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The only film ever made that could be said to have cost the United States government billions--in a missile defense system that only Hollywood could make work.

Hollywood was concerned that the saga of the Joads might send a "pro-Communist" message, but in the end, even Whittaker Chambers liked this film, which says something.

If one Paramount exec had his way, Don Corleone would have been played by Danny Thomas. Fortunately, Francis Coppola had no interest in turning Mario Puzo's novel into Make Room For Goddaddy.

Though the era of talking films was well underway, this lovely silent film about the Little Tramp and a poor blind girl remained Charlie Chaplin's personal favorite.

Barbara Kopple spent thirteen months living and breathing the dust of a brutal coal strike. Out of it came this groundbreaking documentary.

How many people can you stuff in a stateroom the size of a steamer trunk? At least twelve, apparently.

"Badges, we don't need no stinkin' badges." Who said one of the most famous lines in film history? As it turns out, nobody.

Jimmy Stewart suffers from high anxiety in what some consider to be Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film.

Three World War II veterans return home to their families to recover from the worst years of their lives.

From a book by Thomas Keneally, who was convinced by the shopkeeper to look at some old documents he kept in the back of his store. The man was one of the 12,000 people saved by Oskar Schindler.

Blogs

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014

The danger to orcas—and humans.

December 11, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013

The New Public offers a powerful look at poverty’s impact on education.

November 11, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The news-leaking website, in possession of a leaked script, offers rebuttals to the film that dramatizes Julian Assange's relationship with former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. 

September 22, 2013

Nation editor Roane Carey joins a panel to unpack the Israeli documentary The Law in These Parts.

August 21, 2013