8 items from 2014
+“Sometimes the class struggle is also the struggle of one image against another image, of one sound against another sound. In a film, this struggle is against images and sounds.”
There was something in the air when Jean-Luc Godard took up the political banner of the late 1960s and shifted his filmmaking focus in terms of storytelling style and stories told, and in a general sense of formal reevaluation and reinvention. Always considered something of the enfant terrible of the French Nouvelle Vague, Godard was keen from the start to experiment with the conventional norms of cinematic aesthetics, from the jarring jump cuts of Breathless (1960), to the self-conscious playfulness of A Woman is a Woman (1961), to the genre deviations of Band of Outsiders (1964) and Made in USA (1966). But Godard was still, at a most basic level, operating along a fairly conventional plane of fictional cinema, one with »
- Jeremy Carr
Review by Kathy Kaiser
What do you get when you combine a love for jazz from a very young age – a prolific journalistic talent – and a civil rights libertarian who will let you know exactly where he stands on any issue, including being pro-life – you get the story of the man – The Legend – whose life of work has touched both the cultural and political sides of our mere existence in this country for over 65 years – Nat Hentoff.
David L Lewis, a journalistic and broadcast media talent himself for over 30 years, brings the man himself along for this ride – exposing Hentoff’s life’s work – and mostly in his own words – with this new documentary – The Pleasures Of Being/ Out Of Step. Stepping into the limelight of his career, Hentoff emerged as the Jazz critic of all critics, being named The Jazz Master and gaining fame and recognition by the musicians »
- Movie Geeks
It would be difficult to determine in which domain Nat Hentoff, premiere jazz critic and highly controversial First Amendment rights champion, contributed more to the public consciousness. Documentarian David L. Lewis makes no attempt to do so in “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” cavalierly swinging back and forth between Hentoff’s musical and political activism, much as Hentoff himself did. Stooped at almost 90 but feisty and humor-filled as ever, Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.
Controversy-seeking yet affably mild-mannered, Hentoff thoroughly sticks to his beliefs with an iconoclasm that has nothing to do with political correctness. The fact that he started writing out of a passionate commitment to jazz artists gave his writing an immediacy and engagement that, when coupled with his intellectual acuity, gifted jazz »
- Ronnie Scheib
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '64 is just 8 days away. So it's time to get your votes in on the nominees that year. Readers, collectively, are the sixth panelists, so grade the nominees (only the ones you've seen) from 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes count toward the smackdown win!
Agnes Moorhead Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte
Grayson Hall Night of the Iguana
But before we here at Tfe get to that particular metaphorical musical-horror mishmash of films with one of the most senior lineups the Academy ever offered up in this category, let's meet our panelists for this 50th anniversary retrospective competition.
- NATHANIEL R
French President Francois Hollande is officially having his Bill Clinton moment. The weekly tabloid ‘Closer’ ran several photos of Francois allegedly spending the night with actress Julie Gayet — allegations that Francois has not denied.
Francois Hollande, 59, is threatening to sue the tabloid Closer for running seven pages of photos taken outside of Julie Gayet‘s apartment that supposedly prove that Francois — France’s president — and the 41-year-old actress are having an affair.
Yikes! While an affair has not been officially confirmed, Julie and Francois have definitely had interactions in the past — BBC News reports that the actress appeared in a promotional video for Francois’ presidential election campaign in 2012, in which she called him marvelous, humble, and “somebody who really listens.” However, Julie is married to Argentinian film director and script writer Santiago Amigorena and Francois has a long-time partner named Valerie Trierweiler, »
- HL Intern
So sad. Iconic poet, Amiri Baraka, passed away after a short illness on Jan. 9. He was known for his epic writing, his political voice, and his poem about 9/11 heard ’round the world.
The world has lost one of its most talented writers and poetic activists. Amiri Baraka, who was formerly New Jersey’s poet laureate, died on Jan. 9 at New Jersey’s Beth Israel Medical Center after a short illness, his agent confirmed to CNN. He was 79 years old.
Amiri Baraka: Activist Poet Dies At 79
Baraka, considered a founder of the 1960s Black Arts movement, made a name for himself by being unafraid to hold a mirror up to society with his writing. His own website said that he “adopted a confrontational style for his poetry, drama, fiction and essays. With intent to create awareness and about the concerns of African-Americans, his writings… on one hand have been praised as a voice against oppression, »
- Emily Longeretta
Amiri Baraka, an influential black writer and artist, who veered into radicalism and became a chief proponent of black separatism during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, died yesterday (Jan 9.) after a long illness. He was 79. Amiri Baraka, an influential black writer and artist, who veered into radicalism and became a chief proponent of black separatism during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, died yesterday (Jan 9.) after a long illness. He was 79. Baraka came of age during the rise of the Beat Generation in the 1950s, a time when widely accepted values about life came into question, leading up to the counter-culture revolution. [...] »
I repost this in light of Amiri Baraka's death, at 79 years old, made public this afternoon... Made in 1967, Dutchman is the filmed version of Amiri Baraka’s (he was LeRoi Jones when he wrote it) controversial one-act stage play. It won the Obie Award for best off-Broadway play, thrusting Baraka into the limelight. It stars Al Freeman Jr. and Shirley Knight. The story: A sinister, neurotic, lascivious white girl, Lula, lures to his doom, a young black man, Clay - a stranger she picks up in the subway. The man, who, at first, sees no reason to resist the girl's advances, realizes too late that he is being used by her. He then drops his so-called "white" »
- Tambay A. Obenson
8 items from 2014
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