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

Sergei Eisenstein

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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
The Death of Stalin
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 October 2017 16:39

The Death of Stalin

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Gerry Rowe is disappointed by The Death of Stalin. In Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin’s ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’, the object of satire is a thoroughly British media company owned by equally feared and reviled tycoon Royston Merchant, never himself seen on screen. Who in their right, lefty mind wouldn’t…
Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 25 August 2017 07:37

Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?

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Daniel Clarkson Fisher reviews Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, and discusses the moral obligations of the artist, the WW2 combat genre, and the potential for a 'truly radical flowering' of progressive film culture. In keeping with his penchant for enormity, Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk arrives at the intersection of two large…
Kino eye two
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
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…
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…
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