Exploring the world through film

The product of the movie industry is a story . . . told primarily in visual imagery and movement, and . . . dialogue. The movie shares the function of all storytelling, of all literature, of all theater: that of a comment on some phase of existence.
—Hortense Powdermaker (1950)*

Movies on My Mind publishes monthly research articles and essays on movies, typically according to a theme sequence, aspiring to earn reader support as an important source of insight and critical thought on what films communicate to their audiences.

Persuasive Communication

Persuasion has been our theme for study since January 2017. If you haven’t followed all of this year’s films, you can catch up by reading a summary article that describes what we discussed in the Spring.

Based on group enthusiasm, we continue this investigation throughout the fall with the following four films:

2017 Fall Schedule

2015 Documentary 119 mins
Alex Gibney, Director

1953 Drama 105 mins
Irving Pichel, Director

1957 Drama 96 mins
Sidney Lumet, Director

2005 Documentary 109 mins
Alex Gibney, Director

Note:  We presented the movie, Luther, in 2010. However, we chose to revisit Dr. Martin Luther’s story in October 2017 in keeping with the 500 year anniversary of the “posting” of his 95 theses.

On this day [Oct 31] in 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. — The History Channel, This Day in History

Powdermaker, H. (1950). Hollywood, the dream factory: An Anthropologist looks at the movie-makers (1st Ed.). Boston: Little, Brown.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the film capital of the South, Movies on My Mind was founded in 2010, and since then we have provided monthly film critiques in a private group setting—now to the public.