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Juneau Symphony presents The Tender Land have been inspired to write this opera after viewing the Depression-era photographs of Walker Evans and reading James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The orchestral suite based on the opera was compiled by Copland in 1958.Audiences...
This Day in History

...Arkansas Gazette received the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis; James Agee was posthumously honored for his novel "A Death in the Family." In 2003, searchers using dogs and heavy equipment...
First Friday

...artists, designers and paper makers and include the work of Stafford, and four U.S. poet laureates. Others include: James Agee, Robert Bly, Ursula LeGuin, Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Rita Dove, Stanley Kunitz and Howard Nemerov. "How...
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Painting with Music

...the bell, the rumble and the spark of the wires the streetcar is running on." Barber was inspired by the writing of James Agee, by a nostalgic reminiscence of his childhood in Tennessee. The text captures the essence of a summer evening in small-town...
The recession's silver lining

...souls. A Temple University English professor even has pointed to all the great literature produced during the 1930s: James Agee, Nathanael West, Henry Roth. The list goes on. "If it's true that adversity can bring out creativity," the professor...
In the Stacks: New nonfiction build a backyard clubhouse ("Keep Out!"), and the fascinating article-turned-book which was the basis for James Agee's 1939 classic "Now Let Us Praise Famous Men" ("Cotton Tenants"). "One Day in December," by Nancy Stout...
The Night of the Hunter

Opens Friday, Jan 17, 2014 Synopsis: Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter represented legendary actor Charles Laughton's only film directing effort. Combining stark realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant good-and-evil parable, with "good" represented by a couple of farm kids and a pious old lady, and "evil" literally in the hands of a posturing psychopath. Imprisoned with thief Ben Harper (Peter Graves), phony preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) learns that Ben has hidden a huge sum of money somewhere near his home. Upon his release, the murderously misogynistic Powell insinuates himself into Ben's home, eventually marrying his widow Willa (Shelley Winters). Eventually all that stands between Powell and the money are Ben's son (Billy Chapin) and daughter (Sally Jane Bruce), who take refuge in a home for abandoned children presided over by the indomitable, scripture-quoting Rachel Cooper (Lillian Gish). The war of wills between Mitchum and Gish is the heart of the film's final third, a masterful blend of horror and lyricism. Laughton's tight, disciplined direction is superb -- and all the more impressive when one realizes that he intensely disliked all child actors. The music by Walter Schumann and the cinematography of Stanley Cortez are every bit as brilliant as the contributions by Laughton and Agee. Overlooked on its first release, The Night of the Hunter is now regarded as a classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review



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