The Great Animation Strike of 1937

January 2, 2020

Sadie Bodin was not fired over union activity—on that, Van Beuren Studios was adamant. The animation studio knew that it wasn’t exactly legal to punish workers for organizing under the Roosevelt administration’s new National Recovery Administration, which aimed to promote fair labor practices during the Great Depression. But it also knew that federal protections for […]

Jacobin: ‘Scorsese Versus Superheroes’ Misses the Point

November 25, 2019

“When Martin Scorsese stirred up controversy recently by saying that Marvel superhero movies ‘aren’t cinema,’ I groaned inwardly,” writes Eileen Jones in Jacobin. “Superhero movies aren’t my favorite genre, but I’ve liked a few of them, and […]

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