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Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

David O. Russell’s American Hustle; Spike Lee’s Oldboy

“The Prison,” from A Rake’s Progress (1733), by William Hogarth

Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

Top to bottom: Remembrance (2010), Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008–12)

The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.

Barbara Sukowa in Hannah Arendt

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.

A group of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler

Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.

Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Arthur Danto

If, in an age of mechanical reproduction, art had lost its aura, he restored that aura; he enchanted an unenchanted world.

Blogs

The American songwriter is just one of many who have interpreted Beethoven's beloved Ode to Joy. 

October 27, 2013

Now, that's what we call circular.

October 22, 2013

On the occasion of Showtime’s new miniseries, reflections on how the world changed when women learned to demand men give them orgasms.

October 7, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States will be rereleased this month on DVD; it tells a different story than the school textbooks we're used to.

October 1, 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

It took years, but I eventually came to terms with loving the idea of NYC more than the city itself. 

September 18, 2013

The Boss pays homage to a celebrated Chilean political folk-singer who fell victim to the US-backed coup in 1973.

September 13, 2013

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

August 21, 2013