Princess Iron Fan: A Chinese Animation Classic from 1941

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 29, 2009 in Animation

Not so long ago a friend was asking me why animation in China was never as strong as Japan: A simple answer would be that because of Mao’s Communism from 1949 until 1976 that it was very hard for creative artists to express themselves in China, and especially even more so during the cultural revolution in the 60s. However it should be noted that there is a growing industry there today, in fact most of the hard work done to create Japanese anime is outsourced to China. Read more…

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How Can You Call Yourself Educated if You Haven’t Seen Citizen Kane?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 26, 2008 in Cinema

Citizen Kane

Recently I was talking about the topics of great films with a college bound liberal arts student and I made a shocking discovery: The student had never once seen Citizen Kane. It’s frankly shocking to me as an American citizen that in the United States of America that you can graduate from high school without having seen at least one viewing of this film. Read more…

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