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In a Better World: ‘The White Man’s Burden’

  By Daniel Lindvall. ‘Take up the White Man’s burden/send forth the best ye breed […] To wait in heavy harness/On fluttered folk and wild/Your new-caught, sullen peoples/Half-devil and half-child.’ (Rudyard Kipling, ‘The White Man’s Burden’, 1899.) ‘Half-devil[s] and half-child[ren]’ – that is a description as good as any of the Sudanese as portrayed in […]

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If history runs, cinema can’t keep walking: an interview with Tinto Brass

By Amy R. Handler. Since the erotic art-house flick Salon Kitty(1975) and, particularly, the infamous Caligula(1979), starring the renowned Sir Arthur John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole and Helen Mirren, the films of Giovanni ‘Tinto’ Brass are considered controversial by most critics and spectators. However, what many may not realize is that Brass walked away from and […]

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In our next issue: Gangsterism and capitalism

Carl Freedman on godfathers and the gangster proletariat Perhaps more than any other major genre of Hollywood cinema, the mob movie has always taken a direct interest in the workings of capitalism. Though the foundational works of the genre produced during the Depression era – Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy, 1931), The Public Enemy (William Wellman, […]

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Mr. Arkadin’s New Clothes

By Rajko Radovic. There is a plane flying off the coast of Barcelona. The day is clear. Sun in black and white films always looks like benevolent radiation from some other planet. And in that pleasant yet eerie atmosphere the plane hovers above scattered clouds. It is progressing along its unknown itinerary in a reassuringly […]

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Thunderbirds Are Gone

By Gary McMahon. THUNDERBIRDSwas an international rescue service modelled on the British National Health system in 1966. The philanthropic heroes, in the who was that masked man? tradition, were the Tracy family, saving lives without a thought of profiting. No strings. It was unthinkable in the sixties to have the Tracy family charge for rescues. […]

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Call For Papers: Reception Study Society Conference

Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, about 80 miles from the Kansas City International Airport Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10th (Note new dates) Keynote Speakers: Shirley Samuels, Flora Rose House Professor and Dean, Cornell University “Reading the American Novel, 1780-1850” Daniel Cavicchi, Professor of American Studies Rhode Island School of Design “Fandom Before ‘Fan’: […]

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Aurora (Romania, 2010)

By Daniel Lindvall. There’s a sequence in Cristi Puiu’s new film, Aurora, where the main character, the middle-aged Viorel (Puiu), drops his 7-8-year-old daughter off at the neighbours’ place, where she’s supposed to wait for her mum to come home. She doesn’t seem to know these neighbours very well. There’s an elderly couple, who apparently […]

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oN thE eDGe

By Gary McMahon. What has no power, no money, and can bite your fucking head off? Find out by downloading this pdf:  oN_thE_eDGe[1]. [This piece was originally published in b/w in Film International 43, vol. 8, no. 1, 2010. Here is the full colour version.] Share

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Ay Caramba! Blog #1

By Daniel Lindvall. This is my day off. I’m toying with a short first entry in the Ay Caramba! blog, and so far it goes like this: ‘When I interviewed underground legend Ken Jacobs, 77, a couple of weeks ago he admitted that he was still “almost always angry”. I know how he feels. I know […]

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Social Dimensions and Political Prisms: The Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier, France 22-30 October 2010

By Larry Portis. The Mediterranean film festival held in Montpellier during the last nine days of October saw the projection of more than 250 films, selected from the more than 800 received. The films came from all parts of the Mediterranean basin, this year including 23 countries along its shores or oriented towards them. They […]

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