Tag Archives: Film

1950: Rumble at the Café des Poètes

Stolen poems incite a rumble in Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus (1950).

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1979: Westside Dreams

Daniel Salazar: Westside Dreams (1979) This photo shows the National Chicano Dance Theater posing in front of the Denver skyline in 1979, I think probably as part of a promotional shoot for Daniel Valdez’s play Zoot Suit, which debuted that … Continue reading

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1926: The Black Pirate

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

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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

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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).

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1946: Beauty and the Beast

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

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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

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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.)

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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

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1962: Triffids

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

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