Film International i — March 2013, #62

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Film International covers film culture as part of the broader culture, history and economy of society. We address topics of contemporary relevance from historically informed perspectives. We wish to bridge the gap between the academy and the outside world, and encourage the participation of scholars from a variety of disciplines, as well as journalists, freelance writers, activists and film-makers.

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“The Last Silent Star Standing”

GBP 6.00 — Released 1 July 2013

For half of the 1920s Baby Peggy’s fame rivaled that of Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks, and fellow child idol, Jackie Coogan. This was never more true than in 1924 when, at the age of five-going-on-six, she began pulling in a million dollars per feature film. Jeffrey Crouse has interviewed ‘the last silent star standing’, Diana Serra Cary a.k.a. Baby Peggy. ‘When Sarajevo fell under siege in 1992, [actor Branko “Djuro” Djuric] was ill, and had a one-year-old son. As he grew sicker each day, bombs fell around him, and neighbors trembled to leave their apartments, for fear of snipers, Djuro determined to leave the city, or to die trying. He had, to his name, an old, beat-up car and one full tank of gas. His destination? The newly-independent republic of Slovenia…’ Noah Charney has met the man who is now the leading actor and director of modern Slovenian cinema, as well as several other key figures of this former Yugoslav republic’s fledgling film industry. He shares with us ‘a portrait of how a dollhouse-sized film industry functions’. From the vantage point of today’s endless, global warfare Richard Voeltz looks back at ‘a pioneering anti-war film that poked fun at silly patriotism, noble self-sacrifice, and the glorification of war before such films were fashionable in Hollywood’; Arthur Hiller’s 1964 anti-war comedy-drama The Americanization of Emily. And William Anselmi & Lise Hogan discuss money, time and space in a trio of contemporary dystopian films: Melancholia, Another Earth, and In Time.

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