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Truly a great movie, created by a stubborn and magnificent idealist
27 July 2006
Yes, it's true the movie comes across as if it were actually made and directed by Ayn Rand herself. But that is far from the point. This movie is the visual expression of Rand's novel, and can be enjoyed on many levels, intellectually, emotionally, and artistically. There is much art in this film. The architecture is still thrilling even today. The actors are shot beautifully and glamorously, with outstanding framing of each scene. Raymand Massey steals the show, and the hearts of the audience. Cooper is every woman's dream of a man, though he missed he opportunity to seize the role and win an academy award. I think it was intentional that he appear to be the least emotional and most sensible of the characters. He really was Ayn's embodiment of the ideal man, possibly even in real life. This movie, heavy on the intellectual with a scattering of speeches that express Rand's philosophy, is as needed today as much as it was in the days of the McCarthy era of repression and fear and conformity when it was released. It is movies like this which evoke and challenge shared values, that we live for. This movie is inspiring, and it would serve us well to have it shown in every school, and be discussed. It's also very romantic and a cliff-hanger mystery. You'll remember it fondly all of your life.
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The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
Beatles on Ed Sullivan
4 March 2006
A truly energizing and fun DVD. Almost doesn't seem real that life was ever so innocent and filled with joy and confidence. These shows bring back an incredible time in American history and popular culture. You can almost re-live these experiences ( the way we all did when we saw this on television ) when the world changed it's axis at the precise moment Ed Sullivan threw out his arm and and we saw - for the first time - the Beatles! And the world was theirs!

And we were all better for it - and more connected than ever.

A minor footnote:

A performance from the Broadway production of "Oliver!" features a very young (and professional) Davey Jones who less than three years later would be the "cute one" in an absurd children's show called "The Monkees" - a supposed take-off on the Beatles.

Overall, the shows presented here give us a view of what real live television was like - and when there actually was a curtain on the stage. The auditorium where the historic events took place can still be visited in New York, is still in use as a production facility, under the name " The Ed Sullivan Theatre ".
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