charlie Chaplin had made audiences really feel a chill in his silent comedy “The Gold Rush” by whipping up a blizzard that left a prospector’s home perched precariously on the sting of a glacier. And that was only a few years after D.W. Griffith had put a poor, coatless Lillian Gish on an ice floe in “Method Down East” and despatched her hurtling downstream in the direction of a waterfall.

However know-how’s made it attainable for newer filmmakers to offer audiences not only a chill however a foul case of frostbite – Jack Nicholson freezing stable on the finish of “The Shining,” as an illustration, or that Uruguayan rugby staff stranded excessive within the Andes after a airplane crash in “Alive.” John Carpenter’s “The Factor” had scientists battling its title critter in Antarctica, and the hardy crime-solvers in “Fargo” plunged by way of slush into North Dakota’s snow drifts…

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “FARGO”)

FRANCES MCDORMAND: (As Marge Gunderson) Ooh, what you bought there?

MONDELLO: …Armed solely with a espresso thermos.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “FARGO”)

BRUCE BOHNE: (As Lou) Thought you may want just a little warm-up.

MCDORMAND: (As Marge Gunderson) Thanks a bunch.

MONDELLO: There have additionally been documentaries about climbing Everest and explorers going to the South Pole, even animated movies – “Joyful Toes” with dancing penguins, “Ice Age” with mastodons and, after all, “Frozen.”

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “FROZEN”)

KATIE LOPEZ: (As Younger Anna, singing) Do you need to construct a snowman?

MONDELLO: And all of this barely qualifies as nippy subsequent to the deep, deep freeze within the local weather change epic “The Day After Tomorrow,” which depicted the sudden arrival of a brand new ice age…

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW”)

TAMLYN TOMITA: (As Janet Tokada) Satellite tv for pc readings are exhibiting a temperature drop of 10 levels per second.

MONDELLO: …With digital results that despatched frost streaking down the spire on the Empire State Constructing and froze New York Harbor stable sufficient that the celebrities might hike over to the Statue of Liberty – not that water has to get that chilly to make audiences shiver. Witness Leonardo DiCaprio on the finish of “Titanic,” all however submerged within the frigid Atlantic, enamel chattering, lips turning blue as he tries to buck up Kate Winslet’s spirits whereas clinging to a makeshift raft he cannot climb onto.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “TITANIC”)

LEONARDO DICAPRIO: (As Jack Dawson) I do not learn about you, however I intend to write down a strongly worded letter to the White Star Line about all this.

KATE WINSLET: (As Rose DeWitt Bukater) I am so chilly. I can not really feel my physique.

MONDELLO: Ah, stop your complaining. “Titanic” chilly is merely brisk, as moviegoers would be taught a couple of years later from the documentary “March Of The Penguins,” wherein tens of hundreds of these stoic, flightless birds huddled collectively and Morgan Freeman’s voice offered virtually the one heat.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, “MARCH OF THE PENGUINS”)

MORGAN FREEMAN: The temperature is now 80 levels under zero. That is with out making an allowance for the wind, which might blow 100 miles an hour.

MONDELLO: See? That is chilly.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, “MARCH OF THE PENGUINS”)

FREEMAN: The males are completely docile, a united and cooperative staff. They brace towards the storm by merging their our bodies right into a single mass. They’ll take turns, every of them attending to spend a while close to the middle of their huddle, the place it is hotter.

MONDELLO: Irrespective of how scorching it’s outdoors, you are going to be hoping for a thaw by the top of “March Of The Penguins,” which is true of loads of these footage, even “Zhivago” or maybe particularly “Zhivago,” because it spends the higher a part of three hours feeling downright Siberian whether or not the great physician is battling wintry winds outdoors or cooped up in a rustic home together with his spouse, fingers cramped as he tries to write down.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “DOCTOR ZHIVAGO”)

GERALDINE CHAPLIN: (As Tonya Gromeko Zhivago) Yuri, why do not you go to Yuriatin?

SHARIF: (As Yuri Zhivago) No, I do not suppose so. Anyway, the roads are blocked.

MONDELLO: And the snow’s drifted excessive sufficient that they can not open doorways. Home windows are a latticework of frost crystals so thick they can not see out. However with overcast skies, what’s to see? – till Zhivago spots a glint in a single spot and realizes the solar’s peeking out from behind the clouds for the primary time in months. Then the solar hits the window full-on, and the crystals glisten. And in a dissolve that might solely occur in a David Lean movie, the frost melts away to disclose in 70 millimeter what seemed to be 40-foot-high daffodils. For a second, at the very least, you may welcome just a little heat.

I am Bob Mondello.

(SOUNDBITE OF MAURICE JARRE’S “YURI WRITES A POEM FOR LARA”)

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See mountain goats in Utah this summer at DWR viewing event

Beaver — You probably have ever wished to see mountain goats within the wild, an important viewing alternative will happen on the finish of July.

Mountain goat overlooking a hill while perched on a rock

Tushar Mountains (Beaver County)

The Utah Division of Wildlife Sources can be internet hosting a free mountain goat viewing occasion on Saturday, July 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. close to Large John Flat on the Tushar Mountains in Beaver County. This occasion will assist you to discover the 11,500 elevation, alpine-tundra ecosystem the goats reside in. Discovered solely above the timberline, it is an ecosystem seldom seen in southern Utah. Further distinctive animals reside on this alpine-tundra terrain, together with yellow-bellied marmots and pika.

Though mountain goats are sometimes seen from the highway, a hike is usually required to truly see the mountain goats in individual. Along with seeing mountain goats, biologists can be obtainable to reply questions and supply details about the animals on the viewing occasion.

Recognizing scopes with telephone adapters can be arrange with a viewing display to supply a more in-depth view of the goats; nonetheless, members ought to convey their very own binoculars if they’ve them. Attendees must also come ready with heat clothes and water as a result of the realm is sort of distant and providers usually are not obtainable.

“Contributors can often see as much as 50 and even 100 mountain goats and different wildlife from Large John Highway, which runs via the guts of the place the goats spend their summer season months,” DWR Southern Area Outreach Supervisor Adam Kavalunas stated. “The Tushar Mountains present a number of the most breathtaking views in mountain goat habitat in Utah. Mountain goat populations on the rugged Tushars are doing effectively.”

Mountain goats had been reintroduced to the Tushar Mountains in 1967 when DWR biologists launched six animals relocated from Olympic Nationwide Park in Washington. The Tushar Mountains herd of mountain goats has thrived and offered a supply inhabitants for extra transplants throughout Utah.

Whereas the occasion is free, members ought to register upfront for a time slot to hurry up check-in and scale back crowding on the viewing space. You’ll be able to register for the occasion and discover extra info on Eventbrite.

If it seems the climate can be too extreme, the occasion can be canceled. Name the Cedar Metropolis DWR workplace at 435-865-6100 the day earlier than the occasion to get updates.

Instructions to the occasion

These fascinated with caravanning to the viewing website ought to meet on the Sinclair comfort retailer and gasoline station at 215 N. Essential St. in Beaver at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Driving situations can differ considerably, relying on climate situations. A four-wheel drive, high-clearance automobile is really helpful, however not all the time required to succeed in the viewing occasion space.

To achieve the viewing website by yourself from Beaver, drive east on 200 North (Hwy 153) for about 16 miles. Then flip barely left onto Large John Flat Highway. Stay on this highway till the summit of the Tushar Mountains (roughly 8 miles).

Inside the Assad Regime’s Surreal “Summer in Syria” Campaign | Inside Assad’s Syria | FRONTLINE | PBS


By any measure, the previous a number of months in Syria have been particularly devastating.

The world has watched as 1000’s of Syrians fled the combating between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and insurgent forces. In the meantime, regardless of U.S. airstrikes, ISIS seized much more territory throughout the nation, even razing the traditional metropolis of Palmyra.

However as FRONTLINE’s Martin Smith discovered when he journeyed inside government-controlled areas of Syria late this previous summer season, the regime and its allies have been working onerous to placed on an excellent face.

One in all their public relations efforts? A marketing campaign referred to as “Summer time in Syria” selling regime-sponsored artwork festivals, movie festivals, and style reveals — and urging Syrians to share their experiences of summer season on Twitter utilizing the hashtag #SummerInSyria.

The marketing campaign didn’t go precisely as deliberate, as an excerpt from Inside Assad’s Syria — tomorrow evening’s new FRONTLINE documentary — reveals.

“Simply having some tea and having fun with the view from my balcony,” one individual tweeted, together with a photograph of a shelled-out constructing within the metropolis of Homs.

“Only a few extra barrel bombs, and this may all be white sand,” tweeted one other, sharing a photograph of a kid standing in particles.

The #SummerInSyria marketing campaign wasn’t the one surreal juxtaposition Smith noticed in his three weeks on the bottom in regime-held territory.

The truth is, the architect of the Summer time In Syria marketing campaign itself — the federal government’s minister of tourism, Bishr Yazigi — invited Smith alongside to see one other venture: a newly-constructed resort situated simply 5 miles from the bombed-out stays of Homs, and 10 miles from insurgent traces.

“The animals look as surprised as I’m,” Smith says within the above clip, referring to the stone sculptures by the resort’s newly opened pool.

Within the meantime, bizarre Syrians — some 7 million of whom have been internally displaced by the conflict — stay caught within the crosshairs of the disaster, hoping for safety and making an attempt to keep away from the specter of dying from all sides.

“I don’t have any future now in Syria,” one highschool scholar tells Smith. “No place in Syria is secure.”

Inside Assad’s Syria — a uncooked, up-close take a look at each the realities of on a regular basis life for bizarre Syrians caught within the disaster, and the Assad regime’s efforts to carry onto energy — premieres Tues., Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. EST on PBS stations (examine native listings) and on-line at pbs.org/frontline.


Patrice Taddonio

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