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J. Edgar, the movie(2011)

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Even with all the surprises that have characterized Clint Eastwoods twilight film years, with their crepuscular tales of good and evil, the tenderness of the love story in J. Edgar comes as a shock. Anchored by a forceful, vulnerable Leonardo DiCaprio, who lays bare J. Edgar Hoovers humanity, despite the odds and an impasto of old-coot movie makeup, this latest jolt from Mr. Eastwood is a look back at a man divided and of the ties that bind private bodies with public politics and policies. With sympathy for the individual, not his deeds it portrays a 20th-century titan who, with secrets and bullets, a will to power and the self-promotional skills of a true star, built a citadel of information in which he burrowed deep... Read More

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Venice’s Love Affair With Egypt

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VENICE For centuries most of the eastern spices on European tables were traded by Venetians via the markets of Egypt. Along with them came exotic textiles, dyes, glass, metalwork and other fine Islamic goods.But Egypt itself Alexandria in particular was also of enormous religious and mythical significance for the Venetians. For it was from Alexandria that the remains of St. Mark had been hijacked by two Venetian merchants in 828, an event that, in the Venetian mind, came to be seen as the beginning of Venices rise to power, empire and immense wealth.The story of this remarkably enduring east-west relationship is related in Venice and Egypt, illustrated by more than 300 paintings, sculptures, artifacts, manuscripts, books and prints at the Doges Palace...Read More

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