Ang Lee's new movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" has Hollywood buzzing about an Oscar for best picture, even though the film uses subtitles. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Ang Lee on the magic of movies, and why a Chinese director was the perfect person to film Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." It's a fresh look at the big screen, on To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Director Ang Lee is already attracting Oscar buzz for his martial arts extravaganza "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." He talks with Steve Paulson about the advantages of filming in China, and contrasts it with his experience making Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson. Lee's other films include "The Ice Storm," and "Eat Drink Man Woman."SEGMENT 2:
Michael Cohen manages the graphics group at Microsoft. He tells Jim Fleming that they're working hard to achieve the Holy Grail of special effects — a totally digital actor; a computer simulation that looks, moves and laughs exactly like a human being. Also, special correspondent Doug Gordon has a report on rude behavior among movie patrons.SEGMENT 3:
Rachel Abramowitz, author of "Is That A Gun in Your Pocket? Women's Experience of Power in Hollywood" tells Judith Strasser that women still use their sexuality to succeed in Hollywood, even while some women have attained positions of power running studios. Also, Steve Burrows wrote, directed and stars in an independent film, "Chump Change." The film is autobiographical and shows what happened when a nice guy from Milwaukee tried to make it in Hollywood. Burrows tells Steve Paulson that the movie business is insane and rewards bad behavior. He tells the story of his first, incredible pitch meeting and we hear clips from the film.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 00-12-24-B.
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