Articles tagged biography

This New Spielberg Biography Falls Short in its Analysis of a Storied Man

Film historian Molly Haskell's Steven Spielberg covers all of Spielberg's life, but its pointed analytic lens is too small to properly put his life's work in perspective.

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On Bucking Up Against Tradition With Tradition

Loving is the amazing story of a time when two quiet people touched the future.

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Caravaggio May Be the Least Documented Yet Most Constructed Renaissance Artist

Caravaggio and the Creation of Modernity draws attention to both the skill of the historian and the enduring and towering genius of the artist.

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Fun Fact: Jane Austen Wasn’t the Only Female Author of Note During Her Time

Shelley DeWees' sardonic humor buoys the reader through infuriating examples of the misogyny, double standards, and injustice British women authors had to contend with.

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‘Oklahoma City’ Shows That Timothy McVeigh’s Terrorism Has Contemporary Reach

Oklahoma City documents the complex events and individuals that lead to America's largest domestic terrorist attack.

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Pickett Was Wicked Good and Wicked Bad: ‘In the Midnight Hour’

Tony Fletcher's biography of the great soul singer is a vivid, detailed, and insightful portrait of a complex, talented, and often deplorable man.

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Sundance 2017: ‘The Discovery’ + ‘The Rebel in the Rye’

Sundance explores life after death in The Discovery and life after fame in The Rebel in the Rye.

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27 Jan 2017 // 2:30 AM

Dream Baby Dream: Suicide - A New York Story

In response to the politics, culture and sheer madness of early '70s New York, artist Alan Vega and musician Martin Rev created the counter-cultural performance art statement that was Suicide.

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Not Lame Records’ Jellyfish Story Is a Fitting Tribute

This is the story of two talented Bay Area songwriters who create a pair of brilliant power pop records and then fade into obscurity.

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What Next, Frozen French Fries? ‘The Founder’ and McDonald’s Origin Story

For this surprisingly hard-edged biopic on the businessman behind McDonald's, Michael Keaton unfurls the black flag of unrepentant capitalism.

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Barack Obama Bio ‘Audacity’ Is at War With Itself

Chait's defense of gradualist politics-as-usual undermines the supposedly audacious achievements of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

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Is There Anything Left to Say About Julia Child? A Great Deal, in Fact

With The French Chef In America, readers get a fresh look at a beloved personality.

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BFI’s Release of Abel Gance’s ‘Napoléon’ Does Justice to a Masterpiece

The BFI’s restoration of Gance’s groundbreaking, grandiloquent 1927 epic is one of the year’s most highly anticipated Blu-ray releases.

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Radicalism and the Art of Compromise

Under a Trump Administration, is it better to be a rebel with a cause, or a reformer with a platform? "Red" Ellen Wilkenson's biography gives us some insight into these difficulties.

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‘Barry’ Delivers Insights Into a Young Barack Obama

This is a film that wants to paint an impression of our current President without bogging down the narrative with unnecessary excess.

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If Studs Terkel Were Alive Today, What Would Steve Bannon Tell Him?

Terkel biographer Alen Wieder reminds us that if he were alive today, Studs would actually listen to the voices of the Trump voters -- all of them.

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The Surprisingly Entertaining, Eccentric ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

Screeching her way to another successful performance, Meryl Streep makes Florence Foster Jenkins much more than the traditional historic biopic.

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Sun Ra: Astro Black, Cosmic Dark

Youngquist brings considerable skills to the life and work of the legendary but underappreciated and often misunderstood composer, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra.

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‘Loving’, An Urgent Work of Compelling Quietude

Loving is particularly resonant at a time when many in America may feel as if their own inherent rights are on shaky ground.

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Biography of X-Men Comics Writer Chris Claremont Is Weighed Down With Words

Claremont's long-form X-Men story, told over 186 issues, proves he's the master of the form. Jason Powell's new book offers an exhaustive issue-by-issue commentary.

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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

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"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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