Tag Archives: Film

1926: The Black Pirate

Advertisements in The Hochi-Shimbun, October 15, 1926.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

1967: Alice in Wonderland

The 1967 report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders opens with a now-famous conclusion: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal.” The closing of the report is less well known: One of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1915: Children of Eve

Capitalist Henry Clay Madison is unmoved by the specter of a child laborer in John H. Collins’s Children of Eve (1915).

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1946: Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau, director: La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1994: An Insane Premise

In an afterword to the 25th anniversary edition of Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth tells a story about the first lines of his novels. When he was living in Chicago in the late 1950’s, he says, he once went to a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1973: La Planète sauvage

René Laloux, director: La Planète sauvage (1973). Released as Fantastic Planet in the USA. (In French, “sauvage” means “wild” in the sense of “untamed.” Wildflowers are fleurs sauvages, for example.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1960: Fasten Your Seatbelts

Based on a novel by Stanisław Lem, the 1960 East German/Polish film The Silent Star is set in the future of 1970, when explorations in the Gobi desert unearth an strange crystalline object containing a fragmentary message from Venus. It … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1962: Triffids

Steve Sekely, director: The Day of the Triffids (1962)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2106: Transitional Object

In 2016, Cornelia Parker installed this replica of the house from Hitchcock’s Psycho on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city. It’s made from repurposed wood from a red barn; the title of the work … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2049: Las Vegas

Denis Villeneuve, director: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment