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    Crime fiction and Nazi Germany’s Third Reich

    Crime fiction meets Nazi Germany. For a long time, the Third Reich was a taboo topic for fiction. But crime writers are using this dark period of history as a setting for their murder mysteries. The genre has drawn many readers to a topic that would normally put them off. European authors are enjoying great […] More

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    The Real Mary Poppins

    In 1934, Pamela Travers created the ‘practically perfect’ woman in Mary Poppins who bought order into the chaos of people’s homes. Decades later, the magical English nanny is still adored by children and parents alike. Featuring interviews with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, The Real Mary Poppins reveals the fascinating story of her creator and […] More

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    Martin Scorsese Directs

    In 1990, PBS aired an American Masters episode on the man to coincide with the release of Goodfellas. Providing behind the scenes footage of the director on set with clips from his own films, Martin Scorsese Directs depicts to riveting effect the way Scorsese brings the written story to life on the big screen. Additional […] More

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    China: Faking It

    China is one of the world’s largest auction markets, generating billions of dollars each year.  its ultra-wealthy are cashing into the world of quick returns. More

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    Pablo Picasso

    Pablo Picasso 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the […] More

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    Edvard Munch

    Edvard Munch 12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. His best known work is The Scream, painted in 1893. More