Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Children of Men (Japan/UK/USA: Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

Watching Children of Men, we are inevitably reminded of the phrase attributed to Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek, that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism. - Mark Fisher (see below)

Children of Men (Japan/UK/USA: Alfonso Cuarón, 2006: 109 mins)

"Alfonso Cuarón (Ongoing Filmmaker Archive)." Dialogic Cinephilia  (Ongoing Archive)

Baishya, Anirban Kapil. "Trauma, Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction & the Post-Human." Wide Screen 3.1 (June 2011)

Booker, M. Keith. "CHILDREN OF MEN (2006, Directed by Alfonso Cuarón)." Comments on Culture (ND)

Boyle, Kirk. "Children of Men and I Am Legend: the disaster-capitalism complex hits Hollywood." Jump Cut #51 (Spring 2009)

Chaudhuri, Shohini. "Unpeople: Postcolonial Reflections on Terror, Torture and Detention in Children of Men." Postcolonial Cinema Studies. ed. Sandra Ponzanesi & Marguerite Waller. NY: Routledge, 2012: 191-204. [Available in BCTC Library PN1995.9 P6 P68 2012]

Fisher, Mark. Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Zero Books, 2009.

Hardy, Robert. "Renowned Gaffer John Higgins Reveals Secrets Behind Lighting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Films." No Film School (November 12, 2013)

Jacobson, Gavin. "Why Children of Men haunts the present moment." New Statesman (July 22, 2020)
["How Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 dystopian masterpiece became the cultural exemplum of apocalypse, and a cardinal citation in the time of coronavirus."]

Kunkel, Benjamin. "Dystopia and the End of Politics." Dissent (Fall 2008)

Macura-Nnambdi, Ewa. "Refugees, Extinction, and the Regulation of Death in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry (November 1, 2022) 

Ogrodnik, Ben. "Focalisation Realism and Narrative Asymmetry in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men." Senses of Cinema #71 (June 2014)

Price, David H. "Governing Fear in the Iron Cage of Rationalism: Terry Gilliam's Brazil Through the 9/11 Looking Glass." Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the "War on Terror." ed. Jeff Birkenstein, et al. NY: Continuum, 2010: 167-182. [Copy in BCTC Library]

Puschak, Evan. "Children of Men: Don't Ignore the Background." (Posted on Youtube: September 9, 2015) [MB: This was a powerful film that looked to the future to examine the global politics of 2006 when it was released (highlighted even more by the collection of philosophers/theorists that provided commentaries on the imagery/narrative in the original DVD edition), and, as Evan Puschak demonstrates in this video essay, its relevance has only increased over the next decade. This analysis includes references to our current social/political issues to demonstrate its continuing relevance.  Don't ignore the background (context) - could be applicable in our own attempts to understand the issues of the world.]

Riesman, Abraham. "The Vulture Transcript: Alfonso Cuarón on Children of Men." Vulture (January 6, 2017)

Rodriquez-Cuervo, Ana Yamel. "Are We Living in the Dawning of Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men." Tribeca (November 30, 2015)

Schwartzman, Sarah. "Children of Men and a Plural Messianism." Journal of Religion & Film 13.1 (April 2009)

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