WSWS arts editor David Walsh to speak at York University in Toronto

16 January 2007

David Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, will speak at York University in Toronto this Wednesday evening in a lecture sponsored by the Film Graduate Students Association.

Walsh’s presentation, “Film, History and Socialism,” will focus on a discussion of problems in cinema from a Marxist perspective. The most social art form, cinema is a century old; its birth and evolution coincide with the history of the twentieth century—to develop a serious theory of the history of cinema requires a theory of the twentieth century.

The talk will especially emphasize the importance of a historical approach to cultural and political problems, in opposition to postmodernism and similar trends. To answer the question—Why is there such a crisis in American filmmaking?—for example, one needs to consider the social and intellectual conditions under which ‘classical Hollywood’ cinema arose, in particular the influence of left-wing and socialist ideas in the 1930s and 1940s.

What have been the consequences, through the anticommunist blacklist and other means, of the criminalization of left-wing thought in Hollywood and American culture generally? What is the state of global cinema today? On what might a new, revitalized cinema be based?

Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
Vari Hall, Theatre VH-A, York University
4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario

Vari Hall is at the top of the main university bus loop, just beyond west end of York Lanes Mall. Theatre VH-A is just inside the front entrance. There is an express bus to York University from the Downsview subway station.