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08.27.2014 | 115 days ago | Posted at 11:30 AM

True Story Behind Anna and the King of Siam

By David Luhrssen
Three times filmed (under one name or another) and a Broadway hit, The King and I was a tall tale with great appeal to post-World War II America. Based on a purportedly true account, The King and I is the story of a proper English governess, Anna Leonowens, employed by the King of Siam (as Thailand was known). In her account, she worked patiently working amidst Third World barbarism ...
11.13.2013 | | Posted at 12:34 PM

The cinema of Soviet director Sergei Parajanov

By David Luhrssen
  Most filmmakers are prosaic, telling stories in straightforward cinematic language. Every now and then a poet emerges, creating vivid images that convey a deeper reality through the medium of moviemaking. Sergei Parajanov was among the poets, and was responsible for several startling films under the Soviet system. As James Steffen points out in The Cinema of Sergei Paraj...