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The Culture Trip: December Newsletter

It’s game time. Winter, especially this time leading up to Christmas, is best enjoyed through a child’s eyes. Especially those eyes fired with imagination from books, from play, from exploring a forest. Read More

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Life and Travel Now, with Photographer David C. Phillips

The Grand Canal in Venice in the fog | Photo by David C. Phillips Photographic print available in the shop   The cold months of the year usually invite to reflection. As soon as the clocks are literally turned back, … Read More

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Mirrors of a Character: Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai”

In The Lady from Shanghai, Rita Hayworth defied expectations with a quiet, precise, icy performance. She is pure noir. Elsa Bannister is the enduring attraction of bad. But she is not necessarily unhuman by nature, but the result of what others have made her. Read More

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Whenever the Wind Shifts, Chim Chim Cher-ee

There is a mystery to the lyrics and sounds of the song Chim Chim Cher-ee evoking a much darker lore than what first meets the ear and watching Mary Poppins this time of year infuses the film with an even more eerie feeling. Read More

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Deceit Is in the Details: Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

When we see Phyllis Dietrichson with those dark sunglasses on, we realise she might just as well have worn them the whole time. Because her eyes never flinch. It’s just a dark void behind them. Barbara Stanwyck is the archetypal femme fatale, just as Double Indemnity is the archetypal film noir. Read More

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