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

Sergei Eisenstein

Nae Pasaran: They Did Not Pass
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:01

Nae Pasaran: They Did Not Pass

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John Green reviews a new film about the solidarity and courage of some Scots engineering workers who took action against the Chilean military coup of 1973. Nae Pasaran tells the incredible but true story of the Scots workers who, from the other side of the world, managed to ground half…
Black 47
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:21

Black 47

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Luke Callinan reviews Black 47, a film which reminds us of the brutal and inhuman nature of colonisation. Lance Daly’s Black 47, which was released in September 2018, is the first feature-length film dealing directly with the catastrophic events of 1845-1849 in Ireland that became known subsequently as “The Famine”. It…
One Nation, One King
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 10 September 2018 09:28

Class, gender and race issues: the Venice Film Festival 2018

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Dennis Broe reviews this year's Venice Film Festival. The top prize at the Venice Film Festival went to Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, a black and white, long-take, masterpiece about class relations in Mexico distributed by Netflix. All of these factors will make it a challenge for the Hollywood Film Academy to…
In the Fade
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:13

In the Fade

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Jenny Farrell reviews a new German film about the rise of fascism in Germany. Winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, In the Fade by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, is one of the more important new political films on the state of Germany today. It is loosely…
Cannes 2018: Best of the Rest
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 28 May 2018 18:38

Cannes 2018: Best of the Rest

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Dennis Broe gives us his Best of the Rest from Cannes 2018. All the other critics have gone home but I’m still on the Croisette, the Cannes Boardwalk, sweeping up after them. This week I’ll finish my Cannes reporting with a look at the best of the three other competitions:…
Cannes 2018 vs. Cannes 1968: What a Falling Off Is This!
Monday, 21 May 2018 18:53

Cannes 2018 vs. Cannes 1968: What a Falling Off Is This!

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Dennis Broe's final report on the hyperspectacle which is Cannes 2018. I would like to begin this Cannes Festival wrap up with the opening of At War, a film about the immolation of the French working class, which is an apt quote from Bertolt Brecht for these media-induced apathetic times: “It’s…
Art versus Commerce at Cannes 2018
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:27

Art versus Commerce at Cannes 2018

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Dennis Broe reports back from Cannes 2018. There are three big stories at the festival and in each the work of the artists, the film directors featured at Cannes, is countering or deepening the official story. The first is the MeToo anti-harassing and women’s rights campaign which two extraordinary films,…
Marx at the Movies
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:19

Marx at the Movies

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To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx this year, John Green gives a brief outline of some of the influences of Marxist thought on moviemakers. What influence has Marx had on film and the cinema? A rather odd if not idiotic question the reader might think. After…
200 years young
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:49

200 years young

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Scott McLemee reviews The Young Karl Marx, which, on the eve of 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, contains themes of economic crises and inequalities that remain relevant today. Released last year but receiving as yet very little English-language press coverage, Der Junge Karl Marx is a nuanced and surprisingly accurate…
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