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Loach on DVD – The Spirit of ’45 and Loach at the BBC

By Tony Williams.  Two years before the disastrous election in England that gave the Conservatives a majority to complete the Thatcher Revolution of the 1980s, The Spirit of ’45 appeared theatrically. This was Loach’s documentary on the stunning 1945 General Election that put the Labour Party into power reflecting a popular working-class mood that did […]

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Peter Bogdanovich: The Comedy Smuggler

By James Knight. This August will see the US theatrical release of She’s Funny That Way, the latest feature from Peter Bogdanovich. Since his directorial debut in 1968, Bogdanovich has been a man who has lived cinema to its fullest, experiencing everything the medium has to offer. He’s been a director, screenwriter, editor, actor, documentarian, […]

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Mise-en-scène and the Rebirth of Film

By Tom Silva. Film is a living thing and so it faces an unending series of deaths. Like the mythic hero in Joseph Campbell’s magisterial book The Hero of a Thousand Faces, if film is to experience a long survival, it must be continually reborn. As Campbell wrote, it requires a “continuous recurrence of birth […]

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Fair Game: Democratic Principle in Hollywood Romances, from Tracy and Hepburn to the Present

By Robert K. Lightning. Lovers that demonstrate both spiritual affinity and spiritual equality have long been popular in middle-class entertainment. Repartee has often expressed that equality: one thinks of Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Benedict, Austen’s Emma and Knightley, Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Rochester. Romantic relations defined by repartee are inherently democratic, wit allowing for a privatized […]

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Can We Do It Ourselves?

By Elizabeth Mizon. Why, in our democracy-obsessed society, do we balk at the idea of economic democracy in our workplaces? Why do we – the majority of us wage-reliant labourers, working in organisations we have no influence in – so willingly defend and trust the capitalist business model, “the most hierarchical institution we have,” rather […]

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(Im)mortal Sherlock: Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes

By Jude Warne.  With the recent onslaught of on-screen Sherlocks, one might wonder why a filmmaker would bring another interpretation into the mix. Why indeed. Well, with Bill Condon’s new Mr. Holmes, the why seems to be this: to present Sherlock Holmes as a regular person, i.e. a mortal human being who ages and eventually […]

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Revisiting the ‘Hard to Swallow’ Morality Tale of Tod Browning’s Freaks

By Cleaver Patterson.  In today’s age of anything goes splatterfests and in-your-face CGI, it’s perhaps hard to appreciate the full effect Tod Browning’s infamous horror classic Freaks (1932) had upon its first release. At the time, the film that was banned in many countries—it would remain unseen in Britain for over thirty years—was deemed so […]

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Tough Talk from the Heart: A Conversation with Joe Mantegna

By Matthew Sorrento. Veteran actor Joe Mantegna has all the wisdom that a life before the camera could provide. And yet he possesses an innocence long lost by most in his cadre. Looking back on a varied acting career – “I’ve done it all” from him sounds completely factual and devoid of bragging – he […]

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Out of the Clouds (1955): Ealing Headed to Grandeur

By Paul Risker.  From horror to comedy by way of black humour, this list reads like a roll call of honour that reiterates the importance of the Ealing canon in British cinema: Dead of Night (1945), Passport to Pimlico (1949), Whisky Galore (1949), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955). Ealing’s […]

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Bollywood: Gods, Glamour and Gossip (2012)

A Book Review by Alison Frank.  It is difficult for a book of just over 100 pages to cover any topic in sufficient detail; a decent overview of one director’s career, perhaps, or an in-depth reading of a single film. Nevertheless, Wallflower’s Short Cuts series has the ambitious aim of offering a short-form introduction to […]

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