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03.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Actor, do you want a thankless role? Then consider playing Adolf Hitler. The challenge of depicting the world�s most visible symbol of evil has defeated almost everyone. Capitalizing on his similar mustache, Charlie Chaplin gave it a good whirl with The Great Dictator (1940), a brave parody in its moment but whose humor hasn�t held up in light of World War II and the Holocaust. Since the...
03.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Seeing the world through a child�s eyes is a dangerous proposition in literature or film. The temptation to sentimentalize is strong; the urge to load adult concerns onto the child protagonist is almost inescapable. One of the better kid�s eye movies of recent years, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), was also among the most controversial. Some critics couldn�t accept the concept of the naiv...
03.11.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Vanishing Point is an almost classic, a run that stopped at third base. The 1971 film by Richard Sarafian features an existential figure, known only as Kowalski, speeding west across the American badlands for San Francisco. He�s a deliveryman in a supercharged white Dodge Challenger, racing to deliver� what? All along the way highway patrolmen on motorcycles and in squad cars with wailing sirens...
03.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Oh, to be in the Swinging England of James Bond imitators during the �60s, a place of mods and spies, electric eyes and closed circuit cameras, exotic discotheques and posh country manors. The British television series �The Baron,� running from 1966-67, nowadays looks like a campy bit of colorful fun from the era that inspired Austin Powers. All 30 episodes are out now on a DVD set. Hedg...
03.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The blind were literally leading the blind as the singers took the stage in single file, hands on the shoulders before them. Resplendent in white suits, black shirts and shades, the Blind Boys of Alabama were greeted by a delirious crowd last year at the legendary Tipitina club. The concert is out now on a DVD called The BlindBoys of Alabama Live in New Orleans. Formed in 1939, the Blind ...
03.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
A funny thing about the �60s was that it made some folks miss the �50s. One of the starting points of the era�s nostalgic �rock�n�roll revival� was the show stopping performance documented in Little Richard: Live at theToronto Peace Festival 1969. The film by D.A. Pennebaker (Don�t Look Back, Monterey Pop) is out in March on DVD. With his piled-high pompadour and trace of mascara, his g...
01.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The idea that dangerous primeval vestiges remain neatly tucked into the British countryside is at least as old as Arthur Machen and other horror authors of a century ago. The theme enjoyed a pop culture revival with the popularity of a movie called The Wicker Man (1973), which imagined the persistence of an age-old cult. From this climate came �Children of the Stones,� a 1976 British television ...

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