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“Double Indemnity’s” Seven Oscar Nominations Helped Ignite the Film Noir Boom

While channel-surfing the other night, I found myself watching the beginning of a film I’d already seen and had no intention of seeing again. That’s Fred MacMurray slumped at a…

As Grand Central Marks 100 Years, New York Deserves a Lifetime Achievement Oscar

People on their busy way across Grand Central’s main concourse the evening of February 1 stopped and looked up, struck by the sudden appearance of rows of lights dancing in…

Struggling Couples, Silly Love Songs, and a Valentine’s Day Conception

Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs …. —Paul McCartney from “Silly Love Songs” By all rights, George Stevens’s 1941 film Penny Serenade should be to Valentine’s…

It’s for Real — Observations on Love, “Homeland,” and “Downton Abbey”

Last week people all over the country were in mourning for Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay). The brutal, shocking demise from postpartum eclampsia of the youngest and most…

A Birthday Schubertiad Featuring Janowitz and Gage, Goethe’s Mignon, and Nora the Cat

Wilhelm followed every movement of the dear little creature, and felt surprised to see how finely her character unfolded itself as she proceeded in the dance …. At this moment…

A New Translation of “Werther” Opens the Gate to Goethe

Wilhelm, what is the world to our heart without love? What a magic lantern is without light! —from The Sufferings  of Young Werther Bear with me please while I imagine…

On Nixon’s 100th Birthday: Charisma Had Nothing To Do With It

I’ve never been one of those charisma nuts …. I think one of the curses of the modern television age is that it puts far too much attention on appearance…

Beginning the New Year With Memories of Ravi Shankar

Many might ask why re-release Raga now [2010]? The answer is simple: it was a very special period of my life. —Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) The 1960s without Ravi Shankar, who…

Before the Beatles There Was Sam Weller: Concluding The Year of Dickens and England

You read me Shakespeare on the  rolling Thames,  That old river poet that never, ever ends – Kate Bush “The new year belongs to England” is how I began the…

Andrew Solomon’s Timely, Timeless Book: Embattled Families and the Work of Love

“I am glad I had kids and glad I had the kids I did,” says Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, “because the love for them — even…