"bought the ticket in my hometown, all aboard for the shootin' place, won't see his hands up high, death in his eyes, tears runnin' down his mama's face..."
The plight of Jews in 1928 Poland, with the rise of the Nazis lurking and looming in the background, is strong stuff.
Blitzstein was a fine writer and critic, whose articles appeared several times in communist publications in the 30s and 40s when he was a Party member.
Who says the operatic art form is dead? Simply put, Florencia en el Amazonas is among the finest operas this reviewer has ever seen.
"Remember those who grew this food, who picked and packed, who shipped and sold..."
What's engrossing about this film is that it takes viewers behind the scenes into the psyche and soul of its protagonist, Veronica da Silva Fernandes (Hermila Guedes).
"Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art."
Rocker Tom Morello brought the house down at an event celebrating the publication of the anniversary edition of "Voices of a People's History of the United States."
This film is "an honest portrayal that also deals frankly with the complex human problems that are involved in molding the communist man and woman."
Two great events of transcendent cultural significance are taking place at or across the street from Lincoln Center in Midtown Manhattan.