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

Sergei Eisenstein

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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
"I Am Spartacus"
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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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