Tag Archives: Lewis Milestone

WWI: spirit of violence and hysteria

The malaise of the First World War. Even staunch humanists like Thomas Mann were caught up in the jingoistic fever, the pomp and ritual of nihilism. In 1914 he asked, “Is not war a purification, a liberation, an enormous hope?” … Continue reading

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LAUGHTER OUT OF DEAD BELLIES

Even before America had entered World War One, death had become a romantic subject for the new generation of American writers. The notion spread that it was the inevitable fate of men in the trenches, and writers then in college … Continue reading

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BOUND FOR GLORY?: TALKING ABOUT BAGISM, SHAGISM, DRAGISM…

” Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion throws many people for a loop the first time they see it. Its reputation as one of the great works of cinema leads them to expect an eye-popper like Citizen Kane, or a work such … Continue reading

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GOOD FENCES MAKE BAD NEIGHBORS: Mending The Fury

Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” is about  the fences that divide us, both externally and internally.Property and territoriality   being a metaphor for that toxic blend of materialism and inner turmoil.Jean Renoir’s 1937 classic La Grande Illusion was also about … Continue reading

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