August 1, 2014

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PERFORMING ARTS:
Manville magnificent in Ghosts revival
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
In the dying moments of Richard Eyre’s exquisite revival of Ibsen’s drama, the rosy hint of dawn creeps across the room where Lesley Manville’s Mrs Alving stands like a statue, her face cracked with grief.
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PERFORMING ARTS:
An awful Andrea Chenier at the New York Met
REVIEWED BY REVIEWED BY DORIAN
The New York Metropolitan Opera recently presented an ill-advised production of Andrea Chenier, t;one that flew in the face of Giordano’s score, which exists to be set aflame by singers.
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ART:
A Historic Gourd spills its secret
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
More than 200 years ago, French King Louis XVI was killed, along with his wife, Marie Antoinette, via guillotine.

BOOKS:
Augustine: A Biography
REVIEWED BY PALOMA PASQUALITOS
Unbaptised babies go to Hell.
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FILM RECENTLY RELEASED:
The Muse
REVIEWED BY CHARLES LONBERGER
Though this production is marketed as the 100th film by Yutaka Ikejima, it is primarily shaped by the metaphorical screenplay of Daisuke Goto, which is loosely based on a quote by Sam Fuller. .
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FILM FROM THE VAULT:
Judith of Bethulia
REVIEWED BY CHARLES LONBERGER
All that was best in D. W. Griffith is to be seen in his 1913 production of Judith of Bethulia, a lurid retelling of the Apocrypha that confuses characters from the stories of Ruth and Judith.
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