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Paris. c. 1995. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Paris. c. 1995. By Paul Goldfinger © Homage to Eugene Atget photographer who documented old Paris.  Click once to enlarge.



Dana Boulé.  “Parlez Moi D’amour”   (tr. “Speak to Me of Love”) From Woody Allen’s film   Midnight in Paris.


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Robert Capa, Life Magazine photographer went into Omaha Beach with the American troops. Robert Capa, Life Magazine photographer landed  at  Omaha Beach with the American troops. They went in at Easy Red/Fox Green sector. June 6, 1944 .He took this photo and won a Pulitzer Prize. *   (see below)


By Paul Goldfinger, MD    Editor @Blogfinger

Robert Capa landed with the troops and shot quickly with his Leica 35 mm camera.  He handed over his film to an aide who got the film out  to a boat and then on to England for processing.  Unfortunately, an overzealous lab tech ruined most of the exposures except for a few. The image above is one of them, and the Capa D-Day collection is among the best examples of American photojournalism.

There were 12 surgical teams that went in on D-Day, but only 8 made it to shore.  Medics quickly organized the wounded. Medical stations and field hospitals were quickly established on shore.  Of the wounded who made it to a medical station, less than 1% died.

During the month prior to D-Day,  American factories manufactured 100 million doses of the wonder drug Penicillin. There were 4,644 U.S. Army nurses who were stationed on the European front in 1944. They landed on the beaches on June 10 and walked 5 miles or more to field hospitals.


Normandy, a few days after D-Day, aircraft bring in containers of blood for transfusion. * Normandy, a few days after D-Day.  Aircraft bring in containers of blood for transfusion. *


June 6, 2022.  Still photographs by Paul Goldfinger obtained from the movie Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg.

Troops dropped off in the bloody water move in to Omaha Beach, Dog Sector.  Paul Goldfinger still.  High mortality in the first wave.


Tom Hanks as Capt. John Miller regains his composure after barely making it ashore. There is mayhem and death all around.    Paul Goldfinger still.


Medics try to save lives on the beach, but deadly fire inhibits  effectiveness. Paul Goldfinger still.


Nazi pill boxes take a high toll on the beach. Eventually Capt. Miller and his men break through to open the log jam. Paul Goldfinger still.



* Reference:  Time Magazine D-Day 70th Anniversary Tribute  (re-issue of the 2004 Time Classic)


MARTHA WAINWRIGHT.  From the soundtrack of the film  The Aviator

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Paris playground. Eileen Goldfinger photo © 1991

Paris playground. Eileen Goldfinger photo © 1991



PAUL DESMOND  “Where is Love?”  from the movie Oliver.


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Shadberry tree.  Blogfinger photo. April 22, 2022.  (currently flowering in Firemen’s Park)  Paul Goldfinger photo.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

This  tree, the shadberry,  is also called Serviceberry and Amelanchier arborea. Other names include Shadbush.

The tree blooms in mid-April with its 5 petaled white flowers.  The bloom coincides with the up river run of the American shad fish which heads up the Delaware to spawn. The neighbors feed it and watch for it to bloom each spring, although the bloom only lasts for a few days. Later there will be red berries.  So far, no shad fish have appeared in Ocean Grove.

Fishing during the shad run used to be a big commercial endeavor in Pennsylvania, but the shad was almost wiped out due to over-fishing and pollution. It is making a comeback, and there is a shad festival along the Delaware in late April.




Over 10 years ago, 4  families got together and bought 8 trees for the park.   All 8 have subsequently grown to maturity.  In addition to the serviceberry, we bought a shade tree locust, two red maples, a ginko  (below),  and 2 flowering chestnut trees.

The ginko has an amazing leaf.  They are rare around here, but it and the serviceberry can be found all over New York City.

If any of you live  near an an OG park want to do this, contact the CMA, and then the DPW will plant it.


JULIE ANDREWS  from Camelot

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Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click left


Johnny Mercer, a son of Savannah,  wrote the lyrics for this song, while Hoagy Carmichael wrote the music.

“Skylark” is from the soundtrack of the Garden of Good and Evil  directed by Clint Eastwood and set in Savannah.

K.D. Lang is the vocalist.  —Paul Goldfinger


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Josh Pomponio (L) Wm. Paterson U.; Katherine Picariello NYU; Marlee Roberts NYU; Scott Schuyler NYU; Stephanie Wong Rutgers; George Itzhak NYU (missing: Lindsay Rassmann Montclair State; Charlie Redd NYU)
Josh Pomponio (L) Wm. Paterson U.; Katherine Picariello, NYU; Marlee Roberts, NYU; Scott Schuler, NYU; Stephanie Wong, Rutgers; George Itzhak, NYU (missing from the photo: Lindsay Rassmann, Montclair State; Charlie Redd, NYU, Nicole Rosen, Drexel U.)   click left for full view.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©


“This is wonderful,” said BFFF producer Marlee Roberts.   She was speaking for the nine university film makers who showed their creations in the Youth Temple at Ocean Grove today.

A scene from Katherine Picariello's film A scene from Katherine Picariello’s film “Tracing.” Photo by Eileen Goldfinger


Seven of the directors from 5 different schools were thrilled to see their work projected on a big screen with professional quality audio and video provided by the Camp Meeting Association staff.  They also were delighted to be in Ocean Grove at such a beautiful venue and they were grateful to have an audience with whom they could share their work.

Paul introduces the program. The NYU hat is to honor film makers from that school who made movies in the Grove: Woody Allen and Marlee Roberts

Paul introduces the program. The NYU hat is to honor film makers from that school who made movies in the Grove: Woody Allen, David Chase, and Marlee Roberts. Eileen Goldfinger photo

The Festival began with a music and slide show featuring images of Ocean Grove by Paul Goldfinger.

Paul and Marlee introduced the program, and then the films were screened in succession.  The material was quite varied including two documentaries, a fantasy featuring a ballet sequence,  a French style film noir,  a couple of dramatic sequences,  a study of the effects of bulimia, and  a comedy about getting into the heaven of your choice.

Afterward a Q & A revealed some insights into the inspirations influencing these young film makers as well some practical revelations about how a film school degree can lead to a job in the movie industry after graduation. One insight that they shared had to do with how many people are required to produce a short film and how these students collaborate with each other and tap into each other’s talents to complete their projects.

We would like to thank the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, OGCMA staff members Chris Flynn and Shelley Belusar, assistant producer Eileen Goldfinger, our tireless creative producer Marlee Roberts, Mayor Eric Houghtaling, and Mr. Richard Lepore of the OG Chamber of  Commerce.

We also want to acknowledge our sponsors, the OG Chamber of Commerce, KFR Communications   (Andrew Gioulis), Barbaric Bean, Smugglers’ Cove, OG Flower and Gift Shop, Drs. Whilden and Brevit (painless dentists) and Cruisin’ Limo Service of Ocean Grove  (Florence and Mark Meier.)

Also thanks to the CMA volunteers who helped at the event.  Thanks finally to our audience who attended and helped  in our effort to raise some money for the OG boardwalk reconstruction.

Lastly  (but not leastly)  we want to acclaim and thank our talented filmmakers who took part in today’s festival.  We will miss you. Come back soon and bring some more great films with you.

—–Paul Goldfinger , editor @Blogfinger


From “The Aviator”  Loudon Wainwright III:  “After You’ve Gone.”


April 2022.    I’m sorry that I don’t have any followup regarding what happened to these fledgling film makers. Perhaps some Grovers will get together to resurrect this idea in the future; it was a wonderful small town event—the sort of idea that is perfect for the Grove as it moves to a better cultural/secular future to balance the religious life here.

And, you should know that the main reason we did not pursue a “Third Annual”  was the insistence on the part of the CMA that they approve every film in advance.   We reluctantly went along, and Marlee Roberts and her colleagues were beautiful in making that work, but I would never again subject young creative people to censorship.


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Nadine and Moe. What do ya know? 2015.

Nadine and Moe and Abe.. What do ya know? 2015.  DC or is it AC.?  Electricity abounds. Selfie by Moe.


STUART MATTHEWMAN   “Amapola” from the movie Twin Falls, Idaho.  ©


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Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné © The vintage car show was in town

Parking in the Grove. By Bob Bowné © The vintage car show was in town. 2014.  Some say it’s a Pontiac.   Re-post.


PATSY CLINE.    From the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”


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Chester Township, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger

Chester Township, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger.  Re-post 2013.



Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


“Snowstorm”   Soundtrack of  Snow Falling on Cedars.   By  James Newton Howard.

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Taken on a slow boat to China. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Taken on a slow boat to China. By Paul Goldfinger © From the Eileen series.

NORA JONES:  This song, “The Nearness of You” was written by Hoagie Carmichael in 1938 for the movie “Romance in the Dark.”   It was sung in the film by an actress, but the hit version on the charts was by the Glenn Miller Orchestra with the vocal by Ray Eberle.

Norah Jones recorded it in 2002 for her album “Come Away With Me.”

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