Richard Attenborough, maker of Gandhi (1982), died recently.
I started taking interest in the Mahatma only after watching the film.
Earlier, throughout my school and college days, I had heard and read only propaganda like stuff about Gandhi. That made me dislike Gandhi.
1969, Gandhi's birth centenary year, and my first at high-school, was particularly bad because they just went on and on with their boring songs, books and speeches.
I think future generations will learn more about Gandhi from the Attenborough film than any books or speeches. This is the power of a well made cinema and visual images.
Karen Abbott's book on Mata Haris of the Civil War".
Mr. Yardley's assumption: readers of WP recognize Mata Hari.
I don't know now, but once Mata Hari was a well known name in middle class Maharashtra.
I often wondered why.
When I saw these pictures of Greta Garbo, from 1931 film "Mata Hari", I seemed to partly understand.
courtesy: FB page 'The Golden Age of Hollywood'