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The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

First Nighter: "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" Doesn't Quite Zoom Across the Tuner Sky

David Finkle | Posted 07.16.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Call it "interactive." Call it "immersive." Call it whatever contemporary term you will. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812--the musical n...

Madame Butterfly: A Journey

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert Weller

Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly emerged slowly from her cocoon to become one of the world's most beloved operas.