Lewis Solves Masked Marvel

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When the 1915 New York International Wrestling Tournament restarted in October 1915, a mysterious masked man sat at ringside demanding an entry into the tournament.  Prior to the masked man’s arrival, the tournament had been lightly attended. The attraction of the masked man sitting at ringside attracted both fan and newspaper interest.  Crowds started showing up for the matches.  After

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Eisenstein’s Editing in Strike (1925)

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In his first film Strike (1925), Sergei Eisenstein utilized editing techniques to illustrate the artistic possibilities that theater did not possess.  He often uses strong cuts of seemingly unrelated objects to create meaning within the film.  Eisenstein joins the images together through associative links such as protesters being fired upon and cattle being butchered.  Eisenstein considers “butchering” the associative link.

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Western Education and the Decembrist

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The revolutionary activities engulfing North America and Western Europe in the late Eighteenth Century arrived in the Nineteenth Century Russian Empire in the form of the failed Decembrist Revolt of 1825.  From this moment until the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, revolutionary activities would be carried on by secret societies dedicated to the replacement of the autocracy by a constitutional government. 

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The Terror (1963)

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I usually review movies made before 1950.  However, my interest in the Roger Corman-Boris Karloff collaboration was piqued by listening to the You Must Remember This podcast.  I recommend Karina Longworth’s podcast to any classic film fans. Roger Corman released The Terror during the summer of 1963.  Set in the early 1800s, French Lt. Andre Duvalier, played by Jack Nicholson,

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Imperial Policy in Ukraine

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In A History of Ukraine, historian Paul Robert Magosci depicts Russian imperial policy in Ukraine as a continuous march to Russian subjugation over Ukrainian territory.  Magosci posits that Peter I began the policy of subjugation and Catherine II realized it.  However, an analysis of the reigns of the dominant Russian monarchs of the Eighteenth-Century, Peter I and Catherine II, illustrates

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Murder By The Clock (1931)

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Murder by the Clock (1931) was a YouTube recommendation I watched over my recent vacation.  The film starts pretty slowly but was interesting by the end.  Murder by the Clock only runs 75 minutes, so it easily watched in one sitting. The film tells the story of the widow Mrs. Endicott, who knows her life is coming to an end, 

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