Arts Review http://www.wsws.org/topics/site_area/arts/ <em>Our Kind of Traitor</em>: Going with the current http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/21/trai-j21.html <em>Our Kind of Traitor</em>, a British spy thriller directed by Susanna White, is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by John le Carré, the veteran novelist. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85112084-016e-4179-892b-60f607f1430L/trai-j21.html 2016-07-21T05:00:00Z <em>Wiener-Dog</em>: Todd Solondz continues to look critically at American life http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/20/wien-j20.html The new film comprises four stories, loosely linked by the presence of a “wiener-dog” (dachshund). Each has at least one or more satirical, telling moments or elements. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a384059b-168f-44ae-b21c-17a5b050433C/wien-j20.html 2016-07-20T05:00:00Z Musician-singer M.I.A dropped from Afropunk festival for criticizing Black Lives Matter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/18/afro-j18.html M.I.A. has every right to criticize Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, who travel in privileged circles around the Obamas and other leading Democratic Party figures. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/adcb545b-22c5-4f1d-93ec-0fef127bd9bB/afro-j18.html 2016-07-18T05:00:00Z A tribute to German Sinto musician Häns’che Weiss http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/16/obit-j16.html In addition to a remarkable command of his instrument, guitarist Häns’che Weiss was distinguished by his thrilling musicality. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4dc603c3-f6ed-4c6b-9a22-07cdd41a2e2L/obit-j16.html 2016-07-16T05:00:00Z The life and career of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/14/kiar-j14.html The Iranian director will be best remembered and long honored for the series of feature films, including documentaries, that he made between 1987 and 1997. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a22dfaa-57a0-460f-99ba-68441383cdaN/kiar-j14.html 2016-07-14T05:00:00Z An interview with Victoria Bynum, historian and author of <em>The Free State of Jones</em>—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/13/byn2-j13.html This is the second part of a conversation with Victoria Bynum, whose research helped inspire the film <em>Free State of Jones</em>, about an insurrection by Southern Unionists against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9f67dee8-7c21-4bf4-95f5-5947d28cb06K/byn2-j13.html 2016-07-13T05:00:00Z <em>The Mare</em> by Mary Gaitskill: Attention to social inequality—in her own way http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/12/mare-j12.html In her new novel, Gaitskill focuses on a poor Dominican teenager from New York City, the suburban family she lives with during the summer and her experiences relating to a particularly abused horse. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/95908ab3-37d7-42e5-a7d0-442decb525fI/mare-j12.html 2016-07-12T05:00:00Z “Cinema has the potential to make us richer in spirit”—filmmaker Paul Cox (1940–2016) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/11/paul-j11.html Cox directed over 40 dramatic features and documentaries—the overwhelming majority on paper-thin budgets—during his more than forty-year career. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6474a533-56e4-4508-a554-a84e2dc75b3M/paul-j11.html 2016-07-11T05:00:00Z Michael Cimino, director of <em>The Deer Hunter</em> and <em>Heaven’s Gate</em>, dead at 77 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/07/cimi-j07.html Cimino is best known as the director of <em>The Deer Hunter</em> (1978), which won numerous Academy Awards, and <em>Heaven’s Gate</em> (1980), which was denounced by leading critics, lost a great deal of money and severely damaged Cimino’s career. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2759940-5947-4d27-a557-415b124049bG/cimi-j07.html 2016-07-07T05:00:00Z Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dead at 89 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/06/stan-j06.html Ralph Stanley led one of the most remarkable groups in Bluegrass music and was among the genre’s greatest banjo players and singers. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/943466d6-d47c-4ff1-8f9a-7208e875603H/stan-j06.html 2016-07-06T05:00:00Z <em>Free State of Jones</em>: Three cheers! http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/28/free-j28.html Gary Ross’s film is a fictional account of an intriguing, but little known chapter in American history. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d97745a2-6ac1-4f95-9daf-9ac48070584P/free-j28.html 2016-06-28T05:00:00Z <em>25 April</em>: Animated documentary on New Zealand’s role in the Gallipoli invasion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/25/apri-j25.html The film shows the horrors of war but fails to challenge the nationalist mythology surrounding the Anzacs. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1292b1f9-f238-4a47-96bf-39065c1ce19C/apri-j25.html 2016-06-25T05:00:00Z Alf Sjöberg’s <em>Miss Julie</em> (1951) and G. W. Pabst’s <em>The Threepenny Opera</em> (1931): Films worth noting … and seeing http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/23/film-j23.html Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjöberg’s <em>Miss Julie</em> is based on the play by August Strindberg. Austrian filmmaker G.W. Pabst’s film <em>The Threepenny Opera</em> is an intricate movie version of the legendary Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill work. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/11679680-70ab-4084-8fd8-d061483924bE/film-j23.html 2016-06-23T05:00:00Z <em>Toyen</em>: A film about the Czech surrealist painter and her times http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/18/toye-j18.html Czech director Jan Němec, who died in March 2016, made a film about the surrealist painter Toyen in 2005, which is now available. The film is intriguing and sometimes deeply moving. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/65dd25ab-0b84-4e68-9553-16493473597I/toye-j18.html 2016-06-18T05:00:00Z <em>The Nice Guys</em>: Something, but not very much http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/17/nice-j17.html <em>The Nice Guys</em> is set in 1977 and follows the investigation into a disappearance, which turns out to be part of a broader conspiracy. <em>Sunset Song</em> and <em>The Idol</em> have recently opened in movie theaters in the US. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50dead7c-1682-40ec-a612-542575c83ceE/nice-j17.html 2016-06-17T05:00:00Z Again on Don DeLillo’s <em>Zero K</em>: How does a novel turn toward social life? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/13/zero-j13.html Don DeLillo’s latest novel, about the determination of a small group of wealthy individuals to have their bodies cryogenically preserved, is worth our attention. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c6b5c410-1f8f-4a1c-b538-4fdc77df14aN/zero-j13.html 2016-06-13T05:00:00Z <em>The Lobster</em>: Relationships forced on—or forbidden—people http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/11/lobs-j11.html In Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, individuals without a mate are sent to a “hotel” where they have 45 days to find a partner or be turned into an animal. Then, there are those who escape. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/18c0f37a-8818-4e45-a6d7-ba69dc60128F/lobs-j11.html 2016-06-11T05:00:00Z HBO’s <em>All the Way</em>: Lyndon B. Johnson and the civil rights movement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/10/allt-j10.html HBO’s <em>All the Way</em> is a serious effort, devoid of contemporary identity politics, to portray a significant moment in American history. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/00b11453-6c54-4c8e-a1fe-9aed40cfdb2E/allt-j10.html 2016-06-10T05:00:00Z Right-wing Polish government revives effort to extradite Roman Polanski http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/09/roma-j09.html The new attempt by the Polish government to extradite Polanski is the latest chapter in the US government’s vindictive pursuit of the filmmaker. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/202e4754-6348-44af-a0a9-2c9afd92a9eM/roma-j09.html 2016-06-09T05:00:00Z <em>Love &amp; Friendship</em>: An early Jane Austen work adapted http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/08/love-j08.html In England in 1790, Lady Susan Vernon, widowed and penniless, schemes to reverse her fortunes. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/29f80449-381f-4b05-a03e-20d02986c7eL/love-j08.html 2016-06-08T05:00:00Z Night without end: Don DeLillo’s <em>Zero K</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/07/zero-j07.html American author Don DeLillo’s 17th novel is a dark story about the determination of a small group of wealthy individuals to have their bodies cryogenically preserved. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3e700138-a4c8-4f4f-b413-dd9f8155fc8E/zero-j07.html 2016-06-07T05:00:00Z Anohni speaks on war, inequality and Obama http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/06/inte-j06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> spoke to Anohni about her new album. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/36baba96-124a-422a-ad92-57722d11eb2J/inte-j06.html 2016-06-06T05:00:00Z Anohni’s <em>Hopelessness</em>: A protest against war, drone bombings and more http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/06/hope-j06.html Anohni is the British-born, American transgender singer formerly known as Antony Hegarty who released five albums under the name Antony and the Johnsons. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d1b0fc2-eebb-4dcc-97f4-5c72e23e4daA/hope-j06.html 2016-06-06T05:00:00Z HBO’s “Girls”: What should the voice of this generation say? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/03/girl-j03.html Praise for Lena Dunham’s “Girls” generally lauds its “frankness” and “realism” about the unpleasant, even ugly, aspects of life for American youth. Fri, 03 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d745353b-1e4f-4afe-8a82-1c67c43a396O/girl-j03.html 2016-06-03T05:00:00Z Art, war and social revolution—Part 2 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/06/01/awr2-j01.html This talk was given by WSWS arts editor David Walsh at San Diego State University, University of California Berkeley and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April and May. Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ea874988-17f4-4628-aae5-8bec4f64fbdL/awr2-j01.html 2016-06-01T05:00:00Z Art, war and social revolution—Part 1 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/31/awr1-m31.html This talk was given by WSWS arts editor David Walsh at San Diego State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April and May. Tue, 31 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6dafb3f8-6416-44d3-8eb8-eaffd89bd17B/awr1-m31.html 2016-05-31T05:00:00Z <em>Sing Street</em> from Ireland, <em>A Bigger Splash</em> from Italy: Neglected realities http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/28/sing-m28.html John Carney’s <em>Sing Street</em> is a musical comedy-drama set in Dublin in the mid-1980s. Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s <em>A Bigger Splash</em>, based on a 1969 French thriller, takes its name from a painting by British artist David Hockney. Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/743faa6d-5493-4b46-982f-c30a7348a1cG/sing-m28.html 2016-05-28T05:00:00Z <em>High-Rise</em>: A film version of J.G. Ballard’s novel http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/27/high-m27.html Like the novel, the film—set in the mid-1970s—begins with its central character calmly sitting on the balcony of his 25th floor apartment eating roast dog. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c277357-c5af-4f5a-9125-99703e05906I/high-m27.html 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z <em>Cash Only</em>: What interests contemporary filmmakers and what doesn’t http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/25/cash-m25.html <em>Cash Only</em> is an independent American film set in the Detroit area. The film takes place in the Albanian community. Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9ac9b728-c7bf-4d5f-88a9-bec5490f564D/cash-m25.html 2016-05-25T05:00:00Z <em>Captain America: Civil War</em>—A waste of resources, technology and human skill http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/23/capt-m23.html What are these performers doing in this film? Is there any major film actor at present who would say “No” to this sort of project? Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/758ed912-ef2d-4812-9927-a0d10946b59L/capt-m23.html 2016-05-23T05:00:00Z <em>Maggie’s Plan</em>, <em>Frank &amp; Lola</em>, along with Dreyer’s <em>Vampyr</em> (1932) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/20/sff4-m20.html Some not very good new films—and better old ones. Fri, 20 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/13384447-9693-484c-ac78-9192fc7e46dK/sff4-m20.html 2016-05-20T05:00:00Z <em>Money Monster</em>: Who are the criminals? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/18/mons-m18.html <em>Money Monster</em> is the latest film to depict the consequences of the 2008 financial crash and the criminal manipulations of the financial elite. Wed, 18 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/59a5eb83-e108-4211-b5de-23dc69330adL/mons-m18.html 2016-05-18T05:00:00Z <em>Radio Dreams</em>, about Iranian Americans—and the problem of images without insight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/17/sff3-m17.html <em>Radio Dreams</em> is a pleasurable experience. Other films at the San Francisco festival––<em>The Event</em>, <em>No Home Movie</em>, <em>Counting</em>, <em>Five Nights in Maine</em>––fared less well. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e51d5c32-6652-4fbc-b75d-f6ea877e1d6E/sff3-m17.html 2016-05-17T05:00:00Z An interview with Babak Jalali, director of <em>Radio Dreams</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/17/inte-m17.html The WSWS spoke to Babak Jalali during the recent San Francisco International Film Festival. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0be1a85-a8e6-4a88-893d-b0affd62e7cC/inte-m17.html 2016-05-17T05:00:00Z <em>The Return</em>, about released prisoners, and other social dramas (or comedies) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/13/sff2-m13.html In a number of the films screened at the festival, their creators were evidently overwhelmed by the disintegrating social structures in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Fri, 13 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a0b4bb6-ecf2-4557-bb7e-08135e88e4aB/sff2-m13.html 2016-05-13T05:00:00Z Look at today’s filmmaking … then look at the world http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/11/sff1-m11.html The recent San Francisco International Film Festival, in its 59th edition, screened some 175 films, including approximately 100 feature-length films, from 46 countries. Wed, 11 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4346cae8-e028-405f-a237-16fa22877abF/sff1-m11.html 2016-05-11T05:00:00Z <em>Everybody Wants Some!!</em>—Richard Linklater goes to college http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/10/ever-m10.html <em>Everybody Wants Some!!</em> is the latest coming-of-age tale from the American independent film director. Tue, 10 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/76b4c3a9-724f-46eb-84e2-163edcd8e25J/ever-m10.html 2016-05-10T05:00:00Z <em>Looking for Grace</em>—a strangely cold story about a teenager leaving home http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/09/grac-m09.html The movie centres on the efforts of a lower middle-class couple to find their runaway teenage daughter and only child. Mon, 09 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4cfb4205-eb5e-4ebf-a753-d600cf93305I/grac-m09.html 2016-05-09T05:00:00Z Are the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet a genuine alternative to contemporary filmmaking? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/07/moma-m07.html The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, beginning May 6, is presenting a retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, the Franco-German filmmakers. Sat, 07 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/376eeb15-1e82-4f84-8d72-1b1c182c938O/moma-m07.html 2016-05-07T05:00:00Z <em>Elvis &amp; Nixon</em>, <em>A Hologram for the King</em>: Trivializing culture, history http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/06/elvi-m06.html Two ostensible comedies, <em>Elvis &amp; Nixon</em> and <em>A Hologram for the King</em>, drain their stories of their most important social and historical content. Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a72d6808-4bdc-4bc3-8587-4058ef092c0N/elvi-m06.html 2016-05-06T05:00:00Z <em>Papa: Hemingway in Cuba</em>—The banalization of the novelist and his art http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/04/papa-m04.html The film follows the relationship that develops after a young American journalist in Miami in the mid-1950s writes an admiring letter to novelist Ernest Hemingway, then living in Havana, Cuba. Wed, 04 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4ec31fe7-b029-422c-911a-71fe377d8cfO/papa-m04.html 2016-05-04T05:00:00Z David Walsh speaks on “Art, War and Social Revolution” at meetings in California http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/03/cali-m03.html Walsh presented the history of 20th century anti-war cinema and sought to uncover the roots behind the present cultural stagnation in the light of the eruption of American imperialism. Tue, 03 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/236dfa19-904b-4d80-b0db-7370bb7a52eD/cali-m03.html 2016-05-03T05:00:00Z <em>Songs My Brothers Taught Me</em>: The plight of a Lakota youth http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/02/song-m02.html The film is a lyrical and honest look at the poverty and social neglect that affects one of the most historically oppressed communities in the United States. Mon, 02 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5fc170a-c3d6-49db-9325-16d5cee5333E/song-m02.html 2016-05-02T05:00:00Z <em>Class Divide</em>: A close-up look at gentrification, inequality in New York City http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/29/film-a29.html Children of hedge fund managers attend private school on Manhattan’s Tenth Avenue, across the street from one of the city’s public housing projects. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef8c5c0d-444e-49ed-ae63-a218081af05J/film-a29.html 2016-04-29T05:00:00Z Prince (1958-2016) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/27/prin-a27.html While music icon Prince, who died April 21 at the age of 57, was among the more electrifying performers of his generation, his work could be terribly uneven. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a8c8a63f-0de5-4b9e-9e56-dbcc38b5d34D/prin-a27.html 2016-04-27T05:00:00Z The paintings of Eugène Delacroix at London’s National Gallery http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/26/dela-a26.html The stated intention of the organisers is to give visitors “the opportunity to (re)discover” the “revolutionary artist” Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68342513-617d-4798-9ea5-addd8d3465dL/dela-a26.html 2016-04-26T05:00:00Z A concert of relative rarities by American composer Aaron Copland http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/23/copl-a23.html Copland’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto deserves a higher profile in the orchestral repertoire. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9768860e-5735-40f9-b57b-f69e3cad465N/copl-a23.html 2016-04-23T05:00:00Z <em>The Hope Six Demolition Project</em>: PJ Harvey takes on war and global poverty http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/22/harv-a22.html Harvey’s new album is the product of the artist’s investigation into the poverty and devastation being inflicted on different parts of the globe. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f4d74170-99d9-4a45-93f1-1dc0b35d9a1D/harv-a22.html 2016-04-22T05:00:00Z <em>Demolition</em>: Take an investment banker apart, and what do you find? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/20/demo-a20.html The film tells the story of Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a New York investment banker who experiences an emotional unraveling after his wife dies in an automobile accident. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b2929481-2d1e-48db-b324-93898e7c6d2D/demo-a20.html 2016-04-20T05:00:00Z A conversation with Stephen Parker, author of <em>Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/19/inte-a18.html WSWS writers Sybille Fuchs, Stefan Steinberg and David Walsh recently spoke to the author of a valuable new biography of the famed German playwright and poet. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/297c525b-ef7d-4c33-9ebc-e3235adc5c0A/inte-a18.html 2016-04-19T05:00:00Z Stephen Parker’s <em>Bertolt Brecht. A Literary Life</em>—a welcome biography that raises big historical issues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/18/brec-a18.html One of the most talented and influential playwrights of the 20th century, Brecht adapted to Stalinism, with pernicious consequences for his career and work. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e871614f-3fe2-419b-a298-69373e5cc05I/brec-a18.html 2016-04-18T05:00:00Z <em>Colonia</em>: Under Pinochet, a disposal center for enemies of the state http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/16/colo-a16.html German director Florian Gallenberger’s political thriller <em>Colonia</em> takes place during and after the US-backed Chilean military coup in September 1973. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8fa43db5-65e7-4a44-b479-473030856f3P/colo-a16.html 2016-04-16T05:00:00Z SEP/IYSSE meetings in California: Art, War and Social Revolution http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/14/meet-a14.html WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh will speak at meetings in San Diego and Berkeley, California, addressing the political and cultural situation in relation to American imperialism’s relentless war drive. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/68accfb9-0dcc-45db-88f2-8e84fe16641F/meet-a14.html 2016-04-14T05:00:00Z <em>Born to Be Blue</em> and <em>Miles Ahead</em>: Why so much fiction when life is fascinating enough? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/07/born-a07.html Films based on the lives and personas of post-World War II jazz musicians Chet Baker and Miles Davis have been released recently. Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/87873dc2-9375-4619-aa2d-0b477745299O/born-a07.html 2016-04-07T05:00:00Z <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em>—Doom and gloom, with capes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/06/batm-a06.html The price tag of the film, including production and marketing costs, approaches half a billion dollars, and some analysts believe it would need an $800 million box office to recoup its investment. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1c777563-c912-44b1-9940-e50505f278fM/batm-a06.html 2016-04-06T05:00:00Z UK documentary exposes Saudi role in global terror operations http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/05/saud-a05.html The Saudi ruling family spent $70 billion exporting its particularly repressive form of Islamism through books, the media, Islamic welfare institutions and charities. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f01b4a2-a62e-4fc4-8ae4-9e7c87d5cd1A/saud-a05.html 2016-04-05T05:00:00Z The New York Times on race and art http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/04/race-a04.html A review published in this Sunday’s <em>New York Times Book Review</em> advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications. Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0b48dfe5-bce1-4fda-b08b-a23e65ede0dI/race-a04.html 2016-04-04T05:00:00Z From Cuba a grim drama (<em>La obra del siglo</em>) and from Argentina a political thriller (<em>El Clan</em>) and a road trip (<em>Camino a La Paz</em>) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/04/01/sdl3-a01.html The festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and South and Central America. Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5b488f85-7068-4b26-9c1c-1fa63c49068P/sdl3-a01.html 2016-04-01T05:00:00Z <em>Eye in the Sky</em>: The liberal war on terror http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/31/eyei-m31.html <em>Eye in the Sky</em> is a political-military thriller in which British and American officials weigh the consequences of a drone strike in Nairobi, Kenya. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0da89acb-7962-4fe4-9a4d-a23e790392dC/eyei-m31.html 2016-03-31T05:00:00Z Professors’ group charges Obama administration with undermining academic freedom and due process http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/30/aaup-m30.html A report by the American Association of University Professors points to the reactionary role of the sexual harassment industry on university campuses. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35cf61d6-fdfc-4b7f-b9ce-c0d9104b9a8K/aaup-m30.html 2016-03-30T05:00:00Z The human cost of the drug war in Mexico and a drama from Venezuela: <em>Retratos de una búsqueda</em> and <em>Dauna. Lo que lleva el río</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/30/sdl2-m30.html The San Diego festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, South and Central America. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2e065608-1e11-4284-b9da-1c197752c85O/sdl2-m30.html 2016-03-30T05:00:00Z Films from Argentina, Spain and Guatemala: <em>El Movimiento</em>, <em>Hablar</em>, <em>Ixcanul</em> and <em>Tras Nazarin</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/28/sdl1-m28.html The festival showcased films and documentaries from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, South and Central America. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/846adcc5-4c10-4d45-97f0-88d87185e78J/sdl1-m28.html 2016-03-28T05:00:00Z Atom Egoyan’s <em>Remember</em>: A Nazi criminal hunted… http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/25/reme-m25.html Two Auschwitz concentration camp survivors plot to kill the SS guard who murdered their families in Atom Egoyan’s latest film, <em>Remember</em>, a psychological drama. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff0a3aeb-6faa-410d-a32f-c17e03da565E/reme-m25.html 2016-03-25T05:00:00Z “We make the terror:” Season four of <em>House of Cards</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/24/card-m24.html The latest season of the Netflix series suggests that the US government facilitates terrorism to keep a lid on domestic opposition, spies on the population for political gain, and conspires to go to war for Machiavellian ends. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/51a18e48-56a6-4bd5-b8af-273fdd4aa0dG/card-m24.html 2016-03-24T05:00:00Z Anthony Doerr’s <em>All the Light We Cannot See</em>: All the history the novelist cannot see http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/23/doer-m23.html Doerr’s second novel takes a moralizing, ahistorical view of events during the Second World War. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5c595efe-011e-453f-aaf3-e11c53f564dK/doer-m23.html 2016-03-23T05:00:00Z Ten years since the death of hip hop artist James “J Dilla” Yancey http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/21/jayd-m21.html A talented musician, Yancey is considered by many to have been among the greatest of all hip hop producers. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/47246945-897c-4846-a938-bd0607e017eH/jayd-m21.html 2016-03-21T05:00:00Z Novelist Jonathan Franzen’s <em>Purity</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/17/puri-m17.html Franzen’s highly praised fifth novel is a largely––and carelessly––misanthropic, right-wing work that fails to create complex or plausible characters. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/42fa937a-eba1-4220-8247-fff02cb082fJ/puri-m17.html 2016-03-17T05:00:00Z Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90 http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/15/mart-m15.html Legendary music producer George Martin, who supervised almost all of the Beatles’ recordings, died on March 8. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/eff295fe-21bc-407b-ae7e-544badaad59G/mart-m15.html 2016-03-15T05:00:00Z Flight and persecution—yesterday and today (<em>The Diary of Anne Frank</em> and <em>Meteorstraße</em>) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/14/ber4-m14.html A new adaptation of the immortal <em>Diary of a Young Girl</em> by Anne Frank, about Nazi persecution, and a film about Palestinian refugees in contemporary Germany. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e99d25f1-6205-4051-9544-0fda39117cdN/ber4-m14.html 2016-03-14T05:00:00Z <em>A Perfect Day</em>: 24 hours in the Bosnian War http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/12/perf-m12.html Spanish filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa’s movie <em>A Perfect Day</em> deals with international humanitarian aid workers in the Balkans near the end of the war in the mid-1990s. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf77097f-59cb-4676-bf32-3e5981c3a70M/perf-m12.html 2016-03-12T05:00:00Z <em>Race</em>: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/10/race-m10.html Stephen Hopkins’ film centers on critical events in the life of African-American track and field legend Jesse Owens. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2ced7df9-d05c-40da-af0b-7c10976be4fA/race-m10.html 2016-03-10T05:00:00Z <em>American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson</em>: An indictment of American celebrity culture http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/08/simp-m08.html The FX series examines the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in June 1994, for which former football star O. J. Simpson was charged. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/97914e84-0b9f-4e01-b4fe-02369742ceeG/simp-m08.html 2016-03-08T05:00:00Z <em>Alone in Berlin</em>—a working class couple opposes the Nazis http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/07/ber3-m07.html Vincent Pérez’s film is a new adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel <em>Every Man Dies Alone</em> (published posthumously in 1947). Mon, 07 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20f939c9-ece6-4ac4-b533-bf470ccdc5aH/ber3-m07.html 2016-03-07T05:00:00Z Two poor films on the Afghanistan war—<em>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</em> and <em>A War</em>—and Jonás Cuarón’s <em>Desierto</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/05/whis-m05.html <em>Whiskey Tango Foxtrot</em> is a semi-comic treatment of the tragic Afghan conflict; <em>A War</em> from Denmark is ostensibly a more serious effort. <em>Desierto</em> takes up the war against Mexican immigrants. Sat, 05 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2f2ef665-c1c2-4828-8700-7c293cc25fdP/whis-m05.html 2016-03-05T05:00:00Z Eighty-eighth Academy Awards: Hopeful signs amidst reactionary “diversity” campaign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/03/01/osca-m01.html The Oscar awards ceremony Sunday night included some welcome notes and surprises, and generally, despite the disorienting campaign waged under the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, revealed a more humane side of Hollywood. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e2513726-c589-489e-b42d-27bb07447d6F/osca-m01.html 2016-03-01T05:00:00Z A critique of Europe’s refugee policy: On the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for <em>Fire at Sea</em> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/27/ber2-f27.html This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 11-20, 2016. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/833f8ecf-b0ff-4afa-a98c-a5df38b376bN/ber2-f27.html 2016-02-27T05:00:00Z Refugee crisis takes centre stage at the Berlinale http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/22/ber1-f22.html The main prize of the festival went to <em>Fire at Sea</em> (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi, dealing with the fate of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d793e3e9-7077-4304-b262-81222385c31N/ber1-f22.html 2016-02-22T05:00:00Z John Patrick Shanley’s <em>Prodigal Son</em>: A working class youth at a Catholic high school in the 1960s http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/19/revi-f19.html The playwright raises some important issues and then proceeds to skirt them, leaving the audience with little more than a banal liberalism. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ce7491a5-e900-4039-913a-9a95024e610N/revi-f19.html 2016-02-19T05:00:00Z <em>Woman at the Window</em>: Oratorio remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/16/orat-f16.html Students at the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles tackle the deadliest industrial disaster in US history in an honest and compelling work. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4bdd268-218c-4544-a3c0-4153cac3f1eB/orat-f16.html 2016-02-16T05:00:00Z Jia Zhangke’s <em>Mountains May Depart</em>: Three periods in modern China, a good deal of confusion http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/13/moun-f13.html Veteran independent Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s <em>Mountains May Depart</em> is opening in theaters in the US this week. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b90d1360-d5cd-47dd-bc76-176b99fc268K/moun-f13.html 2016-02-13T05:00:00Z Leo Tolstoy’s <em>War and Peace</em> dramatized in a new television series http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/11/wrpe-f11.html Tolstoy’s titanic novel has received a new adaptation by the BBC and is now airing in numerous countries. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/50344b49-9f9b-422a-980d-93bc2420d70A/wrpe-f11.html 2016-02-11T05:00:00Z The Coen Brothers’ <em>Hail Caesar!</em>: The “Passion” of a film studio troubleshooter http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/09/hail-f09.html <em>Hail Caesar!</em>, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a comedy about Hollywood set in the early 1950s. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9c12f94-c483-4a6b-91f1-a10bea18338D/hail-f09.html 2016-02-09T05:00:00Z “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/06/phot-f06.html The exhibition examines some of the remarkable photography, magazines, film posters and innovative films produced in the years that followed the October Revolution of 1917. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c45c2e25-f659-4aef-8f59-25787b3beaeF/phot-f06.html 2016-02-06T05:00:00Z <em>45 Years</em>: A nightmare on the brain of the living? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/05/45ye-f05.html In Andrew Haigh’s <em>45 Years</em>, a childless, middle class couple living in a provincial English town, are on the eve of their 45th wedding anniversary. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/887d3682-a2c2-4c39-ac98-afbc1fb5096A/45ye-f05.html 2016-02-05T05:00:00Z Parents fighting lead poisoning denounce government inaction and lies http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/04/misl-f04.html Following a preview screening of the film <em>MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic</em>, which documents the epidemic spread of lead across America, a panel of parents was joined by the director of the film and a state expert for lead risk assessment. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/74ffb1b7-16f7-4a9d-9a19-31ff2141a95G/misl-f04.html 2016-02-04T05:00:00Z “Light lights in air”: Value, price, profit and Louis Zukofsky’s poetry http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/03/zuko-f03.html Louis Zukofsky (1904–78), largely unknown today except in academic circles, was a remarkable American poet. In the late 1920s and 1930s, a supporter of the Communist Party, he wrote complex, modernist works. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ff758408-9d3d-4e9b-8f2d-147c7522995H/zuko-f03.html 2016-02-03T05:00:00Z Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/raci-j30.html It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the <em>New York Times</em> and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/30df14a1-1de8-4dfe-9c77-0b6d4ca9addG/raci-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z <em>13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi</em>—Michael Bay’s mythmaking http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/30/beng-j30.html Hollywood’s latest propaganda piece tells the story of the 2012 attack on a US base in Libya from a right-wing perspective, with predictable results. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/53e95b19-71b4-4432-a71c-eeb1e48a1caE/beng-j30.html 2016-01-30T05:00:00Z <em>Drone</em>, a Norwegian-made documentary: “We just made orphans out of all these children” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/29/dron-j29.html The documentary brings together opponents of the CIA drone program and includes interviews with two former US Air Force drone pilots. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aa317f37-3aba-4627-865f-4f327a21d21B/dron-j29.html 2016-01-29T05:00:00Z A modern Antigone: <em>Son of Saul</em> by László Nemes http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/28/saul-j28.html The debut film of Hungarian director László Nemes depicts the horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the prisoner uprising of October 1944. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bf97f65b-4f41-4360-8077-6f1b176307dN/saul-j28.html 2016-01-28T05:00:00Z J.M.W. Turner and modern art: Comments on an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/26/turn-j26.html Given the current upsurge of interest in representational imagery, the exhibition of the late work of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is of particular interest. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/32c027c6-ef5a-4e6f-809a-415bd9f5aebF/turn-j26.html 2016-01-26T05:00:00Z Charlie Kaufman’s often charming, moving <em>Anomalisa</em> (and Michael Moore’s feeble <em>Where to Invade Next</em>) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/23/anom-j23.html <em>Anomalisa</em> is an adult animated film created with stop-motion puppetry centering around an angst-ridden, self-help author. <em>Where to Invade Nex</em>t is a non-comment on Washington’s never-ending wars. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4c844767-e8b4-4dbd-a330-9d3fd2256f7H/anom-j23.html 2016-01-23T05:00:00Z Jazz album: <em>Crisis</em> by Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/22/elsa-j22.html An album fusing Western jazz traditions and traditional Arab music preserves an endangered Iraqi art form and creates a new sound. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7d02885c-3f95-4001-9fab-5570a69c9baM/elsa-j22.html 2016-01-22T05:00:00Z The semi-boycott of the “whites only” Academy Awards http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/21/acad-j21.html Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, both African-American, have indicated they will shun this year’s award ceremony on February 28. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/20ffc08f-d5dc-4f6f-9cf9-2f04af82b40G/acad-j21.html 2016-01-21T05:00:00Z To create a genuine artistic “avant garde” means confronting critical historical issues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/avan-j20.html The essay by David Walsh we are posting today considers whether or not an artistic vanguard exists today—and, if not, what such a vanguard would consist of and what questions it would have to confront. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6621c15e-faee-470f-a812-df6ffe47fbbJ/avan-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z 30 Americans at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The art of identity politics http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/20/thir-j20.html 30 Americans is a collection of artwork created under the influence of racialist and gender politics, and it provides an opportunity to assess the aesthetic contribution of this outlook. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66d678d6-0df7-4a17-a7fd-289b954bcd0J/thir-j20.html 2016-01-20T05:00:00Z