Music & Film

Images and phrases from The Wizard of Oz are so pervasive that it's hard to conceive of it as the product of one man's imagination.

Frank Baum, the Man Behind the Curtain

The author of The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, traveled many paths before he found his Yellow Brick Road


Days 7 to 12: A Cannes Farewell

As Michael Parfit bids goodbye to the Cannes Film Festival, there is good news for Luna from the Canary Islands


Days 5 and 6: Dark Days at Cannes

The buzz surrounding a new film leaves Cannes-goers anxious, but Michael Parfit finds reasons for hope


Day 4: At Cannes, What's Your Tagline?

Beyond the red carpet and glamorous stars, films are boiled down to a mere few words, some more memorable than others

Elegant boat parties are all a part of the Cannes experience.

Day 3: Screenings and the Passions of Filmmakers

Documentaries on dolphin slaughter and reconciliation in Rwanda are contrasted by the glamorous party scene at Cannes

Filmmakers show their work in theaters at Cannes in hopes of picking up international distributors.

Day 2: Building an Audience at Cannes

Like filmmaking itself, selling a movie at Cannes is an intense labor of love

Preparations are underway for the opening of the Cannes Film Festival on May 13

Day 1: The Stage Is Set at Cannes

Filmmakers Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm watch preparations in Cannes and prepare to take on the festival known as the Marché du Film

Herman Leonard photographed jazz icons such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie.

Herman Leonard’s Eye for Jazz

In the 1940s and 50s, photographer Herman Leonard captured icons of the jazz world, including Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington

High school senior Ferris Bueller skips class with his girlfriend and his best friend to take a life-affirming joy ride through Chicago.

Five Movies That Memorably Feature Museums

The ‘Night at the Museum’ films aren’t the only films that take place largely in the confines of a museum

Shawn Levy, director of both Night at the Museum films, hopes his latest film will inspire people to visit America's museums.

Q and A with Director Shawn Levy

The director of both Night at the Museum movies talks about the ups and downs of filming at the Smithsonian

Musician Pete Seeger turns 90 on May 3.

Jukebox: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger is still singing the ballads that popularized folk music and transformed the genre into a call for action

The ivory pleated dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 comedy “The Seven Year itch” is the most popular attraction at the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum.

Hollywood on Exhibit

Movie memories come to life inside the filmmaking collections of these seven museums

Chuck Mangione was nominated for a Grammy for his hit song "Feels So Good."

For Smithsonian, Mangione Memorabilia 'Feels So Good'

The jazz flugelhornist and composer kicks off Jazz History Month with a donation to the National Museum of American History

The Paschall Brothers' album, "On the Right Road Now."

Odes To Joy

In his heyday, Dr. John would appear on stage in a puff of smoke, decorated in Mardi Gras plumes, bones and amulets, reciting voodoo chants while spreading glitter into the audience.

Dr. John's Prognosis

The blues and rock musician shares stories of his wild past and his concerns for the future.

Irish Pirate Ballads and other Songs of the Sea from Smithsonian Folkways.

Sing Like A Pirate

Dustin Hoffman, in the famous scene from The Graduate, during his first liaison with Mrs. Robinson. The movie was rejected by every major Hollywood studio.

Five Films that Redefined Hollywood

Author Mark Harris discusses his book about the five movies nominated for Best Picture at the 1967 Academy Awards

Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways.

Jukebox: A Child Shall Lead Them

President Roosevelt shaking hands with Vice President Truman during his fourth inauguration.

Jukebox: Hail to the Chief

Franklin Roosevelt's fourth inaugural, which was less than 600 words long, focused on the perils of isolationism

"First lady of the children's folk song," Ella Jenkins.

Holiday Spirit

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