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It's being shown in a small theater house here in Santa Fe

Which is odd because we are just downslope and downwind from Los Explodos. Manhattan Project lore is large here. Part of the problem is that larger theater plexes are going under.

Not having seen it yet, I did read some reviews. Several stated that Nolan gives both this large complicated topic and man an even-handed treatment, which they find unusual for Nolan. Audiences are "trusted" (said one review) to make up their own minds, which most have done before going into it. Neither the Project nor the man are either/or simple entities.

It must have been very difficult to condense this into a 3-hour film, given the tome that was "American Prometheus", 2006 by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin. One author compiled a huge amount of information from many sources; the other sorted it out into the book.

A famous photo of Oppenheimer was on a cover of Life magazine in 1958, taken by Philippe Halsman, a well known portraitist, and used for an article about the physicist:

"I have been haunted by those extraordinary Oppenheimer eyes, particularly by the pain, the hurt I find in them" - Philip Stern, author of "The Oppenheimer Case".

If you google up Magnum Photos Oppenheimer, you can read an article about the session between him and Halsman.

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