Category: Movies

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Surviving the post-war: Review of Ida and Phoenix

With the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War having just passed and over two decades of particularly lively academic and popular debate about the war, the Holocaust and its legacies, one wonders what can still be added to the discussion. Yet two recent films, Paweł Pawlikowski’s...

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Abraham Lincoln: The Lawyer Who Changed America

Spoiler Alert: The following will discuss important parts of the biographical film Lincoln (2012) The Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry on April 30th, 1864 is the opening for Lincoln (2012). Director Steven Spielberg uses the following scene to set the tone for the rest of the film as we see Corporal...

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The Repressed Always Returns: Trauma, Body, and Recovery

Dominik Lacapra, an intellectual historian, has written extensively on the representation of trauma in the Holocaust and in historical writing.  While trauma is often conceived as a psychological experience, this article, by revoking the term coined by Freud, intends to draw readers’ attention to body memory, especially the abuse of...

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Chinese Historical Television Show Censorship in Social Media

In recent months, the historical television drama The Empress of China (武媚娘傳奇) has gained popularity in mainland China. The series tells the story of the only empress in Chinese history as well as her male concubines whom she acquired in her later reign. What makes the TV series a heated...