Movies as Politics (Google eBook)
In this new collection of reviews and essays, Jonathan Rosenbaum focuses on the political and social dynamics of the contemporary movie scene. Rosenbaum, widely regarded as the most gifted contemporary American commentator on the cinema, explores the many links between film and our ideological identities as individuals and as a society. Readers will find revealing examinations of, for example, racial stereotyping in the debates surrounding "Do the Right Thing," key films from Africa, China, Japan, and Taiwan, Hollywood musicals and French serials, and the cultural amnesia accompanying cinematic treatments of the Russian Revolution, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War. From "Schindler's List, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Piano," and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" to the maverick careers of Orson Welles, Jacques Tati, Nicholas Ray, Chantal Akerman, Todd Haynes, and Andrei Tarkovsky, Rosenbaum offers a polemically pointed survey that makes clear the high stakes involved in every aspect of filmmaking and filmgoing.
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Movies as politicsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Rosenbaum may not be well known to the general filmgoing public, but his essays, autobiographical books on the filmgoing experience (Moving Places, Univ. of California, 1995), and influence as a ... Read full review
Review: Movies as PoliticsUser Review - Blair - Goodreads
This collection changed the way I thought about fim criticism. I leaned on it HARD when I published my first essay, "In Defence Of Film Criticism". Rosenbaum is the Orwell of film criticism, in the sense of economy of language. Read full review