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Our Mother’s House (1967)
Neil Sinyard

its depiction of childhood, is René Clément’s great film, Jeux Interdits – Forbidden Games (1952) which is also about how children come into contact with, and adapt to their own purposes, the rituals surrounding death. ‘The time must shortly come’, said Clayton in a note to his screenwriter Jeremy Brooks (6 July 1966), ‘when we must decide what Our Mother’s House is trying to say’. The novel had

in Jack Clayton
Jonathan Chatwin

requested that the guards protecting the foreign legations be restricted to their quarters to avoid the possibility of a clash. 2 After descending from the train, the Emperor and Empress Dowagers stopped and offered thanks at the Temples of the God of War and the Goddess of Mercy respectively – and mercy was one of the themes of the day, for, despite the punitive agreement she had been forced by the foreign powers to sign, the Qing still ruled, and the Forbidden City still stood. They proceeded together through the Front Gate, and then the

in Long Peace Street
Jonathan Chatwin

Tiananmen Square. From a safe distance, the visitors wait in the dawn light as a troop of soldiers emerge from the Gate of Heavenly Peace and cross the marble bridges over a small stream in front of it, and then Chang’an Jie itself. The flag is secured and then, with a flourish and flick of the wrist which sends it out into the breeze, it is raised to coincide exactly with the sun breaking the horizon. Following this marker of the day’s beginning is a visit to Mao’s mausoleum; then into the Forbidden City and to the Dragon Throne of the Emperor in the Hall of Supreme

in Long Peace Street
Daniel Biltereyst

Arguing that limit transgression is a key feature for understanding the cinematic performance of, and the controversy around, sexuality in the public sphere, this contribution focuses on various aspects of limit transgression in relation to sex cinemas. Following a new cinema history approach and concentrating on the case of an emerging sex cinema in postwar Belgium (Cinema Leopold in Ghent, 1945–54), this article looks at various dimensions of limit transgression in terms of concrete physical and spatial relations; programming strategies; audience experiences; and a range of disciplining societal practices and institutional discourses.

Film Studies
Jonathan Chatwin

austere columns of the National Museum, I took a left into what used to be the diplomatic centre of China: Beijing’s Legation Quarter. The quiet shaded street was a relief after the hot open courtyards of the Forbidden City and the crowded streets I had just trudged along. What is left of the Legation Quarter is set along a narrow ribbon of road, little more than an alleyway, hidden up a few steps on the eastern side of Tiananmen Square and running parallel to Long Peace Street. It is unmarked, and largely unremarked upon, by the tourists who

in Long Peace Street
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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

ending their lives and destroying their potential to challenge state power. Neutrality asserts that killing one’s opponents in this way, simply because they oppose you, is forbidden and, crucially, that all those playing the game are supposed to agree it is forbidden. Not killing your opponents is one of the rules. However much this has been ignored in practice, by almost all states at one time or another, the fact remains that for liberal world order this has been a foundational rule. Without a consensus on respect in principle for each

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

expatriates becoming ‘too implicated’ at a local level. In effect, it is imperative that foreigners do not ‘go native’. Personal relationships are understood through a security logic in MSF: although networking is crucial to their job, foreign staff must not become too socially entangled – this includes with local staff, with whom sexual relations are often forbidden in rural projects, apparently in part to avoid tensions or perceptions of partiality within the team, as well as ‘perception problems’ locally. In other words, foreign MSF staff must balance proximity and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Aid Industry and the ‘Me Too’ Movement
Charlotte Lydia Riley

31 accusations of sexual abuse against Save the Children staff, ten of which had been reported to the police and civil authorities ( Gillespie et al. , 2018 ). Meanwhile, the ICRC completed an internal investigation in which it discovered that since 2015, twenty-one members of staff had either been fired for, or had resigned during an investigation into, paying for sexual services, which the ICRC Code of Conduct has forbidden, even in countries where

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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The Politics of Information and Analysis in Food Security Crises
Daniel Maxwell and Peter Hailey

quarters – governments and armed opposition groups, donors and humanitarian agencies and in some cases local government or representatives of affected communities. In many cases, the word ‘famine’ is forbidden. Attempts to influence resource allocation also means influencing both analysis and data-collection processes. In all these cases, humanitarian information systems are operating in a highly political environment. To think that the analysis of such crises can take place in

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, and the atomic age
Dennis R. Perry

F ORBIDDEN P LANET (W ILCOX 1956), MGM’s big-budget entry into the 1950s ‘golden age’ of cinema science fiction, has long been considered the best science-fiction film from the decade, only surpassed by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey some twelve years later. Beyond its spectacular special effects and memorable robot, Robby, Forbidden Planet ’s story has had the added prestige of being considered a thoughtful adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest , with Morbius as Prospero, Robby as Ariel, Altaira as Miranda, Commander Adams as

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