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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

3 Articles About Books to Read Right Now -- Marlene Dietrich v. Leni Riefenstahl, Jonathan Franzen, and Blurbs

The National Book Review | Posted 10.31.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review 1. Michael Sragow, "'Dietrich & Riefenstahl,' review: Two Women Who Made Fateful Choices" (Wa...

Paradise Lost: Why New Movies Make Us Love Old Movies More

Dick Guttman | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Dick Guttman

Given the luxurious privilege of having my diary of life among the superstars, Starflacker, excerpted in The Huffington Post and in Saturday Evening Post, why would I instead choose to excerpt from another book not yet even on the market?

96-Year-Old Tao Porchon-Lynch Is 'On Fire' on America's Got Talent

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Dancing to Pitbull's "Fireball," 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and ballroom dance teacher Vard Margaryan wowed the "America's Got Talent" judges and audience on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

Hollywood of Exiles and Émigrés

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The Golden Globe Awards are only a few days away, and the Oscars are just around the corner as well. If you want to immerse yourself into the mystery, glamor, and history of Golden Age Hollywood between 1933 and 1950, here is a treat for you.

Remembering Towering Filmmakers Fuller and Truffaut

Annette Insdorf | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

It's timely that A Fuller Life -- a documentary celebrating Samuel Fuller's career -- opens Friday at the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles, and that the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris has just mounted a massive retrospective of Francois Truffaut's work.

The Other Ex-Men

Rob Taub | Posted 10.20.2014 | Divorce
Rob Taub

Stories about post divorce relationships with former spouses most often deal with acrimony and seldom address anything positive. My circumstances are slightly unusual as my ex-wife and I have always behaved cordially to one another.

First Nighter: Bacharach Revue Awkwardly Asks 'What's It All About?' -- Steve Tyrell Smoothly Answers

David Finkle | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.

Catching Up With Michael Menzies, the 'Love Child' of Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich

Kenneth M. Walsh | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Kenneth M. Walsh

Back in June I put together a summer reading list that included a delightful-sounding memoir called Deeply Superficial: Noël Coward, Marlene Dietrich, and Me, written by film executive Michael Menzies. It's a must-read for anyone who's ever felt a special kinship with a celebrity.

Death by Dior: A Book Review

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Alison Winfield Burns

There is no death by Dior if we talk about art, there is only life by Dior. And in this book that so remorselessly brings to light long-ago misdeeds, there is something of a reminder how great art outlasts the residue of pain.

Style Icons From The 1920's

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style

Many important things happened in the 1920s (Prohibition, jazz music, Art Deco...) But in our minds, one of the more significant developments of the d...

Ella: Fashion Sense (PHOTOS)

Pam Peterson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Style
Pam Peterson

With her brand, Ella, Elinrós Lindal has made it her mission to provide luxurious clothing that make women feel beautiful and confident, while, at the same time, being mindful of the environmental and economical impact of the industry.

Lady Gaga: An Avatar for Our Times?

Gillian Schutte | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Gillian Schutte

Gaga is an icon that is not meant to be understood or defined. Certainly, she has done more to engage the world in a speculative debate about what she is than any of her predecessors who, though complex, were much easier to pigeonhole. Gaga, it seems, is indefinable.

Who's This Groundbreaking Beauty?

The Huffington Post | Amanda McGowan | Posted 09.16.2014 | Style

As the first Asian American woman to become an international star, Anna May Wong heroically fought stereotyping and racism throughout her career. Wong...

Marlene Dietrich's Hollywood Glamour

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

"A Look Back" is a daily column that highlights a moment from fashion's fabulous past. Today's pick is of actress Marlene Dietrich from the 1930s. Kno...

Did Men Invent Art to Become Women? Must Women Become Men to Make Great Art?

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Imagine you are a man living amid the Paleolithic millennia. If you were seeking great rewards from beyond the mortal realm, would you mutilate yourself, or submit to an order of mutilation, to become as much a woman as would be possible to you?

The Myth of the Deadly Diva

George Heymont | Posted 03.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

From biblical temptresses to blood-sucking vampires, from the sirens of Greek mythology (whose seductive singing lured many a sailor to his death) to the succubi who appear in men's dreams, women have been portrayed as man-hungry predators throughout the history of literature.

Happy 110th Birthday Marlene Dietrich!

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home

Those eyebrows. Those cheekbones. That Marlene Dietrich. It's the screen goddess' 110th birthday, and to celebrate, we've put together some of the ...

PHOTOS: Marlene's Androgynous Style

The Huffington Post | Jada Wong | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Although the menswear trend has been popular for several years, Marlene Dietrich was actually among the first to pioneer the androgynous style. Top ha...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Twilight, and the Return of Women's Blockbuster Films

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Hollywood is finally making an effort to give women and their stories the blockbuster treatment. In doing so, the film industry is hearkening back to what was once a strength of classic Hollywood: the blockbuster women's film.

WATCH: Dior's New Ad Stars Charlize Theron and Late Hollywood Icons

The Huffington Post | Marielle Bingham | Posted 11.06.2011 | Style

While many have fled from Chrisitan Dior in the past few months, Charlize Theron has stuck by the French company's side. As its longtime spokesmodel, ...

When the World Was Small and Man Knew His Place in It: This Artweek.LA (May 30 - June 5)

Bill Bush | Posted 07.31.2011 | Arts
Bill Bush

Creative Cultural Cross Referencing (How to Link Stephen Sondheim to the Original Siamese Twins)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Let's look at two recent events, play a little cultural mashup, and examine the results.