Film & History

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, 2004

An Honest Life: The Life and Times of James T. Farrell
Robert K. Landers. An Honest Life: The Life and Times of James T. Farrell. Encounter Books, 2O04. 562 pages; $29.95.The Father of Us AllOn Wednesday evening, February 25, 2004, Norman Mailer-pushing hard on his two wooden canes-gingerly navigated the...
An Interview with Michael Moore
IntroductionMichael Moore is the self-proclaimed champion of lost causes, defender of the working class, and enemy of right-wing corporate America. He grew up in the city of Flint, Michigan, which has been referenced in his many "agit-prop" documentary...
A Pioneer of Historic Proportions: John E. O'connor
You know age has caught up with you when people start talking about you and your friends as "pioneers." Now, I've known scholars I considered "pioneers": William K. Everson, for example, David Shepard, Kevin Brownlow (all of whom would qualify as pioneering...
Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy
Ronnie D. Lipschutz. Cold War Fantasies: Film, Fiction, and Foreign Policy. Rowman & Littlefield, 2O01. 256 pages; $23.95.Historical RecordAndre Bazin argues that cinema, unlike other plastic arts, enables us to preserve evidence of a particular...
Developing History/Historicizing Development in Mexican Nuevo Cine Manifestoes around "La Crisis"
National characterizations of Mexico historically involve periodic crises. Conceptions of Mexican crisis across economic, political, and social contexts deserve critical attention, especially as they configure national identities. Connotations of crisis...
Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy
Colin MacCabe. Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 20O4. 432 pages; $25.OO.Protean FigureBiography is a tricky business; by offering the details of an individual artist's life, it can give the erroneous impression that...
Hide in Plain Sight: The Hollywood Blacklistees in Film and Television, 1950-2002
Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner. Hide In Plain Sight: The Hollywood Blacklistees In Film And Television, 1950-2002. Palgrave Macmillan, 2OO3. 328 pages; $27.95More NuancedThere is both good news and bad news about the historians or' the American left to be...
Imagi(ni)ng Indigenous Spaces: Self and Other Converge in Latin America
Every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably.-Walter Benjamin.1The "recognition" of an image from the past is manifested necessarily in a certain form of representation....
Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett
Simon Louvish. Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett. Faber and Faber, 2003. 352 pages; $25.00.Canadian-born Michael SinnottA pleasant read, with photocopies or excerpts of partial scripts, studio synopses, contemporary print cartoons, etc.,...
Latin American History and Critical Media Studies: Curricular Explorations
The time has arrived to assess critical pedagogical methodologies for teaching Latin American history incorporating movingimage and sound media. The larger tradition of using film and video in humanities university classrooms is a much more welllaid...
Let the Credits Roll: Interviews with Film Crews
Barbara Baker. Let The Credits Roll: Interviews with Film Crews. McFarland, 20O3. 251 pages; $38.5O.Heavy LaborThe late Pauline Kael, thwacking Dr. Zhivago about the head and shoulders, wrote that "It's not art, it's heavy labor." You know what she meant,...
Movies Were Always Magical: Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s
Leo Verswijver. Movies Were Always Magical: Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s. McFarland, 2003. 264 pages; $35.00.Greater DepthVerswijver's "interviews" are really more than that. Eliminating...
Now You See It: Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film, Second Edition
Richard Dyer with Julianne Pudduck. Now You See It: Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film, Second Edition. Routledge, 2O03. 339 pages; $75.00.How You see ItAt first glance, Now You see It is the most straightforward film book imaginable, a chronological survey...
The Editor's Reflections and Reports
Film & History Conference News for November 11-14, 2004 Dolce Conference Center (near DFW airport)The "War in Film, TV, and History" conference for November of 2004 is taking shape. The most recent information is available on the Film & History...
The International Politics of Cinematic Coproduction: Spanish Policy in Latin America1
Cinema and national identity are easily and often inattentively associated. In many developing countries filmmaking has gone hand in hand with an idea of nation-building and has served as an assertion of a desired level of modernity. In some cases filmmakers...
The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001
Richard W. Haines. The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001. McFarland, 2OO3. 270 pages; $32.00 paper.Decline and FallAccording to filmmaker Richard Haines, the motion picture industry has gone through a radical transformation-and deformation over the last...
Turning Pages on Latin American Film and History Studies
In a room, alone, with parchment in hand, Aureliano impatiently reads, skipping pages at a time, to decipher his own conception and to prophesize himself in the very act of reading, as if looking into a mirror. In his existence, we can see all of Latin...
Vicarious Identities: Fantasies of Resistance and Language in Juan Ibáñez's Los Caifanes (1966)
Los caifanes (1966), director Juan Ibáñez's first full-length motion picture, became instantly popular with the Mexican middleclass. LCAC caifanes presents a middle-class fantasy of empowerment and resistance against the upper-class, experienced vicariously...
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