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Mystery film

A mystery film is a genre of film that revolves around the solution of a problem or a crime. It focuses on the efforts of the detective, private investigator or amateur sleuth to solve the mysterious circumstances of an issue by means of clues and clever deduction; the plot centers on the deductive ability, confidence, or diligence of the detective as they attempt to unravel the crime or situation by piecing together clues and circumstances, seeking evidence, interrogating witnesses, tracking down a criminal. Suspense is maintained as an important plot element; this can be done through the use of the soundtrack, camera angles, heavy shadows, surprising plot twists. Alfred Hitchcock used all of these techniques, but would sometimes allow the audience in on a pending threat draw out the moment for dramatic effect; this genre has ranged from early mystery tales, fictional or literary detective stories, to classic Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers to classic private detective films. A related film subgenre is spy films.

Mystery films focus with solving a crime or a puzzle. The mystery revolves around a murder which must be solved by policemen, private detectives, or amateur sleuths; the viewer is presented with a series of suspects, some of whom are "red herrings," –persons who have motive to commit the crime but did not do it–, attempts to solve the puzzle along with the investigator. At times the viewer is presented with information not available to the main character; the central character explores the unsolved crime, unmasks the perpetrator, puts an end to the effects of the villainy. The successful mystery film adheres to one of two story types, known as Closed; the Closed mystery conceals the identity of the perpetrator until late in the story, adding an element of suspense during the apprehension of the suspect, as the audience is never quite sure who it is. The Open mystery, in contrast, reveals the identity of the perpetrator at the top of the story, showcasing the "perfect crime" which the audience watches the protagonist unravel at the end of the story, akin to the unveiling scenes in the Closed style.

Mystery novels have proven to be a good medium for translation into film. The sleuth forms a strong leading character, the plots can include elements of drama, character development and surprise twists; the locales of the mystery tale are of a mundane variety, requiring little in the way of expensive special effects. Successful mystery writers can produce a series of books based on the same sleuth character, providing rich material for sequels; until at least the 1980s, women in mystery films have served a dual role, providing a relationship with the detective and playing the part of woman-in-peril. The women in these films are resourceful individuals, being self-reliant, determined and as duplicitous, they can provide the triggers for the events that follow, or serve as an element of suspense as helpless victims. The earliest mystery films reach back to the silent era; the first detective film is cited as Sherlock Holmes Baffled, a short Mutoscope reel created between 1900 and 1903 by Arthur Marvin.

It is the earliest-known film to feature the character of detective Sherlock Holmes, albeit in a recognisable form. In France, the popular Nick Carter detective novels inspired the first film serial, Nick Carter, le roi des détectives; this six-episode series was followed with Nouveaux aventures de Nick Carter in 1909. Louis Feuillade created the popular Fantômas serial based on the best-selling serial novel about a super-criminal pursued by a stubborn inspector Juve. Dujardin wears a mask and costume similar to Fantomas' in an apparent tribute in The Artist, a nostalgic 2011 film about silent cinema. Detective serials by Feuillade include The Vampires, Tih Minh, Barrabas. Feuillade's films, which combined realism, poetic imagery, pure fantasy, influenced the American The Perils of Pauline, directors such as René Clair, Surrealists such as André Breton; the earliest true mystery films include The Gold Bug from France, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Both are derived from stories by Edgar Allan Poe, appropriate as Poe is credited with creating modern detective fiction as well as the first private detective character, C.

Auguste Dupin. Universal Pictures renamed him Pierre Dupin in Murders in the Rue Morgue, an atmospheric horror-mystery starring Bela Lugosi; the film was remade twice more in 1953 and 1971. Poe's second Dupin story, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, was filmed in 1942. More The Raven presented a fictionalized account of the last days of Poe's life. Here, the author pursues a mysterious serial killer whose murders are directly inspired by his stories. Charles Dickens' unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood was completed by another author and adapted to the screen. Two films, now believed lost, were made in 1909 and 1914. Universal produced The Mystery of Edwin Drood; the story was remade again in 1993. Universal, known for its long list of classic horror films created the first supernatural horror-whodunit hybrid with Night Monster. American author Mary Roberts Rinehart, is credited with inventing the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing, her 1920 "old dark house" novel The Bat was filmed as The Bat, as The Bat Whispers, a third time a remake, The Bat, starring Vincent Price.

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David L. Kirp

David Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, a member of the National Academy of Education, a contributing writer to the New York Times and a senior scholar at the Learning Policy Institute, a “think-and-do” tank. He is a Member of the National Academy of Education. In his seventeen books and hundreds of articles, he has concentrated on pivotal education and youth issues from cradle to college and career. Kirp graduated from Harvard Law School. A former newspaper editor and syndicated columnist, David Kirp contributes to leading national print media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the American Prospect and The Nation, appears as a policy expert on nationally broadcast radio and televisions programs, he has delivered lectures and keynote speeches around the world, at universities including Harvard, Columbia, Glasgow, Melbourne, Trento and Ben Gurion. He is a recipient of Berkeley's 1982 Distinguished Teaching Award.

David Kirp founded the Harvard Center on Law and Education, a national law reform organization that promotes equality of educational opportunity. He was a trustee of Amherst College and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Experience Corps, Friends of the Children, the Coro Leadership Center of San Francisco and the ACLU of Northern California, he served on President Barack Obama's transition team, where he drafted policy agendas for early education and community schools. He has consulted with public agencies in the United States and abroad; the College Dropout Scandal, his most recent book, shines a light on the under-appreciated fact that half of undergraduates who enroll in public universities fail to graduate and shows, through narratives about colleges that buck this trend, what can be done to change the arc of students’ lives. The book garnered favorable reviews in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, was named one of the year's top higher education books by Forbes magazine.

Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools details how a poor, Latino school district became a national model. It was selected as the outstanding book of the year by the American Educational Research Association as well as one of the forty outstanding books on education in the past half-century. Notable earlier books include The Sandbox Investment: The Universal Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics, which received the Award for Excellence in Education from the Association of American Publishers, Shakespeare and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, which garnered the Research Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. David Kirp AtGoogleTalks

Daya Sandagiri

Daya W. K. Sandagiri was the 14th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy. Admiral Sandagiri was born in Veyangoda and had his education at St. Mary's Maha Vidyalaya and Kegalu Maha Vidyalaya, Kegalle, he enlisted in the Royal Ceylon Navy on 14 November 1966 and was in the first batch of naval cadets to join the Naval and Maritime Academy at Trincomalee on 1 July 1969. He was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the navy as a sub-lieutenant on 1 July 1972, he was served for four years and eight months in the position. Upon his retirement he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff with the rank of admiral on 1 September 2005, he retired from that position on 12 June 2005. He became the fourth chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 9 November 2015

Greta Pratt

Greta Pratt is an American photographer whose primary interests are American identity and myth. She is the author of two books of photographs and In Search of the Corn Queen. Pratt's work is represented in major public and private collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Portland Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Pratt served as photography bureau chief of Reuters International in New York City, her photographs have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Pratt has made a practice of documenting staged American history, her series Nineteen Lincolns celebrates one of the most iconic elements of the bedrock of American history and puts a quirky modern twist on it. Nineteen Lincolns has been on view in solo and group shows across the country since 2007, her book Using History is an accurate depiction of her photographic universe, the intersection where American past meets American present.

Pratt uses clever juxtapositions of photos to tell her tale of how Americans incorporate their country's past to explain their attitudes to the present. Author Howard Zinn says of Pratt's Using History, "Greta Pratt's extraordinary photographs give us glimpses of people and places that stimulate us to think about our history, not only of the great American West, but of the nation itself, her point of view is delightfully provocative. We want not only to enjoy the moment of our viewing, but to study and ponder each photograph, challenged to find its larger meaning."Pratt's work has a clear connection with that of Martin Parr, both using hyper-saturated color to slyly capture the peculiarities of how everyday people represent themselves and their roots. Pratt received her BFA in photography from the University of Minnesota and her MFA in from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In Search of the Corn Queen Using History “…Everyone is trying to connect to the past but the past is always fiction.

How history is told reveals much more about the people and time period that are telling it than about history itself.” “This book is a collection of photographs about history perceived, about how we look at ourselves and others, about how we recreate and reaffirm the American experience, about how we continue to live with, to rationalize, to atone for the lingering spirit of place…. Pratt's photographs help create an understanding of a special form of vernacular storytelling, of acting out and dressing up the past. History as we remember, it could more be labeled history as we want it to be remembered or better, as we re-create and relive it. As the American novelist Willa Cather reminds us, "Memory is better than reality." “What Pratt catches here is not anachronism or irony…What you see here is the attempt by ordinary people – nonhistorians, – to capture history in a form that makes it locally communally tangible – history as shared terrain…There is an idea in most of these faces, though. The idea is continuity with forebears, with first principles, with a larger conception of the time horizon than everyday life affords."

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Gros Islet Quarter

Gros Islet is the newest town in Saint Lucia, having been promoted from a village to a town. It is the location of the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium where both One Day International and Test Cricket is played. Parts of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 were played there, it is the administrative centre of the Gros Island Quarter, a region of Saint Lucia which includes the island's northernmost point, Cap Point and the notable Cap Estate, where the renowned St. Lucia Golf and Country Club is located, it lies north of Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, features the Friday Night Street Party, its major tourist attraction. Known as the jump-up, the Friday Night Street Party encompasses several blocks, which have to be informally cordoned off with the stalls of street vendors. Steamed fish, barbecue chicken and St. Lucia's own Piton beer can be purchased from these vendors. Music can be heard through the old fishing village, locals and tourist both dance in a central cross section in the small streets to the sounds of calypso, reggae and R&B.

The Rodney Bay Area further south differs from the small, makeshift housing littering most of the town of Gros-Islet. Catering to the tourism populace, the areas surrounding the marina contain shops, malls and night clubs that fall on the higher end of the spectrum compared to other local enterprises. Land development costs in the Rodney Bay area are high; the exclusive beach front properties have all been purchased by small and large hoteliers, restaurateurs, frustrating locals who continually see access to the public beaches being blocked by large construction projects. The night life reveals several clubs all in close proximity vying for clientele; the historic Pigeon Island is a popular place for tourists because of wildlife. A man made causeway connects it to the mainland


This article is about the son of Captain Moroni of the 1st century BC. He should not be confused with the captain of ten thousand in the battle of Cumorah, which took place in the 4th century according to the Book of Mormon. According to the Book of Mormon, Moronihah was the son of the Captain Moroni who had defeated the armies of Zerahemnah, stopped the king-men, restored the Nephites' cities to their possession; when Moroni got too old to lead an army any longer, Moronihah received command of his father's armies. In the 39th year of the reign of the judges, or 53 BC, Moronihah had defended the Nephites against dissenters; when the Nephite dissenter Coriantumr invaded a couple years however, he, had less success than before after taking advantage of the opportunity that Coriantumr had given him. On his second try, he sent Lehi with an army to cut off the dissenters and the Lamanites, Coriantumr was killed in the battle, along with many others. Moronihah himself retook possession of Zarahemla, set at liberty the Lamanite prisoners the Nephites had captured there.

Over the next decade, more Nephites dissented to the Lamanites and went to battle against the Nephites. Because of their wickedness, the Nephites were unable to obtain all their cities back, with Moronihah's help, they were able to obtain half of them; this he did by preaching repentance to the Nephites with Nephi and his brother Lehi, leading the repentant Nephites to regain their cities and possessions. Moronihah could not get back more than half of the Nephites possessions, thus gave up, turning instead to his plans of keeping the lands they were now in possession of. Book of Helaman The Book of Helaman on Wikisource. Moronihah1 in the index of the Latter-day Saint Book of Mormon