cinema

Cinetourism and Urban Development: Student Voices Dossier

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Noelle Griffis introduces this issue of Student Voices with a discussion of her Fall 2020 course, Cinema and the City, providing context and an overview of her students' work, as well as links to her course syllabus and assignment. Griffis's course emphasizes the role that urban development has played in racial and economic inequality in the city and the ways these issues have been depicted—or neglected—on screen.

“It’s not your loss. It’s San Francisco’s”: Black Movement, Displacement, Home/lessness, and Gentrification in The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

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Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco is an elegy to the displacement of minority communities from the gentrifying city. Jacqueline Pinkowitz discusses the film’s images of movement, dislocation, and loss and the legacy of racial inequality in the Bay Area.

Rio de Janeiro Out of Synch

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As Rio de Janeiro celebrates its 450th anniversary, it conjures a narrative of citizenship and progress aligned with "civilizing" nationalism. Media ranging from online portals to photographic archives have been recruited to service this project. In this Deep Dive, Nilo Couret examines two documentaries that complicate its dominant narrative about the city.

The Moving Image of Coney Island

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The traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 has been featured in several American museums over the past year, and is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum. Josh Glick, a key participant in the construction and the curation of the exhibit, reflects on his experiences, especially on his work to integrate film into the museum experience.