It's pretty difficult to imagine a scenario in which you might sympathize with Adolf Hitler. However, we're not sure that even the most notorious genocidal villain in history deserves this indignity. Unless- wait a minute!- it must be Moe Howard in one of those Hitler-spoofing Three Stooges shorts!
The Huffington Post has compiled a slide show of the worst and creepiest wax figures ever made. Click here to access the Hall of Shame.
Universally praised as one of the best films made about WWII during the era in which the War was ongoing, director Lewis Milestone's A Walk in the Sun was based on a popular novel by Harry Brown. Released a few months after the War had officially ended, Milestone's film has not fared well over the years. Originally an independent production, the budget ran dry several times before the movie was salvaged by an investor with deep pockets. Samuel Bronston, the future producer of epic movies, was integral to bringing the novel to the screen, though he never received a formal credit in the movie. Fox ultimately picked up the movie for distribution, though studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck almost changed the title to Salerno Beachead out of fear that A Walk in the Sun sounded too much like a love story. In the ensuing decades, the movie fell out of copyright and it was routinely found on bargain basement DVDs sold in "dollar stores". Now, VCI Entertainment, which specializes in restoring public domain films, has issued an impressive, first-class DVD edition.
This isn't the symbol of American values we wanted the Iraqis to adopt.
By Lee Pfeiffer
When the American government led the invasion of Iraq, the intention was to render useless weapons of mass destruction, remove Saddam Hussein from power and spread American values to the Middle East. The results have been a mixed bag by any standard. The brutal dictator was deposed and executed but those gosh-darned weapons of mass destruction have yet to turn up. As for spreading American values, the idea was to instill democratic traditions. The jury is still out on how well that will succeed, but there is one aspect of American life Iraqis have adopted with great enthusiasm: an obsession with pornography. Porn has always existed in Iraq, of course, just as it has in every civilization in history. (Archaeologists routinely discover depictions of sex acts etched into cave walls!) However, Saddam put on the pretense of being a devout Muslim and had anyone caught selling pornography imprisoned- or worse. This, despite the fact that his two sons routinely rode through Baghdad and commanded that any attractive women who suited their fancy be required to service them. With Saddam's regime a thing of the past, the pent-up demand for porn is booming and is becoming one of Iraq's few successful growth industries. The downside is that even children are peddling the blue movies and many of the titles glorify violence against women. For more click here