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"THE ILLUSIONIST" (2006) Review

Neil Burger wrote and directed this loose adaptation of Steven Millhauser's story called "Eisenheim the Illusionist". This story about a magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna starred Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewell. Read more... )
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Below is a gallery of photos from the 2006 movie, "THE ILLUSIONIST". Based upon Steven Millhauser's story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" and Directed by Neil Burger, the movie starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell: Read more... )
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"THE GREAT RACE" (1965) Review

During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Hollywood film industry had released many films that were later dubbed as ”blockbusters”. These films were made to compete with the growing popularity of television during the post-World War II era. Most of the blockbusters released during the 1950s turned out to be period dramas and musicals. The period dramas and musicals continued way into the 1960s. However, they were joined by all-star comedies with long running times. One of these comedies turned out to be 1965’s "THE GREAT RACE". Read more... )
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Below is a gallery of photos from Blake Edwards' 1965 comedy, "THE GREAT RACE". This tale about a 1908 auto race from New York to Paris starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk and Keenan Wynn: Read more... )
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Below is an article about the American dish known as Chicken Fried Steak: Read more... )
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Below is an article I had written about the Austrian dessert known as Sacher Torte: Read more... )
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TIME MACHINE: ASSASSINATION OF ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA (1875-1914)

June 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (present day Bosnia-Herzegovina). Also killed was his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. Franz Ferdinand was not only an Archduke of Austria-Hungary, but also a Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia; and from 1889 until his death, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Read more... )
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"FLASHMAN AND THE TIGER" (1999) Book Review

Out of all the books featured in George MacDonald Fraser's The Flashman Papers, only one featured more than one tale. This turned out to be "FLASHMAN AND THE TIGER", first published in 1999. Instead of one novel, the book contained three novellas featuring an aging Harry Flashman between the ages of 56 and 72. Read more... )
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"THE PRISONER OF ZENDA" (1937) Review

I realize that many film critics and fans would agree with my suspicion that the 1930s saw a great deal of action films released to theaters. In fact, I believe there were as high number of actions films released back then as they are now. Among the type of action films that flourished during that era were swashbucklers. Read more... )
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Below are images from "THE PRISONER OF ZENDA", David O. Selznick's 1937 adaptation of Anthony Hope's 1894 novel.  Directed by John Cromwell, the movie starred Ronald Colman. Read more... )

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