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Charlie Wilson’s War: Main Characters and Misleading Propaganda

When presented with the original script of Charlie Wilson’s War (Nichols, 2007), Texas bon vivant Joanne King Herring (played by Julia Roberts in the movie) keeled over and nearly choked, for the last scene was a video clip of the ...
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Their Finest: Lissa Evans Celebrates Ealing Studios’ Propaganda Filmmaker

Ordinary people are capable of the extraordinary. British author Lissa Evans believed that with her heart and soul and set out to prove it by creating her own piece of greatness. The road to achievement is often paved with books; ...
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Leni Riefenstahl with Heinrich Himmler

Leni Riefenstahl: Extraordinary Talent Tainted by Heinous Objectives

Leni Riefenstahl. Never heard of her. A crash course was necessary indeed. Fortunately, I work at MoviesonChatham, a research and writing group for film groups, critics and fans. This eclectic group provides ample opportunities for learning curves. The eye-opening quest to ...
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Propaganda: Activating Flawed Ideologies

Regarded by cinema historians as 'the best propaganda film of all time,' and a film that continues to inspire violent debate, Triumph of the Will linked Riefenstahl forevermore in the public record with fascism and Hitler. —Felicia Feaster, Turner Classic ...
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Leni Riefenstahl: Major Contributor to Film History–Can We Forgive Her?

Let’s say, just for fun, that the history of film is one big party. Each guest brings a gift to the guest of honor—film in this instance—and helps it to grow in technology and influence. Among the earlier “guests” who ...
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Leni Riefenstahl: A Life Well-Lived–Or Not?

The trouble with this tale, like so many others from Riefenstahl, is that it’s almost certainly rubbish. —Farran Smith Nehme, The Guardian Leni Riefenstahl has been the subject of, or associated with, a great amount of literary effort over the ...
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2018 Golden Globe Nominations & Winners

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, aired on Sunday Jan 7, live at 8 pm EST on NBC. (live-streamed online for the first time.) The all-black red carpet of this year’s Golden Globes, the black outfits of ...
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The Art of Enron

Most people can bear adversity; but if you wish to know what a man really is give him power. This is the supreme test.—Robert G. Ingersoll Unless you happened to work at Vermont’s Ben and Jerry’s in 1985 when the ...
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Injustice at Enron’s Bankruptcy and AA&Co Demise: The roles of Michael Chertoff and Sherron Watkins

The collapse of Enron and the conviction of its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, mark a critical juncture in American business and political life. Not only the accounting profession but corporate America as a whole—and those charged with regulating it—must now ...
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Gen Michael Flynn

Enron Trials: Mueller and Weissman in a Frenzied Witch Hunt

General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, has every reason to be sweating bullets at present. After pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian contacts, General Flynn is at the mercy of Special Counsel ...
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12 Angry Men vs “The Trial of the Century”

So impactful was Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men that it ignited Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s passion for law (Semple, 2010; Vergel, 2010). Multiply adapted from Rose’s 1954 teleplay, director Sidney Lumet’s film version was released in 1957 and is ...
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Henry Fonda, Angry Juror #8: Idealism in its Finest Hour

Sidney Lumet’s film 12 Angry Men is a patriotic movie that portrays America’s legal system in an honorable light. Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda, represents the idealistic citizen who is uncompromising in his stance to do the right thing ...
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