The Witness documentary about Kitty Genovese chronicles Bill Genovese’s quest to find out why not one of the reported thirty-eight witnesses stepped in to help his beloved older sister (Salomon, 2015). After her murder in 1964, intense grief and inner turmoil plagued Bill Genovese’s life until, four decades later, he set out proactively to find the truth. Through the course
It has been three quarters of a century since George Cukor’s film, Gaslight (Cukor, 1944), filled its first audience with eerie vibes that have not diminished with passing generations. Having stood the test of time due to intriguing plot, superior acting, and solid movie making, the film Gaslight continues to have a lasting impact on viewers, especially for those who
The movie is an accurate portrayal of UC Berkeley and other college campuses in America in the late 1960s-70s. Forty years have passed since the Patty Hearst case, yet its environment is strikingly similar to today’s. A few weeks ago, UC Berkeley was mired with violent protests against Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart News, a conservative media outlet (Gecker, 2017; Ross, 2017). Not only disallowing free speech on the campus, but the Berkeley protesters also removed metal barriers, smashed windows in buildings both on-campus and off, and defied police, who, fortunately, were able to protect the speaker from the violence.
Movies, possible by the 1890s, brought the possibility of their use for propaganda. Thirty years later, Sergei Eisenstein created Battleship Potemkin to build resentment towards the Tsarists.
Blossoms in the Dust effectively expresses Edna Gladney’s deep passion for advocating on behalf of orphaned children. A series of fictionalized scenes throughout the movie give the audience good insight as to her values, sense of morals, and mission in life. One particular scene midway through the movie portrays Edna Gladney’s giving a biological father every opportunity to change his mind before officially handing his baby son over for adoption. This scene emphasizes that Edna Gladney took the separation of babies from their birth parents very seriously.
Mabel’s raging turmoil is expressed in one particularly effective scene, a scene that also demonstrates the American epidemic of parents’ putting their children above all else in life.