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Installation of the Vermeer exhibition at The Rijksmuseum. Photo courtesy of Rijksmuseum/Kelly Schenk

The Rarest Milkmaids and Pearls

‘Paris Syndrome” was first coined by a Japanese psychologist in the 1980s to label the particular ennui — or rather, kanashimi — that tourists from The Land of the Rising Sun suffered upon discovering that Paris was not a romantic fantasia but a real-life metropolis spoiled by garbage, pickpockets and noisy crowds.

Kyra & Kevin at The Moviehouse

It’s a premise that could easily be mistaken for sci-fi — on a family-run Rhode Island flower farm, a young man (Kyle Allen, “West Side Story”) announces one morning to his salt-of-the-earth parents (Kevin Bacon and Carrie Preston) that he’s been selected by a technologically-advanced, privately-funded expedition to Mars.

Courtesy of Bullfrog Films

Preventing a nuclear future

On August 6, 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing over 70,000 citizens from both the blast exposure and the effects of radiation. A survivor of the bombing, 91-year-old Setsuko Thurlow has made nuclear disarmament her life’s mission, earning her The Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

Film still courtesy of Seventy Seven

Where are the working class teens in cinema?

In 1969 two working-class teenage lovebirds travel to West London on a date to see the post-Oscars run of Carol Reed’s Best Picture-winning musical “Oliver!” As low on London’s food chain as Dickens’ 19th-century pickpocketing orphans — Del (Del Walker) is a 17-year-old welding apprentice who engages in small-time larceny, while Irene (Anne Good


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