Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Gaslight Square

Margie Newman did a slick documentary on Gaslight Square. It was an interesting cross for it did a hard history piece and then another half which was about residential development on this former hotspot. I really liked the first half for it was more cultural history. It had a lot of interviews of witnesses of the history that were relevant and well edited. It is still a bit odd for it is so close. Margie's doc far better than the one I saw at the History Museum. That one had some killer interviews such as the Smothers Brothers and more, but the editing and style were, uh, I should keep my opinions to myself with that one.

I think I was taken aback on the second half for Margie was playing rock music for the construction scene. I am not used to hearing rock music on channel 9, and it was funny rock music. That was a very different piece, but it made perfect sense and was an interesting evolution that happened.

It was pleasant to see Margie on channel 9. It always rubbed me that I have watched Donnybrook since I was a kid, and with rare exception it has had pretty right leaning very reactionary crew, rarely had anyone under the age of 70 and never really had any urban progressive. I guess they figure Ray filled more than enough for one person, but that is a joke. So it was a pleasant change to see her on the air. It is a great sign for a new direction for 9. I guess I have been spoiled by the hyper progressive nature of KDHX, and have high expectations.

On Sunday I am going to read out of Thomas Crone's book on Gaslight Square at Mangia Italiano. It starts at about 4 and I will be reading Vance Thompson's bit.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on achieving the coveted "Blog of the Week."

P Bu

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Margie Newman Gaslight documentary was nothing more than a shallow, virtually pointless, and obviously a transparent plug for the developers of that new community, freeloading in what was Gaslight Square, and its promoters in city hall and The RCGA, WAS the Rebuilding St. Louis video.
The history museum's Gaslight documentary tracked down the prime people and let them tell the story, had more interesting photos, did it first, and did it better.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since your opinion of the first Gaslight video was that of a bad editing job, let's examine some hard facts to its rating at the St. Louis International Film festival:

http://www.filmthreat.com/News.asp?Id=1583

9:18 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

The interviews were excellent on that one at the History Museum. Far ranging. The style looked like- man- seriously, the editing style was not...it freaked me out for it did not seem in line with the theme. Margie's choice of music also freaked me out.

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smith has been playing too many video games!

8:07 AM  

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