- Category: Culture
- Created on Thursday, 16 July 2009 08:01
- Written by Mike Ely
Let's create "A Revolutionaries' Pocket Guide to Blockbuster" -- step by step.
First, we'll start with this list of "communist films." The question naturally comes up "What defines a communist film?" But without yet settling that question... we do have the beginnings of a list.
Second, we also need to add films that are just loved by revolutionaries -- and are worth checking out for various reasons....
Third, we will need a simple two-or-three sentence review of each film -- what's it about, why is it worth seeing, what else is worth knowing about the film or its filmmakers.
Question: How should we eventually organize such a pocket guide? Chronologically? By "topic"? Alphabetically?
[BTW: we previously published a Socialists Guide to Science Fiction.]
Burn (Queimada) 1969 Pelle the Conquerer (Danish/Swedish, 1987) Breaking with Old Ideas (revolutionary China 1975) Yol (Turkey/kurdistan, Yilmaz Guney, 1982) Spartacus (U.S. 1960) Battleship Potemkin (1925 USSR, and other films by Sergei Eisenstein, but not Ivan the Terrible).
The Matrix (1999) Reds (Warren Beatty 1981) Land and Freedom (and others by Ken Loach) Lone Star (1996, and others by John Sayles) Les Chinoise (1967, and others by Jean-Luc Goddard) The Shining (1980, and others by Stanley Kubrick)
La Commune (2000, 5 hour film about Paris Commune, Peter Watkins) Matewan (1987, also by John Sayles) Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006 also by Ken Loach) The Wall (click for video of Yilmaz Guney making this 1983 film, aka Duvar in Turkish) Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1989, Phillip Borsos, and starring the communist actor Donald Sutherland)
Affliction (1998, and other films by Paul Schrader) 1900 (and other films by Bernardo Bertolucci) Dawn of the Dead (1978 version and other films by George A. Romero) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (ditto Luis Buñuel) The Cook, the Thief, the Wife and Her Lover (1989, Peter Greenaway) Audition (1999) and Visitor Q (2001, Takashi Miikei) Hostel 1 (2005) and 2 (2007, Horror films by Eli Roth
Marat/Sade (1963 play by Peter Weiss, 1967 film adaptation directed by Peter Brook) Berlin Alexanderplatz (14-part German 1980 television series by Rainer Fassbinder) Gospel according to St. Matthew (1964, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Rome, Open City (1945, Roberto Rosselini) Salt of the Earth (1954, Herbert Biberman) Modern Times (1936 Charlie Chaplin) The Great Dictator (Chaplin) Metropolis (F. Lang) Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick) Our Daily Bread (K. Vidor) Point of Order! (1964 de Antonio & Robert Duncan–documentary of McCarthy hearings) The Front (1976 M. Ritt) Guilty by Suspicion (1991 I. Winkler, based on play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, see also his 1996 film "The Crucible") Shadows (1959, J. Cassavettes) Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavettes) The Informer (1935, John Ford) La Soldadera (J. Bolaños) Land Without Bread (Bunuel)