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Film, "Walking with the Enemy": Do the Reich Thing

"Walking with the Enemy": Do the Reich Thing

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a single true-ish story of heroism defying Naziism left untold by the movies, along comes Walking with the Enemy to remind you that at least you were right about there probably being…
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Calendar, Night&Day Game On

Game On

In an attempt to make the morning commute to work more palatable, we sometimes think of it as a video game. Race out the door before the timer counts down to zero; Frogger our way across the street to avoid…
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Dining, Eat Bar Tartine Sandwich Shop: Worth Some Time in Line

Bar Tartine Sandwich Shop: Worth Some Time in Line

Let's not kid ourselves: There will be lines. Once word spreads about Bar Tartine's 6-week-old sandwich shop, and especially after it starts hawking baker/owner Chad Robertson's expertly turned-out loaves from the 15,000-pound custom bread oven, these early days when you…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bottles Up

Bottles Up

Years from now when you move from the city (and you'll move from the city; everyone does), you'll look back fondly on these days when everything strange and enchanting was right on your doorstep. Take tonight: At the "Red &…
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Film, Beauty Amid the Horror

Beauty Amid the Horror

If French writer André Malraux was correct when he claimed that "all art is a revolt against man's fate," the most horrific events in human history can give rise, incongruously, to images of soul-searing beauty. How else to explain the…
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Film, Underground Hit

Underground Hit

It's OK to be slightly afraid of Hungarian movies. Even critics don't necessarily relish the thought of them, or look upon Budapest as a hotbed of filmmaking. As a matter of fact, it's hard to recall the last time there…
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Culture, Stage

Talking With Angels

Gitta Mallasz was a Hungarian athlete and swimmer who tried to protect a whole sewing factory of Jewish women during World War II. Her story is reminiscent of Schindler's List -- a phony industrial setup intended to fool the Nazis…
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Calendar, Night&Day Expatriate Games

Expatriate Games

The five self-absorbed expatriates of Arthur Phillips' debut novel, Prague, suffer from an extreme case of grass-is-greener syndrome, implied in the book's ironic title. (All of the action happens in Budapest, not in the idealized Czech city.) A tale of…
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Film, American Without Tears

American Without Tears

"I never saw her first step," laments the transplanted Margit (Nastassja Kinski) to her ambitious husband, Peter (Tony Goldwyn), regarding the infant daughter they left behind in Hungary during their perilous escape from the Stalin regime. That daughter -- called…
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Culture, Stage

I Married an Angel

Rodgers and Hart's 1938 musical is a precursor to films like Splash in which a man pines after an extraterrestrial love, who then appears and messes up his life. It features a truly lovely score -- from the melancholy "Spring…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Every now and again some cud-chewing Hollywood exec decides it's time to release yet another movie about a big mountain and the adventure-seeking, one-dimensional characters who endeavor to conquer it. Those brave souls who crave more than a molehill might…
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Hear This

Muzsiks & Marta Sebestyen After earning 67 seconds of fame by singing the opening theme of last year's most unaccountably popular art-house hit, Hungarian vocalist Marta Sebestyen's record label relentlessly hypes her as the "Voice of The English Patient." Milking…
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