Happy Noirvember

Every November, movie fans celebrate “Noirvember,” a month-long commemoration of film noir. A moody, pessimistic type of crime film that originated in 1940s Hollywood, film noir has enjoyed a long shelf life beyond its original postwar milieu. Defining “film noir” (a French term that means “black film”) is surprisingly difficult. Some see it as a…
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October 30, 1735 – Birthday of John Adams, second president of the United States

This October 30th marks the 288th birthday of John Adams, the second president of the United States. While often overshadowed by the other major players of the American Revolution, Adams' role should not be overshadowed. Few would deny he was a strong political philosopher with a keen intellect and fierce sense of integrity. Adams was…
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Spotlight: “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame saved Notre Dame cathedral during a crucial period in French history. This is no exaggeration. In the early nineteenth-century, the historical and cultural value of surviving medieval architecture was ignored by the general populace. Efforts to update the Notre Dame cathedral, which included replacing its stained…
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