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

Sergei Eisenstein

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…
I, Daniel Blake demands a political response
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:35

I, Daniel Blake demands a political response

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Professor Mark Stephens argues that the underlying solution to the misery inflicted on the characters portrayed in David Loach’s film lies in reforming policy, not charity. Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning film, I, Daniel Blake, has publicised the way in which the social security system is administered and, in particular,…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:53

‘Bomb the river’: space, class, and masculinity in Shane Meadows' films

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Steve Presence looks at the way space, class and masculinity are represented in two films directed by Shane Meadows. Introducing his book Cinematic Countrysides (2007), Robert Fish emphasises the ‘rich and diverse spatial imagery’ evoked when considering cinematic representations of rural space. Exploring representations of the countryside on film also,…
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
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
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…
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