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Burning Bush – Agnieszka Holland

“Burning Bush (Czech: Hořící keř) is a 2013 three-part miniseries created for HBO by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who … Continue reading

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How Stanley Kubrick Staged the Moon Landing

“Have you ever met a person who’s been on the moon? There are only four of them left. Within a decade or so, the last will be dead and that astonishing feat will pass from living memory into history, which, … Continue reading

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“Goldfinger” 1959-1965

“In late 1964 a memorable James Bond movie named Goldfinger arrived in U.S. theaters.  It was the third in a series of films featuring British secret agent James Bond, then played by Scottish actor, Sean Connery. The Bond films, produced … Continue reading

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The Clowns – Federico Fellini (1970)

“From his childhood days in Rimini, Fellini was fascinated by circuses, clowns and itinerant performers, and they figured in his films from his directorial debut, Variety Lights, onwards. They featured most famously perhaps in La Strada and Otto e Mezzo, … Continue reading

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Roz Payne

“Roz Payne was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up in a political household. Her mom, Edith Berkman, was of Jewish and Polish descent and a Communist labor organizer. She was arrested during the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile strike in … Continue reading

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Rocco and His Brothers – Luchino Visconti (1960)

“Luchino Visconti arguably founded the Italian neorealist movement with his brooding Ossessione in 1943, yet the great heyday of that important school was gone when he premiered Rocco and His Brothers at the Venice Film Festival in 1960. There’s a … Continue reading

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The Pawnbroker – Sidney Lumet (1964)

“Actors don’t get much hammier than Rod Steiger, who mugged and gesticulated his way through enjoyably over-the-top performances in movies like The Big Knife, The Loved One, and No Way To Treat A Lady, where he played a cross-dressing serial … Continue reading

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