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The Dialectics of Humor: Russian Silent Comedy

Join ‘The Party’ or join the party? On the lighter side of early Soviet cinema. Let’s face it, Soviet silent cinema isn’t renowned for its sense of humor. And that’s a shame. Most of us were introduced to the silent era of Russian film through the dialectic exercises of Sergei Eisenstein, who combined the intellectual and Read MoreRead More

Bechdel-sploitation: Erotic Films That Pass the Test

Dig deeper than ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ when it comes to the Bechdel Test, and you’ll find there’s a lot to learn. The Fandor website has a page that lists all of its films that have passed the Bechdel Test, a widely referenced set of three simple questions to assess how a film represents its female Read MoreRead More

The Fall of the Roman Eye Candy

Dennis Harvey tracks the rise and fall of the muscled sword and sandal genre. This year alone we will see two big-budget Hercules movies, plus this spring’s 300 sequel and the ancient action-intrigue-then-volcano popcorn epic Pompeii. That’s a whole lot of musclebound Mediterranean men in togas throwing spears at each other—more than we’ve seen since Read MoreRead More