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George McCartney, a professor of English at St. John's College, is film editor for Chronicles. He is the author of Evelyn Waugh and the Modernist Tradition (Transaction).
Hallucinations, murderous husbands, and paintings based on mystic Swedish philosophy haunt the minds of troubled women in The Woman in the Window and Things Heard & Seen.
Two extremes of the married life are explored in the films Happily and The Father. We see on the one hand the bliss of a youthful, newly married couple, and on the other the descent into madness of an elderly widower.
Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot plays a character who preys upon the elderly, hiding her malice behind a brilliant smile. She's one of a number of cinematic villains who mask rapacious natures behind toothy, menacing grins.
Two recent films depict two radically different female struggles: one of motherhood and loss, in Pieces of a Woman, and the other as a life lived in revenge against men, in A Promising Young Woman.
Netflix's Mank dramatizes the tribulations of the screenwriter of one of the greatest films ever made, Citizen Kane, and the struggle of authorial vision with expedience.
1984 is a timeless classic, but we often overlook Orwell's other prophetic novel, "Coming Up for Air."
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