James Bowman

Resident Scholar

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

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James Bowman is a Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

Among the other publications to which he has contributed are Harper’sThe Public InterestThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Daily and Sunday Telegraph of London, The Weekly Standard and National Review.

He has worked as a freelance journalist, serving as American editor of the Times Literary Supplement of London from 1991 to 2002, as movie critic of The American Spectator since 1990 and as media critic of The New Criterion since 1993. He has also been a weekly movie reviewer for The New York Sun since the newspaper’s re-foundation in 2002.

Mr. Bowman received B.A. degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge in England, where he also did graduate study and received an M.A. in 1979.

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People vs. Larry Flynt, The

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The People vs. Larry Flynt is one of Hollywood’s more typical propaganda films—which is to say one which makes it…

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Evita

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I can’t say much about Evita by Alan Parker, based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim…

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In Love and War

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In Love and War is a New Line release of a Richard Attenborough film, based on Henry Villard’s book, Hemingway…

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Fierce Creatures

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Fierce Creatures by Robert Young and Fred Schepisi brings together again the four principal actors of A Fish Called Wanda,…

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Metro

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We might call Metro by Tom Carter a palimpsest movie—one where you can read another text beneath the one on…

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Albino Alligator

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It was an interesting experience to go to see Kevin Spacey’s Albino Alligator with Jackie Chan’s First Strike fresh in…

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Beverly Hills Ninja

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Beverly Hills Ninja by Dennis Dugan tries yet again to make Chris Farley’s brand of physical comedy, which consists of…

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In the Realm of the Senses (Ai No Corrida)

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In the Realm of the Senses is a Japanese film made twenty years ago by Nagisa Oshima. At the time…

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Ai No Corrida (In the Realm of the Senses)

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In the Realm of the Senses is a Japanese film made twenty years ago by Nagisa Oshima. At the time…

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I’m Not Rappaport

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I’m Not Rappaport, written and directed by Herb Gardner from his stage play, takes its title from the old vaudeville…

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Citizen Ruth

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Citizen Ruth by Alexander Payne is not so good a movie as it ought to be, given its materials and…

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Portrait of a Lady

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Portrait of a Lady by Jane Campion has a very strange beginning. A bunch of contemporary girls, photographed in black…

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