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Review: 24 - Live Another Day

Review – 24: Live Another Day | Jack Bauer’s Return

  24 was always a combination politics, propaganda, and entertainment.  Now that the series has returned following a four year absence, we examine what the first episodes in this new run bring to the pop culture table.  Is the show still an ardent supporter of American foreign policy or ...

Silent Film Festival App

The Silent Film Festival App for Android Tablets and Phones

The Silent Film Festival app brings four classic movies with new educational audio commentaries to your Android tablet or phone.  The app is, as with everything on this site, open access (i.e. free) and presents the four episodes from The Artist in American History podcast films studies series from ...

Why Comic Books Matter

Why Comic Books Matter: V for Vendetta and the Occupy Movement

The Comic Book Studies series currently running on The Artist in American History has a brand new episode.  "Why Comic Books Matter", the fifth entry in the Comic Book Series, explores some of the reasons why comic books are deserving of academic study and attention.  This episode takes a ...

Lone Ranger's Oscar Nomination

Why Red Face is Wrong – The Lone Ranger’s Oscar Nomination

I doubt that I need to explain to most people why red face, the practice of casting non-Native American actors to play Native American roles, is a deeply problematic one.  At least I thought that was the case until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Disney's disastrous Lone ...

Inside Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant

Download MP3 | Download from iTunes   In the final part of the 2013-2014 film festival we explore Charlie Chaplin's seminal 1917 film, The Immigrant.  When Chaplin was exiled from the United States in the 1950s for his leftist politics, this film was used as evidence against him.  In truth, ...

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

It is almost impossible to talk about early American cinema without mentioning D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War-era epic, The Birth of a Nation.  The film achieved so much in terms of its scope, production techniques, use of editing, and its special effects that it is difficult to ignore.  Yet, its ...

Superman Goes to War

In 1941 Fleischer Studios began work on a spectacular series of Superman cartoons.  These short films were some of the most expensive produced to that date and, by 1942, the Fleischer brothers had been removed from the project.  The second sequence of cinematic Superman cartoons (1942-1943) paid ...

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