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A largely forgotten tale: Communist Party's role in the South

The Unemployed People's Movement: Leftists, Liberals, and Labor in Georgia, 1929-1941 challenges the notion that Southern white workers were incapable of action with African Americans.

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"Eat With Me": You may be hungry an hour after this tasty coming-out tale

"Eat With Me" alternates between being an enjoyable, poignant coming-out comedy drama and a paint-or rather film-by numbers story.

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Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and rational conservatives

"Capital in the 21st Century" has almost had the effect of a tsunami on economic thinking in the U.S. after its translation into English washed up on our monoglot shores.

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“Ida”: Women discover socialist Poland and themselves

It's a road picture, as the two women go back to their family's homestead and figure out what happened.

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From Congo to North Dakota, films examine the human condition

Several films screened at the recent 2014 Tribeca Film Festival deal with the search for peace and justice, or for truth and understanding. They offer much valuable food for thought.

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Thaïs: Religion versus sexuality on an epic scale

Jules Massenet's Thaïs is a tale of religion and sexual repression, with baritone Plácido Domingo as Athanaël, a meddler of epic proportions, masquerading as a monk to hide his inner psychological conflicts.

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Letters from Zora: In her own words

"I was able to conjure my own self," says Black American writer Zora Neale Hurston in the non-stop phenomenon that is Letters from Zora.

 

 

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Entrapment, food wars, and capitalism in three films

A film that debuted at the recent Tribeca Film Festival offers compelling evidence that our government has gone too far in "protecting" its citizens.

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"Belle": young love in shadow of the slave trade

This historical drama takes up Belle's first encounters with young love, the stratified class system of the times, and disgusting forms of chauvinism.

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Review: "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself "

The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a "professional amateur."

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