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The Social Significance of Charlie Chaplin's Frontier Fantasy

After the Gold Rush: The Social Significance of Charlie Chaplin’s Frontier Fantasy

This article was written by Darren R. Reid and Brett Sanders - it was originally commissioned and published by National Film Registry and the Library of Congress.  To view the original document (please cite the originally publish document) Click Here.   There is a moment in “The Gold Rush” which captures ...

Star Wars - Filmic Archaeology

Remaking the Star Wars Holiday Special | Filmic Archaeology | Star Wars Holiday Special Watchable Edition

An exercise in Filmic Archaeology, this post explores the creation of Star Wars: A Holiday Story – a new Star Wars short excavated from the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special. #FilmicArchaeology #Film #History   Often talked about but rarely seen, The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) occupies a special place ...

The Last Jedi - 21st Century Masterpiece

The Last Jedi – 21st Century Masterpiece | Star Wars Critical Review

Far more than the nostalgic re-tread that was J.J. Abrams The Force Awakens, the second entry in the Star Wars sequel trilogy is a beautiful, touching entry into the generation-spanning saga.  From appropriately epic space battles to moments that genuinely surprise and delight, The Last Jedi might well be one of the ...

How Star Wars Conquered Christmas

How Star Wars Conquered Christmas | A Star Wars Holiday Special

On December 25th 2016, 120 Odeon cinemas opened across the nation to screen a new Star Wars film, Rogue One. On many levels, the very idea seems to offend traditional British sensibilities - unlike in the United States where Christmas day screenings are common, in the UK this is a relatively rare occurrence. Why would ...

Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissanc

Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance

Perhaps one of the most exciting moments in US history, the Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of art, literature, and performance in New York's Harlem burgh. One of its foremost participants, Langston Hughes, produced some of the greatest poetry of his generation - words which challenged dominant racial stereotypes ...

Banksy and the Art of Protest - Interactive Documentary

Banksy, Da Vinci, and the Art of Protest | Interactive Documentary | Place and Time

Banksy + Da Vinci: A History of Art, Protest, and Resistance | 360° Documentary | Place and Time from Darren Reid on Vimeo. Watch, Learn, and Explore in an interactive 360° documentary about Banksy and the history of protest in art. Power is coded into the lives we live and the world we inhabit. Graffiti and street ...

The Great Dictator in the Age of Trump

The Great Dictator in the Age of Donald Trump | Charlie Chaplin Film Criticism

If you're struggling with events unfolding in the US (and our own poor record re: refugees) then I suggest you watch Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' (1940) today. It's an easy defence to point to people in the past and simply say, 'well, everyone was a bit racist back then, we can't judge them on today's standards'. ...

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