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Stakes Is High: On Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq”

Stakes Is High: On Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq”

ON DECEMBER 22, 2012, in anticipation of the wide release of Quentin Tarantino’s slave-era revenge Western, Django Unchained, which was set to drop on Christmas day, Spike Lee, an artist never know...

Flung Out of Space: “Carol,” Genre, and Gender

Flung Out of Space: “Carol,” Genre, and Gender

CONSIDER the following film setups. A universally beloved pop star dies suddenly due to complications from her acute anorexia. A precocious young boy from a seemingly stable Long Island family has mur...

Pure as Jesus and Cunning as Satan

Pure as Jesus and Cunning as Satan

GERALD HORNE CONCLUDES his comprehensive, fair-minded 2001 study Class Struggle in Hollywood 1930-1950 by quoting a leftist release from 1940: “One movie that Hollywood has never produced and pro...

A Tale of One City: “Cincinnati Goddamn”

A Tale of One City: “Cincinnati Goddamn”

IN 1964, Nina Simone wrote a protest song addressing the civil unrest in the United States. Its very title, “Mississippi Goddam,” conveys the exhaustion felt by Simone and an entire movement conce...

The Politics Behind the Original “Star Wars”

The Politics Behind the Original “Star Wars”

IN 1977, STAR WARS transformed the Hollywood blockbuster not just financially, but in the way it affected popular culture. From toys to Star Wars disco music, to cosplay (costume play) and beyond, Ge...

Bloody Victoriana: On Crimson Peak

Bloody Victoriana: On Crimson Peak

A SPECTER is haunting Hollywood — the specter of the gothic romance. From remakes of Jane Eyre to Twilight and its spiritual successors of all shades, directors and film executives seem entranced wi...

“The Tribe” and the Language of Cinema

“The Tribe” and the Language of Cinema

IN 2014, a Ukrainian film called The Tribe (Plemya) swept Cannes and went on to baffle and offend many people because it includes a series of brutal fuckings, beatings, robberies, an on-screen backroo...

Geeking Out to “Hitchcock/Truffaut”

Geeking Out to “Hitchcock/Truffaut”

FEW BOOKS ON FILM have inspired as much scholarship and devotion as Hitchcock/Truffaut by François Truffaut. An edited transcript of Truffaut’s eight-day interview with Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchco...