Arts Review http://www.wsws.org/topics/site_area/arts/ <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1</em>: More battle scenes and bloodshed—to what end? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/24/mock-n24.html With the third film in the Hunger Games series, the phenomenon is wearing increasingly thin. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0e1a2dfa-8818-4898-aadf-f3a649416cbB/mock-n24.html 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Jon Stewart’s <em>Rosewater</em>: Fatal sins of omission http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/21/rose-n21.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/81f91714-0a61-432d-ae5f-6ce224819b0E/rose-n21.html 2014-11-21T05:00:00Z Distortion and dishonesty: Ukrainian films at the Cottbus Film Festival http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/20/east-n20.html The Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus, Germany has been an annual event since 1991. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/12b4651d-fba7-4c31-9afd-71a63b6bb59H/east-n20.html 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z <em>Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work</em>: A biography of the remarkable actor http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/19/rev2-n19.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/f6d427d6-11a3-4638-a228-992d86da23dP/rev2-n19.html 2014-11-19T05:00:00Z <em>Still The Enemy Within</em>: The 1984-85 British miners’ strike according to the pseudo-left http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/15/enem-n15.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e412f4d-a3dc-418e-89ab-0449b0e0df0E/enem-n15.html 2014-11-15T05:00:00Z <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> dramatizes 1985 hijacking of Achille Lauro http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/14/klin-n14.html John Adams’s opera is a worthy addition to the contemporary operatic repertory. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/493b2ced-a0de-4469-ab0d-dbd7412573cG/klin-n14.html 2014-11-14T05:00:00Z Atlanta Symphony musicians agree to concessions after nine-week lockout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/13/atla-n13.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2f78e3c-76fe-4854-9ec7-fa68a4484e8C/atla-n13.html 2014-11-13T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>Olive Kitteridge</em>: Why are these people so unhappy? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/10/kitt-n10.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/691e2bb0-cf1c-475b-8a2b-52f04ba84daF/kitt-n10.html 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z The literary impact and social concerns of American novelist Dave Eggers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/03/egge-n03.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/2c1f523d-81d1-40a8-8108-f6707dc1b9aJ/egge-n03.html 2014-11-03T05:00:00Z <em>Fury</em>: What is “realism”? What is an “anti-war” film? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/01/fury-n01.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/2bab31de-6898-4d47-b507-19475e8d504D/fury-n01.html 2014-11-01T05:00:00Z Three darkish comedies: <em>Birdman</em>, <em>The Skeleton Twins</em> and <em>St. Vincent</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/30/bird-o30.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/b6b867ee-0b33-4275-b889-37eeaa8f819D/bird-o30.html 2014-10-30T05:00:00Z <em>Pride</em>: The UK miners’ strike through the distorted mirror of identity politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/29/prid-o29.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/c530e10a-23b6-4dee-975c-c75f9d60c5cD/prid-o29.html 2014-10-29T05:00:00Z <em>The Cut</em>, a story of the Armenian Genocide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/28/tcut-o28.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/3eefb4cc-b511-45b9-9b6d-6a033c8d724F/tcut-o28.html 2014-10-28T05:00:00Z <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> premieres in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/22/klin-o22.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5c9de5f-f239-4b4d-b744-b7ab923e604O/klin-o22.html 2014-10-22T05:00:00Z David Fincher’s <em>Gone Girl</em>: The lady vanishes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/22/gone-o22.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c3ba49a-1945-495e-8004-5c1bd1046eeF/gone-o22.html 2014-10-22T05:00:00Z <em>Citizenfour</em> documentary on Edward Snowden premieres in UK and US http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/20/citi-o20.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8e14100-bcd4-4e55-bf09-9dd04d32e3eG/citi-o20.html 2014-10-20T05:00:00Z The Gary Webb story in <em>Kill the Messenger</em>: Shedding light on CIA criminality and conspiracy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/17/kill-o17.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7c1e3c3-bde6-4147-a5c4-b11102ad7e7O/kill-o17.html 2014-10-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Gold Mine</em> by Kelsey Waldon: Life, more or less http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/16/kels-o16.html Kelsey Waldon sets out to tell small-town stories in her debut album. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/21f295e1-e1d4-4b85-bfa1-1e91029f408M/kels-o16.html 2014-10-16T05:00:00Z The legacy of postwar Polish filmmaker Andrzej Munk http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/13/munk-o13.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef53a408-1dbb-4a0d-b390-f4d8be37837C/munk-o13.html 2014-10-13T05:00:00Z <em>99 Homes</em>, <em>Shelter</em> and harsh American realities: Filmmakers inch their way toward important truths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/10/tff5-o10.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/7407191b-e85f-4395-8edf-92b5908d892E/tff5-o10.html 2014-10-10T05:00:00Z <em>Snowpiercer</em>: A new ice age and its consequences http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/08/snow-o08.html South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film tackles environmental catastrophe and social revolution. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dca7f2a7-9e24-4727-ae02-482bec9c7eaI/snow-o08.html 2014-10-08T05:00:00Z <em>The Boxtrolls</em>: A cartoonish glimpse of class society http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/06/boxt-o06.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/15fb1872-fc73-4324-97e1-27d5a0b06e4C/boxt-o06.html 2014-10-06T05:00:00Z <em>Calvary</em>: An Irish priest threatened for another’s crimes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/04/calv-o04.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/694169e5-7d93-4862-8ce4-519603fec89P/calv-o04.html 2014-10-04T05:00:00Z <em>Iraqi Odyssey</em> and other pictures of the modern world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/02/tff4-o02.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f29a244-a97d-4698-95ee-b3ff3e34dceH/tff4-o02.html 2014-10-02T05:00:00Z Drone warfare in <em>Good Kill</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/26/tff3-s26.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/eb5295a2-48a7-49d5-bdf0-93583dca64fL/tff3-s26.html 2014-09-26T05:00:00Z New York Public Library exhibition on US entry into World War I http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/25/nypl-s25.html “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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/6bda9a4a-9b74-452d-8047-6f0a5c17c4aJ/nypl-s25.html 2014-09-25T05:00:00Z Video: WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh speaks on the 2014 Toronto Film Festival http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/25/dwvd-s25.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/f94471d9-dba9-428e-b63b-0455ec412b7L/dwvd-s25.html 2014-09-25T05:00:00Z <em>Phoenix</em> and <em>Labyrinth of Lies</em>: German history and other complex questions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/24/tff2-s24.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/4998f654-6041-4be1-adb7-cdd4d2f162cC/tff2-s24.html 2014-09-24T05:00:00Z <em>Grave of the Fireflies</em>: Two children fighting for survival in wartime Japan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/22/grav-s22.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/f692c546-84d2-4c96-b3f7-62bb691d676C/grav-s22.html 2014-09-22T05:00:00Z Something different in filmmaking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/18/tff1-s18.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/8655f284-f507-47c5-8f8f-715fadab99dE/tff1-s18.html 2014-09-18T05:00:00Z Common’s <em>Nobody’s Smiling</em>: A murky offering by the Chicago rapper http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/16/comm-s16.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/d8088508-7c79-4e90-938b-382500b8c34B/comm-s16.html 2014-09-16T05:00:00Z World War I remembered through British art http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/06/trut-s06.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/947b8e60-bf22-4929-b097-5d716eea2b3L/trut-s06.html 2014-09-06T05:00:00Z Willie Nelson’s <em>Band of Brothers</em>: A songwriter returns http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/02/nels-s02.html Country music icon Willie Nelson marks a successful return to songwriting with his latest album. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5e7e7ea2-67c6-4ecd-b14d-d58381ae380H/nels-s02.html 2014-09-02T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>True Detective</em>: Gruesome doings and deep-going pessimism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/28/true-a28.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/5ccfd00c-5fb2-44f5-922a-cb88bb487d2D/true-a28.html 2014-08-28T05:00:00Z Woody Allen’s <em>Magic in the Moonlight</em>: Keeping life at a distance http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/22/magi-a22.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/a96c9e79-9617-41c2-ab16-0977dbac969B/magi-a22.html 2014-08-22T05:00:00Z New Met Opera contract sets precedent for further givebacks http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/metr-a20.html An all-night bargaining session produced a four-year deal based on “equality of sacrifice.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2cce1ae-a1bb-4345-ab74-597ce8dc067N/metr-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z <em>Rich Hill</em>: A story that “could be told in hundreds of towns” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/20/rich-a20.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/6fc5a350-c53f-4cb1-95ba-1e0cd932484B/rich-a20.html 2014-08-20T05:00:00Z Richard Linklater’s <em>Boyhood</em>: American lives over the course of a dozen years http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/19/boyh-a19.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/999af2f5-7abc-4470-aafd-e6f19c89abbJ/boyh-a19.html 2014-08-19T05:00:00Z <em>Lucy</em>: A little knowledge is apparently a dangerous thing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/16/lucy-a16.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d8d1029-ac56-424a-bc7c-dbd47db6fb7K/lucy-a16.html 2014-08-16T05:00:00Z Lockout deadline at New York’s Metropolitan Opera extended http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/metr-a14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/1879d408-9b71-4b40-8691-6b08faa6520L/metr-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z <em>Get On Up</em>: The James Brown story http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/brow-a14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/52c4f3b2-482d-4a3a-b48a-a0d369413ddL/brow-a14.html 2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Comic actor and performer Robin Williams, dead at 63 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/13/will-a13.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/9bb8ad97-f00b-4786-bfaf-a25b983522aA/will-a13.html 2014-08-13T05:00:00Z Delaware Art Museum sells masterworks to pay construction debts http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/12/dela-a12.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/32ffe347-603b-4279-93c8-2e6722fa30cH/dela-a12.html 2014-08-12T05:00:00Z Bruce Weber’s Detroit: “Projection” as truth? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/08/webe-a08.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/35fe069c-6282-48c1-b62c-78b6ffce32aN/webe-a08.html 2014-08-08T05:00:00Z Sage Francis’s <em>Copper Gone</em>: A critic, but frustrated http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/06/sage-a06.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2af7436-bccb-498f-923f-185fbbe3893F/sage-a06.html 2014-08-06T05:00:00Z <em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, or <em>Yawn of the Planet of the Apes</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/04/apes-a04.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/275c45ec-d561-4115-9698-76f1c54a008G/apes-a04.html 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” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/31/dunc-j31.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/34fab4de-f8fa-414a-8b0d-71dcb3a0470J/dunc-j31.html 2014-07-31T05:00:00Z <em>Mad Men</em>, season seven, first half: A step forward for US television? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/madm-j30.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/5bbe1bdb-8c03-459e-b52a-587fa61db0bI/madm-j30.html 2014-07-30T05:00:00Z <em>Lost for Life</em>: Children locked away in America http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/28/lost-j28.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/40497a7e-32d2-491a-adbe-4a6987324ddP/lost-j28.html 2014-07-28T05:00:00Z New York’s Metropolitan Opera threatens August 1 lockout http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/26/lock-j26.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/8acfc9d7-2ff2-4dc0-8382-b2376dfde91L/lock-j26.html 2014-07-26T05:00:00Z <em>The Passenger</em> depicts the Holocaust and its aftermath in opera form http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/25/oper-j25.html This “lost opera,” written in the late 1960s, deserves a permanent place in the repertoire. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8903f116-6ca4-4b0e-8e67-73e264fcf2dE/oper-j25.html 2014-07-25T05:00:00Z Below the surface of <em>Louis Theroux’s LA Stories: City of Dogs</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/23/city-j23.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/15c2c432-c12a-4c75-b14b-432fb80e877K/city-j23.html 2014-07-23T05:00:00Z Cut in funding for English National Opera http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/19/arts-j19.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/37ae769e-43a4-4743-a716-412376d3384E/arts-j19.html 2014-07-19T05:00:00Z Detroit Institute of Arts on track to become wholly owned corporate subsidiary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/17/diad-j17.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/b624d77e-4d32-46a2-9e82-693c50b1c63F/diad-j17.html 2014-07-17T05:00:00Z Prasanna Vithanage’s <em>With You, Without You</em>: The human impact of Sri Lanka’s communal war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/14/vith-j14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/932efd6d-e73a-4755-94b3-908b543478cG/vith-j14.html 2014-07-14T05:00:00Z Interesting music in 2014 so far http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/12/sofa-j12.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/988b7d3e-929c-4c91-b45b-e13c6058dd9E/sofa-j12.html 2014-07-12T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.</em> and <em>Ida</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/10/deni-j10.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/34b16425-0420-47da-bbba-b06b61aa0baG/deni-j10.html 2014-07-10T05:00:00Z Sir Walter Scott and the drama of history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/09/wave-j09.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/cab14bc3-bb2c-4b2e-b706-add2bcd60a2E/wave-j09.html 2014-07-09T05:00:00Z Veteran soul singer Bobby Womack dies, aged 70 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/08/bwom-j08.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/33aab3cb-3739-4272-8a54-77acb012021K/bwom-j08.html 2014-07-08T05:00:00Z The career of popular songwriter Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/07/goff-j07.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/03c10ee6-4268-407f-b1ed-09a0cb3ab1aO/goff-j07.html 2014-07-07T05:00:00Z <em>… And Then You Shoot Your Cousin</em>: The Roots satirize the hip hop world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/30/root-j30.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/464f0fea-695a-4a06-b1fd-6c61cae42a1D/root-j30.html 2014-06-30T05:00:00Z “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/28/phot-j28.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/d4d971e2-64c9-4e79-a440-5c9b8c87be3L/phot-j28.html 2014-06-28T05:00:00Z Clint Eastwood’s <em>Jersey Boys</em>: The story of The Four Seasons on screen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/27/jers-j27.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/2334c9d2-453f-4064-8532-0fb23ebc4c9M/jers-j27.html 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z New York’s Metropolitan Opera demands major givebacks from thousands of employees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/27/met-j27.html The ruling elite is demanding complete control over all aspects of cultural life. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5141e62-833b-4c21-94a6-162f15b946eH/met-j27.html 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z Eli Wallach (1915-2014): Major character actor of stage, screen and television http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/27/eli-j27.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/5648b64b-e5a4-4dc3-b411-536b807476eD/eli-j27.html 2014-06-27T05:00:00Z “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/25/futu-j25.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/35faa9d9-092d-4e40-b81f-c5d667552d4M/futu-j25.html 2014-06-25T05:00:00Z Prolific composer and master jazz pianist Horace Silver dies at 85 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/24/silv-j24.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/8813d3e8-1f91-41d3-8792-c9a49fd9988O/silv-j24.html 2014-06-24T05:00:00Z <em>Entre Nos (Between US)</em> and <em>Red Father</em>: Aspects of US life and history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/23/film-j23.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/53ec5879-82c2-436e-9f51-719fbf46ffbE/film-j23.html 2014-06-23T05:00:00Z The Metropolitan Opera’s censorship of <em>The Death of Klinghoffer</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/21/pers-j21.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/3b633427-d380-4e5f-8c0a-1b8229dbba9C/pers-j21.html 2014-06-21T05:00:00Z Making sense of human suffering: <em>Francis Bacon and Henry Moore — Terror and Beauty</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/21/baco-j21.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3b0c61a-30d8-4ae5-8959-d8e18aab22aL/baco-j21.html 2014-06-21T05:00:00Z No more war! The anti-war message of <em>The Cranes Are Flying</em> (1957) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/19/cran-j19.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/08424494-b288-4fc9-ae91-ae701ae2d5eK/cran-j19.html 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z A further comment on <em>The Cranes Are Flying</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/19/lett-j19.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/3480a87e-aa08-41dd-8f06-6b87385af9bH/lett-j19.html 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z Classic jazz from Detroit’s Royal Garden Trio http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/16/trio-j16.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/d3afd8ee-86b9-4bc7-8b13-75b57c1fb4bA/trio-j16.html 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z Ruby Dee, American actress and activist, dead at 91 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/14/rdee-j14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/ae9f5335-50aa-4347-935b-3660fc404a7B/rdee-j14.html 2014-06-14T05:00:00Z <em>Beyoncé</em>, the new album http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/14/beyo-j14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/e42c7f8b-7618-465d-a7a1-23197c0718aN/beyo-j14.html 2014-06-14T05:00:00Z Satchmo at the Waldorf in New York: The life and times of jazz great Louis Armstrong http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/12/satc-j12.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/dd4716b5-0be4-4c15-9cf0-09f32c8af6bK/satc-j12.html 2014-06-12T05:00:00Z <em>So Bright is the View</em>: A serious film from Romania http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/04/brig-j04.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/290f3545-173d-4579-9527-cd2ba06e922H/brig-j04.html 2014-06-04T05:00:00Z <em>Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/02/vida-j02.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/848cba07-30d4-4963-940b-1c736239f8fP/vida-j02.html 2014-06-02T05:00:00Z <em>Utopia</em>: A confronting but politically flawed documentary http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/31/pilg-m31.html John Pilger presents a stark picture of Aboriginal disadvantage and oppression but blames racism, not capitalism. Sat, 31 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3d88e939-98a2-48b5-9479-14451aef9d9A/pilg-m31.html 2014-05-31T05:00:00Z <em>Belle</em>’s moving and enlightened story (and <em>The Immigrant</em>) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/30/bell-m30.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/b665067c-f13d-4e19-abfa-d4282edfb72L/bell-m30.html 2014-05-30T05:00:00Z Sun Kil Moon’s <em>Benji</em>: Life and death (mostly death) in small-town Ohio http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/27/sunk-m27.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/4bba34f9-49e3-49b5-9037-667459c2edbJ/sunk-m27.html 2014-05-27T05:00:00Z Part four: <em>Manos Sucias</em>, <em>Freedom Summer</em> and others: Bitter social conflict present and past http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/26/sff4-m26.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ac8f788-b930-424e-a965-50c3f7ea8feA/sff4-m26.html 2014-05-26T05:00:00Z Pharrell Williams’ <em>Girl</em> troubles http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/24/phar-m24.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d5f88d6-5fba-489a-9d13-adeae216f76F/phar-m24.html 2014-05-24T05:00:00Z Orson Welles: An “unfinished artist” in an unfinished century http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/23/wood-m23.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/8e71ce12-a431-44f7-a04f-d6e9db31a3fI/wood-m23.html 2014-05-23T05:00:00Z Interviews with critics and film historians about Orson Welles http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/23/wint-m23.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/815b52d2-63d5-4620-800b-97f7d32101fH/wint-m23.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/21/sff3-m21.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b8b4d48-a1b1-438f-a546-f1ed8852dcbN/sff3-m21.html 2014-05-21T05:00:00Z “We won’t let anybody fool us”: Tune-Yards’ Nikki Nack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/17/tune-m17.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/fb23e947-3cd7-4dc9-8df5-68de2129f54I/tune-m17.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/16/sff2-m16.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/14bf94d2-caee-4563-886a-fbff22e0643D/sff2-m16.html 2014-05-16T05:00:00Z Threat of closure held over heads of San Diego Opera musicians, workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/14/sdop-m14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf5d5a82-b3f0-4079-8da6-d4d5a8a62a2B/sdop-m14.html 2014-05-14T05:00:00Z <em>Vibrate</em>: How good is the best of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/13/wain-m13.html American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has returned with a new best-of collection. Tue, 13 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1d575361-fa37-4ad3-93b1-94e8398ec67B/wain-m13.html 2014-05-13T05:00:00Z Part one: There is realism, and then there is realism http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/12/sff1-m12.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/64978f14-e0ed-47f7-9512-9fcabdf2325D/sff1-m12.html 2014-05-12T05:00:00Z British actor Bob Hoskins (1942-2014): “When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/10/hosk-m10.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/c8301870-8883-4b9c-903c-2bee84d5b15M/hosk-m10.html 2014-05-10T05:00:00Z Diego Luna’s <em>Cesar Chavez</em>: An uninspired film on farm workers’ leader http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/10/chav-m10.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ce26015-3c01-43f5-ba81-bf49bc58318F/chav-m10.html 2014-05-10T05:00:00Z <em>Out Among the Stars</em>, a “new” album from Johnny Cash http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/07/cash-m07.html <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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/bff0cf0e-d61c-456b-b9ee-d47aa93d2a8I/cash-m07.html 2014-05-07T05:00:00Z <em>The Long Way Home</em>: Sydney Theatre Company signs up with the Australian military http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/26/lway-a26.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a9a2052-be0d-4131-ba05-da2f1a30164L/lway-a26.html 2014-04-26T05:00:00Z Bioshock Infinite and the video game phenomenon http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/17/bios-a17.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b9bfb87-6b36-4d36-9234-830bf8b3537L/bios-a17.html 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z <em>Captain America—The Winter Soldier</em>: So much noise and action you almost fall asleep http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/15/capt-a15.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/7118dfa3-4cc5-4dae-bae1-18c7b33e1deA/capt-a15.html 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z New York City radio drive collects 2,500 musical instruments for public school students http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/14/musi-a14.html 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 http://www.wsws.org/asset/d132e41a-592f-41d0-89aa-48c5663e789F/musi-a14.html 2014-04-14T05:00:00Z