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Abstract This review essay of Gus Van Sant's 2007 adaptation of Blab Nelson's novel about a teenage life in Portland, Oregon considers the film in terms of its depiction of U.S. life in wartime; its mixed-media aesthetic; and its disturbing representation of numbed-out adolescence.
Abstract This essay reviews two documentaries: Biùtiful Cauntri , an exposé of waste-disposal criminality in the Naples area of Italy, and Traces of the Trade , in which members of New England family uncover their ancestors' deep involvement in the slave trade.
Abstract This essay discusses the most recent BBC documentary series by Adam Curtis: The Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares , and The Trap . It is argued that the theses of the films are to a degree undermined by Curtis's reliance on the same persuasive, advertising-style techniques...
Abstract This essay assesses Antonioni's oeuvre in its totality, focusing in particular on its constant negotiation of two extremes: documentary and melodrama. The essay argues that Antonioni's is a visionary project which, by achieving a genuine encounter between art and technology, extends an...
Abstract A survey of cinema activities in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu province, south India, covering: film releases, production facilities, film schools, archival screenings, and the city's emerging role as a techno-center.
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