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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.

Francis Ford Coppola fuses Conrad's Heart of Darkness with the Vietnam war in this sprawling, ambitious film.

Peter Finch asked all Americans to open their windows and shout, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." Excuse us a second...

This was supposed to be Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, but he wisely realized that to preserve the charm of the Little Tramp, he also had to preserve the silence.

Aging numbers-man Burt Lancaster yearns for the day when even the Atlantic Ocean "was something."

Preston Sturges received two Oscar nominations for 1944 films. This was one of them--even though it was written on the fly as it was being filmed.

...And their sons. This film had the unusual distinction of starring two "Jr."s, Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, both scions of silent film actors.

A movie that portrays politicians as corrupt? Believe it or not, this film nearly didn't get made for precisely that reason.

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July 1, 2015

"Margaret Mitchell gives us our Civil War through Southern eyes exclusively, and no tolerant philosophy illumines the crimes of the invaders."

June 30, 2015

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June 29, 2015

"The immediate task of suppling military aid falls on us, and there is no question that it will be discharged."

June 27, 2015

"What the people of the world profoundly desire is something which will not mirror their conflicts but resolve them, which will dispel their fears and satisfy their hopes."

June 26, 2015

"Who shall blame the Sioux for defending themselves, their wives and children, when attacked in their own encampment and threatened with destruction?"

June 25, 2015

"Matters have been allowed to go so far that a mere truce seems to be ruled out."

June 24, 2015

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015