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05.26.2014 | 65 days ago | Posted at 08:46 AM

Soviet Sci-Fi and the Filmmakers' Imagination

By David Luhrssen
  Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky transformed Polish author Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris into a great film. Lem wasn’t the only science-fiction writer published in the East Bloc, nor was he the only SF author from the Soviet era whose work was turned into a movie.Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s 1964 novel, Hard to be a God, was first filmed by Germany’s Peter Fleischman. The 1989 ...
11.07.2013 | | Posted at 08:57 AM
By David Luhrssen
    As Tom Williams writes in his new biography, A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler (Chicago Review Press), Chandler never courted Hollywood. But for the movie industry, he was exactly the sort of writer they sought: a bestseller working in a familiar genre. The more creative directors of the nascent film noir saw potential for sneak...
09.27.2013 | | Posted at 12:29 PM
By David Luhrssen
  To understand the rise and fall of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, one of Hollywood’s first superstars, let’s turn for comparison to Michael Jackson. Like the late 20th century superstar, Arbuckle was enormously popular and instantly recognizable; he loved children, lived extravagantly and fell from grace, forever under a cloud of doubt over what went on behind closed doors....
08.10.2013 | | Posted at 08:35 AM
By David Luhrssen
  What’s the “best” film ever? It’s a futile game but fun to play, especially when the participants are filmmakers. In his book, The Best Film You’ve Never Seen (Chicago Review Press), Chicago Sun-Times editor Robert K. Elder puts a special spin on the “name your fave” game by asking directors to talk about the best film that never found an audience, the brilliant bombs, ...
07.19.2013 | | Posted at 12:39 PM

Moe Howard’s Story

By David Luhrssen
 The Three Stooges enjoyed a remarkable run among America’s most enduring—and instantly recognizable—comedians. Their raucous antics suggest naughty boys in men’s bodies. The Stooges’ humor was lower brow than most, lacking the pathos of Laurel and Hardy, the politics of Charlie Chaplin, the irony of Buster Keaton or the sophistication of the Marx Brothers. And unlike Abbott and C...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Classic Soviet sci-fi reissued in paperback

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic, reissued in a paperback English-language edition by Chicago Review Press, is a classic Soviet-era science fiction novel that rivals the work of Bradbury, Asimov and Ellison. It's hard not to notice the Cold War...

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