Of Special Interest

Our Nixon is Probably Not Your Nixon

posted November 17, 2013

When it comes to the legacy of Richard M. Nixon, countless biographies and studies have set the political-science terrain. It’s a wonder that Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye have managed to find anything to add.

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Yesterday, Harvard Square; tomorrow…the World?

posted November 6, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, might not appreciate a new online video, audio, and print archive, The Zuckerberg Files.

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For Welles Fans, There’d Never Be “Too Much Johnson.” Until Now.

posted October 27, 2013

The discovery in 2008 of a lost Orson Welles silent film has been one of the finds of recent years. Little matter that the footage not only is not a finished film, not even a rough cut.

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Was Hollywood Cozy with Hitler?

posted October 24, 2013

Was Hollywood cozy with Hitler? That's the claim of a new book that has proven incendiary — and has been soundly disparaged.

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ARCHIVE IN A WALL CAVITY – the series, in one

posted October 9, 2013

When you renovate, keep your eyes open for old film. Three parts, now all in one.

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posted October 5, 2013

Part 3 (of 3) about the movies that fell out of a house wall asks: "What kind of societal self-loathing is it that moves us to assign iconic structures to the wrecking ball? Couldn't we redeploy them – preserve at least the buildings as repositories of cultural memory?"

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posted September 18, 2013

TRUTH TO TELL, the wall-stuffing’s references to still-well-known movies was less interesting than listings of movies little heard of, today, and the generally vanished theaters that screened them.

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posted September 10, 2013

Old houses’ wall cavities can be a delightful kind of moving-image archive: Older ones may well conceal wads of newspaper with captivating movie sections. Cinema enthusiasts may find reading those more compelling than grappling with jambs and architraves.

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A Most Diverting Account of the Movie Gimmick

posted August 21, 2013

On the always diverting Collectors Weekly web site, Hunter Oatman-Stanford describes movie and movie-house attention grabbing ploys that now almost define the shock-horror schlocker B Movie.

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The Resounding Demise of an Historic Maltese Cinema

posted July 22, 2013

Stand before a derelict entertainment facility, and it’s not difficult to hear peels of laughter, gasps of thrill or horror, applause. Those are hardly joyful sounds, however, if they merely reverberate eerily through a crumbling, empty hall. Such a cheerless edifice stands in shambles in Pembroke, a town on the small island nation of Malta.

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