Tag Archives: Movies

The keeper of Disney’s legacy, archivist Dave Smith spent 40 years preserving the history of an American icon

28 Nov

Yes, Disney has an archives–started by an alum of my own library school alma mater. Read about Dave Smith and the Disney archives here in the Los Angeles Times: The keeper of Disney’s legacy, archivist Dave Smith spent 40 years preserving the history of an American icon – LA Times

The Passion of Martin Scorsese

21 Nov

In his new film, “Silence,” Martin Scorsese returns to a subject that has animated his entire life’s work and that also sparked his career’s greatest controversy: the nature of faith. Paul Elie writes of Scorsese’s “passion” in the New York Times here: The Passion of Martin Scorsese – The New York Times

A Holocaust Historian’s Trial Hits the Big Screen

3 Oct

Deborah E. Lipstadt, a historian at Emory University, talks about a new movie, Denial, based on her experience of being sued by a Holocaust denier and defeating him in court: A Holocaust Historian’s Trial Hits the Big Screen – The Chronicle of Higher Education

BASED (EVER SO LOOSELY) ON A “TRUE STORY”—MATHEW MCCONAGHY AND THE “FREE STATE OF JONES”

28 Jun

Historian and evangelical Robert Tracy McKenzie here offers a very thoughtful review of a new “historical” film, with the added bonus of some reflections on the love/hate relationship many/most of us historians have with historical films: BASED (EVER SO LOOSELY) ON A “TRUE STORY”—MATHEW MCCONAGHY AND THE “FREE STATE OF JONES” | Faith and History

Jesse Owens, American Hero

20 Feb

Archivist Netisha Currie concisely summarizes the significance of black athlete Jesse Owens in connection with the release of the film about him: Race.

Source: Jesse Owens, American Hero | Rediscovering Black History

The Revenant, Manfred, and Forgiveness

19 Feb

 

Friend Jim Schaap (a Manfred expert) writes:

I hope you’ll agree there is some beauty in this image, an elegance to what Emerson called snow’s “frolic architecture,” something dazzling or graceful in its loveliness. That having been said, no one would really want to be here. It’s ten below. Even a buffalo would move south. The Revenant is a film-making masterpiece that’s both beautiful and just plain awful … Read More

Source: The Revenant, Manfred, and Forgiveness – THE TWELVE

An American Indian View: The Revenant is a Game-Changer

21 Jan

Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards revealed that his dedication to The Revenant went beyond the screen. Not only did he “share” his award with Indigenous peoples and communities, he also exposed the persisting environmental injustices that we face in protecting our lands and the significance of our history and voices. DiCaprio’s words are not mere rhetoric as he may be familiar with the struggles at Oak Flats and the Tar Sands. Movies like The Revenant and actors like DiCaprio reach audiences uninformed of Indian issues. This film is a game-changer.

So begins Indian Country Today film reviewer Leo Killsback on his post about The Revenant. You can find the rest of his post here: The Revenant is a Game-Changer – ICTMN.com

Healed by Another World – An Interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu on “The Revenant”

16 Jan

Read a fascinating interview with Inarritu of The Revenant covering violence, nature, revenge, and spirituality.

Reel Spirituality brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture’s primary stories, whether in film or television, and the Christian faith.

Source: Healed by Another World – An Interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu on “The Revenant” – Reel Spirituality

“ODBODY’S AXIOM”–WHAT “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” CAN TEACH US ABOUT THINKING HISTORICALLY

15 Dec

What can the favorite Christmas season film “It’s a Wonderful Life” teach us about thinking historically? Wheaton historian Robert Tracy McKenzie proposes “Odbody’s Axiom”: “ODBODY’S AXIOM”–WHAT “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” CAN TEACH US ABOUT THINKING HISTORICALLY | Faith and History

On Frederick Manfred and the new film “The Revenant”

14 Dec

New Leonardo DiCaprio movie tells tale of South Dakota bear attack without late author Frederick Manfred’s ‘Lord Grizzly’ perspective.

Source: Whitney: How Hollywood left Frederick Manfred behind

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