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Film ’60s Hollywood: Power Shifted (or Did It?)

Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd in “The Last Picture Show” (1971). “The story of what is often called New Hollywood, the era of the easy riders, raging bulls, to borrow the title of Peter Biskind’s 1998 best seller, has been … Continue reading

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Cahiers du Cinéma

“The first issue of Cahiers du Cinéma was dated April 1951 and featured on its cover a black-and-white still of Gloria Swanson, bathed in the beam of an unseen movie projector, from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. The choice seems ironic … Continue reading

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Ermanno Olmi – Il Posto (1961)

“Ermanno Olmi’s first feature, Il Posto (1961), is often misrepresented as being a continuation of the tradition of neorealism. This highly influential postwar film movement, which produced such masterpieces as Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (1945) and Vittorio De Sica’s … Continue reading

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (1961)

“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a novel by Muriel Spark, the best known of her works. It first saw publication in The New Yorker magazine and was published as a book by Macmillan in 1961. The character of … Continue reading

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Newsreel, Third World Newsreel and California Newsreel

TWN: El Pueblo se Levanta (Newsreel #63) The People Are Rising “Newsreel was a production and distribution company founded in 1967 in response to the political turmoil that surrounded the Vietnam war and the Civil Rights movement. Its mission was … Continue reading

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Why ‘The Graduate’ Is a Vietnam Movie

The Graduate (1967) “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson, for your part in stopping the Vietnam War. True, Anne Bancroft’s seductress was hardly known for her interest in foreign affairs. But the movie in which she starred left an indelible … Continue reading

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Partisan Coffee House

The exterior of the Partisan, and coffee and conversation inside. “It was once the home of radical talk, where subversive thinking was encouraged and a cup of trademark mediocre coffee came with a complementary side-order of socialist discourse. London’s Partisan … Continue reading

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