Film

Don't Go, Don't Rush, Don't Spend

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Cesky Sen (Czech Dream) is a film that documents the largest consumer hoax the Czech Republic has ever seen.

Filip Remunda and Vit Klusak, two young Czech student documentary filmmakers, in co-production with Czech Television, set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an advertising campaign for something which doesn't exist.

Challenging the New Leviathan of Racial Inequality

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What is it about Crash that is upsetting liberals?

why has the success of Crash at the Oscars been treated with such scorn? For donkey's years the Oscar for Best Picture has gone to, well, donkeys, and no one gave a damn. This year the Academy gives the statuette to a halfway decent movie, and all hell breaks loose.

Is Hollywood Turning Left?

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LA film critic Ed Rampell argues that the movement is generating a new wave of progressive cinema.

Are the movies getting more radical? Hollywood has experienced three key progressive periods: New Deal/Popular Front films during the Depression and through the Second World War; 1960s/1970s 'power to the people' pictures; and, in my opinion, the post-9/11 era. The latter is epitomised by the anti global warming special effects blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, a big budget studio feature; the Che Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries, an indie executive-produced by Robert Redford; and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary.

Iran: A Cinema Born Out of Poetry and Resistance

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Iranian films reflect the contradictions of their society, argues Naz Massoumi.

The initial international acclaim received by Iranian cinema in the 1990s presented a paradox. The western media's portrayal of post-revolution Iran painted a picture of war, repressive mullahs and fundamentalism (and even more so now, as Bush's hypocrisy reaches new levels when we are told that Iran has a fundamentalist, nuclear-proliferating, unelected government). In this context, the films of childlike innocence and rural landscapes showed a very different, poetic image of Iran, and thus seemed to present a big contradiction.

Lions and Jackals

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Lindsey German celebrates the re-release of 'The Leopard', the classic film about the conflict between the aristocracy and the bourgeoisie during the creation of Italy.

Luchino Visconti's 'The Leopard' is a great Marxist film. It tells us about a crucial point in Italian history through the story of one man, the prince of Salina - head of an aristocratic Sicilian dynasty. In 1860, when the film opens, Italy as a unified state only exists in the imagination. The country we now know is comprised of dozens of states, with no unified politics or civil society or even language.

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