WBEZ | Milos Stehlik http://www.wbez.org/tags/milos-stehlik Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kim Jong Un reportedly kills defense chief with missile http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-15/kim-jong-un-reportedly-kills-defense-chief-missile-112039 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP-Ahn%20Young-oon.jpg" title="South Korean men pass by a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP- Ahn Young-oon)" /></div><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205641964&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Kim Jong Un reportedly kills his defense chief with missile</span></span></p><p>North Korea has reportedly executed &nbsp;Defense Minister Hyon Yong Chol by anti-aircraft guns. Reports say he was put to death, in part, because he was disrespectful to North Korea&rsquo;s leader Kim Jong Un, doing things like falling asleep at military events. The reports come from South Korea&rsquo;s intelligence agency, but have not been verified. History professor, Bruce Cumings<em> </em>joins us to discuss the latest news out of North Korea.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago and author of <em>Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century</em>, <em>The Korean War: A Histor</em>y and <em>North Korea: Another Country, </em>joins us to discuss the latest news out of North Korea.</p><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205642483&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Milos Stehlik on opening night of Cannes film festival</span></span></p><p>Film Contributor, Milos Stehlik, reports from the Cannes International Film Festival. He&rsquo;ll tell us about the latest happenings, &nbsp;including a festival ban on celebrity selfies, the Auschwitz-themed movie <em>Son of Saul</em> by first-time director Laszlo Nemes and of course, he&rsquo;ll tell us why he hated the <em>Mad Max</em> reboot.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p><p>Milos Stehlik, WBEZ film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</p><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205642992&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Weekend Passport: &#39;Tasso&#39;s Journey&#39; A Greek love story</span></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. &nbsp;This week he&rsquo;ll tell us about a book reading at the National Hellenic Museum that takes us back to Greece during World War II.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Nari Safavi, WBEZ contributor and co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</p><p><a href="http://seasonsofsun.com/">Paula Burzawa</a>, author of the book, <em>Tasso&#39;s Journey, A Novel</em>.</p></p> Fri, 15 May 2015 13:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-15/kim-jong-un-reportedly-kills-defense-chief-missile-112039 Pedophilia and the Catholic Church http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-15/pedophilia-and-catholic-church-110664 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP607723356423.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pope Francis said in July that about two percent of Catholic clergymen are pedophiles. But how exactly does one research and arrive at such numbesr? We&#39;ll find out from the BBC.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-pedophilia-and-the-catholic-church" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Pedophilia and the Catholic Church" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-15/pedophilia-and-catholic-church-110664 A soldier returns to Vietnam http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-01/soldier-returns-vietnam-110592 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Don Blackburn photo at war.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A number of American soldiers who fought in Vietnam have returned to Vietnam to try to help rebuild the country. We&#39;ll talk with Don Blackburn, a vet who now lives in Vietnam and journalist Nissa Rhee.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-soldier-returns-to-vietnam/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-soldier-returns-to-vietnam.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-a-soldier-returns-to-vietnam" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A soldier returns to Vietnam" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-01/soldier-returns-vietnam-110592 Daycare in Germany, the Egyptian revolution on film and traditional Chinese rhythms http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-23/daycare-germany-egyptian-revolution-film-and-traditional-chinese <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP08021108786.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Daycare has become a top election issue in Germany. The conflict in Egypt has impacted the Egyptian film industry. We&#39;ll tell you where you can find Chinese drumming in Chicago.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106892956&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/daycare-in-germany-the-egyptian-revolution-on-film/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/daycare-in-germany-the-egyptian-revolution-on-film.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/daycare-in-germany-the-egyptian-revolution-on-film" target="_blank">View the story "Daycare in Germany, the Egyptian revolution on film and traditional Chinese rhythms" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-23/daycare-germany-egyptian-revolution-film-and-traditional-chinese Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP612028614400.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss what President Obama&#39;s trip to Africa could mean for US relations with the continent. Then, Milos Stehlik offers a glimpse of new action thriller &quot;White House Down.&quot; Plus, we explore weekend events with an international theme.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98870967&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-in-africa-white-house-down-and-sud" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama in Africa, White House Down and Sudan's Lost Boys take the stage" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-06-28/obama-africa-white-house-down-and-sudans-lost-boys-take-stage-107895 Turkish films try to push at boundaries http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/turkish-films-try-push-boundaries-102259 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Turkish%20Cinema%20AP.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 620px; " title="Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (AP/Joel Ryan,file)" /></div><p>Heres&#39; a contest: Name just&nbsp;<em>one</em> Turkish movie. (And here&#39;s a hint:&nbsp;<em>Midnight Express </em>doesn&rsquo;t count.)&nbsp;If your mind is a blank, don&rsquo;t despair. Turkish cinema is struggling to establish an identity. It&rsquo;s part of what <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/turkishcinema">Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema</a><em>, </em>a series opening September 9th at the Siskel Film Center,&nbsp;is all about.&nbsp;</p><p>Like Turkey the country, Turkish cinema is multi-layered. There is a hilarious genre known as the &ldquo;Turkish Sci-Fi Rip-off Cinema,&rdquo; with such priceless characters as the Turkish Superman; Badi, the Turkish ET; and Seytan, the Turkish Terrorist.</p><p>Theirs is a broad, popular, largely melodramatic cinema. And there is a growing &ldquo;independent&rdquo; Turkish cinema, which is quite intellectual, and some of which deals with the anxieties, misaligned relationships, infidelities and betrayals of the middle-class. Its most recognized and much-awarded filmmaker is Nuri Bilge Ceylan (often referred to by Turks as &ldquo;N.B.C.&rdquo;), who has won at the Cannes Film Festival and whose most recent film is <em>Once Upon a Time in Anatolia</em>.</p><p>The films in the Landscapes program veer across a spectrum of themes and styles. In the opening weekend film <em>Love in Another Language</em>, the feisty your Zeynep works as a telemarketer in a phone boiler room and falls for Onur, a good-looking deaf-mute. Their one-night stand turns into a relationship challenged by Onur&rsquo;s unresolved past with his parents and Zeynep&rsquo;s attempts to organize her co-workers in a protest for better working conditions.&nbsp;The second opening weekend film, <em>Our Grand Despair</em>, is more oblique. Two buddies, Cetin and Ender, take in Sayin, a friend&rsquo;s grief-stricken sister, after her parents die in a car accident. Their male bond is put to a test both by having to care for an unstable young woman, and by both of them falling for Sayin.</p><p>An outstanding film in the series is <em>Polluting Paradise</em>, directed by Fatih Akin (who was born and works almost exclusively in Germany). In this documentary, Akin returns to &nbsp;his parents&rsquo; home town of Carmburnu, where a massive garbage landfill pollutes the soil, water and air and the residents fight an unmoving bureaucracy. <em>Honey</em>, directed by Semih Kaplanoglu, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It is a beautiful, rich and sensitive portrait of a rural childhood, largely seen through the eyes of a six-year-old boy with a speech impediment, whose father keeps beehives deep in the forest.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/turkishcinema">Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema</a>&nbsp;opens&nbsp;September 9th at the Siskel Film Center.</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/turkish-films-try-push-boundaries-102259 Notes from the Telluride Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/notes-telluride-film-festival-102106 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/telluride%20affleck%20AP.jpg" title="Bryan Cranston and Ben Affleck star in the rescue thriller ‘Argo,’ which premiers this week at the Telluride Film Festival. (AP/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)" /></div><p>The 39th Telluride Film Festival begins Friday. It&#39;s just four days, but it is the most concise, powerful window on the best in word cinema anywhere.&nbsp;This year&#39;s films range from Deepa Mehta&#39;s adaptation of Salman Rushdie&#39;s novel <em>Midnight&#39;s Children</em> to an explosive Israeli documentary that interviews the five former directors of the Shin Bet, Israel&#39;s secret service, with startling revelations and bleak insights.&nbsp;</p><p>Not to be outdone, in his <em>Act of Killing,</em> filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gave cameras to former leaders of death squads in Indonesia. Today they run the country, and are proud of their actions in the &quot;anti-communist&quot; genocide in which a million people died. Even Ben Affleck, who was at the welcome reception Thursday night with Jennifer Garner, will sneak-preview his directorial effort, <em>Argo</em>, here in Telluride over the weekend. The film is set during the Iranian hostage crisis, as the CIA tries to extricate six Amerians out of Iran.</p><p>There is also some of the best of Cannes here: Michael Hanake&#39;s moving end-of-life love story, <em>Amour</em>, with Emannuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Ulrich Seidl&#39;s risky &mdash; and brilliant &mdash; <em>Love: Paradise</em> about sexual tourism in Africa, as well as Berlin Film Festival award-winner&nbsp;<em>Barbara</em> by Christian Petzold, already set to be the German entry for Academy Awards.</p><p>Three Telluride tributes honor Marion Cotillard, who is on a hot streak and successfully navigating careers in France and Hollywood, with a screening of Jacques Audiard&#39;s <em>Rust and Bone</em>, in which she delivers a terrific performance as an Orca whale trainer with a difficult relationship with her brother.</p><p>Mads Mikkelsen, the Danish actor who has often played tough guy roles including in <em>Casino Royale</em>, is being honored with a screening of <em>The Hunt</em>, in which Mikkelsen is set against type as a kindergarten teacher falsely accused of molesting a child.</p><p>Roger Corman &mdash; a cinematic genius whose 400 films established a new, low-budget alternative to Hollywood and in the process gave early starts to careers of Jonathan Demme, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson &mdash; is receiving a well-deserved tribute. At 86, Corman is still hard at work.</p><p>Thursday night, Sarah Burns, who co-directs (with her father Ken Burns and David McMahon) <em>The Central Park Five</em>, a documentary about the false imprisonment of New York teenagers for the 1989 central park rape, said &quot;No one really remembers just how hard it is to get to Telluride.&quot;</p><p>Telluride is in a most beautiful place, high in the San Juan mountains. But this invariably means an eight- or ten-hour or longer trip. You often arrive at Teluride exhausted, and, at 8,500 feet, gasping for oxygen. But within a few hours, the films deliver the adrenalin shot, and you are delivered close to heaven.</p></p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/notes-telluride-film-festival-102106 How the French discovered America http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/how-french-discovered-america-101779 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP060823028471.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gz-5wKegyOw" width="601"></iframe></p><p>A few years after Hollywood filmmakers began making thrillers and crime melodramas, which often featured twisted plots, tough criminals, detectives and femme fatales, Nino Frank, a French film critic saw all the darkness coming out of Hollywood and called it &ldquo;film noir.&rdquo; In late January, I went to a screening at the packed 1,400-seat Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the site of the 10th annual Noir City Film Festival. The scene was as much off screen as on. Young women in &#39;40s-style clothes, their lips prominently painted, dressed for the occasion. An organist played with bravado before the screening. During the intermission for the double feature, people paraded with drinks and browsed through film stills and posters being sold in the foyer. Everyone seemed to be there; I sat next to film director Phil Kaufman.</p><p>Film noir seems to be the one film genre that has found a vibrant new audience 60-odd years after the films were made. The funny thing is, film noir is not really a genre. It&rsquo;s more a mood, a style and a sensibility. One of its famous femme fatales, Gloria Grahame, reflected this sense in these lines from <em>In a Lonely Place:</em></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;I was born when you kissed me</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I died when you left me</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I lived a few weeks while you loved me.&rdquo;</p><p>A much-discussed subject of academic studies, film noir is often seen as a reflection of post World-War II anxiety, depicting bleak, shadowy worlds of heartless cities, easy betrayals and transitory loves. These are seen as symbolic of paranoia of the early years of the Cold War.</p><p>Selections from San Francisco&rsquo;s Noir City Film Festival are being shown in Chicago this week. One of the most famous is Robert Aldrich&rsquo;s <em>Kiss Me Deadly</em>, based on a Mickey Spillane detective novel. The tough, arrogant detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) almost runs down a barefoot woman (Cloris Leachman), who is running away from a mental institution. They have an accident and she dies. When Hammer recovers, he lazily goes about uncovering the mystery of the dead woman. The trail eventually ends up at the Hollywood Athletic Club, where the prize motivating the film turns out to be a batch of raw nuclear material stolen from the Los Alamos nuclear test site.</p><p><em>Kiss Me Deadly</em> &ndash; and other noir films &ndash; push at the extremities of these potboiler plots, inventing in the process a unique American film form. It&rsquo;s film which focuses on physicality, substitutes layers of emotion for tawdry desire, and transforms the settings into existential landscapes in which the characters are alienated, sometimes desperate individuals, seeking a wholeness which is always elusive.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/noir-city-chicago-4">Noir City: CHICAGO</a> plays at the Music Box Theater August 17 through 23.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/how-french-discovered-america-101779 Worldview 6.15.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/worldview-61512-100130 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120615020365.jpg" title="Egyptians gather to protest military rule in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Friday. (AP/Pete Muller)" /></div><p>Friday on <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>Egypt&rsquo;s supreme court has declared last year&rsquo;s parliamentary vote unconstitutional just two days before Egyptians are supposed to vote for a new president. The court has called for the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and new elections. Cairo-based journalist <a href="http://www.ashrafkhalil.com/" target="_blank">Ashraf Khalil</a> joins us from Tahrir Square to discuss what this decision could mean for the future of the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, <em>Worldview</em> film contributor Milos Stehlik tells us why we should ignore the advice of some critics and catch one of the Billy Wilder films playing at the Music Box.</p><p>And, on <em>Weekend Passport</em>, the segment where we help listeners plan their international weekend, we head deep into the heart of Scotland for The Scottish Festival, complete with Scottish sausage, whiskey and games.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/worldview-61512-100130 Cannes Diary: Awards wrap-up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/cannes-diary-awards-wrap-99596 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120527039065.jpg" title="Director Carlos Reygadas smiles as he is presented with the Best Director award for Post Tenebras Lux, flanked by actors Leila Bekhti, left, and Tim Roth, right, during the awards ceremony at the 65th international Cannes film festival, May 27, 2012. (AP/Lionel Cironneau) " /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Amid a downpour, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke&#39;s film <em>Amour</em> won the prized Palme d&#39;Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The mostly French-produced, French-language film features three great stars of French cinema: Emanuele Riva, best known for her role in <em>Hiroshima mon Amour</em>, Jean-Louis Trintignant of the films <em>A Man and a Woman</em> and <em>Z</em>, and Isabelle Huppert. Almost everyone at Cannes predicted the win. <em>Amour</em> is emotionally wrenching: It deals with the difficult subject of how an elderly couple copes when one partner becomes ill.</p><p>This year, surprises came from other categories. The theoretical second prize, known as the Grand Prix, went to Matteo Garrone&#39;s <em>Reality. </em>It&#39;s about a Neapolitan fishmonger, whose obsession is to find a way onto the <em>Big Brother</em> reality show. The Prix du Jury, considered honorable mention, went to Ken Loach&#39;s <em>The Angel&#39;s Share</em>. Though, conventional and predictable, it is truly a wonderful film. Another surprise at the other extreme was the Best Director prize that went to Carlos Reygadas for<em> Post Tenebras Lux</em>. This Reygadas work was unquestionably the most daring and formally experimental film at Cannes this year. This chance-taking venture is mystical and beautiful, though one could argue that ultimately, it doesn&#39;t &quot;hang together.&quot;</p><p>Deliberations at Cannes are secret, though Jury President Nanni Moretti devulged a great divergence of opinion this year. To understand the Cannes awards process, you&#39;d need Rosetta Stone-type skill to decipher the games of compromise played during jury discussions. Of course, this is all speculation, but one could interpret the win for <em>Reality</em>, a film most critics wrote off as losing its focus, as a win for Italy (read: Moretti). One might also see the influence of jury members Andrea Arnold and Jean-Paul Gaultier in the prize that went&nbsp;to Reygadas -- and Ewan McGregor&#39;s and Raoul Peck&#39;s touch in Ken Loach&#39;s prize.</p><p>Ultimately, it&#39;s part of what makes the Cannes Film Festival so much fun. You will just never know the final &quot;truth.&quot;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/cannes-diary-awards-wrap-99596