Film theory examining the themes of masculinity, media reportage and cinema worship in the landmark film of the 1970s.
Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver is a gritty, disturbing, nightmarish modern film classic that examines alienation in urban society. From a postmodernist's perspective, it combines the elements of noir, the Western, horror, and urban melodrama as it explores the psychological madness within an obsessed, inarticulate, lonely antihero cab driver, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro).
Film theory about the role of work, both illegal and legitimate, in Michael Mann's noir Heat.
The publicity campaign regarding the film HEAT (Michael Mann, 1996) focused on Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino's appearing together in the film (playing robber and cop, respectively) and on Michael Mann as an auteur of slickness and style with a talent for capturing the moments ethos and fashion. But reviewers were curiously uncertain as to what the film was about.
China Blue is a documentary that follows a 17 year old Chinese girl migrating from her home in the Sichuan province to work in a jeans factory in Guangdong. It shows the harsh realities as a factory worker for millions of migrants in China.
The film gives a very detailed insight, what it is like to work in a Chinese factory. The extremely long workday, going for weeks or months without a day to rest, not getting paid (even when you do it's barely enough for the amount of work done), sleeping in cramped conditions, eating crap food and being threatened every step of the way by a complete bell-end of a boss.
Reading literature can be a drag at times so here is some visual content and music to compliment the modest archive at libcom.org on Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
Just in case you don't know who Sacco and Vanzetti were, they were two anarchist Italian immigrants residing in the U.S. who, amid a climate of Red-baiting and jingoism, stood accused of a robbery and murder based on rumour, circumstantial and contradictory evidence. The pair were imprisoned, subjected to unfair trials and eventually executed on 23 August, 1927.