Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (2010 Restoration of the 1948 Film)

Director: Stuart Schulberg
Run Time: 78 min.
Call Number: KZ1176.5 .N87 2014

"'Nuremberg' follows the first war-crimes trial in history, convened in November 1945. Standing accused were 24 prominent Nazi officials including such familiar names as Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and Albert Speer. . . . Legendary Hollywood director John Ford's OSS film team assigned Stuart Schulberg (later a movie and television producer) and his brother Budd Schulberg (screenwriter of 'On the Waterfront') the task of finding and compiling hours of footage of Nazi atrocities to show during the courtroom drama. . . . Cameramen also shot 25 hours of the trial. Stuart later assembled 'Nuremberg' from both sources, resulting in a methodical account of the legal proceedings—including the defendants' denials and the sharp oratory of Supreme Court Justice and U.S. Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson—while incorporating sickening footage of the suffering Hitler's men created."
—Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2013)

Director: Sophie Fiennes
Run Time: 136 min.
Call Number: HM641 .P48 2013 

"Your reaction to The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, the latest cine-lecture from Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Zizek, will depend almost entirely upon your response to Zizek himself, a Slovenian philosopher whose appearance suggests a homeless lumberjack on speed. . . . Yoking together disparate topics with critical theory, Zizek's fixation is revealing the social and psychological prejudices latent in pop culture. The film features Zizek parsing a number of films and their relations to history; keeping us visually stimulated, Fiennes has Zizek inhabiting the set of each film as he discusses it. . . . In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other."
Zachary Wigon, The Village Voice


Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Punk Singer (2014)

Director: Sini Anderson
Run Time: 82 min.
Call Number: ML420.H36 P86 2014

"The documentary chronicles the Portland-born singer’s rise from spoken-word poet to feminist icon by way of her bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin. It’s a fascinating documentary with commentary from Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Hanna’s husband (and Beastie Boy) Adam Horovitz . . . . Through first-person interviews and a plethora of amazing live footage of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Anderson is able to tell Hanna’s story and highlight her cause to reinvent feminism through punk music, DIY fanzines and outreach to other women."
—Jeff Albertson, The Seattle Times

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Released (2013)

Director: Philip Messina
Run Time: 72 min.
Call Number: HV9276 .R45 2013

"'Released' is adapted from 'The Castle,' a 2008 Off Broadway play that starred four ex-cons speaking of their degradation and eventual redemption. The film has the same cast: Casimiro Torres, Kenneth Harrigan, Angel Ramos and Vilma Ortiz Donovan, all former longtime inmates of New York State prisons. Mr. Ramos alone served 30 years: 'How do I live like a normal human being,' he asks, 'when I have no idea what normal is?'

Performing in front of two audiences, one in a theater, the other in a prison, all four speak of the forces — religion, loved ones, epiphanies — that made them want to change; all four, now taxpaying jobholders, credit their success to the Castle, the 60-bed Manhattan residence run by the Fortune Society. In addition to shelter, the Castle provides career development and social training. Less than 10 percent of those who stayed there have returned to prison, according to the film."
—Daniel M. Gold, New York Times

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours) (2011)

Director: Bernadette Atuahene
Run Time: 40 min.
Call Number: HD983 .S54 2011

"Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours) is a documentary film about loss, resistance, identity and the elusiveness of justice as experienced by the Ndolila family in their quest to get back their family land. Standing in their way are working class black homeowners who purchased portions of the Ndolila's land during apartheid. For the homeowners, the land and houses they have legally purchased are a reward for their hard work. It is the fulfillment of their hopes and dreams for a better life in the new democracy. For the Ndolilas, the land is part of their family legacy and hence deeply intertwined with their identity. Both sides have a legitimate right to the land, but whose rights will prevail?"
From publisher's website