During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, “The Monuments Men.” Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation. Continue reading
In depicting American slavery, Hollywood has long left some of the most brutal realities largely unseen. But the filmmakers behind “12 Years a Slave” tried not to flinch in showing the full system of human subjugation. Jeffrey Brown talks to screenwriter John Ridley about the challenge of humanizing a brutal institution. Continue reading
Many of the technical and artistic conquests made in the history of photography can be traced back to the breakthroughs of one man. The 19th century British born photographer Eadweard Muybridge spent his lifetime capturing the American spirit, first in the landscapes of the Western frontier, and later in his visualizations of movement stopped in time that seemed to conquer speed with technology, freeze and reveal the un-seeable for every eye.
Veteran actor Glenn Ford died Wednesday at the age of 90. A report looks at Ford’s film legacy and speaks with film professor Howard Rodman. A second reports then looks at Tom Cruise and other big stars recent troubles in Hollywood. Continue reading