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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!
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…
The Big Short
Saturday, 30 January 2016 23:02

The Big Short

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Rita Di Santo reviews The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay. Blisteringly funny, smartly assembled, snappily narrated, The Big Short pours salt in the old wound of Wall Street’s 2008 disaster and gleefully rubs it in. Despite documentaries (Inside Job) and dramas (Margin Call), this remains a subject full of…
The Empire Strikes Again
Friday, 22 January 2016 22:22

The Empire Strikes Again

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Star Wars is a simple story, simply told. Good versus evil, light versus darkness and freedom versus tyranny — it’s the narrative of the US struggle to preserve democracy and civilisation in a world beset by “evil” and “evildoers.” That’s hardly a surprise, given that films and political propaganda have long…
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