Then Playing — The Battle of Algiers; Recorder: The Marion Stokes Story; Sleepwalking Land

The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966). An altogether remarkable feat of cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo’s film documents several years of the Algerian War, when rebels fought against colonialist rule by the French. Pontecorvo opts for verisimilitude, staging sequences with the … Continue reading Then Playing — The Battle of Algiers; Recorder: The Marion Stokes Story; Sleepwalking Land

Then Playing — Fast Color; Monty Python’s Life of Brian; Blinded By the Light

Fast Color (Julia Hart, 2019). Black girl magic made tangible, Fast Color lightly adheres to the superhero origin story template that’s unexpectedly become a cinematic mainstay. In the film, Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) returns to her Midwestern childhood home at a … Continue reading Then Playing — Fast Color; Monty Python’s Life of Brian; Blinded By the Light