The Cinema of the Holocaust

In his 1976 movie "The Tenant," director Roman Polanski plays the lead character, Trelkovsky, who lives in fear of the other tenants on his apartment building who constantly complain about him being too noisy. Although set in Paris in the 1970s, this scene of Trelkovsky on the stairs of the apartment show him wearing pajamas that look like what a concentration camp inmate wore, while the shadows from the rail look like prison bars.

In his 1976 movie “The Tenant,” director Roman Polanski plays the lead character, Trelkovsky, who lives in fear of the other tenants on his apartment building who constantly complain about him. Although set in Paris in the 1970s, this scene of Trelkovsky on the stairs of the apartment show him wearing pajamas that look like what a concentration camp inmate wore, while the shadows from the rail look like prison bars.


Film director Roman Polanski is now in the Polish city of Krakow, where he grew up, to direct a movie about the Dreyfus Affair, the anti-Semitic scandal that shocked France around the end of the 19th century.
It will be Polanski’s first non-fiction movie since “The Pianist,” and a return to the kind of historical costume dramas that the Polish director has excelled at, including “Macbeth,” “Chinatown,” “Tess,” and “Oliver Twist.”
His latest film will be based on Robert Harris’ novel “An Officer And a Spy,” which recounts the case of Alfred Dreyfus, who was convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment on a far-off island. It follows the investigation by Georges Picquart, a military officer who believes Dreyfus is guilty — until he discovers evidence that a spy might still be at large in the military, indicating that Dreyfus is probably innocent of all charges. Continue reading

Age of Aquarius: Flashback to “Valley Of The Dolls”

Trashed by film critics in 1967, "Valley Of The Dolls" remains a well loved camp classic today.

Trashed by film critics in 1967, “Valley Of The Dolls” remains a well loved camp classic today.


Editor’s Note: On Thursday, NBC will launch a 13-episode series, “Aquarius”, starring David Duchovny as a police sergeant in Los Angeles in 1967 who leads an undercover investigation of a cult leader named Charles Manson. In honor of “Aquarius,” Freeline Media is also taking a look back at the culture of the 1960s, through one of the iconic movies of 1967, “Valley Of The Dolls.” That film — trashed by critics in its day but now a well-loved camp classic — starred Sharon Tate, the young actress who was tragically murdered by Manson and his “family” in 1969 while she was eight months pregnant.

There was a great deal of fanfare in the mid-1960s when 20th Century Fox announced it would produce a film version of the book “Valley of the Dolls.” Continue reading

Sheriff’s lieutenant lands in hot water for his revealing actions

Dexter Jerome Hill, a lieutenant with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, has found himself on the other side of the law.

Dexter Jerome Hill, a lieutenant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, has found himself on the other side of the law.


LAKELAND — It’s been said that law enforcement works hard to expose the criminal element in their midst — those who commit fraud, who cheat and steal, who victimize others.
Now, a former lieutenant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has found himself on the other side of the law — under arrest and being booked into the Polk County Jail. It appears that, too, decided there were things he needed to expose.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives just arrested Dexter Jerome Hill, 44, of Lakeland on May 22, and charged him with indecent exposure in public, a misdemeanor, and tampering in a misdemeanor proceeding, which is a felony.
Hill was booked on Friday into the Polk County Jail, and was later released after posting a $1,500 bond. Ironically, Hill had been a lieutenant in the sheriff’s office’s Department of Detention, and he worked as a supervisor at the South County Jail. Continue reading

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