My father just published a pretty remarkable article in the Italian independent film journal Cinemascope. In it, he covers the 125-year cinematic history of work, from Lumière to YouTube, in 15 pages. It’s a story of control and disappearance.
- The Controlling Image: Cinema Power, Labor Power, by Eric Breitbart
My dad has been making documentaries since 1966 when he got out of the Army. He’s currently completing a project on Robert Indiana, a sculptor every Philadelphian should know.
He’s also a great writer and seems to be getting back into it lately. He recently published a piece on the French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville recently in the New England Review: “Call Me Melville.” It’s shorter than the Cinemascope piece and quite accessible even if, like me, you don’t know much about French cinema.
I also recommend his book on the photographs of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, A World on Display. It includes reproductions of many of the photographs he used in his movie on the fair along with a 90-page essay putting them in context.
You can buy the book on Amazon for $50-85, depending on condition. (I guess I should have kept the shrinkwrap on my copy!)
Thanks for writing more, Dad! And a Happy New Year to everyone.