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  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Duck Soup
  • Within Our Gates
  • The Cremator

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  • The Pickaninny Dance from the “Passing Show”

    The Pickaninny Dance from the “Passing Show”

    My biggest takeaway from the dozens of early pre-1900 shorts I've watched is how closely cinema is intertwined with the so-called white gaze, as a means of documenting and fetishizing whatever "other" was at hand. I thought the process began with Griffith, but it's much older than that, apparently.

  • The Velvet Vampire

    The Velvet Vampire


    I have a huge soft spot for horror films directed by women, especially when they make the counterintuitive choice to lean into the exploitation angle, as here. This one played like a soft-core porno inflected through the prism of late-60s counterculture, oozing with sumptuous visuals and erotic sensuality. I was a bit frustrated that the characters' choices weren't recognizable through any moral or logical framework, but I'm not sure that they need to be, since vampirism on its own is such a fertile ground for political commentary.