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Inspired by History, 'Aftermath' Unearths Forgotten WWII Atrocity

Maciej Stuhr in ‘Aftermath’/Photo © 2013 Menemsha Films Inc.

Editor's Note: From history unearthed by 'Aftermath' to the revival of Harold Pinter's work, and from Indiana Jones to Mickey Mouse, here's looking at you, Wednesday.

In 2001, Jan Gross wrote Neighbors, an account of a 1941 uprising in a small Polish village where 1600 Jewish people were killed by a mob of Catholic citizens. Up until that book, the events had been forgotten or ignored by historians; the new movie "Aftermath" is about to make that even harder to do. Getting such a story told onscreen has been an uphill battle, but the film finally premieres in New York this weekend, and in Los Angeles on November 15.

This November will also see a special celebration of cinematic polymath Harold Pinter. Lincoln Center has announced a screening series called "Comedies of Menace & Quiet Desperation," which will revive films like "The French Lieutenant's Wife" starring Meryl Streep, and the William Friedkin-directed "The Birthday Party." Feel free to screen them on your own at home; with the holidays looming, it's a great time of year to feel bad.

You would think that the "Crystal Skull" debacle would have proven to everyone involved that the time had come to close the sarcophagus on the Indiana Jones franchise, but Jedi News is reporting that as a condition for appearing in the new "Star Wars" series, Harrison Ford (the lone hold-out among the original films' stars) had demanded a commitment to another Indy sequel. He didn't get the guarantee he sought, but in exchange for his signature an official plot outline is being commissioned, with a vague hope to be released in 2016. I'm decades younger than Ford, and I'm exhausted just reading about it.

Speaking of golden oldies, Congress once blocked Mickey Mouse from falling into public domain -- will they do it again in five years, when that agreement expires? If not, that will sure make things interesting in the merchandise department. While you're mulling this over, enjoy this terrifying bootleg Mickey puppet in the 1934 version of "Babes in Toyland" (his giant, fiddle-playing cat companion is no picnic either). Enjoy below.


 

 

 

 

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