#DFNYFocus On: Aurora Bugallo – Classic Film Blogger / Mass & Social Media Adjunct Instructor

(Handing over the reins to Aurora for her self-introduction – take it away!)

My name is Aurora Bugallo, but I am known by most as @CitizenScreen on Twitter. I became a classic movie fan as soon as I arrived in this country from Cuba at age five. Relatives gave us a second-hand TV set and I gravitated to old movies although to me there were of the moment. I credit those old movies with teaching me the English language, as a matter of fact. To this day I find comfort in classic movies and they are my favorite pastime.

I’ve collected movies since I was a child and watched them with a pad in hand so I could jot down quotes I liked since about the age of eight. It’s no wonder then that I’d eventually start blogging about them at Once Upon a Screen. It was after I joined Twitter and discovered an entire community of like-minded fans that I decided to give blogging a go. Now it’s an important outlet for my obsession, which has led to new friendships that serve to feed my desire to watch more movies. It’s a vicious cycle I adore.

By day I work as an administrator in higher education and teach mass and social media as an adjunct instructor. But my love of movies spills over to most of what I do in one way or another on a daily basis.

DFNY Focus Five Questions:

Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?

AB: I don’t know if this will come as a surprise to anyone, but I simply adore Michael Gordon’s The Impossible Years (1968). It seems the silly romp that the New York Times reviewer called “a peculiarly joyless, fumbling, dirty comedy” was constantly on TV when I was growing up and I can’t get enough of it. The cast is fairly impressive with David Niven and Lola Albright playing conservative parents to freewheeling teenager, Cristina Ferrare, but the story does lack substance. Regardless, this is a guilty pleasure that brings me joy.

Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of  film?

AB: Marlon Brando and Judy Garland in a hard-boiled crime drama.

Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

AB: There are many, but I’ll go with the Donen/Kelly musical On the Town (1949), which played an important role in welcoming me to this country when I was five. I’ve loved it ever since. For quite some time I thought New York City streets were littered with dancing sailors and I loved that about my new country.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

AB: I gave this a lot of thought and have to go with the piano Judy Garland leans on during “The Man that Got Away” number in A Star is Born (1954). Perhaps the greatest exhibition of unadulterated talent to ever appear in a movie happens near that piano.

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?

A: Not really, although my movie watching relies heavily on my mood. There are times when I avoid extremely upsetting subjects.

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#DFNYFocus on: Lynda Obst – Producer, Bestselling Author

(Interstellar, Sleepless In Seattle, Good Girls Revolt) 

DFNY Focus Five Questions:

Q:   Which film do you love that might surprise people?

LO: I am not sure what would surprise people about me but two films I love that you might not guess are Tony Scott’s
“True Romance,” and “Friday Night Lights.” Now if you know that I love football and Texas, the latter masterpiece of culture, character and filmaking is not so unexpected
—  I am not a Tarantino junkie by a long stretch, but Tony Scott’s brilliant take of this less cartoonish version of early Tarantino low life dialogue and the underbelly of LA decadence took me by the gut and slung me around the room. I loved the visceral camera work, the performances, the whole pastiche. I bought it. I can’t forget it.

Q:   If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?

LO: Jennifer Lawrence and Marlon Brando// drama

Q:  Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?

LO: All About Eve and 2001: A Space Odyssey – can’t choose. two best films of their genres. My two favorite genres. Both dazzled in their direction/
AAE is the best direction of actors, dialogue, blocking, blocking for dialogue — Eve: will be my template for directing. Tone perfection throughout the film, invisible but perfect camera work.
2001, the opposite. dazzling use of camera, executed ambition of a mysterious concept beyond our ken, keeping us intrigued without mystified. Presentation of big ideas, big production design, big camera work. consciously dazzling to give sense of the scale of the cosmos.
The two kinds of movies I aspire to make.

Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?

LO: Monolith from 2001 for backyard sculpture?

Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?

LO: On the face of it no. But there are attitudes or treatments of subject matter I would refuse to participate in. gratuitous violence, esp to women. or pornographic violence, ie violence that pretends to be there for story but is really there for the enjoyment of the audience.

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