The Elusive Invitations of Essay Films (1988-2016)
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The Elusive Invitations of Essay Films (1988-2016)

by Saravanan Mani The films I list here are tentative, incomplete attempts or “essays” that reflect on a theme while initiating conversations with narrative cinema. These films are fictional and non-fictional explorations that start in specific narrative premises but venture beyond those beginnings to interrogate the film-making process through the making of film. While such … Continue reading

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Essay: On Not Teaching Night & Fog to University Students Who Don’t Have Time (For the Holocaust) —from jewish philosophy place

Something very strange happened in my American Judaism class this past week. At the start of the semester in relation to I forget what I got into an argument with my students (a good natured one I’d like to think) about kitschy Hollywood Holocaust movies. Ella was not the only student who defended The Boy […] … Continue reading

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Essaying Film

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Essay noun: essay; plural noun: essays ˈɛseɪ/ 1. a short piece of writing on a particular subject. 2.  formal an attempt or effort. verb (formal) : essay; 3rd person present: essays; past tense: essayed; past participle: essayed; gerund or present participle: essaying ɛˈseɪ/ 1. attempt or try. Essay Films are notoriously difficult … Continue reading