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World War I (1914-1918)
TV Picks: 'Houdini,' 'Breathless,' 'Doctor Who'
TV Picks: 'Houdini,' 'Breathless,' 'Doctor Who'

Oscar-winner Adrien Brody is the obvious draw for History's four-hour, two-part bio-pic "Houdini," which attempts to show the man behind the great-escape legend. That it winds up spending most of its time showcasing all the escapes, relying almost entirely on a voiceover to fill in the "man behind" bits, is no fault of Brody or, indeed, screenwriter Nicholas Meyer ("The Seven-Percent Solution," "The Human Stain.") As interesting as Houdini's obvious flirtation with death might be, the psychology, for once, pales in comparison with its physical manifestation. In other words, the tricks were amazing! And this film shows us how he did many...

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