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I decided to write a bit of an essay, primarily to thank Sarah Johnson for allowing me to post on her blog, Readingthepast.com. As I’ve already noted, readingthepast.com is a great resource for finding new historical fiction, and I hope to become as resourceful in the hope you’ll enjoy my…

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WWII

Zelary — A Timeless Story of World War II

Zelary isn’t really about World War II. It’s set in a tiny town in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The movie, in Czech with subtitles, is the story of a woman in the resistance who is forced to abandon her urban home and friends and move to Zelary undercover. The woman, Eliska is…

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Alias Grace: Guilty or Innocent of Murder?

Alias Grace, released late last year on Netflix, is the story of a woman’s plight at the hands of men. It’s a story that would be familiar to a lot of women but not so many men. I found it a little remarkable that so many male reviewers found it…

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1960s, feature film, War

To Live: About Life and Death

To Live, a Chinese Mandarin language film now available on Netflix DVD, is still powerful 24 years after it was first produced. Starring Gong Li and directed by Zhang Yimou, To Live was banned in China when it was first released, and the Chinese government punished the director by preventing…

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