Monthly Archives: April 2012

Unsettled Spirits in Raise the Red Lantern

Third Mistress in Raise the Red Lantern There’s so much to cover with Raise the Red Lantern (1991), a film I screened in this week’s History of Cinema class. There is the film’s historical portrayal of Chinese feudal society in the early twentieth century. The particular depiction of misogyny is also instructive because it reveals […] Continue reading

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A Star Wars Musical? Never Say Never

In Tuesday’s History of Cinema class, I discussed some ways that Hollywood franchises spawn entertainment vehicles beyond movies. One such vehicle is the Broadway musical, such as the 2008 Shrek: The Musical Broadway production. In an off-the-cuff remark, I said, “At least, there hasn’t been a Star Wars musical.” One student proved me wrong. Although […] Continue reading

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Memory and Imagination in The Mirror

Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975) Earlier today in my History of Cinema III, I screened one of my favorite films from last spring’s version of the same class: Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror. I remember sensing that last year’s students enjoyed the spatial and temporal puzzle of the film. This year, I don’t think they enjoyed […] Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Change Everyone’s Lives: One Way or Another

This evening Brooklyn’s Light Industry screened a rare Cuban film, Sara Gomez’s De Cierta Manera [One Way or Another] (1974). I had seen this film back as an undergraduate at UCSB, in Donna Cunnigham’s Film History: 1960 – Present class, well over a decade ago. Earlier this semester, I had wanted to screen this film […] Continue reading

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Big Majority Excel on “History of Cinema” Midterm Exam

The students in my History of Cinema III class at Queens College took their midterm exam last week, and as I did last spring, I am publishing the aggregate results here. I was very impressed with the way students performed on this test. Fifty-seven percent of students scored a B or better, and nearly a […] Continue reading

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