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

Sergei Eisenstein

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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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"
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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