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PATRICK J OCONNELL <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 16 Dec 1993 21:43:47 -0500
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  Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>  writes:
> 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?
> Thanks,                                                    Robert
  It is something of a stretch, but you might consider TONGUES UNTIED.  It
is a collaboration, but it's clear that the film belongs to Marlon Riggs,
and he is certainly out front in it.  Not "first person," in the sense that
SHERMAN'S MARCH is, but perhaps close enough.          PJO
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