The Pianist (2002) - directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox and Frank Finlay.
In order to connect with the feeling of loss required to play the role of The Pianist's Wladyslaw Szpilman, Adrien Brody got rid of his apartment, sold his car, didn’t watch television, learned to play Chopin on the piano and lost 29 pounds (xx).
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Kim Possible been facetiming since 2002..
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.