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Stephen Hawking turns 72 on January 8. TNR's Stanley Kauffmann reviews A Brief History of Time and reminds us that Hawking's life just might be as incredible as his work.

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Donald Rumsfeld Is Finally Under Interrogation

“The Unknown Known”: The scope and limits of documentary

As an investigation, The Unknown Known adds little to our memory of Rumsfeld’s press conferences and his lugubrious ruminations over what words meant. The marvel of the film (and of other Morris projects) is the cold lucidity of the light in undeviating close-up on the “witness.”

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A Jolly Good Fellini

July 13, 1963

Like most autobiographical works Federico Fellini's scintillating new film 8 ½ reveals something more than its author intended. Begin with the title. It derives from the fact that, up to now, Fellini has made six full-length films and has contributed three "half" segments to anthology films. Before we step into the theater, the title tells us that he is clever, and that he sees the film as part of his personal history. It also tells us that he found himself stuck for a title.

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