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Poverty in the Valley of Plenty

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On January 4, 2016
In 1948, the National Farm Labor Union and Hollywood filmmakers who hated the virulently anti-union big farm grower DiGiorgio Fruit, the largest grape, plum, and pear grower in the world, made a film titled Poverty in the Valley of Plenty to expose the terrible conditions of the farmers. In 1947, DiGiorgio responded to a strike […]
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Haskell Wexler, RIP

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On December 27, 2015
Haskell Wexler, the great cinematographer, has died at the age of 93. He worked on so many films, but for me, and for himself actually, his finest achievement was directing (and of course shooting) the wonderful Medium Cool. Here is the beginning of that film. Since it’s that kind of day, let people also discuss […]

Setsuko Hara, RIP

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On November 25, 2015

Setsuko Hara, one of the greatest actors in film historym has died. Hara worked with most of the great Japanese directors of the postwar era, but her finest work was in the wonderful films of Yasujiro

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The Power of Silent Film

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On October 19, 2015
I am really excited to watch the 1920 film The Daughter of Dawn, once thought lost (like about 85 percent of silent films) and now found. The Daughter of Dawn is more than just another Friday night flick. It is a cinematic wormhole into America’s past. “The rediscovery of The Daughter of Dawn is a […]

Sentinels of Silence

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On August 28, 2015
Why can’t Orson Welles be brought back from the dead to narrate documentaries? Had to link instead of embed because of the film’s privacy settings, but it’s a cool documentary of sorts on indigenous Mexican ruins. Share

Murnau

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On July 14, 2015

Someone needs to make a dark, shadowy film with angular shots about this heinous crime, no doubt perpetrated by a mastermind criminal. Today, the story of Murnau’s death gets a little bit weirder: D

Punishment Park

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On July 14, 2015

I have discussed the 1971 New Left dystopian film Punishment Park here a bit before. I’ve mentioned that it is a great leftist film and that the wonderful Paul Motian did the soundtrack. And I t

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