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08.07.2014 | | Posted at 01:57 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Movie remakes are dodgy business, yet every now and then a remake works artistically—and finds a new audience. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) belongs on the short list of recent successes. Of course, a sequel to the remake was inevitable. In this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the apes are well on their way to dominance—at least in the San Francisco Bay a...
05.12.2013 | | Posted at 08:33 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The opening passage of The Rite of Spring (La Sacre du Printemps) suggests the parting of morning mist, revealing a clearing in some primeval forest. It’s a calm prelude to a stormy stretch of music, a ballet that triggered the riot between fans and foes captured in the early scenes of Jan Kounen’s film Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009). Whether or not the French fashion q...
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

The Essential Philip Glass (Sony Classical)

Few composers of “contemporary classical music,” much less opera, have found as large and welcome an audience as Philip Glass. The prolific composer and recording artist is honored for his 75th birthday with a triple-CD “best of” collection covering the late...