Posts Tagged ‘film’

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd, by Tim Burton

Was Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeny Todd, alias the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a historical character, or is this grim story an urban legend? After seeing this film, I could not care less. First I want to say that I admire much of Tim Burton’s work. TheNightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies, […]

Death of a great actor: Paul Newman

Actually, “great actor” doesn’t seem quite adequate to describe Paul Newman. A Titan of Hollywood, writes the New York Times. What a career! The last time I saw Paul Newman in a film was in The Road to Perdition. He was then in his late 70s, and more handsome, more charismatic than ever. Remember that […]

The Other Boleyn Girl

Historical fiction in film: The Other Boleyn Girl

I did not see this film at the time of its theatrical release. I was content to watch it last week during a transatlantic flight. Granted, these were not ideal viewing conditions, but this kind of cramped setting has never prevented me from discovering, and appreciating great movies. Unfortunately, The Other Boleyn Girl did not […]

Goyas ghosts

Goya’s Ghosts, by Miloš Forman

The theme is the great painter Goya, the director is Academy Award winner Miloš Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), the stars are Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem, the film was shot on location in Spain. I had read middling reviews, but my expectations were high when I saw it last summer in […]

Marie Antoinette PBS

“Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution” on PBS: history lite

I have not seen the PBS film, and can’t comment on it, but the site is worth a visit. It is lavishly illustrated, and I found the parts on Versailles particularly interesting. The site also includes interviews of British historians Simon Schama and Lady Antonia Fraser. No French scholars? Not even Simone Bertiere, who is, […]