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Review: Musings on MSMT's Xanadu

For years now, the decade of the 1980s has been enjoying a curiously sustained wave of nostalgia.
The gods must be ’80s
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 29, 2011
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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Transformations

As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horro
Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 30, 2010
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Review: Le Combat Dans L'Île

Alan Cavalier's sleek noir rescued from 1962 obscurity
Alan Cavalier's sleek noir rescued from 1962 obscurity
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 25, 2009
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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Tough neighborhoods

From Helen of Troy to Barbie of the plastic hourglass, men and girls have been inspired by impossible ideals of female physical perfection. Helen, of course, will always have Paris, whereas Mattel's muse gets stuck with Trojan Barbie.
The ART enlists Trojan Barbie
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009


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Mix and match

They were a study in contrasts — in personal styles, in modes of masculinity, in American musical-comedy legacies.
Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly at the Brattle
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 18, 2006