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  • Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Ralph Fiennes helps set the stage

     
    Charles Dickens: Tuesday marks the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. Britain's National Film Theatre is holding a retrospective, and a ceremony will be held at London's Westminster Abbey starring actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who, along with Helena Bonha
  • A chat with Robin Ellis, the man who was Poldark

     
    A few weeks back I wrote about "Poldark," a BBC series from the mid-1970s that had recently been released in a complete-set package on DVD (by Acorn Media), as a cure for "Downton Abbey" withdrawal. A tale of romance and class war, of tradition and...

    From the Vaults: 'Crimes at the Dark House' (1940)

     
    We have commenter Fibber McGee to thank for this week's movie. Also, I have a new boyfriend, and his name is Tod Slaughter! (Both of those are real names! Oh, OK... Tod's real first name was Norman...) I read Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" many...

    Recalling a Friend and a Great Librarian

     
    his is Elizabeth C. Franklin or Miss Franklin to those of us who worked for her. It wasn't until she loaned me her precious Film Index of 1941 with her name written inside that I learned she had once been...

    A riddle in three dimensions

    A riddle in three dimensions
    Semi-spoiler alert: Some of Kate Summerscale's conclusions in "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" are presented but not all. Modern detectives trace their lineage in world literature to Oedipus, whose search for his true identity has made him, to some...