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Annie Oakley

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On October 2, 2017
Since today has unfortunately been dominated by Americans’ obsession with guns and violence, might as well make tonight’s film perhaps the first gun scene ever placed on film, a demonstration by Annie Oakley in 1894. Not that I attempt to place blame on Oakley for American gun culture, but the popularity of her marksmanship was […]

Movie Violence

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On June 3, 2017
This is a pretty great essay on the contradiction between hating real life guns and loving movie guns. Psychologically, of course, this all makes sense. Penn, Peckinpah, even Porter (according to some interpretations) were attempting to make the viewer feel complicit in their films’ violence—something they assumed would provoke shame. But that’s not how movies […]
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