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When Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck gave way to Bach and Beethoven, the results were as far out as Pluto.

Steven Spielberg's imaginary childhood friend brought to life, voiced by an aging actress with a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit.

Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg used this gritty tale of corruption on the New York waterfront to help put a positive spin on ratting out their colleagues.

Frequently listed as the greatest film ever made, Orson Welles's masterpiece is also a thinly veiled biopic of William Randolph Hearst.

The quintessential Robert Altman film featured a cast of hundreds and about an equal number of subplots, but who's complaining?

Sidney Lumet finds the soul of New York City in a bank robbery that goes comically--and tragically--awry.

Angels look for love in some very odd places and discover among other things, a lonely trapeze artist and the real-life Peter Falk (sans raincoat).

This tale of the dissipation of a Welsh coal-mining family at the turn of the twentieth century was intended to be another Gone with the Wind.

Hail Preston Sturges, the king of screwball comedy, whose string of subversive films from 1939 to 1943 rank among Hollywood's funniest ever.

A town would be in rough shape without its good-hearted banker. That's what many people would call a fantasy.

Blogs

Authors Kevin Cooke and Dan Lehrer accurately foresaw in 1993 the debate over net neutrality we’re having today.

November 19, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

“Let us not fool ourselves in this hour of appraisal…”

November 5, 2014

Definitive assessments of Ronald Reagan and “the warrior state,” plus early looks at Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, and zeitgeist-defining essays on “cold war liberalism” and “the gay moment.”

October 24, 2014

A forerunner of The Guardian’s current series, “King or Queen for a Day.”

October 21, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014

And a DC lawyer reflects on his essay from 1984, when Hong Kong was “full of life.”

October 7, 2014

Contemporaneous accounts of the Roosevelts ranging over seventy years.

October 2, 2014

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014