Howard Hughs: His Women and His Movies

When most people hear the name Howard Hughes, his career in motion pictures is probably not the first thing to spring to mind. The more likely image is that of an old man with long hair and fingernails, wearing Kleenex boxes for shoes, sitting in a sterilized environment atop  ...

Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)

A ski lodge, 1965. Well-scrubbed teenagers lounge around the fireplace, lazily sipping hot chocolate. In walk four black men, nattily dressed in identical hooded floor-length dusters with enormous white lapels. One of them sports a mountainous, perfectly coifed pompadour. Heads turn: they might as well be aliens. One  ...

Hitchcock, Selznick & the End of Hollywood

Suggested reading: Hitchcock and Selznick:The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood (1999), Leonard J. Leff Hitchcock's Notebooks: An authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock (1999), Dan Auiler Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings  ...

Great Expectations

Online references on Charles Dickens Patchwork-Look Velvety Chenille Tapestry Carpet Bag with Shoulder Strap Internet Movie Database lists seven different versions of Great Expectations including this new interpretation made by the BBC and broadcast in the U.S. by Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.  ...

Further Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin wrote the original Tales of the City in 1976 as a serial in the daily San Francisco Chronicle. At the time it was fresh and engaging, and it caught a certain tone of the life and thought then characterizing San Francisco--a city that, at least on the  ...

Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

It would be perfectly appropriate to find a picture of Gordon Parks illustrating the entry "Renaissance Man" in any dictionary. Over the course of his 88 years, he's been a photographer for Life magazine, composer, novelist, poet, painter, lecturer, biographer, co-founder of Essence magazine, and a filmmaker – of  ...

Swingin’ with Duke

Some Ellington CDs: The Best Of The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition 16 Most Requested Songs The Complete Capitol Recordings The Duke Ellington Centenary Collection: The Travelog Edition Swingin' with Duke, produced by Oren Jacoby (The Irish in America, Benny Goodman: King of Swing), is  ...

Don Quixote

Cervantes' great (and voluminous) novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha, with its captivatingly eccentric hero, witty satire, and literate wisdom, has held readers' attention for four centuries. It contrasts the grand against the mundane, the fantastic against the practical, the ideal versus the real through the picaresque adventures of  ...

Dirty Pictures

Playing With the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe (1995), Arthur Coleman Danto In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery, a prestigious museum in the nation's capital, capitulated to the bigotry of the then ascendant religious right wing and, in an egregious display of curatorial and institutional  ...

David Copperfield

.. Suggested reading: David Copperfield: Interweaving Truth and Fiction (1991), Graham Storey The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Work of the Great Victorian Novelist (1999), Martin Fido Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel, David Copperfield, is arguably the most famous coming-of-age story  ...