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Posts by Heidi Singer

A Villain Who Looks Like a Fascist and Talks Like a Communist: The Strange Politics of John Ford’s "The Fugitive"

How did the Cold War play out in Mexico, with its fascinating mix of politics, religion, and Hollywood? For a Columbia University historian who is giving a free lecture at The New York Public Library tomorrow evening, much of the story can be understood in the production of a 1947 John Ford movie.

The Fugitive, starring Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río, and Pedro Armendáriz, was conceived before World War II as a polemic against 

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How to Cook Sri Lankan with Cabbage

Spices to prepare Sri Lankan chicken stewTraditional Sri Lankan cuisine is a wondrous mix of tropical produce, freshly pounded spices, and curries cooked slowly in clay pots over an open fire. Flavor comes with spare time and energy — two factors in short supply in the big city. As a result, photojournalist Sri Walpola became interested in how his fellow countrywomen manage to recreate the tastes of home on Staten Island.

Last year, Walpola photographed several women in the Sri Lankan enclave of Tompkinsville, Staten Island, documenting the way they adapt 

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