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Stanislaw Lem

Polish writer Stanislaw Lem is a world famous science fiction author whose books include Eden (1959) and Solaris (1961). Born and raised in Lwów, Poland (now Lvov, Ukraine), Lem turned to writing aft…

Stanislaw Lem 2006 Deaths

Stanislaw LemAge: 84 Polish science-fiction writer whose philosophical works pondered the relationship between humans and machines. His books, which highlighted his sense of irony and sarcasm,…

Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky's feature films were not widely seen, yet he emerged from Soviet Russia as one of their best filmmakers. These days, he's most famous for Stalkers, his 1979 version of the science fic…

1972 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'OrThe Mattei Affair, Francesco Rosi with a Special Jury Mention for the performance of Gian Maria Volonte (Italy)The Working Class Go to Heaven, Elio Petri (Italy)Special Jury PrizeSol…

Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1989 film sex, lies and videotape (starring James Spader). The art house hit was the beginning of his career as a top shelf mo…

Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis has worked steadily on stage and screen since the late 1990s, winning a Tony Award for the leading role in King Hedley II (2001), an Oscar nomination for a supporting role in Doubt…

Brewer's: Humpback

(The). Geronimo Amelunghi, Il Gobo di Pisa (sixteenth century). Andre'a Solari, the Italian painter, Del Gobbo (1470-1527). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894H…