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Despite trying to get a start on life during the Great Depression, Robert Fessler was eager, passionate and full of hope.
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The diaries, which Fessler kept between 1930 and 1937, included lists of everything and showed an obsession with what things cost.
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I recently looked through diaries that my father wrote as a young man in New York in the 1930s, trying to get his start in life during the Great Depression.
The man in the diaries is not the man I knew: a middle-aged father of four who commuted from the New Jersey suburbs to a job he detested in Manhattan. Instead, the 20-something Robert Fessler was eager, passionate, full of hope. He dreamed of traveling around the world, maybe getting a job as a reporter. Just out of high school, he was trying desperately to mold himself into an interesting adult.
Director Feng Xiaogang, whose 2010 film <em>Aftershock</em> is China's highest-grossing Chinese-made film of all time, arrives at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival. At left is his wife Xu Fan, who starred in <em>Aftershock.</em>
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A Chinese government-owned film company hired <em>Training Day </em>director Antoine Fuqua to make a movie to celebrate Chinese culture and hopefully turn a tidy profit.
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In the decade since the release of Ang Lee's blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese filmmakers have struggled to repeat its international success.
But the Quijang Film and TV Investment Group is hoping a new project might provide perfect fodder for a Hollywood hit. The Chinese government-owned company recently invested $30 million in hopes of making a movie that would both celebrate Chinese culture and turn a tidy profit.
For most of the world, Cary Grant was a Hollywood icon, but to Jennifer Grant he was simply Dad.
The screen legend retired from acting at 62 when his daughter was born in 1966. He went on to devote the last 20 years of his life to fatherhood, giving his daughter the kind of life only he could give with trips to Monaco and Christmas dinners with the Sinatras. But it was the quality of that life that left a mark.
Jennifer Grant chronicles her close relationship with her father in her new book, Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant.