Film Studies For Free rushes you the hot-off-the-press news that there’s new issue out today of one of its favourite open access online film journals, Screening the Past. It’s a hugely valuable special issue devoted to the subject of ‘Colonial Africa on the Silent Screen’. The website describes the issue thus:
The Rose of Rhodesia (1918) by Harold M. Shaw is one of the earliest remaining feature films shot in Africa. Issue #25 of Screening the Past offers the first critical assessment of the film that until recently was thought lost. Essays by specialists in an array of fields situate the film in the context of South African cinema history, silent film conventions, performance styles, popular literature, imperialism, and political struggle in Zimbabwe today. Guest-edited by Stephen Donovan and Vreni Hockenjos, and in collaboration with the Nederlands Filmmuseum, this special issue includes a streamed version of the restored print of The Rose of Rhodesia.
FSFF would also like to flag up Robert Burgoyne‘s brilliant essay on The New World, Sam Rohdie’s four essays (on Painlevé, Jennings, Vigo, and Ford), and Bill Routt’s great feature review Ford At Fox: Part Two (b).
Below is the full table of contents:
Part I: Production and Reception
James Burns: Cape Town Bioscope Culture and The Rose of Rhodesia
Part II: Cinematic Perspectives
Vreni Hockenjos: Featured Attractions: The Rose of Rhodesia and Silent Cinema
Part III: Political Perspectives
Bernard Porter: Race, Empire, and The Rose of Rhodesia
Nhamo Anthony Mhiripiri: Blood Diamonds and State Repression: From The Rose of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa Diamond Fields
Part IV: Literary Perspectives
Stefan Helgesson: The Rose of Rhodesia as Colonial Romance
Stephen Donovan: Guns and Roses: Reading for Gender in The Rose of Rhodesia
Dean Brandum reviews Michael Deeley and Matthew Field, Blade Runner, Deer Hunters & Blowing The Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies.
Lorraine Mortimer reviews Esther Romeyn, Street Scenes: Staging the Self in Immigrant New York 1880-1924.
Daniel Ross reviews Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on His Creativity and Irving Singer, Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film.
Thomas Salek reviews James Walters, Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema: Resonance Between Realms.