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The Visual Politics of Class: Silent Film and the Public Sphere

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As the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, movies rarely provide visions of genuine political alternatives. Given the realities of film production within global capitalism this may come as no surprise. However, as Steven J Ross suggests in this essay, the situation was once very different. Filmmakers of the early silent era were in fact much more likely to offer their audiences images of how they could radically change their world through collective action.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Professor of History at the University of Southern California.

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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