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Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Dec 1993 19:10:32 EST
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For my introductory film course for undergraduate education majors (paired
with an education course on literacy and whole language) I tried showing
"Sherman's March" as an example of a kind of direct first person film that
connects the personal and the political.  The problem is, the film is about a
half-hour too long and bogs down too much at first with an extended profile of
a would-be actress who is not very sympathetic.  So many of the students didn't
connect.  I'm trying to come up with other first person films that might work
better with this class, which is mostly female.
    Andre Codrescu's film seems too guarded and sensational, Spalding Grey's
terrific films are a bit sensationalist, sophisticated and egoistic, and the
same goes for "My Dinner with Andre."  Besides that these are all heavily
invested in a certain kind of macho exhibitionism. (Which is entertaining, but
makes the presentation more important than the content.)
   Can anyone help me with other films in this genre, especially films by
women?  Any that deal with issues of politics, race, ethnicity?
Robert Withers
Film Department              That was zen, this is tao . . .
Brooklyn College
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