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Hollywood Hat Game

Tweet There was a time when wearing a hat was  de rigueur. Fine millinery was considered a sign of good taste, good breeding, and good fashion. Hollywood actresses were rarely seen in public without hat, gloves and a designer outfit. Those were the days when Hollywood insisted on projecting style and glamour. Of course, with the […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Sunset Boulevard, Rashomon, Strangers on a Train

Tweet Call me lazy. Or indecisive. But Seraphic Secret has not updated our Greatest Movies list of each decade for far too long.  We’ve covered silent films, the 1930s, and finally the 1940s. It’s time to head into the 50s. This was an interesting decade. Hollywood’s studio system was a wheezing dinosaur. Television was thought […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Not So Hollywood Wedding Night

Tweet In a series of wildly popular films Gloria Swanson made with Cecile B. De Mille between 1919 and 1921 the iconography of Hollywood glamour was formally codified. The visual language of glamour—and it was purely visual, films were still silent—is characterized by stunning women wearing one gorgeous outfit after another, placed within elegant sets […]

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    David Horowitz: "The War Against Judaism on the University Campus." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 16MB)
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    Joel B. Pollak: "The Mainstream Media's Betrayal of Israel." Blog Post | Audio (mp3 15MB)
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