Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Detroit (USA: Kathryn Bigelow, 2017)

Detroit (USA: Kathryn Bigelow, 2017: 143 mins)

Brody, Richard. "The Immoral Artistry of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit." The New Yorker (August 4, 2017)

Dargis, Manohla and A.O. Scott. "One Nation Under a Movie Theater? It's a Myth." The New York Times (September 7, 2017)  ["Hollywood wants us to think that its films are for everyone, but our critics say that was never true. Still, they see a way forward."]

Detroit Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Elgion, John. "A White Director, the Police, and Race in Detroit." The New York Times (August 2, 2017)

Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Kathryn Bigelow." Cinema Axis (January 22, 2014)

Hamm, Larry and Scott Kurashige. "The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings." Democracy Now (July 25, 2017) ["Fifty years ago this month, rebellions broke out in the cities of Newark and Detroit. It all began in Newark on July 12, 1967, when two white police officers detained and beat an African-American cabdriver. Shortly after, on July 23, police officers raided an after-hours club in an African-American neighborhood of Detroit, sparking another mass rebellion. Forty-three people died in Detroit, and 26 were killed in Newark, while 7,000 people were arrested. The rebellions reshaped both Newark and Detroit and marked the beginning of an era of African-American political empowerment."]

Harris, Aisha. "What's Fact and What's Fiction in Detroit." Slate (August 3, 2017)

Hudson, David. "The Daily: Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit." The Current (July 23, 2017)

Jackson, Danielle. "More Than a Riot Going On: A Detroit Inspired Reading List." Longreads (August 14, 2017)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Detroit / Battle of Algiers, Part 1." The Next Picture Show #90 (August 22, 2017) ["Kathryn Bigelow’s intense, controversial new docu-drama DETROIT owes no small debt to Gillo Pontecorvo’s intense, controversial 1966 film THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, which covers another volatile historical moment with a potent mixture of newsreel-style realism and expressionistic fervor. In this half of our comparison of the two films, we discuss what makes BATTLE OF ALGIERS such an unsettling and resonant film, debate what point it’s making around the issues of terrorism and torture, and, somehow, find the echoes of Pontecorvo’s film in James Cameron’s AVATAR."]

---. "Detroit / The Battle of Algiers, Part 2." The Next Picture Show #91 (August 24, 2017) ["Like Gillo Pontecorvo’s BATTLE OF ALGIERS, Kathryn Bigalow’s new film DETROIT expresses a strong point of view on racial injustice through a careful recreation of a real historical event — and also like BATTLE OF ALGIERS, it’s stirred up some controversy surrounding its docu-journalistic approach. We unpack that controversy, and DETROIT more generally, before diving into how the two films compare in their visceral style, their portrayals of law enforcement, their use of female characters, and more."]

Leigh, Danny. "Kathryn Bigelow on Detroit: ‘There’s a radical desire not to face the reality of race.'" The Guardian (August 17, 2017)

Nazaryan, Alexander. "Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit is a Well-Intentioned Misfire." Newsweek (July 26, 2017)

Orr, Christopher. "The Disappointments of Detroit." The Atlantic (August 4, 2017)

Rephun, Menachem. "Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit: A Case Study in Evil." Film Criticism 41.3 (Fall 2017)

Zacharek, Stephanie. "Detroit is an Important but Flawed Look at American History." Time (July 28, 2017)

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