Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - March 13, 2018

Aronoff, Kate. "The Young Karl Marx: A Film Whose Time Has Come." The Intercept (March 13, 2018)

Bursztynski, Maurice, Tim Merrill and Bernard Stickwell.  "All Night Long and Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways." See Hear #20 (September 20, 2015) ["First up, we discuss Cameron Towler’s request of a film from 1962. “All Night Long” is director Basil Dearden’s take on Shakespeare’s “Othello” as transplanted to (then)modern day England. All appears to be well as Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane celebrate their first wedding anniversary with their jazz musician friends. He’s a pianist and bandleader and she’s a retired singer. Evil drummer (I didn’t know there was such a thing) Johnny Cousin plots to put a wedge between them to secure Delia for his new band. Featuring music performed by the likes of John Dankworth, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck, this film takes a creative spin on the bard’s tragedy. Next, we discuss Brie Edwards’ request of 2004’s documentary “Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways”. The history of rock is littered with bands who have been dealt with poorly by management and labels. What makes The Runaways’ tale even sadder is they were all teenagers in the care of Kim Fowley, a sleazy manager who, admittedly got them success, but at a great cost emotionally. The documentary is directed by their second bassist Vicky Tischler-Blue. We discuss her approach to the actual making of the film, as well as the events themselves."]

Bursztynski, Maurice, et al. "All That Jazz." See Hear #19 (July 20, 2015)
["Bob Fosse’s incredible autobiographical 1979 film, All That Jazz. The film features Roy Scheider in a career best performance (go on – argue against that notion if you can) as Fosse’s proxy, Joe Gideon. Joe is a Broadway director and choreographer, and a film director. He is all consumingly devoted to his art, but is a poor husband, father, and companion. He’s not a great male figure, yet he’s not shown as a shallow character without dimension. We have a fascinating conversation about devotion to art over devotion to domesticity, manipulation, how the entertainment business spits out its own, death, the truth, and the Mile High Club."]

Liu, Rebecca. "Of River Gods and Women: Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water." Another Gaze (February 23, 2018)

Miéville, China. "‘One thinge that ouerthroweth all that were graunted before’: On Being Presidential." Salvage (January 30, 2018)

Peck, Raoul. "Part 1: The Young Karl Marx Director Raoul Peck Responds to NRA Chief Calling Gun Control Activists Communists." Democracy Now (February 23, 2018) ["World-famous filmmaker Raoul Peck is releasing a film today in Los Angeles and New York on the life and times of Karl Marx. It’s called “The Young Karl Marx.” The film’s release comes as the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, broke his silence after last week’s Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, attacking gun control advocates as communists in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. We speak with acclaimed Haitian filmmaker and political activist Raoul Peck about his new film and the role of Marxism in organizing for gun reform."]

---. "Part 2: Filmmaker Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx, James Baldwin, U.S. Interventions Abroad & More." Democracy Now (February 27, 2018) ["Extended discussion with world-famous filmmaker Raoul Peck about his new film, “The Young Karl Marx,” his Oscar-nominated film about James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” and much more."]

Zollman, Florian. "Fake News by Design." Monthly Review (March 7, 2018) ["Mainstream news media reporting and the manufacture of bloodbaths in Libya and Syria"]

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