- Marnie Holborow: Film Review: Ken Loach, Jimmy's Hall
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 10, jun 14 – side 70
Note: Jimmy's Hall tells the story of Jimmy Gralton who returns home to Leitrim during the 1930’s and decides to re-open the local community hall which has been left derelict since the war of independence. The hall becomes a beacon for everything not obtainable and not allowed in the dark years of 1930’s Ireland.
- Simon Basketter: Finding ways to reboot Hollywood’s profit margins
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 11
Note: There are 95 movie sequels currently in production in Hollywood. Despite this, sequels aren’t where the industry sees itself going. It is now into what they like to describe as a “reboot”.
- Simon Hester: Ken Loach interview on Route Irish
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 16
Note: Acclaimed film director Ken Loach spoke to Simon Hester about his new thriller Route Irish on mercenaries in Iraq.
- Louis Bayman: Book review: Drama in three acts
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 211
Note: Emilie Bickerton, A Short History of Cahiers du Cinéma (Verso, 2009), £12.99
This book charts the story of the most significant film journal in history, not only in its native France, but throughout the world. Cahiers (“notebooks”) was an active—and sometimes activist—participant in the culture and society whose relationship it so keenly theorised. At the same time the trajectory of the journal is also the trajectory of the post-war French left, from radicalisation to disastrous embrace of the free market.
- Mike Wayne: Book Review: The public enemy
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 125
Note: Dennis Broe, Film Noir, American Workers and Postwar Hollywood (University Press of Florida, 2009), £62.95
- Anne A. Lange: Film: The Age of Stupid
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 292, okt 09 – side 11
Note: I år 2055 er verden dybt forandret. London er oversvømmet, sneen er væk fra Alperne, Las Vegas er druknet i ørkenen og Sydney brænder. I et tårn 800km. nord for Norge ligger alle jordens kulturelle, videnskabelige og biologiske „værdier“ som i Noahs ark gemt i et arkiv. I dette arkiv sidder en mand og ser tilbage på nutiden.
- Seb Cooke: Book Review: The Cinema of John Sayles (online only)
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09
Note: Mark Bould, Wallflower Press; £16.99
In a scene in Matewan, John Sayles's brilliant film about the struggle for unionisation in a West Virginia mining town in the 1920s, an argument erupts that is still relevant today.
- Martin Smith: Interview: Working class life, two Erics and teamwork
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 18
Note: Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty talk to Martin Smith about their new film Looking for Eric and looking for a new left.
- Pat Stack: Culture Column: Throw the costumes to the moths
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 30
Note: There was a time when the BBC produced some of the finest drama series. Not so now. US channels such as HBO have been leaving them standing.
- Dalia Said Mostafa: Youssef Chahine: remembering Egypt’s greatest film maker
Socialist Worker nr. 2113, aug 08 – side 11
Note: The death of Youssef Chahine on 27 July means that Egypt has lost the last great director from the 1950s generation.
- Sasha Simic: Film Review: Batman: Taking the Dark Knight back into the shadows
Socialist Worker nr. 2112, aug 08 – side 11
Note: As the new Dark Knight film is released Sasha Simic looks at the enduring popularity of Batman
- Bart Griffioen: Interview: Factory of stereotypes
Socialist Review nr. 326, jun 08 – side 34
Note: Jack Shaheen's book Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People appeared just a few months before 11 September 2001. The impact that the 9/11 attacks had on the "dream factory" in the following six years is described in his latest book, Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11. The documentary version of Reel Bad Arabs was released last year. Shaheen spoke to Bart Griffioen about his work.
- Maina van der Zwan: Geert Wilders’ Fitna: Islamophobia on film
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 11
Note: Behind a film from Dutch politician Geert Wilders lies a system that has let racism into the mainstream, writes Maina van der Zwan
- Phil Turner: Interview: Making drama to quicken the heart
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 18
Note: Trevor Griffiths, co-writer of the film Reds, talks to Phil Turner about why he is committed to making a film on 18th century radical Tom Paine.
- Mike Wayne: Theses on realism and film
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 165
Note: Mike Wayne provides a defence of realism in film, and a critique of misuse of the term.
- Berit Kuennecke: Ken Loach interviewed about his new film, It's a Free World
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 8
Note: Award-winning director Ken Loach spoke to Berit Kuennecke about his new film, It’s A Free World, an exposé of the exploitation of migrant workers in Britain.
- Patrick Ward: Review: Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men (film): Friendship and alienation as the Depression bites
Socialist Worker nr. 2067, sep 07 – side 11
Note: Patrick Ward writes on a powerful 1930s film version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men
- John Newsinger: Review: Liberté, fraternité, closed-shoppité
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 194
Note: Tom Sito, Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson (University of Kentucky Press, 2006), £16.50
- Chris Nineham: Delving behind the screen
International Socialism Journal nr. 112, sep 06 – side 205
Note: A review of Mike Wayne (ed): "Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives" (Pluto, 2005), £16.99
- Ben Dickenson: Book Review: Original Directors
Socialist Review nr. 308, jul 06 – side 28
Note: 'The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood ', James Mottram, Faber and Faber £16.99
- John Newsinger: Scenes from the class war: Ken Loach and socialist cinema (G Fuller (ed): "Loach on Loach" + G McKnight (ed): "Agent of Challenge and Defiance")
International Socialism Journal nr. 83, jun 99 – side 155
Note: The ever popular socialist film maker Ken Loach is the subject of our final book review, in which John Newsinger looks at some new appraisals of Loach's life and work.
- Anna Chen: In perspective: Sergei Eisenstein
International Socialism Journal nr. 79, jun 98 – side 105
Note: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Eisenstein, the acclaimed Russian film maker. Anna Chen puts Eisenstein In perspective examining his innovative techniques and his relationship to revolutionary politics.
- Paul D'Amato: Bookwatch: 100 years of cinema
International Socialism Journal nr. 68, sep 95 – side 131
Note: The centenary of cinema provides Paul D'Amato with the chance to recommend some of the best books on the movies in this quarter's Bookwatch.
- John Newsinger: Matewan: film and working class struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 66, mar 95 – side 89
Note: Matewan is one of the finest films about working class struggle. John Newsinger pays tribute to its maker, John Sayles, but also uncovers the equally heroic struggles which surrounded the events that made it to celluloid.
- Peter Green: Sergei Eisenstein: Fire and passion
Socialist Review nr. 113, okt 88 – side 28
Note: ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘October’ are probably the two most fanous films ever to come out of Russia. Sergei Eisenstein directed both and is one of the greatest directors in the history of film. An exhibition of his work is currently on in London.
Pete Green wites about the life and work of Eisenstein.
- Gareth Jenkins: A reply to Lutte Ouvrière
International Socialism Journal nr. 36, sep 87 – side 122
Note: Reply to “A critique of the SWP’s analysis of the French railway workers’ strike” in this issue
- Colin Sparks: A Marxist guide to contemporary film theory
International Socialism Journal nr. 34, dec 86 – side 71
- Abbie Bakan: The legend of Marilyn Monroe
International Socialism Journal nr. 11, dec 80 – side 73
Note: Marilyn Monroe died some 19 years ago. At the time, I was in Grade school. Yet, for our generation, the name and the legend of Marilyn Monroe make her a household word. In her own lifetime, she was the top box office attraction ever, anywhere in the world, for nearly a decade.
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