Noriega: God’s Favorite

Suggested reading: In Defiance: The Battle Against General Noriega Fought from Panama's Embassy in Washington (1999), Juan B. Sosa Rembrandt Dazzling White Tooth Bleaching Value Kit On December 20, 1989, American armed forces in  ...

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  ...

The Noel Coward Story

1999 marks the centennial of the birth of Noel Coward and Great Performances provides us early in the year with this two hour biography from the BBC. Lushly produced and carefully researched, the program takes us chronologically through Coward's  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a  ...

All the King’s Men

On August 12, 1915 the Sandringham Company - a group of volunteers from King George V's royal estate - advanced into withering enemy fire during the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and were never seen again. Eyewitnesses spoke of a strange  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Nuremberg

It's a pity the new TNT miniseries "Nuremberg", adapted from Joseph Persico's nonfiction novel, doesn't sustain the queasy ambiguity of its first few minutes. Just surrendered Hermann Goering (Brian Cox) is greeted warmly by his American captors and joins  ...

Running Mates

Suggested reading: Money Matters: Consequences of Campaign Finance Reform in House Elections (1999), Robert K. Goidel The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform (1990), David B. Magleby The night before the Democratic Party  ...

Bojangles

Is it possible that anybody hasn't heard the lyric: I knew a man Bojangles/And he danced for you/In worn out shoes... ? It's a terrific song (Mr. Bojangles) that has been recorded by everyone from Bob Dylan to  ...