Monthly Archives: October 2016

Reading the Landscape: 56

Technically not fat. Skinny forearms.

Reading the Landscape: 55

Technically not fat.

The General (1926)

The General is a cinematic marvel. If you’re under any illusion the Buster Keaton was merely a slapstick comedian, see it now. As a pure filmmaker, Keaton was fully the equal of Eisenstein, Vertov and Pudovkin, his three great Soviet contemporaries. Nevertheless, to compare The General to October, A Man With a Movie Camera, or […]

Mother (1926)

Mother, Vsevolod Pudovkin’s first major film, was released in 1926, two years before The End of St. Petersburg. I’ll leave the question of whether or not Mother is a feminist movie to the feminists. This essay by Cara Marisa Deleon does a better job of breaking down the way Mother approaches gender issues than I […]

Reading the Landscape: 54

Riding my bike through Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, New Jersey, I imagine that all is right with the world.

Reading the Landscape: 53

As the sun finally goes down on this hideous election cycle, the Clinton signs finally begin to come out. The people who own this house, as privileged as it gets, probably wouldn’t suffer under either a Trump or a Clinton administration. But I suppose Trump’s having revealed himself as not only a racist buffoon, but […]

The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Unlike the French Revolution of 1789, the Russian Revolution of 1917 coincided with the birth of cinema. We’ll never really know what the Fête de la Fédération, the first Bastille Day, looked like. We know it was held on July 14, 1790 on the Champ de Mars. We know that when it was all over […]

October (1928)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
One of most celebrated scenes from Eisenstein’s October. The career of Russian film maker Sergei Eisenstein, who lived from 1898 to 1948, can roughly be divided into three phases. In his mid-20s, he made Strike, October, and the iconic Battleship Potemkin. He spent most of his 30s in the…

Ugetsu (1953)

Cycling through New England, where I had gotten into the habit of keeping my wallet in a small handlebar bag along with my Sony RX100 camera, I would periodically stop alongside the road to unzip the bag and make sure everything was still there. I had somehow fallen into the obsession that I had left […]

Andrzej Wajda Explains Surplus Value

A Generation was Andrzej Wajda’s first major film, made in 1954 when he was 28-years-old, the year after Stalin’s death. Since the Polish government in 1954, still headed by the Stalinist Bolesław Bierut, required its filmmakers to stick largely to the principle of “socialist realism,” Wajda did not yet have the artistic freedom he would […]