Books & the Arts

Quiet in Hollywood Quiet in Hollywood

The Quiet American, which recently opened for a two-week run in a couple of theaters in New York and Los Angeles, illustrates just how far Hollywood self-censorship has gone in...

Nov 26, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Jon Wiener

Part of Our Time, Too Part of Our Time, Too

Given the late Dalton Trumbo's various claims to verbal fame--highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner und...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Dalton Trumbo and Murray Kempton

On Movies, Money & Politics On Movies, Money & Politics

The Nation asked six politically active members of the entertainment community to comment on recent developments in the realms of politics and popular culture.

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Peter Biskind

American Graffiti 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 Am...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Susie Linfield

Red Fox? 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 Zin...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Tom Gogola

Shud He Have Been a Contendah? 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 A...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Cliff Rothman

Postcards From the Left 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.

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Marc Cooper

The Forgotten Oscar 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 ...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Victor Navasky

Carried Away Carried Away

My friend Dennis Paoli says there are two kinds of horror movies, and since his screenwriting credits include Re-Animator, I treat his categories with respect.

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

When Worlds Collide When Worlds Collide

When those in my modest circle of acquaintances learned that I was editing a Hollywood issue of The Nation, they found it either risible or irritating.

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Peter Biskind