Anne Frank’s 85th birthday: the girl behind the diary

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In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.I think most of us have read or know about The Diary of Anne Frank (or Anne Frank: The … [Read more...]

‘The Monuments Men” wonders: is art worth a life?

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 Here's my review for "The Monuments Men" at The INNudstry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork:This is my written review at The National Catholic ReporterThe plot for filmmaker (director, co-writer, co-producer, lead actor) George Clooney's newest film is at once simple and complex as well as intriguing. The promo lines for the film say that "The Monuments Men" is about the greatest treasure hunt in history, but it's so much more than this. It's about culture, justice, art, war and the … [Read more...]

Senna: documentary about a champion with faith

  Sports films are the timeless cinematic metaphor for life. I think it is a fair question to ask which of them made you cry the most? Was it "Rudy"? "Field of Dreams"? "Brian's Song"? For me it's David Anspaugh's 1986 "Hoosiers."Some new releases, whether based on fact or fiction, fuse sports and faith quite well and are entertaining and inspiring without falling into the "message" trap. They also avoid sentimentality, though are wrought with emotion and tension. "Senna" is … [Read more...]

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The

 I picked up this book so often but the letter format put me off. I finally bought it at Costco (big discount). It sat around for awhile. Then when I picked it up I could hardly put it down.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008, Dial Press/Random House) tells the story of a young writer in post-World War II England who uncovers a story of love and sacrifice between a British woman and a German soldier (a doctor) on the Channel Island of … [Read more...]


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