"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
A Web tribute to Cecil B DeMille's Biblical and Historic Spectacles includes an interesting page on the bath as shrine in DeMille epics. My Suffering Christians movie for Lent was Sign of the Cross, aired recently on TCM, which must have set the pre-Code standard for lurid Roman debauchery, with a Dance of the Naked Moon that might have inspired Ed Wood, Amazons fighting and spearing Oompa-Loompa-like Pygmies, and Christian beauties clad only in flower garlands being sacrificed to crocodiles and to an ape.
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A Web shrine to Edna Purviance provides a wealth of information on Chaplin's leading lady in 34 films between 1915 and 1923. (She was asked to do a TV interview in the 1950's, but didn't, remarking she belonged to the silent era.)
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Her hometown of Cherryvale, Kansas, remembers the iconic 1920s actress Louise Brooks with a biography and links. Says the director of the Louise Brooks Society: "I have looked at hundreds of images of Louise Brooks. And no matter how she was photographed, no matter what her hair style or dress, no matter what the expression on her face--Louise photographed amazingly well. More than just photogenic, the actress was blessed with a loveliness almost beyond compare. Hers was a sublime, universal beauty."