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Klein
guim.co.uk

Klein Disowns ‘Shock’ Film

A recent squabble between “The Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein and the director who is adapting her book into a documentary film has led Klein to ask that her name be taken off the credits. Conflict reportedly arose over the form of the documentary, and the director’s use of narration rather than interviews as the key story-telling device.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Eric Lax on Elia Kazan

Whatever one thinks of his politics, Elia Kazan was inarguably one of the 20th century’s greatest Broadway and Hollywood directors. A new book reveals the master at work.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


Nollywood
localworlds.org

Nollywood Rising

The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood (a play on Hollywood in the manner of Bollywood), has grown from an accidental discovery into a mega-industry of over 2,000 titles and $200M annually.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Hitler
current.com

Hitler’s Delusions of Artistic Grandeur

It’s well known that Adolf Hitler dabbled in watercolor and that the Führer and his Nazi underlings amassed vast stashes of ill-begotten works of art, but according to art historian Birgit Schwarz, Hitler’s artistic streak ran deeper into the dark zones of his psyche than most people realize.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Inglourious Basterds
dailymail.co.uk

Irresponsible ‘Basterds’?: Mulling Over Tarantino’s WWII Do-Over

Quentin Tarantino certainly took full cinematic license and ran with it in his Nazi-bashing big-screen extravaganza “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains, some people are getting pretty fired up about the film’s convention-busting climax, worrying that it could lead impressionable future generations astray about what really happened at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE



A Bomb in Every Issue

Peter Richardson’s fascinating new book explores the short, unruly life of Ramparts Magazine and its extraordinary effect on American politics and media.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Cristina Nehring on the New Erotic Fundamentalism

Are Americans sacrificing the possibility of a more tolerant humanity for a suffocating guarantee of fidelity, a frigid prospect that seemingly unites the commissars of the politically correct left as much as it does the thought police of the puritanical right?

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


Yellow Submarine
amiright.com

Remake Mania, Beatlemania Meet on ‘Yellow Submarine’

Is it possible to pluck the Beatles’ psychedelic classic “Yellow Submarine” out of its original 1968 context, remake it and plunk it down somewhere around the year 2012 ... just in time for the London Olympics?

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Life and Fate
nypost.com

‘Life and Fate’ at the Lincoln Center Festival

“Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman is one of the greatest works of 20th century literature. A new theatrical adaptation is innovative, but ultimately loses the epic’s profound meditations on good and evil.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


television sunset
femexvoleibol.com

The End of Network TV as We Know It

The American television industry is in crisis, according to Advertising Age critic Bob Garfield, who figures prominently in The Wrap’s two-part look into the future of the industry. In fact, says Garfield, we’re seeing early signs of “the total collapse of the network television model.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


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