Articles tagged film history

Retro Film Theory Feels Important but Romantically Distant in ‘On the Eve of the Future’

As hybrid art critic-scholar, Annette Michelson writes with a complex beauty that toggles between mechanical and poetic.

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Jazz, Cocktails, and the Overlooked Players of Film Noir

A noir protagonist usually finds himself encountering a new danger around each corner. A jazz musician, in venturing into the throes of an intricate composition, must also anticipate the unknown.

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‘Hard-Boiled Hollywood’ Is a Fine Entry Point Into the World of Postwar L.A.

Film scholar Jon Lewis takes a look at some of the more infamous happenings in postwar Hollywood while also exploring the political and cultural climate of the day.

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This New Spielberg Biography Falls Short in its Analysis of a Storied Man

Film historian Molly Haskell's Steven Spielberg covers all of Spielberg's life, but its pointed analytic lens is too small to properly put his life's work in perspective.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Quintessentially Cleveland Film?

Cleveland’s film resume doesn’t equal even a Toronto or Vancouver, but it’s been hiding in plain sight behind some fairly notable films over the years.

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‘In Search of Lost Films’ Leaves One Imagining the Possibilities

Film critic Phil Hall searches out the stories behind the deletion of films that could be as important as those that were saved.

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‘The Rhapsodes’: When an Aesthetic Approach to Film Criticism Was Novel

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the '40s it was a daring thing to champion film. These four critics did just that, and did it very well.

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Is Chinese Martial Arts Cinema Underexamined or Undervalued?

Stephen Teo's updated academic appraisal of the action genre delivers fascinating historic and cultural context.

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Israel, Palestine, and the Visual Administration of Occupation

Attending to the visual practices that regulate the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Gil Hochberg’s Visual Occupations opens up new ways of seeing life under occupation.

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Iris Barry Gave so Much to the World

Lady in the Dark is a meticulously researched, lovingly written book that suggests Iris Barry’s passions and accomplishments extend beyond the realm of cinema.

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This Film Noir Encyclopedia Pulls Noir from the Shadows

Film noir distills postwar anxiety into an existential cocktail that can still induce the spins, and this encyclopedic text, updated from previous editions, is a great place to start drinking.

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Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Moris Dickstein

Dickstein makes compelling sense of a bewildering decade’s art and expression, revealing essential elements of Depression-era culture that continue to speak to our lives.

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17 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Celebrating Bogie

Film historian Richard Schickel fails to pay tribute to Bogie in a recent book. PopMatters' John Carvill takes matters into his own hands.

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Abel Ferrara by Nicole Brenez

Strangest of all is the fan-club enthusiasm of Brenez's approach.

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

// Notes from the Road

"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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