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  • March 18, 1999

    The Forgotten Oscar

    In the run-up to Sunday’s Oscar ceremony the focus was on Elia Kazan and whether the Motion Picture Academy was doing the right thing by honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (see page 5

    Victor Navasky

  • March 18, 1999

    Postcards From the Left

    As the limos and their glitterati cargo pull up to the Oscars ceremony this year, they may have to share a bit of screen time with a band of angry picketers.

    Marc Cooper

  • March 18, 1999

    Shud He Have Been a Contendah?

    The inevitable controversy–presenting name-naming film director Elia Kazan with a Lifetime Achievement Award–has unfolded like an accident waiting to happen, aggravating the Academy of Motion

    Cliff Rothman

  • March 18, 1999

    Red Fox?

    The contracts are signed, the treatment is being written and Fox Television plans to fast-track production on a ten- to twelve-hour miniseries based on lefty historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s

    Tom Gogola

  • March 18, 1999

    American Graffiti

    It’s true–and a cliché–that Hollywood films hold up a mirror to American society. It’s equally true–and equally a cliché–that Hollywood films fail to reflect American society.

    Susie Linfield

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  • March 11, 1999

    Correspondance School Art

    If we think of a historical period as defined by what the French have usefully designated a mentalité–a shared set of attitudes, practices and beliefs–then periods end when one <

    Arthur C. Danto

  • March 11, 1999

    Feminine Mystiquers

    For Danielle Crittenden, the “click” came when she was going to play tennis with her husband and a couple of acquaintances. She left her racket on one side of the court.

    Kim Phillips-Fein

  • March 11, 1999

    Too Many Cigarettes

    Monday: Screening of Garry Marshall’s The Other Sister, which seems to be about a goldfish.

    Stuart Klawans

  • March 11, 1999

    Montale as Couplet

    The publication of Jonathan Galassi’s translation and meticulous annotation of Eugenio Montale’s Collected Poems, 1920-1954 has been justifiably celebrated on both sides of the Atl

    Michael Mewshaw

  • March 4, 1999

    Touched by an Angel

    It’s characteristic of Erick Zonca’s extraordinary first feature, The Dreamlife of Angels, that we never learn how Isa got that scar across her right eyebrow.

    Stuart Klawans

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