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Three Identical Strangers

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Most Americans old enough to remember the 1980’s will be familiar with the story of the triplets separated at birth and adopted by different families who then by sheer fluke found each other when they were 19 years old.  However, most of the media coverage at that time and the endless round of TV Chat Shows that … Continue reading



Generation Wealth

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  Lauren Greenfield’s overly ambitious new documentary that looks at the myriad negative effects of obscene wealth is intriguing even it lacks the clarity of her previous work such as the rather brilliant  Queen of Versailles.  Greenfield’s focus is not just with some of the people whose lives have been damaged by their compulsive need … Continue reading



Westwood: Punk. Icon. Activist

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  The opening lines of this documentary are very surprisingly ‘just let me talk and get it over with’.  They are spoken by Dame Vivienne Westwood herself an iconic fashion genius who it turns out is also a  mass of contradictions. Such as agreeing to give unlimited access to filmmaker and former model Lorna Tucker to make … Continue reading



Saving Brinton

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  Timing is everything. One week in 1981 after history teacher Michael Zahs got married he filled up a whole room in his house in Washington, Iowa with two truckloads of silent movies and equipment from the late 1890s and early 1900s that once belonged to Frank and Indiana Brinton.  The Brintons were also local … Continue reading



Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie

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  For all of its 59 years of life Barbie, the worlds’ most famous doll, has always been a controversial figure. When she was ‘born’ in 1959 Barbie was the first ever doll shaped as a woman, with breasts even,  as up to this point in time children’s dolls had only been babies.  Scorned by the male Buyers … Continue reading



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