Category Archives: film

More Criterion Films, and That’s a FACT…

As I’ve discussed here before, the phrase “Criterion Collection” is synonymous with the best of the best in classic and contemporary feature films. But the Criterion stamp of approval has found its way to non-fiction documentaries as well. Here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Forged Documents, Fake Documentaries: Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg”

Faking and Forging “Forge” is a really versatile word. If you use it on metal, you can make swords and helmets and things that turn people into heroes. If you use it on documents, you can make people rich who … Continue reading

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Revisiting Jamaica Inn

How Good Is “Not That Bad?” For a long time, I avoided Jamaica Inn. No, not the actual motel, but the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film of that name. I had read comments by film critics to the effect that it … Continue reading

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I enjoy documentaries about current social issues. Does the History and Social Sciences department buy Oscar-nominated documentaries that fit into this category?

We are always on the lookout for outstanding documentaries, and make it a point each year to order the Oscar nominees in the fields of history and social sciences. Here are some of the films you’ll find in our collection … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ride the Pink Horse

Pink Noir? What are the characteristics of Film Noir? Rain-slicked streets, good; seedy characters, good; the city as the breeding ground for evil, good. But what about southwestern small towns? What about southwestern small-town fiestas? What about weird titles involving…oh, … Continue reading

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