Not just as left-wing as mainstream US cinema has ever been, Warren Beatty’s Reds is unrivaled in its scope and scale, writes Tara Brady. By 1981, the edgy, counter-cultural cinema that Peter Biskind so vividly chronicled in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (1998) had, for the most part, softened into mainstream
Conceived as a riposte to Sir Kenneth Clarke’s BBC series Civilisation, John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” is a lucid and accessible account of classical western art and an equally accessible Marxist analysis, writes Tara Brady. The late John Berger (1926 – 2017) was a sometime soldier, scholar, poet, essayist, critic,
In this week’s edition of Cultural Marxism, Tara Brady writes about the Soviet civil war film “The Forty-First”. It was the first Soviet film to win the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is not about showing “good people on both sides”. The debut feature from Grigory Chukhray – a decorated veteran of World War II who
Made during the early Reagan years, Lizzie Borden’s first feature film is a revolutionary marvel. A product of New York’s no-wave scene, it’s guerilla-shot, quasi-documentary, speculative science-fiction agitprop is calibrated to send the viewer into the streets to overturn cars or, more likely, to raise their own Marxist-feminist militia army.
In “Cultural Marxism” we excavate ideologically-sound artworks for the left-looking connoisseur. This week: Tara Brady reviews Jack London’s romantic, dystopian and eerily prescient The Iron Heel. There has been revived interest in America’s most successful socialist author in recent months, as lockdown readers took note of Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague. “To revisit The Scarlet Plague now, in the midst of the