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Tom Vague

‘the hat’ McVitie was bumped off by the Krays – reading situationist texts, conspiracy theories, Vietnam war books and watching cult films. Out of this period came the first perfect-bound journal double issue with a spine, Vague 16/17 Psychic Terrorism Annual (1985). This was a DIY English attempt to emulate San Francisco’s RE/Search manuals Vague post-punk memoirs -199- (formerly Search & Destroy fanzine) and revive IT and Oz hippy underground press ideas, featuring the Lindsay Anderson film If …, the situationists’ influence on Paris May 1968, the Angry Brigade

in Ripped, torn and cut
The Bank Job (2008) and the British heist movie
James Chapman

made headline news but after several days, newspapers stopped reporting it: this led to speculation that the government had issued a ‘D Notice’ to suppress the story on the grounds of national security. A conspiracy theory later emerged that the robbery had been set up by the Security Service (MI5) in order to retrieve sexually compromising photographs of the Queen’s sister

in Crank it up
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Douglas Morrey and Alison Smith

mind of the spectator, over and above the disavowals provided by dialogue. The investigation of secrets in Rivette’s films is productive of meta-narrative forms: secrets, by inviting enquiry, generate narrative and so these stories become labyrinthine tales of their own inception and nourishment. At the same time, though, these paranoid conspiracy theories are not only the fabrication of the characters’ minds but also relate

in Jacques Rivette
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Narrative, conspiracy, community
Douglas Morrey and Alison Smith

Philip Kauffman (Daniel Croheim) and a woman named Terry Yordan (Françoise Prévost), formerly Philip’s lover, who is now seeing Gérard. Another of Terry’s lovers, Juan, has recently died, apparently from suicide, although some of his friends suspect he was murdered. As she becomes more involved with this group of people, taking a role in Gérard’s production of Pericles , Anne is gradually taken in by the conspiracy theories of

in Jacques Rivette
Guy Austin

surrounding the death of Saïd and the identity of the BMW-driving éminence grise in Bab El-Oued City – captures the disempowering sense of confusion that characterised the black decade, and that saw conspiracy theories proliferate in response to massacres like that at Bentalha (see Evans and Phillips 2007 : 238-42). The brutality of adult society is emphasised by contrast with children (especially Salim, who acts as a witness to

in Algerian national cinema
Phil Powrie

questioning of the exercise of power in society. They revealed the possibility that power structures could change and that political activity could alter human relations’. 6 Mistrust of the state and a tendency to conspiracy theory was one of the main effects of May 1968 on film culture, leading to the relatively short-lived development of what was called the ‘fiction de gauche’ (left-wing fiction), often starring well-known left

in European film noir
Jane Roscoe and Craig Hight

example, is capped by a cut to Major Kong reading Playboy and his communications officer playing with a deck of cards (Kolker, 1988 : 104). The most interesting of these serious-gag constructions is the intercutting between the assault on Burpelson and Ripper explaining his paranoiac conspiracy theories to Group-Captain Lionel Mandrake of the Royal Air Force (Peter Sellers). Kubrick’s specific intention in colliding these types of scenes is to

in Faking it
Demonising controversy in The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of the Christ
Karra Shimabukuro

attempted to stop the making of a gospel, or whether he was referring to some conspiracy theory about Hollywood being run by Jews is immaterial. Part of the enormous cultural significance of The Passion of the Christ was its ability to become yet another symbol at the heart of the Culture War. Embracing the film symbolized the embrace of the Christian Right’s conception of America, an America in which a deeply conservative theology could find confirmation and validation in significant elements of popular culture. (Poole 2009 : 198) Gibson was on the side of

in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
Sarah Wright

de Marisol contada por ella misma en 25 capítulos (Anon, 1962b).  3 David Swift’s Disney-produced Pollyanna (1960) starred the blonde Hayley Mills.  4 A bizarre conspiracy theory circulates on the Internet claiming that a child named Remedios Olaya made Marisol’s first two films, Un rayo de luz and Ha llegado un angel, based on the testimony of Remedios Olaya: (accessed 06.09.2012).  5 Several operations are reported in the press, such as the one to remove her tonsils in January 1962 (Quesada, 1962).  6 The seductiveness of Marisol’s story

in The child in Spanish cinema
Steven Peacock

even more thrilling. Swedish crime fiction is filled with tales involving paranoid conspiracy theories, cover-ups, get-richquick schemes and bold acts of autonomy by killer and detective 67 Swedish crime fiction alike. Then, as with the Vangers, the family will also often reassert itself as the irrepressible social institution. It will contain specific idiosyncrasies and symbolic currency, standing for a bigger collective, suggestive of a nation’s ‘family resemblances’ across generations. This chapter engages with this constant tussle for control of agency. It

in Swedish crime fiction