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The Turning Point

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The Turning Point is the name of a non-fiction book and two films:


The book was the 1970's neo-malthusian tome by Fritjof Capra on the work of himself, Robert Ehrlich, and Donella Meadows at MIT for the Club of Rome, predicting population explosions, epidemics, global starvation and ecological destruction in the early 21st century.


The first film was the 1946 Soviet film Великий перелом (Velikij perelom), a name which translates into English as "The Turning Point." It was directed by Fridrikh Markovitch Ermler and won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.


The second film debuted in 1977 and was written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. In starring roles were Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne, Tom Skerritt, Martha Scott, Anthony Zerbe, Marshall Thompson and James Mitchell. This film told the story of two women who were formerly competitors in the world of ballet, and met again when the daughter of the woman who left ballet to raise a family decided that she wanted to join it.

It was later nominated for several Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mikhail Baryshnikov), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Bancroft), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley MacLaine), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Leslie Browne), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

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