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Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on a journey to America

 When the adolescent Philomena encountered a handsome boy in the funhouse of a traveling circus, she barely knew the meaning of sex. Soon enough, she learned the consequences in small-town 1950s Ireland. Brought before a grim, inquisitorial board of nuns
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Michelle Pfeiffer in the Beautiful Age

By David Luhrssen
During the era known as the Belle �poque, the Beautiful Age, the corsets of Victorianism loosened. A caste of courtesans, elevated above the more proletarian prostitutes, traded sexual companionship with aristocrats and magnates for lives of bejeweled glamour. Such was the milieu of Colette�s 1920 novel Cheri, which reflected on an era already lost to war and upheaval. The film adaptation, shown...
06.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
During the era known as the Belle �poque, the Beautiful Age, the corsets of Victorianism loosened. A caste of courtesans, elevated above the more proletarian prostitutes, traded sexual companionship with aristocrats and magnets for lives of bejeweled glamour. Such was the milieu of Colette�s 1920 novel Cheri, which reflected on an era already lost to war and upheaval. Director Stephen Fr...
09.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
We first met Michael Sheen in his role as Tony Blair in The Queen, a film that leapt from art houses and into Oscar consideration. Sheen reappears as a much less attractive Blair in director Stephen Frears� companion piece, The Deal. The docudrama (out now on DVD) is billed as a prequel to the movie that peered behind the palace gates at the royal family�s response to Princess Diana�s death. ...

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