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

Sergei Eisenstein

Films for Corbyn
Friday, 19 August 2016 15:58

Films for Corbyn

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Andrew Warburton interviews one of the organisers of screenings of some socialist films at the islington Mill, Salford. One proof of Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to inspire grassroots action among Labour members and in the community as a whole is the ever-expanding list of cultural projects and activities bearing the name…
Once Upon a Time this West was full of Radicals: Sergio Leone, Revolution and Religion
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 19 June 2016 17:36

Once Upon a Time this West was full of Radicals: Sergio Leone, Revolution and Religion

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James Crossley analyses Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns, unearthing their twin discourses of a materialist explanation of American capitalism and an expression of a revolutionary Christianity. Even if someone has somehow not seen Sergio Leone’s Westerns, the poncho-wearing, cigar-smoking, gun-toting, stubble-growing image of its breakout star, Clint Eastwood, as well as…
Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 07 June 2016 19:21

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain

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Is there a British band in today's music industry that definitively reflects or comments on the consequences of Tory austerity? Or one that is a direct reaction to 21st century Toryism? Well, the makers of new documentary Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain seem to think so. But who are the Sleaford Mods? Not…
Don't Tell Him Pike!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 19 February 2016 21:56

Don't Tell Him Pike!

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Mark Perryman describes Dad’s Army as the most popular front of them all. 1968 was a tumultuous year. The Tet Offensive, the civil rights movement, the May events of ‘Paris, London, Rome, Berlin/We shall fight, we will win’ and the Prague Spring. This was also the year, 15th April to…
Dark Light
Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:17

Dark Light

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John Smith, the avant garde film maker, has kindly offered Culture Matters his short film, Dark Light. Below, he introduces it. The only time I’ve visited a communist country was when I went to Poland in 1980, not long after Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government was first elected in Britain. I first…
"I Am Spartacus"
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:19

"I Am Spartacus"

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We all remember the famous scene from the 1960 movie Spartacus. Kirk Douglas plays the famous slave leader. A Roman general announces to a group of former slaves that unless they identify Spartacus they will all be crucified. Spartacus prepares to speak up but then all around him others stand to…
The Third Man
Monday, 14 December 2015 21:32

The Third Man

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Mike Quille unearths the radical politics and art in Carol Reed's great thriller. In an uncanny parallel with today, many in the Britain of 1949 were becoming increasingly disillusioned with the Labour Party’s policies for economic austerity at home and support for US imperialism abroad. Those concerns rumble below the surface…
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