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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Scott Forsyth, Florence Jacobowitz, Richard Lippe   |   October 2018

With this issue, we resume publication: each issue will be fully available online. The issue collects submissions on the relationship between politics and cinema. This theme has always been central to the magazine:  political and ideological critique, from Hollywood to global cinema; the representational politics of gender, class and race; the ambition to explore classic and contemporary popular cinema.

We were partly inspired by the number of recent films which creatively address social politics in aesthetic forms that are imaginative and accessible: Sorry to Bother You, The Image Book, First Reformed, Hereditary and many more worth analysis and debate in future criticism.

The articles selected range widely: contemporary Russian films; the corporate structure of global Hollywood now; the politics of apocalypse in Canadian films; looks back at horror classics; the complexity of meaning and image in photography and documentary; commemoration of past stars and directors.

This issue launches a redesigned website and we continue to have available copies of thirty years of back issues.

A Call for Submissions for Issue 100 is on the website and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.



The issue originally included an article by Robert Cardullo, “The Communist Revolution and After: A Classic Reconsidered Battleship Potemkin”.¬† After receiving several letters from readers, we reviewed the article and found that it did not conform with scholarly standards. The article has been withdrawn. Our apologies to our readers for any confusion.

Scott Forsyth, Florence Jacobowitz, Richard Lippe


Scott Forsyth recently retired from York University in Toronto, where he taught film history and theory and Marxist cultural politics in the Departments of Film and Political Science. Over the years, he served as Chair of the Department of Film and Director of the Graduate Program in Cinema and Media Studies.

Florence Jacobowitz is is a film critic and scholar who teaches at York University. Her current project is on Isabelle Huppert and performance.

Richard Lippe teaches at York University, Toronto. He has been contributing prefaces to the Wayne State University Press series of new editions of Robin Wood’s directorial monographs and the forthcoming collection of Wood’s writings on the horror film.

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