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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.

The film of Margaret Mitchell's bestselling saga of the ante- and post-bellum South set box office records that still stand.

In the era of the antihero, few were more antiheroic than Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

No one could put Richard Nixon back together again after Woodward and Bernstein got through with him.

There's corruption in Los Angeles's water department and private
detective Jake Gittes sticks his nose where he shouldn't-literally.

Oliver Stone's answer to probably every John Wayne war film ever made.

Blogs

Has the romanticization of American history allowed the resurgence of discriminatory practices in recent episodes of crisis?

July 30, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

Margaret Sanger and Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey, oh my!

July 10, 2014

The politicians were happy, if nobody else.

July 1, 2014

Early warnings of an American policy in thrall to the Israeli right.

July 1, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The justices didn’t quote Christian Parenti, but they should have.

June 25, 2014

There is a model for Dick Cheney’s belief that when it comes to being greeted as liberators, second time’s a charm.

June 18, 2014