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The Hack: Reflections on a Nazi-Era Filmmaker

“Jud Süss” may be the most odious movie ever made. And now we have a talking-heads documentary about it, “Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss,” the work of Felix Moeller, in which the children and grandchildren of the film’s director, Veit Harlan, are invited to comment on the patriarch’s noxious work.

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Deconstructing Marley

Bob Marley built his legendary legacy on messages of unity and social justice, but, although some more ardent devotees might disagree, a new biography argues that he had his flaws and complications. Human, in other words.

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Invitation to ‘La Danse’

Frederick Wiseman’s new documentary, “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet,” is a celebration of the ephemeral nature of performance and the fleeting glory of the human body.

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Zachary Karabell on ‘Capitalism and the Jews’

Jerry Z. Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, provides in his provocative new book a fresh look at a subject that, to say the least, has been both thoroughly misunderstood and a forbidden, even taboo, topic.

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Body Politics, American Apparel Style

We’ve always been a little skeeved out by the American Apparel phenomenon, what with the eco-conscious, “sweatshop free,” hipster-friendly company’s glaring omission of any sense of enlightened politics when it comes to ... (continued)

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Hollywood Noir: Death at the Frolic Room

Life imitated noir recently at one of Hollywood’s iconic old haunts, the Frolic Room, when doorman Jerry Andersen was found struck down in the bar’s vestibule on the night of April 5 after attempting ... (continued)

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Doctors Without Borders, With a Film Crew

Mark Hopkins, the director of the new documentary “Living in Emergency,” about the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières—Doctors Without Borders—compares the group to the Special Forces. Not many people get accepted to the program, and of those who are, few go on to do a second mission.

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Radiohead Frontman Predicts Imminent Demise of Record Industry

If his music is any indication, Thom Yorke’s not exactly possessed of the most optimistic mind-set, but the Radiohead singer may be onto something when he says that the record industry as we know it is about to implode.

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Multitasking Our Way to Distraction

What do we stand to gain from all our gadgetry in this, our wired (not to mention wireless) era? Improved manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination? The ability to soundly defeat pixelated alien hordes via video games?

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Carol Tavris on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Crusade

In her recent book, Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the excesses, delusions and unsupported promises of the positive-thinking movement, tracking both its naive and its corrupt manifestations in the worlds of health, business, religion and psychology.

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