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Media Screen Roundup – March 2014

The monthly roundup of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research, & published here at the BUFVC by Linda Kaye.

The latest issue of Revue LISA/LISA E-Journal  has a special issue entitled, Documentary Filmmaking Practices: from Propaganda to Dissent. It includes articles on a wide range of films and television programmes including, Man of Aran (1934), Roger and Me (1989), My Winnipeg (2007), Of Time and the City (2008), The War Game, and Who Bombed Birmingham? Articles on directors include Alan Berliner, Philip Donnellan, Patrick Keiller and Ron Peck.

Continuing the documentary theme of this month’s Roundup, there is Demos’ , The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis, which “…examines the ways contemporary artists have reinvented documentary practices in their representations of mobile lives: refugees, migrants, the stateless, and the politically dispossessed.”  There is also Nick Witham’s article, US Feminists and Central America in the “Age of Reagan”: The Overlapping Contexts of Activism, Intellectual Culture and Documentary Filmmaking.

Martin Williams’ article, Argo and Other Excitements Around Iran’s Islamic Revolution: a Personal View, attempts to correct the film’s inaccuracies. Williams was the British diplomat who, contrary to the film, personally escorted to safety the Americans who had escaped when the Iranian Revolutionary guards took over the American Embassy.

Bronwyn Polaschek’s book entitled, The Postfeminist Biopic, details a close analysis of four films, Sylvia (Christine Jeffs, 2003), Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002), The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002), and Becoming Jane (Julian Jarrold, 2006).

With the release of Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) it seems appropriate to highlight Shepherd’s The Bible on Silent Film which includes many of the longest, most expensive and most watched films of the silent era.

Finally, Leigh and Durand’s Marxism and the Movies covers a range of films including, Metropolis, Psycho, Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Avatar

Media Screen Roundup (Mar 2014) IHR-BUFVC (PDF 194 KB)

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