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BR: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

BR: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

January 21, 2015 | By

Abby Mann’s original 1959 Playhouse 90 teleplay was a risky venture in spite of being broadcast 15 years after the end of WWII, tackling the subject of Nazi atrocities when the general public (specifically American and European audiences) had little interest in hearing more tales about murdered Jews and details of something called concentration camps…

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BR: Train, The (1964)

BR: Train, The (1964)

January 21, 2015 | By

One of the greatest WWII and caper films most may never have heard of, The Train was based on the autobiographical book Le front de l’art by Rose Valland, a woman charged with cataloguing France’s Parisian art treasures for the Nazis, and whose meticulous record keeping enabled the French to keep a tally of stolen art during the war’s final period as the Nazis attempted to smuggle as much cultural loot to Berlin…

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DVD: Dream of Kings, A (1969)

DVD: Dream of Kings, A (1969)

January 21, 2015 | By

What begins as a small drama about a liar, gambler, womanizer, father, and proud Greek turns into a much different film when lead character Matsoukas (Anthony Quinn) makes decision and pushes the story in a direction that may have worked in Harry Mark Petrakis’ novel, but in Daniel Mann’s film it causes Matsoukas to lose some tenuous audience sympathy…

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BR: Secret of Santa Vittoria, The (1969)

BR: Secret of Santa Vittoria, The (1969)

January 21, 2015 | By

Based on the international best-selling novel by Robert Crichton and adapted by the venerable Ben Maddow and William Rose, The Secret of Santa Vittoria is often referred by affectionate fans as ‘that film about hiding wine from the Nazis’ during WWII, often without a full memory of the actual film title…

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DVD: The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2002)

DVD: The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2002)

January 18, 2015 | By

There’s two dominant themes in David Leaf and John Scheinfeld’s superb documentary on the U.S. government’s targeting of John Lennon and Yoko Ono as potential insurrectionists during the late sixties and mid-seventies: Lennon as the original rock icon/activist, who enabled musicians and artists like Bob Geldof and Bono to involve themselves in global causes; and the terrifying parallels between Nixonian abuses of power…

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DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

January 18, 2015 | By

Mike Myers was likely compelled to direct this film (with Beth Aala) because Shep Gordon is more than an artist manager: he’s the man who invented some of the attention-getting tactics which aided clients like Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Arnold, Emeril Lagasse, Mick Fleetwood, Teddy Pendergrass, and Anne Murray boost their careers…

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DVD: Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

DVD: Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

January 18, 2015 | By

A fascinating historical collage of rock star Alice Cooper, directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema and Scot McFayden’s took the audio from extensive interviews and created vivid montages using stills, music, and archival concert video to trace Vincent Furnier’s ascension from an asthmatic teen living in Detroit to a pioneering rocker with a flair for macabre subjects and theatrics, including hanging, beheading…

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MP3: After the Fall (2014)

MP3: After the Fall (2014)

January 14, 2015 | By

Although the score is built around a main theme – a series of step-like notes with sudden pauses and melody redolent of a child’s song – there’s a fascinating blend of unique sounds that allow After the Fall to stand on its own as a moody concept album depicting human desperation…

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MP3: Electricity (2014)

MP3: Electricity (2014)

January 14, 2015 | By

MovieScore Media delivers another fascinating score evoking the rich warm analogue sounds of early synthesizers, but unlike Test (2014), John Lunn’s Electricity doesn’t seem to have been written to fit between period songs. Lunn’s switch from episodic TV (Downton Abbey) to ethereal electronica…

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MP3: Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

MP3: Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

January 14, 2015 | By

Having not seen the film, the impression of Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum’s score is of a documentary that drifts and smashes between collages of stills, film, and other media, with sound design…

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