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Calendar, Night&Day Soul and Body

Soul and Body

The bloody Old Testament declaration "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" isn't what drove thousands of Jewish boys to take up boxing a century ago. They were seeking a meal ticket out of New York's…
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Zoom Lens

A wave of fatalistic crime sagas crossed with cynical love stories flooded B-movie houses in the late 1940s and '50s, offering a pointed rebuttal to the cherished myth of the postwar economic miracle -- namely, that a rising tide lifts…
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Film, A Few Dollars Left

A Few Dollars Left

Clint Eastwood began digging into the third act of his career -- the one that reveals the mature, deep-thinking artist ... with a little jazz piano on the side -- a dozen years ago, with the discomfiting anti-western Unforgiven. Since…
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Film, Reel World

Triumph of the Will

There's nobody more pretentious than a Hollywood director passing himself off as a "storyteller," but somehow avant-garde filmmakers are the ones perceived as pompous artistes. The Mission District's James Hong has good reason to be full of himself -- his…
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News, Feature

John Berry: Romantic Rebel

"Yeah, man," says director John Berry. "My name was originally John Sold, or Jackie Szold. But why would anyone want to print that? It's totally goddamn stupid. What's the point? If I'm known as John Berry, it's for a reason.…
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