This collection of reviews and essays focuses on the political and social dynamics of the contemporary movie scene. It explores the many links between film and our ideological identities as individuals and as society. It includes examinations of, for example, racial stereotyping in the debates surrounding Do the Right Thing , key films from Africa, China, Japan and Taiwan, Hollywood musicals and Frech serials, and the cultural amnesia accompanying cinematic treatments of the Russian Revolution, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. From Schindler's List , Star Wars , Pulp Fiction , Forrest Gump , The Pia , and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective to the maverick careers of Orson Welles, Jacques Tati, Nicholas Ray, Chantal Akerman, Todd Haynes and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Jonathan Rosenbaum is film critic at the Chicago Reader, author of Moving Places (1995) and Placing Movies (1995), both published by California, editor of This is Orson Welles (1993), and a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee.