Sacheen Littlefeather, American Hero

By Gary D. Rhodes. Some on planet earth were ready to hear Littlefeather. Too many in Hollywood were not, alas, thus tarnishing the tinsel in Tinseltown.” Sacheen Littlefeather, the civil rights activist and actor booed by many attendees at the 1973 Academy Awards, has passed away at the age of 75. […]

For Jean-Luc Godard: 1930-2022

By Christopher Sharrett. One of the great innovators of the cinema…the supreme artist and intellectual engaged with his era.” When I first encountered Godard decades ago, I thought he might be better off writing essays rather than making films, since he seemed interested in making philosophical points about the image […]

The American Dream as Wasteland: Breaking Bad by Christopher Sharrett

By Tanja Bresan. Sharrett’s deep dive in his book uncovers what drives the show: a similar original sin manifesting in America’s white males with their driving force: toxic white male privilege.” Christopher Sharrett’s recent entry into Wayne State’s University Press’s TV Milestones series examines Breaking Bad, one of the most […]

Investigation on the Frontier: Murder at Yellowstone City

By Ken Hall. A serviceable, well-made Western with some compelling characters and excitingly staged action scenes.” Directed by Australian Richard Gray and filmed in Montana, Murder at Yellowstone City appears at the outset to be just another Leone-influenced “realistic” Western. As the narrative progresses, however, the film, scripted by Eric […]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Invites 50 Filmmakers from Around the World to Join Him in the Jungle

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s filmmaking lab to take place June 18-28, 2022 in the Amazon Apichatpong Weerasethakul invites filmmakers from around the world to apply to Playlab Films’ to participate in the “Apichatpong Weerasethakul Lab: Filming in the Amazon” workshop, which will take place June 18-28, 2022 in the Amazon. There are only two weeks left until the […]

Blacula’s 50th Anniversary: The Original Black Cinematic Vampire

By Melanie A. Marotta. The difference between Prince Mamualde and Blacula is indicated by Blacula’s bushy eyebrows, fangs, and pork chop sideburns. The costuming of Prince Mamualde—in a suit and cape—however is befitting a prince. It is this prince and his anti-racist message that should be honored on Blacula’s 50th […]

Ukrainian Film and Restorations at Silent Film Festival

By Thomas Gladysz. Arrest Warrant (1926), an Ukrainian film directed by Heorhii Tasin, is a briskly paced gem. It tells the story of Nadia (played by Vira Vareckaja), who’s revolutionary husband flees the city in the midst of civil war, leaving her behind with a cache of secret documents. Expressionist […]

Film Scratches: March 2022

Film Scratches is a blog by David Finkelstein focusing on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. The Mathematics of Epiphany: Haiku (2020) Haiku is a breathtaking, thrilling exploration of Japanese poetry, culture, and sensibility, by German composer […]