Editor’s Note: The following piece is the final installment of a two-week series recalling ten of the best contributions to Doublethink. This item originally ran on March 16, 2009. Many thanks to the three former Doublethink editors — Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, James Poulos of The Huffington Post, and Reason Magazine’s Peter [...]
At about the same time that news of the Rod Blagojevich scandal broke in Illinois, a similar “scandal” of sorts was playing out in the rarified world of classical music. The case concerned Gilbert Kaplan, a successful American businessmen who translated an obsession with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) into an unlikely second career as a Mahler scholar and amateur conductor. What does his ascent tell us about the future of classical music?
Milk’s boldness and sheer exuberance make it remarkable both as a potent “message film” and as a striking shift from Van Sant’s previous work. Its Hollywood flourishes and heady drama, even as they skirt sentimentality, secure for Harvey Milk an indelible place in the epic story of the American civil rights movement.
Bottle Shock captures the 1976 triumph of the then-young California wine industry, a scrappy mix of old world agrarian traditions and new world love of capitalism and technology.
There’s nothing wrong with bringing a musty classic onto the silver screen for a 21st-century update. But Julian Jarrold’s decision to adapt Waugh’s masterpiece as a “forbidden romance” melodrama is nothing short of literary vandalism.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Joseph Hammond
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Emma Elliott Freire