Film & History

Film & History is a magazine focusing on Movies

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, Fall

A Class Apart
A Class Apart (2009).Directed by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller.PBS, American Experience, www.pbs.org. 60 minutes.A Class Apart, a documentary film co-directed by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller for PBS' venerable signature series American Experience,...
Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem
Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem (2007).Directed by Masako Sakata.Distributed by Icarus Films, www.icarusfilms.com.During the Vietnam War, the United States military sprayed approximately 80 million liters of chemical agents as part of a program called...
A Massacre Foretold
A Massacre Foretold (2007).Directed and Co-Produced by Nick Higgins.Distributed by Icarus Films, www.icarusfilms.com. 58 minutes.This film serves as an excellent example of the power of documentary filmmakers to give voice to those who have limited political...
A Natural and Artificial Homeland: East German Science-Fiction Film Responds to Kubrick and Tarkovsky1
As détente brought a thaw to the Cold War, two films appeared from opposite sides of the ideological divide: Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 and Andrei Tarkovsky' s Solaris in 1972. Released at the culmination of the space race, both...
Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon (2008).Directed by Ron Howard.Distributed by Universal Pictures /Imagine Entertainment/ Working Title Films. 122 minutesMany historians were agog to see how Ron Howard had brought history to life in his filmed adaptation of Peter Morgan's...
I, Clone: How Cloning Is (Mis)Portrayed in Contemporary Cinema
As author Ray Bradbury notes, the science -fiction genre "may be one of the last places in our society where the philosopher can roam just as freely as he chooses." Science fiction allows philosophical ideas - often abstract or imaginative in nature...
Lost in Space: Technology and Turbulence in Futuristic Cinema of the 1950s
Before a commencement authence at Lehigh University in 1949, the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) anticipated the central question guiding a forthcoming wave of futuristic Hollywood science fiction. In his remarks that day, titled "Science...
Malls R Us
Malls R Us (2009).Directed by Helene Klodawsky.Distributed by Icarus Films, www.icarusfilms.com.The central premise of this documentary is that people crave community, and that community that best finds expression in public spaces. It examines the mall...
Oswald's Ghost
Oswald's Ghost (2007).Directed by Robert Stone.PBS, American Experience, www.pbs.org. 90 min.As we draw nearer to the 50 anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one can easily see that the event still haunts American life. Our...
Science Fiction as "True-Life Adventure": Disney and the Case of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
In 1954 the Walt Disney Company undertook two challenges that could easily have changed the future of what would become the world's leading entertainment corporation: within a period of months, the studio produced its first science fiction film and also...
Surréalisme Sous-l'Eau: Science and Surrealism in the Early Films and Writings of Jean Painlevé
IntroductionIn 1928, French biologist and filmmaker Jean Painlevé screened his first film, The Stickleback's Egg, before a group of scientists from the Académie des sciences in Paris. Painlevé had spent a week filming the embryonic development of stickleback,...
Taken for a Ride
Taken for a Ride (1996).Directed by Jim Klein and Martha Olson.Distributed by New Day Films, http://www.newday.com. 55 minutes.Jim Klein has made a number of important documentaries, at least two of which are canonical: Union Maids (1976) and Seeing...
The Axe of Wandsbek (das Beil Von Wandsbek)
The Axe of Wandsbek (Das Beil von Wandsbek) ( 1 95 1 ).Directed by Falk Harnack.Distributed in the U.S. by First Run Features.www.firstrunfeatures.com. Ill min.Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft - abbreviated DEFA - was the lone film production, exhibition...
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (2007).Directed by Lisa F. Jackson.Distributed by Women Make Movies. 76 min, subtitled.Guerilla rape: The leading surgeon in the documentary The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo (2007) calls it the "the monstrosity...
The Unseen Alistair Cooke
The Unseen Alistair Cooke (2008).Produced and directed by Rachel Jardine.Distributed by BBC Productions and WGBH Boston.www.pbs.org/wgbh. 56 minutes.The grainy footage of Charlie Chaplin is jumpy, but starkly revealing, as though a prototypical cinema...
The World of Peter Sellers
The World of Peter Sellers (2009 digital restoration of the 1 971 film).Directed and edited by Tony Palmer.Distributed by Voiceprint Music, www.voiceprint.co.uk. 48 min.Near the end of The World of Peter Sellers, the 44-year old actor (19251980) speeds...
They Killed Sister Dorothy
They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008) .Directed by Daniel Junge.Distributed by First Run Featureswww.firstrunfeatures.com. 94 minutes.On February 12, 2005, in the Brazilian town of Anapu, 73-year oldCatholic nun, missionary worker, and environmental activist...
Twisted: A Balloonamentary
Twisted: A Balloonamentary (2007)Produced and Directed by Naomi Greenfield and Sarah Taksler.Distributed by Eliot Lives Productions and Lucky Monkey Pictures.www.twistedballoondoc.com. 79 minutes.For Vera, a fifteen-year-old girl growing up in a Phoenix...
Visions of Science and Technology, Part 2
Just as science and technology have changed the production, styles, and techniques of film, the medium itself has changed the perception of and response to science and technology. Early in the sound era, Arrowsmith (1931) and The Story of Louis Pasteur...
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