The legend goes that it was not the painting that wound up in the hands of the King of France, but rather somehow made its way into the possession of a nobleman in Somerset. Prior to the outbreak of the first World War art connoisseur Hugh Blaker bought it and took it to his studio in Isleworth, where it became known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa.
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man explores the basic existential dilemma of why man should choose to do good in the absence of proof of a reward in the afterlife.
The gangsters portrayed in the films since the 60’s have been more explicitly presented as heroes than the gangsters in the classics of the genre produced during the 30’s. Typically, the gangsters of today’s movies meet their deaths in highly stylized, very entertaining bloodbaths, but before getting their comeuppance they are consistently shown to be rich, sexy and cool. What is perhaps less known about the earliest gangsters in cinematic history is that many of them actually began life on paper as much more attractive individuals themselves.
Because of her affront to so-called decency, Madonna has been attacked from the political right…
A book review of A Fatal Friendship by Arnold Rogow. The book explores the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and speculates on what led to their infamous duel.
Most of these commercials tell their audience that they will gain self-confidence by losing weight. Not only that, but they will get a better looking mate and even land a better paying job and all because they got physically fit. The message that attractiveness means so much more than fitting into a smaller pair of jeans has gotten to the point where people whom not even Hollywood advertising execs would dare deem overweight are actually obsessing about weight loss.
Aside from Monty, the main reason to watch is that it is the most persistent and comprehensive critique of capitalism to ever win a major Academy Award. The brilliance is that it is disguised as a doomed romance.
Without most people even realizing it was taking place, a profound shift in the paradigm toward government entitlement theory was created by the Reagan policies of tax cuts and deficits.
The Big Combo is a 1955 movie starring Cornel Wilde and Richard Conte that constantly surprises and features scenes of violence and sexuality that left censors in a tizzy.
Georgia de Chirico’s surrealist period lasted only a short time but during it he managed to produce many of the movement’s greatest masterpieces.