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Tuesdays with Morgan: Tracy takes on Spaulding

(04/20/04 9:00am)

Hollywood funny-man Tracy Morgan has a new hit television show ripping up the ratings on primetime, has appeared in many films including "Half Baked" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and will forever be remembered as one of Saturday Night Live's most talented players. So why is he coming to Hanover, New Hampshire? "I'm coming to Hanover because I was invited. Whenever you're invited you always want to be there," Morgan said.

Noted alum returns to Hanover to receive film award

(04/19/04 9:00am)

The elusive sun finally graced Hanover with its presence this weekend, bringing with it ubiquitous smiles, a bustling Green and, of course, a visit from Dartmouth's own legendary novelist, screenwriter and boxing aficionado Budd Schulberg '36. Schulberg came to Dartmouth to receive the 46th Dartmouth Film Award and to present two of his classic films, "On the Waterfront" and "A Face in the Crowd."

Bertolucci's 'The Dreamers' shocks, but also succeeds

(03/29/04 10:00am)

If Janet Jackson's nipple wasn't enough for you, then perhaps a NC-17 night of porn 'n' popcorn would be suitable. But before you get too excited (and I mean that in the most PG possible way), be warned -- while penises, vaginas and buttocks are ubiquitous in Bernardo Bertolucci's latest film, "The Dreamers," hard-core porn is not. Though the film has generated controversy over its explicit nude scenes, "The Dreamers" is a scintillating, aesthetically powerful film that takes us back to a time before Hollywood caught the commercialized blockbuster-oriented virus plaguing it today. To put this in perspective, "The Dreamers" is "Dangerous Liaisons" meets "An American in Paris" -- a crueler "Cruel Intentions," if you will.

La Vie en Manolos: 'Sex and the City' bids farewell

(02/24/04 11:00am)

What a long, strange trip it's been. From Manhattan to the Hamptons to Paris and back, our four favorite single and fabulous-exclamation-point ladies have finally gone out with a bang (and I mean that in all senses of the word). Carrie Bradshaw and company have bid farewell to not only their primetime home on HBO, but also to an unforgettable era of television history. Just when we thought Carrie's Manolo Blahniks couldn't get any higher and Samantha had already slept with every eligible bachelor in the tri-state area, these four femmes fatales returned each week to bring light into our lives and vibrators onto our television screens.

Harris offers new thinking on Blier

(02/17/04 11:00am)

Murder, intrigue, sexy French women and shocking eroticism are just a few of the things that come to mind when one thinks about French filmmaker Bertrand Blier. Known as the "enfant terrible" of contemporary French cinema, Blier is infamous for his alleged misogyny and controversial feature films such as "Merci La Vie," "Mon Homme" and "Trop Belle Pour Toi," among many others. However, Professor and author Sue Harris has challenged the text of misogyny in Blier's work and, in her book entitled "Bertrand Blier," she presents a unique reading of Blier's work that is perhaps as provocative as some of the films themselves. Today, Harris will speak to the Dartmouth community about female performances in Blier's films and challenge the common assumptions of both the core of films and the man himself. Her talk is entitled "Desperately Seeking Divas: Gender Dynamics in the films of Bertrand Blier."

Easy answers are hard to come by in 'Sand and Fog'

(02/16/04 11:00am)

In China, it's the year of the Monkey. In Iraq, it's the year of freedom from Saddam's rule. And in Hollywood, it's the year of the adaptation. Once upon a time, someone had the novel -- pun intended -- idea to turn popular fiction into popular cinema. Today, film adaptations of popular novels are more ubiquitous than Paris Hilton at B-list parties. The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Cold Mountain" swept the holiday season box office, and the upcoming "The Stepford Wives" (an adaptation of Ira Levin's novel) and "Troy" (an adaptation of Homer's "Iliad") hope to follow in their footsteps. From the depths of this sea of revision comes "House of Sand and Fog," based on the heartwrenchingly tragic novel by Andre Dubus III.

Salzer '04 looks to turn Hanover from drab to fab

(02/09/04 11:00am)

Let's be honest: Dartmouth is hardly the fashion capital of the world. North Face jackets and oversized sweatshirts are more ubiquitous than a C- in a chemistry class, and many students still think an "ugg" is the sound one utters when slipping on a patch of ice. It's a good thing Safety and Security doesn't have a fashion department or more than half of the campus would be Parkhursted on a daily basis.

'Cold Mountain' achieves grandeur on every level

(01/07/04 11:00am)

It is rare to be able to sit through a two-and-a-half hour film and enjoy every minute. Admit it, you looked at your watch at least six times during "Titanic" and you took frequent bathroom breaks during the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy marathon. But, in "Cold Mountain," an adaptation of Charles Frazier's best-selling novel, director Anthony Minghella (of "The English Patient" fame) suspends time -- and your breath -- for 132 minutes of drama, laughter and heartache that almost achieves the epic grandeur it appears to be seeking.

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