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Denmark vs. Afghanistan: The Moral Dilemma of A War

By Elias Savada. In a world forever at war, Denmark doesn’t float to the top of the list as a country promoting military involvement in remote venues. Interventions have been few and far between since World War II, with its percentage of defense expenditures generally sliding over the last 60 years to just over 1% today. […]

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Beyond the Myths of Mt. Everest: Jennifer Peedom on Sherpa

By Paul Risker. “I feel like it was a risk and I feel proud that I pulled it off,” says Jennifer Peedom of her Everest expose Sherpa (2015). The documentarian’s intentions are certainly noble, adopting the medium to capture a view of a world dramatised in fiction, explored in other documentaries, and yet for which our […]

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“All My Treasures”: On Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (2015)

By Tony Williams. Critic-director Stig Bjorkman, well known for his studies on directors such as Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman, has made an intriguing documentary on this well-known star to which he has also collaborated on the screenplay. Most documentaries either concentrate on abundant clips from films already well known or utilize publicity material concerning […]

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Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane by Patrick McGilligan

A Book Review by Tony Williams. I must admit that I approached this book with hesitation. Although the author has edited excellent interviews with blacklist victims and screenwriters from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the 1990s, his biographies have sometimes tended to go into National Enquirer territory distracting from a more objective consideration of artistic achievement. […]

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Reframing Realism in My Beautiful Laundrette

By William Repass.  “You’re dirty. You’re beautiful.” “What is it that the gora Englishman always needs? Clean clothes!” In the world of Stephen Frears’ and Hanif Kureishi’s 1985 cult classic, My Beautiful Laundrette—a world meant to recreate, in-miniature, a South London turned upside down by Thatcherism—cleanliness is not only a political category, but life’s underlying […]

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Shakespeare on Film – The Bard’s Big Screen Odyssey

By Cleaver Patterson.  A cold and blustery January morning at London’s BFI Southbank, saw the launch of Shakespeare on Film, the BFI’s latest themed season which promises to be their biggest and most ambitious to date. Shakespeare, often referred to as England’s national poet, is one of cinema’s most filmed writers, and with 2016 celebrating […]

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The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray’s Masterpiece

By Christopher Sharrett. I usually begin a review of a piece of neglected film history with a tirade about the state of film culture, as the New Hollywood rides roughshod over the past, while pretending (at least a few of its prominent personnel) to have preservationist concerns, when in fact only a couple of marginal […]

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“Like a Runaway Train”: Ariel Kleiman on Making Partisan

By Paul Risker. Partisan (2015) is the directorial feature debut of Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman, who already has a humorous take on the filmmaking process. Ask him about how the experience of making a film changes you and he will list a series of statements of no more than a few words. Each are filled with […]

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