Arts Review <em>American Sniper</em>: A wolf in sheep dog’s clothing Clint Eastwood’s newest film tells the story of Chris Kyle, reputedly the deadliest marksman in US military history. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-24T05:00:00Z The historical and political issues in <em>Selma</em> Most attention has been focused on the relationship between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, but far deeper questions must be explored, including the significance of the mass movement against Jim Crow segregation, its political limitations and its fate. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z <em>Conscience and Conflict</em>: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War On display are works, many unseen publicly since they were first created, by a wide range of realist, surrealist and abstract artists. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-19T05:00:00Z <em>To End All Wars</em>: An anthology of antiwar comics about World War I Artists from around the world have contributed 26 comics depicting the criminality and brutality of World War I. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-16T05:00:00Z <em>Downton Abbey</em>: A rose-tinted depiction of class relations <em>Downton Abbey</em>, set in Yorkshire, depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their 16 servants in the early decades of the twentieth century. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-14T05:00:00Z <em>Goya: Order and Disorder</em>: A comprehensive view of the work of the Spanish genius The painter’s range was so diverse that at times it hardly seems the work of a single person. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-12T05:00:00Z <em>Doctor Who</em> turns toward militarism Christmas 2014 marked the end of the eighth season of the rebooted British science fiction television series and the first season featuring Peter Capaldi in the title role. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-09T05:00:00Z <em>Unbroken</em>: Mediocre Hollywood fare in the service of … what exactly? Angelina Jolie’s <em>Unbroken</em> is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 non-fiction work about Louie Zamperini’s harrowing experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-07T05:00:00Z Life in modern Tokyo, and life during the two world wars: <i>Kabukicho Love Hotel</i>, <i>Tsili</i> and <i>Theeb</i> <i>Kabukicho Love Hotel</i> is the latest film by Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki. Amos Gitai’s <i>Tsili</i> takes place during World War II, and Naji Abu Nowar’s <i>Theeb</i> during the First World War. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-05T05:00:00Z Tim Burton’s <em>Big Eyes</em>: Kitsch has never helped anyone yet Tim Burton’s new film <em>Big Eyes</em> tells the story of Margaret Keane, the American artist who created the “big-eye art” that became a mass marketing sensation in the 1960s. Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-03T05:00:00Z <em>The Imitation Game</em>: “Am I a machine? Am I a war hero? Am I a criminal?” Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum attempt to come to terms with the complicated life and work of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst and logician. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z The year in music: Favorite recordings of 2014 <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2014. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-31T05:00:00Z Best films of 2014 Some interesting films opened in North America in 2014, a greater number than in many recent years. At the same time, sections of the film industry associated themselves more than ever with the American state. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-30T05:00:00Z The latest blockbuster from CIA Pictures: <em>The Interview</em> It is entirely fitting that <em>The Interview</em> has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-29T05:00:00Z New albums from saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Walter Smith III The music of saxophonists Stephens and Smith reveals some of the strengths and weaknesses in contemporary jazz. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-27T05:00:00Z <em>Foxcatcher</em>: Under the thumb of a wealthy madman Bennett Miller’s film is based on events that culminated in the shocking 1996 murder of an Olympic wrestling champion by the multimillionaire scion, John Eleuthère du Pont, of the American chemical dynasty. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-23T05:00:00Z What the Sony emails tell us about the American film industry No one familiar with Hollywood will be astonished by the picture of back-biting, pettiness and shortsightedness that emerges from the leaked emails, but the information is salutary nonetheless. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-22T05:00:00Z <em>The Sky Between the Leaves</em> now available in eBook format This work by WSWS Arts and Culture Editor David Walsh is now available in ePub and Kindle formats. It is an important contribution to the study of Hollywood and global cinema and belongs in every Marxist library. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z <em>The Prince</em> and <em>A Few Cubic Meters of Love</em>: Two films about Iran and Afghanistan <em>The Prince</em>, the better of the pair of films, is a “docu-fiction” about the life journey of Jalil Nazari, an Afghan refugee in Iran, who subsequently applied for asylum in Germany. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z <em>Devil’s Knot</em>, <em>The Congress</em>, <em>The Giver</em> and <em>The Last Sentence</em>: A few of this year’s films As 2014 draws to a close, the WSWS will comment on a number of films that were released in North America and, in some cases, globally in the course of the past 12 months. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-15T05:00:00Z <em>Edith Wharton—The Sense of Harmony</em>: A documentary about the American novelist IndiePix Films has recently released a one-hour documentary about American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937), featuring fascinating, never-before-seen archival footage. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-12T05:00:00Z The veiled art of Alex Colville The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought together nearly 100 of Colville’s paintings, drawings and prints, the largest number ever in a single exhibit. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-08T05:00:00Z <em>Ernest Cole Photographer</em>—A searing look at apartheid South Africa A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-05T05:00:00Z “Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters The recent exhibition in Tokyo included some 180 early Soviet posters, which have remarkable artistic and historic significance. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-03T05:00:00Z <em>The Theory of Everything</em>: Stephen Hawking’s life, or parts of it, on film Stephen Hawking has over the years become a familiar personage to millions. A brilliant physicist and cosmologist, Hawking’s nearly life-long battle with disease has become the stuff of legend. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-02T05:00:00Z Veteran photographer Errol Sawyer talks with the World Socialist Web Site Errol Sawyer discusses his early career and influences and the responsibilities facing photographic artists today. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-12-01T05:00:00Z Christopher Nolan’s <em>Interstellar</em>: A mess in space <em>Interstellar</em> takes place in a dystopian near future, when dust storms are destroying crops and threatening to leave the planet without food. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1</em>: More battle scenes and bloodshed—to what end? With the third film in the Hunger Games series, the phenomenon is wearing increasingly thin. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Jon Stewart’s <em>Rosewater</em>: Fatal sins of omission Stewart, host of <em>The Daily Show</em>, has written and directed a film treating the Iranian government’s incarceration and torture of a London-based, Iranian-born journalist in the immediate aftermath of the 2009 presidential election. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival The Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus, Germany has been an annual event since 1991. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z <em>Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work</em>: A biography of the remarkable actor Susan L. Mizruchi’s work uses the late actor’s extensive book collection, along with film scripts, research materials and notes for films, to deliver a complex and believable Marlon Brando. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-19T05:00:00Z <em>Still The Enemy Within</em>: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left The central problem with the documentary is its promotion of the state capitalist Socialist Workers Party’s perspective, which lets the Labour Party and the unions entirely off the hook for the betrayal of the miners. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-15T05:00:00Z <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z Atlanta Symphony musicians agree to concessions after nine-week lockout The latest contract follows a pattern across the US, but there is also growing anger at the corporate stranglehold on culture. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-13T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>Olive Kitteridge</em>: Why are these people so unhappy? Adapted from Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, HBO’s miniseries <em>Olive Kitteridge</em> deals with life in a small community on the coast of Maine. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z The literary impact and social concerns of American novelist Dave Eggers Without wanting to oversimplify, one presumes that the general sympathy with which sufferers are treated in Eggers’ novels is owing in no small measure to his own experiences. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-03T05:00:00Z <em>Fury</em>: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film? David Ayer’s morbid and militarist film follows an American tank crew, led by Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), in the final days of World War II in Europe. Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-01T05:00:00Z Three darkish comedies: <em>Birdman</em>, <em>The Skeleton Twins</em> and <em>St. Vincent</em> <em>Birdman</em> deals with the washed-up star of a super-hero franchise. <em>The Skeleton Twins</em> portrays two siblings trying to overcome a painful psychological legacy. <em>St. Vincent</em> features a misanthropic Vietnam veteran who forms a life-changing attachment. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-30T05:00:00Z <em>Pride</em>: The UK miners’ strike through the distorted mirror of identity politics Matthew Warchus’ film about the 1984-85 conflict has been well received in Britain and was the third highest-grossing release on its opening weekend. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-29T05:00:00Z <em>The Cut</em>, a story of the Armenian Genocide Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin returns with a story of a family torn apart by the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-28T05:00:00Z <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> premieres in New York Despite vitriolic attacks and demands that the performance be cancelled, John Adams’s work went on as scheduled at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-22T05:00:00Z David Fincher’s <em>Gone Girl</em>: The lady vanishes <em>Gone Girl</em> wants to be a psychological study, a black comedy about the upper middle class, a social critique and a satire of media sensationalism. A few aspects are intriguing, even accomplished. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-22T05:00:00Z <em>Citizenfour</em> documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US Speaking of the NSA and the intelligence apparatus, Snowden asserts, in Laura Poitras’ documentary, “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.” Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-20T05:00:00Z The Gary Webb story in <em>Kill the Messenger</em>: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy Michael Cuesta’s film tells the story of the journalist whose 1996 investigative series, “Dark Alliance,” uncovered ties between the Central Intelligence Agency and massive drug peddling by the right-wing Nicaraguan Contras. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Gold Mine</em> by Kelsey Waldon: Life, more or less Kelsey Waldon sets out to tell small-town stories in her debut album. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-16T05:00:00Z The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk Munk, part of a generation of Eastern European artists struggling to deal with the postwar situation, was able to create a humane and authentic portrait of his times. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-13T05:00:00Z <em>99 Homes</em>, <em>Shelter</em> and harsh American realities: Filmmakers inch their way toward important truths <em>99 Homes</em> deals with the foreclosure and eviction crisis, <em>Shelter</em> with the homeless. Also screened was a documentary about a Mexican citizen 30 years on death row, <em>The Years of Fierro</em>. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z <em>Snowpiercer</em>: A new ice age and its consequences South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film tackles environmental catastrophe and social revolution. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-08T05:00:00Z <em>The Boxtrolls</em>: A cartoonish glimpse of class society An underclass of trolls takes on the wealthy and corrupt White Hats in the new animated film from Laika, the Oregon-based studio. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-06T05:00:00Z <em>Calvary</em>: An Irish priest threatened for another’s crimes In the opening scene, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) takes confession from an unseen man who recounts being sexually abused by a priest as a child, and informs James he is going to kill him “Sunday week.” Sat, 04 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-04T05:00:00Z <em>Iraqi Odyssey</em> and other pictures of the modern world The film, directed by Iraqi-Swiss filmmaker Samir, attempts to interweave the complex saga of the director’s own family with the larger history of Iraq over the past half-century or more. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-02T05:00:00Z Drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em> New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em>, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z New York Public Library exhibition on US entry into World War I “Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind” describes the way in which propaganda and mass media “were used to shape and control public opinion about the war” a century ago. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-25T05:00:00Z Video: WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh speaks on the 2014 Toronto Film Festival This year’s Toronto International Film Festival presented a number of films about the foreclosure crisis and homelessness as well as about drone warfare. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-25T05:00:00Z <em>Phoenix</em> and <em>Labyrinth of Lies</em>: German history and other complex questions Christian Petzold’s <em>Phoenix</em> and Italian-born Giulio Ricciarelli’s <em>Labyrinth of Lies</em> are both skillfully made, intelligent films that delve, in quite different ways, into the legacy of German fascism. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-24T05:00:00Z <em>Grave of the Fireflies</em>: Two children fighting for survival in wartime Japan Produced over 25 years ago, the Japanese animation feature is a unique and emotionally intense story set in Kobe during the last months of World War II. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-22T05:00:00Z Something different in filmmaking A number of remarkable films were screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, out of a total of 284 feature films and 108 shorts, from some 80 countries. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-18T05:00:00Z Common’s <em>Nobody’s Smiling</em>: A murky offering by the Chicago rapper The tenth studio album from Grammy award-winning rapper Common attempts to grapple with gang violence and social misery in his hometown of Chicago Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-16T05:00:00Z World War I remembered through British art A major retrospective at the Imperial War Museum London features the work of British artists sent to capture the reality of the First World War. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-06T05:00:00Z 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