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Review: Jen Roesch
Sharon Smith's Women and Socialism makes a case for Marxism as a guide to fighting women's oppression--while revisiting debates within Marxism.

Analysis: Lee Sustar
From Europe to China to the U.S., the problems in the world economy today are rooted in the capitalist system itself.

Comment: Colleen Bolger
Tsipras' crime is not only the imposition of new austerity, but destroying the optimism unleashed by SYRIZA coming to power.

Comment: Alan Sears
If Canada's New Democratic Party wins in upcoming federal elections, it is likely to continue the politics of austerity.
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Sharon Smith
A fully revised and updated edition

More than forty years after the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, women remain without equal rights. If anything, each decade that has passed without a fighting women’s movement has seen a rise in blatant sexism and the further erosion of the gains that were won in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet liberal feminist organizations have followed the Democratic Party, even as it has tacked rightward since the 1980s.

This fully revised edition of this book by Sharon Smith examines these issues from a Marxist perspective, focusing on the centrality of race and class. It includes chapters on the legacy of Black feminism and other movements of women of color, and the importance of the concept of intersectionality. In addition, Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital explores the contributions of socialist feminists and Marxist feminists in further developing a Marxist analysis of women’s oppression amid the stirrings of a new movement today.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015


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Dave's 2,500 Movies Challenge

#1,866. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 09:50 PM PDT

Directed By: Peter Weir

Starring: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray

Tag line: "A recollection of evil"

Trivia: Executive producer Patricia Lovell admits to being genuinely afraid of Hanging Rock. In an interview she explained that she has only gone back to Hanging Rock once since the shooting

For years, I was a bit hazy as to whether or not Peter Weir's 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock was based on an actual event (turns out it wasn't; while Hanging Rock itself is a very real locale in Victoria, the story is a complete fabrication). But then, a picture as hauntingly mysterious as this one practically invites such ambiguity. As gorgeous as it is bewildering, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a movie you're destined to think about for days afterwards.

Valentine's Day, 1900. A group of girls from Appleyard College head to Hanging Rock, a geological formation situated near Victoria's Mount Macedon, for a picnic. Chaperoned by two of their teachers, Miss McCraw (Vivean Gray) and Mademoiselle de Poitiers (Helen Morse), the girls enjoy what appears to be a peaceful day in the country. But their quiet afternoon takes a dark turn when three students, Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert), Marion (Jane Vallis), and Irma (Karen Robson), as well as Miss McCraw, disappear without a trace. As the police, led by Sgt. Bumpher (Wyn Roberts), carry out their investigation, the college's headmistress, Mrs. Appleyard (Rachel Roberts), struggles to keep her school afloat amid all the bad publicity. When the police find no clues and abandon their search, young Michael Fitzhubert (Dominic Guard), who was picnicking in the area at the same time and was the last person to see the girls before their disappearance, feels compelled to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his family's servant Albert (John Jarratt), he attempts to solve this puzzling case, and what he finds during his time at Hanging Rock will shock not only the local authorities, but all of Australia as well.

Director Peter Weir goes to great lengths to weave an aura of mystery around Hanging Rock. Along with a few strange occurrences (during the picnic, both Miss McCraw and Mr. Hussey, who drove the cart that brought the girls to the area, notice their watches stopped at exactly noontime), he shoots the formation in such a way as to make it look very foreboding (in several scenes, he places his camera down low, giving the illusion that the rock is towering over his characters). As a result, we feel a bit uneasy whenever the action switches back to this menacing locale; when Michael Fitzhubert, determined to find the girls, decides to spend the night at Hanging Rock, we fear for his safety and wonder if we'll ever see him again. Along with introducing a sense of dread into the proceedings, this also adds a supernatural element to the movie that makes its central mystery all the more perplexing.

A beautiful, well-acted motion picture that will have you turning its story over and over again in your head, Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the seminal Australian films of the 1970's and, in my opinion, ranks among the greatest the continent ever produced.

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