BookPage, March 2007
A woman who played a commanding role in one of history’s darkest chapters, Leni Riefenstahl—Hitler’s favorite filmmaker—went on to deftly rewrite her own history. But lies have a way of catching up with liars. In a pair of new biographies, Riefenstahl, perhaps the single most controversial filmmaker who ever lived, has been found out.
Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000)
The original movie rebel, ruggedly handsome John Garfield rose to fame with his post-Depression portrayals of cynical men who reflected the era’s social unrest. As depicted by Garfield, characters no longer were readily identifiable as either good or evil—the rebel characterization which became the calling card of iconoclastic actors including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Al Pacino. Garfield also endures as a strong sexual presence, particularly in his teamings with Lana Turner in the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s steamy “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and, a year later, opposite Joan Crawford in “Humoresque.”
Emmy, No. 7, 2012
Lately, Abraham Lincoln has been mesmerizing moviegoers – via Daniel Day Lewis, star of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” But the nation’s sixteenth president has found his greatest constituency on television, where he is a perennial candidate for ratings.