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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-2-09)
This weekend, this image – together with the flag in the photograph – feature among the most moving exhibits in a unique exhibition that opens in Edinburgh to commemorates the heroism, stoicism and death of Scott and his comrades, a century after their great Antarctic adventure began.
Centred around the work of Herbert Ponting, the expedition photographer, The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography, offers a stunning visual account of Scott’s journey, which ended in the tent where the men froze to death just 11 miles from their food depot near Cape Evans. All the images have been...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-3-09)
Another in which Nehru declares his love for Lady Mountbatten is also understood to have been deleted.
The script was vetted by a committee of senior government officials who were concerned it portrayed Nehru in a poor light.
The film, which is due for release in 2011, is based on Alex Von Tunzelmann's book Indian Summer, The Secret History of the End of Empire, which tells the story of Nehru and Lady Mountbatten's "intense and clandestine love affair" during the Mountbattens' return to India for the handover and partition in 1947.
Ms Von Tunzelmann yesterday said she was surprised by the claim because her book had not depicted any "love scenes". She was expecting to see a copy of...
SOURCE: BBC (10-2-09)
The Founding of a Republic, or Jianguo Daye in Chinese, a new film from the state-owned China Film Group, is a propaganda epic that includes almost all the biggest names in Chinese film.
There are so many stars, about 172, that most have only cameo roles.
Jackie Chan is understated, in 'tache and glasses, as an un-named journalist.
Blink and you'll miss Jet Li, a navy officer who snaps Mao and Chiang Kai-shek a quick salute.
Zhang Ziyi, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is surprisingly dowdy as a women's committee member who advises Mao on the choice of flag for the new republic (ditch the yellow stripe, she tells the Chairman).
The film, which cost a modest £6m ($9.57m) to make - the celebs gave their services for free - has been released as part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of...
SOURCE: NYT (10-1-09)
Those are the conceits of “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” by Michael Chabon, and “The Plot Against America,” by Mr. Roth, novels that are much more than thought experiments tracking an alternative story of the Jews in North America. But such experimentation is nonetheless rampant at a time when the bonds of history seem to have loosened and when the imaginative possibilities, the varieties of available Jewish experience, have expanded at an almost dizzying rate. In Israel, in the diaspora, in every religious denomination and style, in a...
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (9-30-09)
But behind the hype and the A-list cast is a plodding historical documentary that is most interesting for the gift-wrapped political messages it delivers to the modern-day Chinese viewer. The film covers the 1945-1949 period of civil war between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist army and Mao Zedong's People's Liberation Army, which ends with Communist victory and Mao's iconic speech at Tiananmen Square.
"The Founding of a Republic," directed by veteran filmmaker Han Sanping, is well produced compared to earlier historical dramas that cover the same period. A screen palette...
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (10-1-09)
The film, “Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage,” is not a commentary on the Founding Fathers’ theology or lack thereof. It is an oral history using in the founders’ own words to describe how God played a role in America becoming a nation of religious liberty and tolerance.
The documentary is the second in a series of films produced by the conservative group, Citizens United. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista “guide” viewers along the historical route the nation has taken since the first Europeans settled here in 1607.
“It’s a story, which is in many ways, profoundly different than the secular version that is now authorized in...
SOURCE: Talking Points Memo (10-1-09)
SOURCE: CBS News (9-30-09)
In fact, it's considered the most watched movie of all time.
Former munchkin Jerry Maren is now 89 year old. You may remember him from the movie. He sang, "in the name of the lollipop guild, we wish to welcome you to munchkinland."
He remembers being blown away his first day on the set.
"I had never seen a little person before and my God, I was in my glory, meeting eye-to-eye to everybody," Maren said. ...