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The revolution introduced me to art, and art, in its own turn, brought me to the revolution.

Sergei Eisenstein

Wonder Woman: a feminist anti-war fable?
Sunday, 09 July 2017 06:00

Wonder Woman: a feminist anti-war fable?

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Feminist anti-war fable, or just another piece of cinematic propaganda enlisting feminism to sustain violent imperialism? Dennis Broe reviews the newly-released Wonder Woman.  'Pure entertainment' is the handle of one twitter hashtag about the film which is now on its way to grossing 600 million worldwide, and is being hailed…
Kino eye two
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 26 June 2017 19:49

'The most important of the arts': film after the Russian Revolution

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John Green outlines the role of film in the Bolshevik Revolution, and the profound and lasting influence of Russian revolutionary film-makers on cinema not only in the Soviet Union but across the world. According to the Bolshevik government’s first Commissar for Education, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Lenin remarked that, ‘Film for us…
Not the Feelies
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:50

Not the Feelies

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Jenny Farrell explains how Leviathan reveals the nature of capitalism. The dystopias of the mid-20th century, Brave New World (1932) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), described with astonishing accuracy the world we live in today: thought police, news speak, genetic engineering, escapist drugs and a cinema that conditions people not to…
Cannes 70 Part 2
Friday, 02 June 2017 20:34

Cannes 70 Part 2

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 Dennis Broe in Cannes reports on migrants dying at the festival, heavy and stifling security, female warriors and the Golden Age of African Cinema. This is Bro on the World Film Beat Once Again “Breaking Glass” at the Cannes Film Festival. The prizes are in at the festival and first…
Cannes 70
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 19:12

Cannes 70

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Dennis Broe has offered to undertake the arduous task of reporting on the Cannes Film Festival this year for Culture Matters. Here is his first report..... Bonjour from Cannes 70. The venerable film festival, the largest in the world, turned 70 this year and perhaps is showing some signs of…
Hypernormalisation
Saturday, 18 March 2017 15:37

Hypernormalisation

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Chris Jury finds Adam Curtis's latest film to be memorable and compelling, but also irritatingly obscure. The term "hypernormalisation" is taken from Alexei Yurchak's 2006 book Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, in which Yurchak argues that for many decades everyone had known the…
Reykjavik Rising
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 20:33

Reykjavik Rising

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In 2011 Danny Mitchell founded a voluntary film production group called Conscious Collective (consciouscollective.net) with his friend Rosa Weber. They were inspired by how Iceland had reacted to their economic crisis and felt frustrated that it wasn't getting any attention in the mainstream media. So they decided to do a…
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