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Prejudice ‘Em While They’re Young

Dear Sir or Madam: Interesting article about the Tony Kushner/Hedy Weiss battle [Hot Type, June 4]. We’re going through the same exact thing with our own “brethren”–that is, the Italian-American actors involved with the upcoming children’s cartoon Shark Tale, scheduled for an October 1 release. As your readers may or may not know, Shark Tale […]

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Critical Independence

Dear sir or madam: Art, it is true, is transcendent, but it can’t reach the masses unless someone with genuine passion and foresight champions it. That particular someone is a critic. And Chicagoans are very fortunate to have a particular critic, Jonathan Rosenbaum, who demands that his specific art form, film, be taken seriously (“Acid […]

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A New CREEP

Dear sir or madam: Demagoguery is a dangerous thing, whether in politics or art. How refreshing that at least one Chicago film critic–Jonathan Rosenbaum–still has the guts to challenge it (re: his December 22 piece on Oliver Stone’s Nixon). The reviews of Nixon in Chicago’s major dailies read less like intelligent essays than packaged press […]

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Italian Bashing

To the editors: It was very heartening to see theater critic Albert Williams decry the crude Italian stereotypes in Breaking Legs (October 29). One question, however: Why the reluctance to acknowledge these images as politically offensive? It is amazing (and depressing) to see how effective the media’s constant Italian bashing has been in making these […]

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The $50-Million Avant-Garde Film

To the editors: I’d like to thank Jonathan Rosenbaum for his refreshingly levelheaded defense of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (“Cornucoppola,” November 27). To the casual filmgoer (or critic)–weaned on bland Hollywood formula, conditioned to being a passive spectator–it’s understandable that such an eclectic film should leave them feeling bewildered. But can’t they appreciate a good joke? […]

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Is the Pope Catholicism?

To the editors: So Bill Wyman considers the Catholic Church a “moneyed international cult” that deliberately impedes “social progress of the most basic sort” [Hitsville, October 23]. Well, that’s his opinion and he’s entitled to it. However, since it also sounds like a deadpan plot summary for a new Oliver Stone movie, I have to […]

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Dueling Fingers

To the editors: Thank you for not jumping on the bandwagon for The Player [May 1]. The whole film is Altman and Tolkin giving the Tim Robbins character the finger and Robbins giving it back. A satire is supposed to attack or expose, not coddle the status quo. The Player is merely a flabby foile […]