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May 2005 | Issue 48
Editorial
By Gary Morris
Articles
By Tom Sutpen
They also serve who only stand and annihilate
By Alan Vanneman
Richard Boone slaps leather in the classic fifties oater, Have Gun, Will Travel
By Dan Callahan
Bree Daniels trumps all Fonda's real-life characters
By Stephen M. Glaister
Human, mecha, supermecha — and David
By Alan Vanneman
You get what you pay for, if you're lucky
SPECIAL ISSUE: Bright Lights’ Douglas Sirk issue (#6, 1977-78)

Reprinted complete!
By Gary Morris
By Andrew Sarris
By Jean-Loup Bourget
By Robert E. Smith
By Jeanine Basinger
By Michael Stern and Gary Morris
Movies
By Alan Vanneman
Fred and Judy celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ
By Tom Sutpen
"Going on stage would've been awfully redundant"
By Paul Brand
"This is the universe. Big, isn't it."
By Ian Johnston
Hou honors the master while remaining true to his own vision
By Robert Keser
The world's first Spherist masterpiece?
By Natalie Reitano
These "noble savages" — and the issues they embody — deserve better
By Peter Crowe
The best British film of its time?
By Mark G. E. Kelly
Trey Parker and Matt Stone fight Hollywood ignorance with some ignorance of their own
By Matthew Kennedy
Kino's unusual series spotlights German silent gay-themed cinema
By Matthew Kennedy
Cukor's all-star gala remains a tasty dish
By Matthew Kennedy
No matter what she says, don't upset her
Stars
By Eric Schlosser
What's inside those "sculpted spaces of dark intimacy"
Columns
By Tom Sutpen
This missing noir masterpiece enters the canon in first place
By Gary Morris
"Here's to lost beauty. May it always be nearby with the potential to keep you warm."
Festivals
By Megan Ratner
When good ideas go wrong
By Robert Keser
"The governments will be forgotten but the masterpieces will remain."
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Margaret Lockwood in The Man in GreyOne of the great Gainsborough melodramas, in the longer UK cut, on the always accommodating (if sometimes only temporarily) YouTube. Margaret Lockwood is as "wicked" here as she is in Wicked Lady. Watch it before the copyright police come a-callin'!

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Gordon Thomas, and other BL staff, check out the eye- popping pleasures of Blu-Ray.

» Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair)
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» Sunrise (Murnau)
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» Playtime (Tati)
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» My Childhood, My Ain Folk ... (Bill Douglas)
» In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima)
» Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
» Repulsion (Polanski)
» Institute Benjamenta (Brothers Quay)
» Everlasting Moments (Troell)

BL Associate Editor Alan Vanneman and others watch (and review) television shows so you don't have to. Click if you dare.

» 30 Rock
» The American President
» Archer
» Batman: The Animated Series
» The Big Bang Theory
» Broadway Theatre Archive
» Car 54, Where Are You?
» Charlie’s Angels
» Cowboy Bebop
» Death of a Salesman
» Dollhouse
» Freaks and Geeks
» Have Gun Will Travel
» Mad Men
» Magnum P.I.
» Monk
» Pamela Anderson Roast
» PBS
» Renegade
» Sex and the City
» Sports Night
» Star Trek

I'm sick of movies, Mr. Webmaster. Take me away!

» Archive.org
Gazillions of free books, audio, and video. Grab 'em before the copyright police come knocking!

» Glenn Greenwald
The indomitable civil liberties champion takes exception to American exceptionalism. You will too when you read his blistering analyses.

» Project Gutenberg
See Archive.org.

» Creative Commons
"All Creative Commons licenses have many important features in common. Every license helps creators retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work — at least non-commercially."

» The Ivy Compton-Burnett home page
A Bright Lights side project created by George Brown devoted to the greatest novelist of the 20th century. There, we said it.

» Raw Vision
The leading online site (and print publication) devoted to those zany untrained artists who channel personality quirks, neuroses, idées fixes, and downright craziness into Art.

» Siklink.com
An endlessly fascinating clearinghouse for "the greatest hand-picked collection of bizarre, strange and unusual websites on the internet today." Highlights include the enchanting "Prison Bitch Name Generator" and "Life Gem" – how to "turn your deceased loved one into a diamond."

» Clark Ashton Smith
The premier fantasy poet and short-story writer (and sculptor and artist) gets a detailed blog that's a model for intelligent fan-ism. Watch out for falling curmudgeons in the forum.

» Classic Arcade Games
Miss Asteroids? Centipede? Frogger? Miss that you missed them? Here's your chance to enjoy the state of the art circa 1980s.

» Jack Vance
Wikipedia's gateway to our favorite writer in and of science fiction and fantasy. A national treasure.

» Electronic Frontier Foundation
"EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations." Go EFF!

» The Canonical List of Weird Band Names: The Peculiar and the Profane
Another Bright Lights side project from the inimitable George Brown. You probably know the Meat Puppets but how about Lyin' Bitch and the Restraining Orders?

» James Purdy
A good introduction to a criminally neglected postwar literary master. Be 21 or be gone for his gorgeous, harrowing works, kids.

» The Radical Ant Farm
This page answers that nagging question: "What's up with the Russian criminal tattoos?" The rest of the site offers further fun.

» Spectro-Pop
Monumental site devoted to '60s pop music – you know, that stuff playing in the background during the orgy.

» The Left Business Observer
Doug Henwood's long-running economics newsletter, called "invaluable" by Noam Chomsky. Need we say more?

» Jane Bowles
Go to Wikipedia and improve this "stub" on the writer Tennessee Williams looked up to and James Purdy called "the eagle-woman of American letters."

» WFMU
The best online radio station for our money. A deep archive and no-music-turned-away policy will keep you rollin' and tumblin' till the apocalypse.

» Henry Green
Must we create a detailed tribute page to this extraordinary British novelist championed by Auden, Updike, and Terry Southern? Or will you do it? Start with Concluding (1948).

» Women of Surrealism
They weren't all "muses" and maids – these women equaled or surpassed their more celebrated male counterparts in vision and technique.

» Ronald Firbank
He called the president of Haiti "a perfect dear" and was known to eat a single pea at dinner. Oh, and he ranks with Joyce and Woolf (see Edmund Wilson) as a groundbreaking literary modernist.

» Essential Vermeer
Everything you need to know about the Dutch master of light and mysterious figures.

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