|Genres||Biography Documentary Short|
|Cast||Robert Altman Norman Corwin Walter Cronkite Norman Lear Studs Terkel|
|Plot||On May 8th, 1945, writer, director Norman Corwin broadcast ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH, an unforgettable homage to the end of war in Europe. This film shines a light on a lost work of genius, and examines it's haunting resonance to today's current events.... see A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin on IMDb|
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|On the evening of VE Day, May 8, 1945, Norman Corwin, known as the ''poet laureate of radio drama,'' presented a radio program that galvanized and electrified the nation. The broadcast, ''On a Note of Triumph,'' was a moment that would mark the end of a long national struggle, and, in another sense, set a new standard for the art of radio drama. Featuring interviews with Robert Altman, Norman Lear, Studs Terkel and Walter Cronkite, A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN examines the greatest radio presentation in the history of the medium and shows how it remains eerily prescient in light of current events. In fall 1944, when the war with Germany was drawing to a close, Norman Corwin began working on a Victory Day show. When VE Day finally did arrive, on May 8, 1945, Corwin was ready with ''On a Note of Triumph,'' in which he proclaimed,''So they've given up!/ They're finally done in and the rat is dead in an alley back of Wilhemstrasse/ Take a bow G.I./ Take a bow Little Guy/ The superman of tomorrow lies at the feet/ Of you common men of this afternoon.'' The one-hour live studio broadcast, with a full orchestra playing Bernard Herrmann`s original score, had an enormous impact, inspiring thousands of calls, letters and telegrams. The show was released as a set of 78-rpm records, which promptly sold out, and a hardcover copy of the script became an instant best seller as well, prompting additional printings. Still powerful six decades later, ''On a Note of Triumph'' is arguably the greatest single radio broadcast of the 20th century.|
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