Tag: Documentary Films and Programs

Review: ‘Edge of Democracy’ Looks at Brazil With Outrage and Heartbreak

During his eight years as president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — a former steelworker and union organizer known as Lula — was often referred to as one of the most popular politicians in the world. According to one poll, his approval rating among Brazilians when he left office in 2011 was 87 […]

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How Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Spend Their Sundays

As actors and the parents of 8-year-old twins, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka, who is also a chef, know how to improvise. “There is no consistency to our routine except that we’re together and spending quality time with the kids,” Mr. Burtka, 44, said. Mr. Burtka’s first cookbook, “Life Is A Party,” […]

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In ‘Rolling Thunder Revue,’ Scorsese Tries to Capture a Wild Dylan Tour

Throughout “Rolling Thunder Revue,” the new film by Martin Scorsese chronicling Bob Dylan’s celebrated barnstorming tour in the fall of 1975, the participants struggle with how best to describe the event. It was like a “con man, carny, medicine show of old,” says Allen Ginsberg; “a circus atmosphere, dog and pony show,” says Sam Shepard; […]

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‘Rolling Thunder’ Review: A New Ballad of Bob, Sung by Marty

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen and cine-revelers of every type, to the mesmerizing motion picture and humbly titled extravaganza, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.” Thrill to Dylan, a troubadour with a white-smeared face and a peacock feather in his wide-brimmed hat, as he electrifies and sometimes confuses audiences with […]

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They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.

In 2015, Roberto Buscetta had been hiding for decades under assumed names and 11 of his closest relatives had been slaughtered by Mafia assassins when two filmmakers tracked him down in Florida, looking to chat. His father, Tommaso Buscetta, had been a soldier in the Sicilian Mafia, the first high-ranking Mafioso to break the code […]

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‘The Raft’ Review: A Crew of 10 Set Adrift With a Moody Svengali

There is no collection of human beings too small for conflict, as anyone who has had roommates or endured a family car trip surely knows. But social science exists to test — and sometimes to affirm — our self-knowledge as a species, which is why 11 people spent the summer of 1973 crossing the Atlantic […]

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Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder

How distant the mid-1970s seem now. They were unkempt, hairy, hedonistic, improvisational, analog, inefficient — anything but neatly calculated and Instagram-ready. Post-psychedelic and pre-AIDS, they were a continuation of the idealistic, natural 1960s, yet they were also an immediate precursor to the polymorphous, synthetic, role-playing disco era. The bitterness of Vietnam and Watergate lingered; hippie […]

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How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park Five

This is a story of the biggest story of its day, a crime that set a high-water mark for depravity, an urban atrocity that caused existential hand-wringing for America’s biggest city. It was a story that — over 30 years — changed from solid to liquid to gas, all but vanishing. “When They See Us,” […]

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Halston’s Women Have Their Say

ImageFrom left, Pat Cleveland, Chris Royer, Halston, Alva Chinn and Karen Bjornson in 1980.CreditDustin Pittman There were, it seems, many Halstons. There was the small-town Midwesterner who ascended to the highest levels of fashion, an inspired technician whose bias-cut dresses, masterworks of structure and refined simplicity, altered the look of 20th-century American design. There was […]

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