Arts Review Willie Nelson’s <em>Band of Brothers</em>: A songwriter returns Country music icon Willie Nelson marks a successful return to songwriting with his latest album. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-02T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>True Detective</em>: Gruesome doings and deep-going pessimism Presented in an almost painterly fashion, the first season of <em>True Detective</em> offers up a sad picture indeed. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-28T05:00:00Z Woody Allen’s <em>Magic in the Moonlight</em>: Keeping life at a distance A famed illusionist (Colin Firth) is brought in to expose a young clairvoyant (Emma Stone), but instead begins to have doubts about his own rationalistic world-view. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-22T05:00:00Z New Met Opera contract sets precedent for further givebacks An all-night bargaining session produced a four-year deal based on “equality of sacrifice.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z <em>Rich Hill</em>: A story that “could be told in hundreds of towns” The documentary, directed by cousins Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, movingly chronicles the lives of three boys living in an impoverished, rural southwestern Missouri town. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Richard Linklater’s <em>Boyhood</em>: American lives over the course of a dozen years Using the same cast, the writer-director filmed sequences once a year for twelve years, centering on a boy, his family and their surroundings in east and central Texas. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z <em>Lucy</em>: A little knowledge is apparently a dangerous thing In <em>Lucy</em>, Scarlett Johansson is a super-powered intellect fighting to take down a Taiwanese drug cartel. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Lockout deadline at New York’s Metropolitan Opera extended The third delay in the lockout threat points to the danger that concession agreements will be reached with the Met unions. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z <em>Get On Up</em>: The James Brown story Tate Taylor’s film biography attempts with considerable success to penetrate the James Brown phenomenon. As the famed American singer-performer, Chadwick Boseman is mesmerizing. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Comic actor and performer Robin Williams, dead at 63 Williams was found dead on Monday at his home in Tiburon, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, having apparently commited suicide. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-13T05:00:00Z Delaware Art Museum sells masterworks to pay construction debts Last week, the museum, home to a unique collection of English Pre-Raphaelite and American realist art, sold one of its signature pieces, Isabella and the Pot of Basil, by William Holman Hunt. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-12T05:00:00Z Bruce Weber’s Detroit: “Projection” as truth? The exhibition of the well-known fashion photographer’s work opened June 20 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and will run through September 7. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-08T05:00:00Z Sage Francis’s <em>Copper Gone</em>: A critic, but frustrated Francis is best known for his passionate vocal performances and thought-provoking lyrics that express understandable anger at the conditions of modern society. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-06T05:00:00Z <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, or <em>Yawn of the Planet of the Apes</em> The original <em>Planet of the Apes</em> (1968), directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, with Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall, was fairly silly, but it was not mean-spirited and had a certain humor to it. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-04T05:00:00Z Interview with Professor Ian Duncan on Sir Walter Scott: The novel “as a kind of total environment of human life” Ian Duncan is the author of an introduction to a Penguin Classics edition of <em>Waverley</em> and currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-31T05:00:00Z <em>Mad Men</em>, season seven, first half: A step forward for US television? The AMC series, about an ad agency in the 1960s, has attracted a great deal of attention for its efforts to recreate the social atmosphere and circumstances of those years. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-30T05:00:00Z <em>Lost for Life</em>: Children locked away in America The film’s web site reports the staggering, and scandalous, fact that more than “2,000 people in the US are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles.” Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-28T05:00:00Z New York’s Metropolitan Opera threatens August 1 lockout The board of trustees is demanding that musicians and other staff pay for the financial difficulties of the opera company. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-26T05:00:00Z <em>The Passenger</em> depicts the Holocaust and its aftermath in opera form This “lost opera,” written in the late 1960s, deserves a permanent place in the repertoire. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-25T05:00:00Z Below the surface of <em>Louis Theroux’s LA Stories: City of Dogs</em> Theroux’s new three-part series provides glimpses of the social crisis in Los Angeles, but the documentarian’s approach prevents him from probing very deeply. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-23T05:00:00Z Cut in funding for English National Opera As a proportion of total UK public spending, a miniscule 0.5 percent now goes to the arts. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-19T05:00:00Z Detroit Institute of Arts on track to become wholly owned corporate subsidiary The DIA has received pledges of another $26.8 million in donations from various major corporations and banks toward its goal of raising $100 million as part of the so-called “Grand Bargain.” Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-17T05:00:00Z Prasanna Vithanage’s <em>With You, Without You</em>: The human impact of Sri Lanka’s communal war Vithanage’s film is a serious artistic effort and reveals how the decades-long communal war affected human relationships. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-14T05:00:00Z Interesting music in 2014 so far <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music reviewers pick some of the more interesting albums or songs released in the first half of 2014. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-12T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.</em> and <em>Ida</em> The 40-minute documentary on the postwar American painter Robert De Niro, Sr. is a delicate and moving homage, in which his son, the actor Robert De Niro, figures prominently. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-10T05:00:00Z Sir Walter Scott and the drama of history Monday marked 200 years since the publication of <em>Waverley</em>, a novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), an event of genuine artistic and intellectual significance. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-09T05:00:00Z Veteran soul singer Bobby Womack dies, aged 70 One of the few remaining old-school soul singers still working, Womack left behind a remarkable body of work in rhythm and blues. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-08T05:00:00Z The career of popular songwriter Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) Lyricist Gerry Goffin passed away in June at the age of 75. Together with composer Carole King, he wrote many of the better known pop hits of the 1960s. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-07T05:00:00Z <em>… And Then You Shoot Your Cousin</em>: The Roots satirize the hip hop world Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, The Roots have produced some of the more interesting and oppositional music in hip hop. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-30T05:00:00Z “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum The work of the African American artist (born 1953) has been widely praised for its examination of race, gender and class. “Class” now comes in a distant third. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-28T05:00:00Z Clint Eastwood’s <em>Jersey Boys</em>: The story of The Four Seasons on screen Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort is a film version of the popular musical that premiered on Broadway in 2005 and revived interest in the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z New York’s Metropolitan Opera demands major givebacks from thousands of employees The ruling elite is demanding complete control over all aspects of cultural life. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z Eli Wallach (1915-2014): Major character actor of stage, screen and television The actor’s career spanned 65 years and intersected with the work of many leading figures in the film and theater worlds. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York As an artistic movement, Futurism was not much more than an Italian variant of other European modernist trends. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-25T05:00:00Z Prolific composer and master jazz pianist Horace Silver dies at 85 Horace Silver, the noted pianist and composer central to the hard bop school of jazz, has passed away, leaving a legacy of outstanding recordings made during the 1950s and 1960s. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-24T05:00:00Z <em>Entre Nos (Between US)</em> and <em>Red Father</em>: Aspects of US life and history <em>Entre Nos</em> dramatizes the plight of a Colombian immigrant and her two children in New York City. <em>Red Father</em>, a documentary, recounts the life and career of Bernard Ades, a lawyer and longtime member of the Communist Party. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-23T05:00:00Z The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> The opera company’s decision to cancel its global video and radio transmission of John Adams’ work is a scandalous and cowardly capitulation to right-wing forces. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-21T05:00:00Z Making sense of human suffering: <em>Francis Bacon and Henry Moore — Terror and Beauty</em> Two of the most prominent British artists of the modern period—a rare and unlikely pairing—are brought together in this exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-21T05:00:00Z No more war! The anti-war message of <em>The Cranes Are Flying</em> (1957) The film is a story about two young people, Boris and Veronica, who are in love and plan to get married. Their plans are postponed when the German army invades the USSR in 1941. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z A further comment on <em>The Cranes Are Flying</em> <em>The Cranes Are Flying</em> was a great success in East <em>and</em> West Germany, as it was in the Soviet Union. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z Classic jazz from Detroit’s Royal Garden Trio The Detroit-based Royal Garden Trio perform classic jazz and popular songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Their work deserves a larger audience. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91 Dee won Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk and Screen Actors Guild awards during her remarkable acting career, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in <em>American Gangster</em> (2007). Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-14T05:00:00Z <em>Beyoncé</em>, the new album Though not a huge deviation, <em>Beyoncé</em> is musically a bit more experimental than her previous albums. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-14T05:00:00Z Satchmo at the Waldorf in New York: The life and times of jazz great Louis Armstrong A one-man show in New York reveals something of the man behind the myth about an iconic figure in jazz history Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-12T05:00:00Z <em>So Bright is the View</em>: A serious film from Romania Estera, a middle class Jewish girl in Bucharest, has to make a choice between pursuing a job in Atlanta, working for a nouveau riche thug, or joining her mother in Israel. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-04T05:00:00Z <em>Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia</em> The newly released documentary on the life of writer and social critic Gore Vidal has much to recommend it. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-02T05:00:00Z <em>Utopia</em>: A confronting but politically flawed documentary John Pilger presents a stark picture of Aboriginal disadvantage and oppression but blames racism, not capitalism. Sat, 31 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-31T05:00:00Z <em>Belle</em>’s moving and enlightened story (and <em>The Immigrant</em>) Amma Asante’s film recounts the remarkable 18th century story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race girl who ends up in the care of William Murray, England’s lord chief justice. James Gray’s <em>The Immigrant</em> is set in New York in 1921. Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-30T05:00:00Z Sun Kil Moon’s <em>Benji</em>: Life and death (mostly death) in small-town Ohio The latest album from Mark Kozelek, who records as Sun Kil Moon, concerns the often tragic lives of the singer’s friends and family members. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-27T05:00:00Z Part four: <em>Manos Sucias</em>, <em>Freedom Summer</em> and others: Bitter social conflict present and past A film about Colombia, a short conversation with its director, and a documentary about the civil rights movement in the 1960s, among other things. Mon, 26 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-26T05:00:00Z Pharrell Williams’ <em>Girl</em> troubles Following last year’s successful collaboration with Daft Punk, producer and performer Pharrell Williams has returned with <em>Girl</em>, a hit album of his own. Sat, 24 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-24T05:00:00Z Orson Welles: An “unfinished artist” in an unfinished century Welles remains one of the most remarkable figures in the history of the cinema and theater in the 20th century. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-23T05:00:00Z Interviews with critics and film historians about Orson Welles During the recent celebration in Woodstock, Illinois, commemorating 80 years since the Todd Theatre Festival organized by Orson Welles, we had the opportunity to speak to a number of the presenters and participants. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-23T05:00:00Z Part three: <em>Bad Hair</em>, <em>School of Babel</em>, <em>South is Nothing</em>: Struggling in a harsh reality It is difficult to conceive of a serious artistic treatment of life today that avoids the economic realities and pressures relentlessly bearing down on the overwhelming majority of humanity. Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-21T05:00:00Z “We won’t let anybody fool us”: Tune-Yards’ Nikki Nack Indie-pop band Tune-Yards has returned with a strong follow-up to its 2011 release Whokill. Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-17T05:00:00Z Part two: <em>Tamako in Moratorium</em>, <em>Standing Aside, Watching</em>, <em>Three Letters from China</em>: Greater urgency from Japan, Greece and China Several films screened at the San Francisco film festival this year shed light on the dire physical and emotional impact of the global economic crisis on the lives of the general population. Fri, 16 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-16T05:00:00Z Threat of closure held over heads of San Diego Opera musicians, workers The closure threat is being used first and foremost as a means of transforming the company from a thriving cultural institution into an operation run on profit-making lines. Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-14T05:00:00Z <em>Vibrate</em>: How good is the best of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright? American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has returned with a new best-of collection. Tue, 13 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-13T05:00:00Z Part one: There is realism, and then there is realism The recent San Francisco International Film Festival, its 57th edition, screened some 168 films, including 100 or so fiction or documentary features. Mon, 12 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-12T05:00:00Z British actor Bob Hoskins (1942-2014): “When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation” Hoskins was a fine performer, never less than watchable, and able to combine vulnerability with explosive anger. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-10T05:00:00Z Diego Luna’s <em>Cesar Chavez</em>: An uninspired film on farm workers’ leader The film concerns the efforts of Chavez (Michael Pena) to unionize farm workers in California’s Central Valley during the 1960s and early 1970s. Sat, 10 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-10T05:00:00Z <em>Out Among the Stars</em>, a “new” album from Johnny Cash <em>Out Among the Stars</em> collects material recorded by country music legend Johnny Cash in the early 1980s and never before released to the public. Wed, 07 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-07T05:00:00Z <em>The Long Way Home</em>: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military The play effects concern about the plight of psychologically and physically wounded soldiers, while whitewashing the Australian military and covering up the criminal nature of the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-26T05:00:00Z Bioshock Infinite and the video game phenomenon The third in the <em>Bioshock</em> series of popular video games, <em>Infinite</em> follows thematically in the footsteps of its predecessors. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z <em>Captain America—The Winter Soldier</em>: So much noise and action you almost fall asleep This is the latest film installment featuring Marvel Comics’ character Captain America, one of the most prominent and patriotic superheroes introduced in American comic books in the World War II era. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z New York City radio drive collects 2,500 musical instruments for public school students The used instruments were accumulated in a ten-day drive conducted by classical station WQXR that ended on April 7. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-14T05:00:00Z A concert of twentieth century masterworks by Britten, Bartók and Shostakovich The program performed April 2 by the New York Philharmonic was a powerful demonstration of the heights reached by classical music in the first half of the last century. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-11T05:00:00Z Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-10T05:00:00Z WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City The lecture was a part of the tour to promote the new book, <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>, a selection of film reviews, interviews and essays on cinema and cultural issues. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-09T05:00:00Z <em>A Permanent Member of the Family</em>: Responses to trying and frustrating times—short stories by Russell Banks In recent years, novelist Russell Banks has shifted his focus to upstate New York, where he lives, making it the locale of many of the stories in this interesting new volume. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-09T05:00:00Z Mickey Rooney, popular film star of the 1930s and 1940s, dies Longtime film, television and stage actor Mickey Rooney died on Sunday at the age of 93. Rooney was one of the most popular American movie stars in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-08T05:00:00Z More artworks discovered in Salzburg: Second Act in the Gurlitt case The affair surrounding Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, has taken a new turn with the discovery of 238 more artworks hidden in Gurlitt’s Salzburg house. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-07T05:00:00Z San Diego Opera closure announcement meets with widespread opposition The recent decision to shut down the San Diego Opera Company after 49 seasons has evoked widespread popular outrage, with more than 20,000 signatures gathered in opposition to the closure. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-07T05:00:00Z <em>Beautification</em>: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-04T05:00:00Z Jason Bateman’s <em>Bad Words</em>: An inauspicious debut Actor-director Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a petulant, miserable 40-year-old who breaks into the spelling bee circuit by taking advantage of a loophole in the rules. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-03T05:00:00Z David Walsh continues book tour at Cornell University WSWS arts editor David Walsh discussed problems of art, culture, and cinema at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on March 27. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-01T05:00:00Z <em>Finding Vivian Maier</em>: A brief comment … The subject of this documentary is American photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009), who made virtually no efforts to publish her remarkable photos during her lifetime. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-28T05:00:00Z <em>Divergent</em>: A different sort of dystopia <em>Divergent</em>, billed as the “next <em>Hunger Games</em>,” offers greater depth. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-27T05:00:00Z <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> from Wes Anderson <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> is a stylish, fantastical film, sometimes comic and sometimes tragic in its re-imagining of the period between the two world wars and the emergence of fascistic forces in Europe. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-25T05:00:00Z Charlie Chaplin’s <em>The Gold Rush</em> comes to Lexington, Kentucky On March 14, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied a showing of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film <em>The Gold Rush</em> in Kentucky. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-24T05:00:00Z Moscow weighs the fate of historic Shukhov radio tower The Shukhov radio tower, a symbol of the revolutionary aspirations of the early Soviet Union and a technical marvel, is threatened by profit-hungry real estate speculators in central Moscow. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-19T05:00:00Z Australian government threatens arts funding following Sydney Biennale protest over refugees Attorney-General George Brandis demanded new arts funding protocols following the Biennale’s decision to end a funding deal with Transfield, a refugee camp contractor. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-17T05:00:00Z Drive-by Truckers release new album, <em>English Oceans</em> The Southern alternative-country group has set high standards after 18 years of making music—but they have not outdone themselves on their newest release. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-10T05:00:00Z <em>Tim’s Vermeer</em>: Art and technology The intriguing documentary centers on the attempt by Texas inventor Tim Jenison to explore the possibility that painter Johannes Vermeer used optical devices to help achieve his intricate interweaving of light, color and proportion. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-08T05:00:00Z Art and commerce: Austrian documentary <em>The Great Museum</em> Austrian director Johannes Holzhausen’s film is a fond, and at the same time scathing documentary about the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Vienna. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-07T05:00:00Z <em>Age of Cannibals</em> and <em>Amma and Appa</em>: Two sides of globalisation German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z <em>The Past</em> from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi: Something of a disappointment <em>The Past</em> takes place in Paris. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Tehran to finalize a divorce from his French wife, Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist ), after a four-year separation. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-05T05:00:00Z 2014 Academy Awards: Life versus the film industry Sunday’s awards ceremony in Hollywood was undistinguished for the most part by excitement, urgency or social insight. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-04T05:00:00Z Between faith and the striving for truth: German films in competition at the Berlinale German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-28T05:00:00Z <em>We Come as Friends</em> and <em>Run Boy Run</em>: Two more films that take a serious approach Hubert Sauper’s documentary examines the record of Western intervention in Africa, while Pepe Danquart’s fiction film recounts the experience of a fatherless Jewish boy in wartime Poland. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-26T05:00:00Z A serious approach to history: <em>Non-Fiction Diary</em> by South Korea’s Jung Yoon-suk A refreshingly serious approach to history is taken by South Korean filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk in his new documentary, <em>Non-Fiction Diary</em>, which deservedly won a prize at the 64th Berlinale. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-24T05:00:00Z <em>House of Cards</em>, season 2: The American politician as conspirator and murderer The second season of <em>House of Cards</em>, the series produced by Netflix, reveals more of the exploits of Frank Underwood, Democratic Party vice president and chief conspirator. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-21T05:00:00Z Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> spoke to Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who is being sued by the National Francisco Franco Foundation for offending the honour of the fascist dictator. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Monuments Men</em>: An establishment film, in almost every way George Clooney’s new film is the story of a squad of art experts serving in the US and Allied military who, toward the end of World War II, attempt to rescue art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z Portuguese government tries to auction 85 works by Joan Miró Portugal’s right-wing government is attempting to sell off works of art rightfully belonging to the Portuguese people. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-08T05:00:00Z Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46 Philip Seymour Hoffman, the award-winning American film and stage actor, has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-03T05:00:00Z Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski revisited: <em>Camera Buff</em> (1979) There are issues and problems associated with both periods—before and after Stalinism—of Kieślowski’s work. However, particularly in his earlier works one finds a sincere attempt to portray social reality. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-03T05:00:00Z The unknown women of Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) Actress Joan Fontaine, who passed away in December at the age of 96, contributed a number of remarkable performances to Hollywood films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-01T05:00:00Z Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83 Argentine poet Juan Gelman died in Mexico city on January 14. Gelman was considered one of the most important Spanish-language poets, as well as a fighter against the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-01-29T05:00:00Z The political and theoretical sources of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>—Part 2 WSWS arts editor David Walsh gave a talk in Detroit recently to SEP members and supporters to mark the publication of <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em>. This is the second of two parts. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-01-28T05:00:00Z