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The significance of Umberto Eco's work as collected here is found not in his astonishing foresight but in his reasoning.
09 Feb 2018
Land of Mine is perhaps the most powerful denunciation of nationalism's destructive force as we'll see on movie screens in 2017.
21 Feb 2017
The Bridge, which tells the story of the Volkssturm in the final days of the Nazi party, is classic work of art.
25 Jun 2015
"Our Germans beat their Germans," someone quipped when Wernher von Braun's team of rocketeers put Americans on the Moon, but Operation Paperclip reveals that US involvement with ex-Nazi scientists was far deeper, and far darker.
02 Apr 2014
Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is an enormous step forward from her prior novels, taking on nothing less than the meaning of time itself.
05 Feb 2014
We’re meant to understand something more about our ability to respond to the images around us. We’re shaped emotionally by images, and new, unconventional readings of history can be enriched by mining through them.
25 Feb 2013
Volker Schlöndorff's classic adaptation of Günter Grass's novel, restored and with 20 minutes of additional footage.
21 Jan 2013
Whether Les Visiteurs du Soir is taken as a political allegory, or simply as a sumptuous fairy tale, it's a film not to be missed.
29 Oct 2012
World War II changed the way we eat, live and work on such a fundamental scale that to those in the West it seems like there has never been anything other than the globalized world it created.
01 Oct 2012
The eccentric title is a reference to the novel's putative subject, the assassinated Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, "the most dangerous man in the Third Reich, the Hangman of Prague, the Butcher, the Blond Beast, the Man with the Iron Heart, the worst creature ever forged in the burning fires of hell."
30 Jul 2012
One of the last of the old-fashioned Hollywood blockbusters, Tora! Tora! Tora! offers both pleasure and tedium
22 Apr 2012
It's not that historical revisionism exists in Russia, but that the revisionism––and sometimes the downright denial of the historical record––swings to extremes.
09 Feb 2012
Erri De Luca’s writing is a tender poetic narrative, treating things (Naples, the air itself) like characters, and weaving together a story comprised of waves of feeling instead of orderly plot points.
15 Jan 2012
Kathy Peiss takes us back to a time whe “clothes make the man” led some to adopt a wild sartorial departure from the mainstream, and others to beat them viciously for it.
22 Sep 2011
This story of an improbable friendship between an eight-year-old German and a boy in a concentration camp is a standard if unimpressive Holocaust drama with a completely irresponsible ending.
18 Jul 2011
Are you familiar with the films of Frantisek Vlacil? If you care about cinema as an art form, you should be.
13 Oct 2010
As Red Rowan conveys, the Eastern Front saw more WWII casualties than either the Western Front or the Pacific. It also involved millions of citizens from countries that found themselves caught between the Soviets and the Third Reich.
23 May 2010
Relying on military histories and documents, the private letters and diaries of generals and front-line soldiers, news accounts and interviews, Atkinson creates a seamless, stunning narrative that is the equal of An Army at Dawn.
15 Oct 2007
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