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Pudovkin Makes the Revolution Human: The Bolshevik Trilogy

Inspired by D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, Vsevolod Pudovkin would leave his chemistry studies for cinema. His films Mother, The End of St. Petersburg, and Storm over Asia are presented in The Bolshevik Trilogy.

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Sebestyen's 'Lenin' Is All Too Human

Vladimir Lenin's life, his short tenure in power, and the subsequent path taken by the Soviet Union will always be a rich if sombre source of speculation in the history of possibility. Sebestyen's humane biography brings additional clarity to the matter.

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Double-agents, Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and 'Hitler in Los Angeles'

While America was riveted by the "Red Scare" on the one hand, it failed to see what the other hand, the Nazi threat, was doing.

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Forever Stuck in the Past: 'Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life'

Rather than promoting a spokesman for our times, Jonathan Sperber argues that Marx's ideas have run their course.

Music

The Coup: Sorry to Bother You

On communism's rhetoric of eschatology, and why dick jokes beat slogans.

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'J. Edgar Goes to the Movies' Illuminates Our Times

One of the more interesting moments of the last century gets a fresh look and offers new perspectives on what was and what might come to pass.

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Mike Patton & Ictus Ensemble: Laborintus II

Laborintus II might be really high-minded, and really challenging, but it's totally bizarre fun too. It may well be the most unsettling thing you listen to all year, but what else would you expect from Mike Patton?

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On the Fierce Persistence of Mass Delusion: 'It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway'

It's not that historical revisionism exists in Russia, but that the revisionism––and sometimes the downright denial of the historical record––swings to extremes.

Technology

Techno’s Labor Force, Rock’s Betrayal, and the Birth of the Fascist Groove Thing

Electronic music has always maintained an ambivalent attitude towards labor, at once rejecting the notion of wage internment and creative inhibition while embracing the beauty of the cyborgian mechanics of the factory and the allure of discipline and dominance.

Music

Paul Robeson: A Resonant Voice That Will Never Be Fully Silenced

Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.

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Red Chicago by Randi Storch

An engaging look at the final years of the city's reign as the left-wing capital of America.

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