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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-4-08)
SOURCE: Alex Vernon in the Chronicle of Higher Ed (10-3-08)
But not so fast. As Tarzan grows and learns to read, he begins to question what it means to be human. Prufrock's "Do I dare to eat a peach?" has as its cousin, or distant ancestor, Tarzan's puzzle after killing his first African, Do I dare to eat a man? Edgar Rice Burroughs's original story, published 96 years ago this October, ends on a Wisconsin dairy farm (who knew?) as Tarzan allows his cousin to marry Jane and to keep the Greystoke name. This act preserves her honor and well-being, and in its restraint and self-sacrifice...
SOURCE: CNN (10-2-08)
SOURCE: BBC (10-1-08)
The four paintings in the city's Cathedral Quarter depict the history of the Society of United Irishmen - a movement co-founded by Wolfe Tone that sought to create an independent Ireland free from English rule in the 1790s.
They have been erected in the newly-restored Warehouse Lane in the Four Corners area where Belfast members of the society met in secret over 200 years ago, calling themselves the Muddlers Club.
SOURCE: AP (10-2-08)
Repainted, refurbished and loaded with new exhibits, the vessel was to arrive Thursday afternoon at the same Hudson River pier where it previously spent 24 years as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The two-hour, five-mile return voyage from Staten Island was to be the reverse of the one it took 22 months ago, again with a passing salute to the Statue of Liberty and a pause near ground zero.
And again, FDNY fireboats will deliver red, white and blue water sprays, the traditional harbor welcome for arriving ships. The vessel was even to be hauled to its pier by the same four tugboats that brought the old aircraft carrier to its shipyard overhaul.
Its home, Pier 86, was totally rebuilt during Intrepid's absence as part of the project that cost some $120 million, according to Intrepid president Bill White. This...
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-2-08)
If all this sounds like the premise of a Hollywood blockbuster, then it is – sort of. The movie is W., a Bush biopic that – and here’s the twist – is directed by Stone. It will be released in America a mere 19 days before the 2008 presidential election and is the Times Gala film at this year’s Times BFI London Film Festival.
Of course, with Stone being a peacenik Buddhist liberal and Bush being a militaristic evangelical Christian Republican, the result isn’t expected to be in any way flattering to the departing leader of the free world. Then again, the pair have an awful lot more in common than you might think. Both, for example, are...
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-1-08)
Miracle at St Anna retells the story of the massacre of 560 civilians – including women and children – in August 1944 by SS troops as they retreated northwards in the face of the Allied advance.
The film, which highlights the role of African-American soldiers in the war, suggests that antiFascist partisans indirectly caused the atrocity by taking refuge in the village and then abandoning the residents to their fate.
It even shows a partisan named Rodolfo collaborating with the Nazis. This runs directly counter to the accepted Italian version of events, which is that the slaughter was not a...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (9-30-08)
The last is the intriguing premise of Hollywood on the Hudson, a month-long season of movies playing at the Museum of Modern Art. It's partly curated by Richard Koszarski, from whose scholarly study it takes its name and argument: that in the 1920s and 1930s, the relatively independent-minded film-makers operating on the east coast set the template for the development of the film industry by focusing on technical innovation and niche audiences, rather than the one-size-fits-all grandiosity that the California studios developed and had...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-1-08)
The spoof comedy, which has been reigning supreme at the top of the Russian box-office for the past fortnight, describes the rollicking adventures of a Soviet undercover agent in the top echelons of the Third Reich. Herr Hitler gets high on cocaine and plans his military proceedures using potatoes for troops, while Braun pleads for a holiday in Dubai as she slaves over the spuds.
The Russian hero is no James Bond either. He sings Soviet patriotic songs in Nazi bars, builds models of the Kremlin at Gestapo headquarters, and flashes a passport stamped "Official Soviet Spy ID" at checkpoints. But even if he's a raving nut, the mole never forgets his love for Mother Russia. When he has sex in a cornfield, he leaves behind him a trail of crushed stalks in the shape...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-1-08)
"The story of the last days of Walt Disney, American icon and creator of perhaps the most pervasive fantasy world on our planet, is surprisingly gripping and at times disturbing," Glass said. Whether he was himself a fan of Mickey Mouse, Glass did not divulge.
SOURCE: AFP (9-26-08)
"Looting and Restitution: Jewish-owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present", at the Jewish Museum Berlin until January 25, focuses on 15 different pieces plundered from Jewish families during World War II.
Using photos and documents of the time, the show not only sets up the historical context but looks at who profited from or played a role in the looting, including at times disreputable dealings by museums, libraries and art dealers. It also examines efforts after 1945 to restore the works to their rightful owners.