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Changeling is a 2008 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski. Based on real-life events in 1928 Los Angeles, the film stars Angelina Jolie (pictured) as a woman who is reunited with her missing son—only to realize he is an impostor. After she confronts the city authorities, they vilify her as an unfit mother and brand her delusional. The film explores the political fallout and the episode's connection to the "Wineville Chicken Coop" kidnapping and murder case. Principal photography took place in 2007 in Southern California; in post-production, scenes were supplemented with CGI skylines, backgrounds, vehicles and people. Changeling premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Its October 2008 theatrical release met with a more mixed reaction; the acting and story were generally praised, while criticism focused on the conventional staging and lack of nuance. Changeling earned $113 million in box office revenue worldwide; it received nominations in three Academy Award and eight BAFTA Award categories. (more...)

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Gunnar Sønsteby (born January 11, 1918), known by the code names of Kjakan (The Chin) and No. 24, was a member of the Norwegian resistance during World War II. He is the most decorated person in Norway, and the only one to have been awarded the War Cross with three swords. He was the head of the Norwegian Independent Company 1 group, which committed numerous acts of sabotage against the Nazi regime. This put him high on the Gestapo's most wanted list, but he successfully evaded capture until the end of the war. Now in his 90s, he still gives frequent talks about his wartime experiences.

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