Charlie Bertsch / 21 Feb 2024

No World Beat Here

Random Inc’s Sonic Jerusalem

In the early 2000s, Sebastian Meissner assembled a team of electronic musicians to communicate the experience of being in Jerusalem without recourse to traditional idioms.(...)

Henrietta Foster / 26 Oct 2023

Kutno After the Holocaust

The Sholem Asch Festival

The stoney-faced immigration officer at Warsaw's Chopin Airport asked me what I was doing in Poland - because, of course, in a post-Brexit world, I am a citizen of a third country inside the EU and have to justify my presence there.(...)
Charlie Bertsch / 02 Mar 2023

We Are All Donkeys

Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO

The donkey is lying on the ground, like a corpse. We see a close-up of the blood-spattered hairs on its nose. But then it takes a breath, then another.(...)

John Foster / 24 Feb 2023

The Biggest Failure Ever

R. T. Howard’s Spying on the Reich

From the vantage point of the early 21st century, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the interwar period was a preamble to catastrophe.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 02 Feb 2023

Pre-Neoliberal Poland

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Scar

Krzysztof Kieślowski's 1976 film The Scar, which chronicles the construction and operation of a large chemical factory, breaks many of the rules that had governed narrative cinema since the silent era.(...)

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