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      Here is a selection of papers I've published which touch on documentary or television subject matter. 

 Sakharov, the KGB, and the Mass Media

Sakharov, the KGB, and the Mass Media (1988)

 

Sakharov, the KGB, and the Mass Media  

Chapter in The New Image-Makers: Soviet Propaganda and Disinformation Today, Ladislav Bittman, ed. Published by Pergamon-Brassey's, McLean, VA, 1988.  

A study of eight video tapes made between 1984 and 1986 by the KGB in the former Soviet Union on Andrei Sakharov and his wife, Elena Bonner, during the former's exile in Gorky. The study describes Sakharov's sufferings in a hunger strike he undertook to secure an exit visa for his wife to travel to the West for medical treatment, and the disinformation campaign waged by the KGB in the Western media in which the video tapes played a key part.  

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False Cinema: Vertov and early Soviet films  

The New Criterion, Volume 8, Number 3, November 1989.  

A monograph on an early Soviet film maker known as Dziga Vertov who at one time was given much attention in Western film texts. A contemporary of Eisenstein, Vertov concentrated on the manipulation of actuality, or documentary, images.  

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False Cinema

False Cinema: Vertov and early Soviet films 


Video Ergo Sum

Video Ergo Sum 
(1991)

 

 

Video Ergo Sum  

Chapter in Video Icons & Values, Alan M. Olson, Christopher Parr, and Debra Parr, ed. Published by State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 1991.  

A paper contributed to a conference sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Humanities Foundation at Boston University. The revolution in human communication brought about by television is discussed in relation to the medium's technical forms, with the trial of Claus von Bulow in 1985 taken as a minor case study.  

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A Footnote to Yalta  

The New Criterion, Volume 11, Number 2, October 1992.  

A description of a short clip of film taken by an American Army camera unit at a prisoner-of-war camp in southern Germany in February 1946. Its subject is the repatriation of Russians in compliance with the secret accords signed at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. For many years classified, the film is an extraordinary witness to a dark episode in history.  

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A Footnote to Yalta

A Footnote to Yalta (1992)

 


Festival of Smoke

Festival of Smoke (1993)

Festival of Smoke  

The New Criterion, Volume 12, Number 3, November 1993.  

A review of Leni Riefenstahl A Memoir, the 1993 American edition of Riefenstahl's memoirs, first published in Germany in 1987, and published in Britain under the title A Sieve of Time in 1992.

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