An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's 1895 play, An Ideal Husband, was made into a movie in 1947 with a stellar cast. (Alas, we haven't seen it.) Then, a Russian language version was made in 1980 which we wonder if anyone saw. Now  ...

Ikiru

Suggested reading: Eros in Hell; Sex Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema (1998), Jack Hunter The Japanese Film: Art and Industry (1983), Joseph L. Anderson Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the  ...

La Favorite – Gaetano Donizetti

Ariel Bybee Inez, Maria Luisa Nave in the title role of La Favorita, San Francisco Opera, 1973 Throughout the San Francisco Opera's production of La Favorite, there are seven larger-than-life figures of saints mounted high up  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

If, on the one hand, the world continues to remember Oscar Wilde for "the love that dares not speak its name," the same world, on the other hand, continues to remember the same Oscar Wilde for his great and  ...

Incubus

Suggested reading: The Amazing, Colossal Book of Horror Trivia: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scary Movies but Were Afraid to Ask (1999), Jonathan Malcolm Lampley VideoHound's Horror Show: 999 Hair-Raising, Hellish and Humorous Movies (1998), Mike  ...

Esperanza – David Bishop

For weeks prior to the show’s opening, the city of Madison was abuzz with anticipation about Esperanza, a professionally mounted opera that had its world premiere August 25, 2000 at Old Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus.  ...

The Inheritors

The Inheritors is the second film by writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky, the first to find distributorship in the United States. It is a work that would be a credit to a far more experienced film maker, powered by a  ...

Innocence

During the 1980's Paul Cox was one of the players in the Australian film renaissance and he created a series of quirky, character-driven films like Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers, and My First Wife. All had an idiosyncratic charm  ...

The Ballad of Baby Doe – Douglas Moore

Suggested reading: Silver Queen: The Fabulous Story of Baby Doe Tabor (1988), Caroline Bancroft The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West (1989), John Burk The  ...