News has just reached me of Claude Chabrol’s death. While working toward my doctorate in English literature, I minored in film; my thesis in this minor was about Chabrol. For most of my film-viewing life, I have worshipped at the shrine of Chabrol’s cinema. A Chabrol film led to the creation of the nouvelle vague; […]

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat, 2009)

In 1951, with overwhelming parliamentary and public support, Iran nationalized the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, helping to power Mohammad Mosaddeq as Iran’s prime minister. Despite Mosaddeq’s efforts to be conciliatory toward the British, by reserving 25% of the oil profits for them and retaining British employees, British prime minister Clement Attlee instituted a blockade and […]