AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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5/7/11

The Cannes Film Festival Reports: Women Film Critics Circle Special


The Tree Of Life: Brad Pitt Male Role Model Issues

In the first of a series of on location reports for The Women Film Critics Circle, Annette Insdorf is our correspondent at this year's Cannes Film Festival 2011. We are honored to feature her coverage, which will also include breaking news announcing the winners at the end of the Festival.

Annette Insdorf is Director Of Film Studies at Columbia University, and the author of Indelible Shadows: Film And The Holocaust, and other books on cinema. Professor Insdorf is an internationally renowned educator, and her works are hailed as the definitive texts on their subjects. She has also been a jury member of numerous international film festivals. Professor Insdorf is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle

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Professor Insdorf has reported from Cannes for over a quarter century, previously co-anchoring with Roger Ebert for Bravo and The Independent Film Channel. Her knowledge and insight about cinema, past and present, is a veritable treasure trove of film history and culture. And we're extremely proud to have her as our correspondent reporting from Cannes this year.

Among the films Professor Insdorf will be covering, is actress turned director Jodie Foster's The Beaver. Which stars Mel Gibson as an emotionally disturbed family man and Foster's estranged spouse, who seeks salvation via the talking puppet in question. Also, Terence Malick's The Tree Of Life, a likewise family drama starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn that delves into the contradictions of American social values. As well as Woody Allen's latest comedic venture into the politics of romance, Midnight In Paris.

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