Film & History

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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall

"A World That Works": Fascism and Media Globalization in Starship Troopers1
The issue raised in the film is the following: is a temporary dictatorship allowable when such an outside threat presents itself? The film goes a step further and asks the authence: do you want this?- Paul VerhoevenPaul Verhoeven's 1997 film Starship...
Bloodlines (2008)
Bloodlines (2008)Bloodlines (2008)Directed by Cynthia ConnupDistributed by Woman Make Movieswww.wmm.com52 min.The Australian documentary, Bloodlines, directed by Cynthia Connup, brings together Bettina Goering, the grandniece of Hermann Goering and Ruth...
Citizen Havel (2008)
Citizen Havel (2008)Citizen Havel (2008)Directed by Pavel Koutecky and Miroslav JanekDistributed, with subtitles, by Aerofilmswww.aerofilms.cz120 min.The direct cinema doc Citizen Havel covers the decade long rein of the Czech Republic's first president,...
El Baño del Papa (the Pope's Toilet) (2007)
El baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)El baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)Written and directed by César Charlone and Enrique Fernández Film Movementwww.filmmovement.com95 min.El baño del Papa (The Pope 's Toilet) is the latest Uruguayan film...
Feature Editor's Introduction
The three featured articles in this issue treat films that are set in, or refer to, classical antiquity. This genre is popular with moviegoers but also one that some academicians find problematic, in part due to the genre's tendency to stretch, ignore,...
From Here to Antiquity: Mythical Settings and Modern Sufferings in Contemporary Hollywood's Historical Epics
Scholars dedicated to the study of gender relations frequently consider 1968 as a watershed year which marks the beginning of a period of crisis for the traditional models of white masculinity1 in the United States.2 Arguably as a consequence of this...
Godspeed to Jamestown (2006)
Godspeed to Jamestown (2006)Godspeed to Jamestown (2006)Written, directed, and produced by Rick BeyerDistributed by The History Channelwww.history.com50 min.In 1607, three ships, belonging to the Virginia Company of London, sailed from England for the...
Homer Meets the Coen Brothers: Memory as Artistic Pastiche in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? presents an intriguing and unusual case for the question of whether historical accuracy is important in films that use classical antiquity as a direct setting or indirect reference point. With key...
Iron Ladies of Liberia (2007)
Iron Ladies of Liberia (2007)Iron Ladies of Liberia (2007),Directed by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge,Distributed, with subtitles, by Women Make Movieswww.wmm.com77 minutesSiatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge's 2007 film Iron Ladies of Liberia...
Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink (2007)
Milk In The Land: Ballad of An American Drink (2007)Milk In The Land: Ballad of An American Drink (2007)Directed, compiled, and edited by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollumDistributed by Icarus Filmswww.icarusfilms.com75 minutesThis award-winning...
Mustapha Kemal - Ataturk: The Birth of a Republic (2005)
Mustapha Kemal - Ataturk: The Birth of a Republic (2005)Mustapha Kemal - Ataturk: The Birth of a Republic (2005)Directed by Séverine LabatDistributed by Icarus Filmswww.icarusfilms.com52 minutes.Mustapha Kemal, who was to later take on the title Ataturk...
Operation Filmmaker (2007)
Operation Filmmaker (2007)Operation Filmmaker (2007)Directed by Nina DavenportDistributed by Icarus Filmswww.icarusfilms.com95 min.Once in a while, a film will appear that is not only significantly different from what its creator initially intended,...
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)Quantum of Solace (2008)Directed by Marc ForsterDistributed by MGM and Sony /Columbia Pictureswww.007.com106 minutesThe latest James Bond film was eagerly awaited by critics, fans and the public following the media festivities...
Rambo (2008)
Rambo (2008)Rambo (2008)Directed by Sylvester StalloneDistributed by Lionsgatewww.lionsgate.com91 minutesDuring the 1980s, the cinematic character John Rambo achieved iconic status in American popular culture by performing superhuman feats of strength,...
Revue (Predstavleniye) (2008)
Revue (Predstavleniye) (2008)Revue (Predstavleniye) (2008)Directed by Sergei LoznitsaDistributed, with English subtitles, by Icarus filmswww.icarusfilms.com82 minutesWith his 2005 film, Blockade, Sergei Loznitsa established himself internationally as...
The Idol Body: Stars, Statuary and the Classical Epic
This article explores the relationship between the male star body and the ancient world constructed through production design and star iconography. My primary case study is provided by M-G-M's 1925 production Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Fred Niblo;...
Top Gun over Moscow (1996)
Top Gun Over Moscow (1996)Top Gun Over Moscow (1996)Directed by Lance K. Shultz and Lynne SquillaWGBH/Bostonwww.wgbh.org56 minutes.The title Top Gun Over Moscow is, in a sense, misleading. This one-hour installment of the PBS series Nova deals not with...
What's Love Got to Do with It?: History and Melodrama in the 1940s Woman's Film
IntroductionIn "Melodrama Revisited," a reevaluation of film melodrama and, by extension, of classical Hollywood film, theorist Linda Williams reviews the Anglo-American scholarly traditions that grew up around melodrama as a critical category within...