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Hilton Als

Hilton Als is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His books include The Women and White Girls.

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All That Jazz: Stardust
All That Jazz: Stardust

Love and death tango in Bob Fosse’s glittering ode to his own mortality.

By Hilton Als

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Grey Gardens: Staunch Characters

Grey Gardens: Staunch Characters

In 1998, I interviewed Little Edie Beale, the surviving star of 1976’s Grey Gardens, one of the Maysles brothers’ numerous masterworks (Gimme Shelter, Meet Marlon Brando, and With Love from Truman are equal in technical and emotional innovation).…

By Hilton Als

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Master of Disguise: Paul Robeson and The Emperor Jones
Master of Disguise: Paul Robeson and The Emperor Jones

As a member of the Harlem Amateur Players, Robeson had heard a great deal about Brutus Jones from the Playhouse’s set designer, Cleo Throckmorton. Moved by Robeson’s performances with the Manhattan-based troupe, Throckmorton was the first to appr…

By Hilton Als

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She’s Gotta Have It

From the opening credits of Spike Lee’s seminal film, She’s Gotta Have It, viewers in 1986 were able to recognize the presence of an extraordinary talent. For it was Lee, a graduate of the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (which a…

By Hilton Als