Napoleon

Napoleon. The role of the French Emperor and ruler of Europe has been played by more actors in more movies than any other historical figure. So it might be expected that a four-hour documentary on the man would provide exquisite details on the progression of his life as well  ...

Mulholland Drive

When word leaked out earlier this year that David Lynch was making his return to television with a new ABC series called Mulholland Drive, it was cause for jubilation among those who never quite got over that strange Northwestern town with the dancing dwarf and the damn fine cup  ...

Houston Ballet- review

Houston Ballet Houston Ballet launched its 37th season with 'Simple Elegance,' a trio of works that included two contemporary masters along with Stanton Welch's world premiere, Brigade. The title speaks to the clarity of thought of each choreographer's mission: one idea, elegantly explored in a satisfying dance.  ...

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders is as good as television gets. This adaptation of Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel has wonderful characters, a rich, historical setting, and a cast that could not have been better chosen. First among them is Moll herself (Alex Kingston -  ...

Mark Twain Tonight!

Mark Twain, most often classified a humorist, was indeed that, in the very best and deepest sense of the term. Comedy, we know, is far more difficult than tragedy. The humorist must be a canny observer of the human experience, learn life's lessons, and then share with us what  ...

Madame Bovary

Flaubert's 1856 novel, Madame Bovary, is a masterpiece, a pioneering work of nineteenth century realism which resulted in an 1857 obscenity trial, as much instigated by Flaubert's scathing observations of middle-class pretentiousness as by its depiction of the heroine's sexual escapades. The story of Emma, a country girl with  ...

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Our review of the 2003 Broadway production with Vanessa Redgrave For Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey Into Night was an act of contrition and a personal confrontation with his tumultuous family history. That he could translate his anguish into an autobiographical drama  ...

Le Corsaire – American Ballet Theatre

Buckle on your swash me hearties, the pirate ship is heaving into view. Those on board include dashing brigands, skulking villains, scantily clad harem beauties, a lecherous pasha and various maidens in distress. If you want to dress for the occasion, anything from a turban to a tutu  ...

King Lear

Filmed in 1998, this adroit BBC/WGBH-Boston production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is of particular note for preserving Ian Holm’s celebrated stage performance in the title role. Stellar interpreters of Lear haven’t always been so fortunate. Laurence Olivier was frail and in ill health by the time he was  ...

Jazz

Ken Burns' new documentary series Jazz completes the trilogy that began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball. It is less a celebration of a musical idiom than his latest attempt to define the very essence of America. "Jazz music objectifies America," Wynton Marsalis says over the  ...