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Wes Anderson's characteristically whimsical "The Grand Budapest Hotel," set in a fictitious central European nation succumbing to 1930s fascism, reflects contemporary audiences' "half-embarrassed, half-guilty wish to know something of the great convulsions of the past," film critic Stuart Klawans writes in The Nation.

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A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

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At a rock concert in Zagreb, Croatia, this weekend, a young generation of concert-goers displayed a disturbing nostalgia for fascism. Thousands of fans responded to rock star Marko Perkovic by giving the Nazi salute and shouting slogans from WWII.

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