French Poster for the American film Noir ‘Gun Crazy’, which Premiered in France as ‘Le Démon des Armes’ today in 1950

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Above, a French promo poster for the American film noir Gun Crazy, which premiered in France as Le Démon des armes today in 1950.

Source: Mudwerks

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This Film Reveals the Cruel Dysfunction of the British Welfare System

Brandon Harris writes: Cannes came and went yet again, handing out prizes to a bevy of films that left many in attendance scratching their heads. Arch left-wing Brit realist Ken Loach walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or for his newest drama of working-class strife, I, Daniel Blake, about a heart-attack victim who can’t navigate the shameful labyrinth of the British welfare system to secure the disability benefits he’ll require to keep himself afloat. Loach, who soon will be an octogenarian and has been bringing his films to Cannes since the late 60s, last won the prize for 2006’s Irish Troubles saga, The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

“It’s shocking because it’s not just an issue for people in our country, it’s throughout Europe. There is a conscious cruelty in the way we’re organizing our lives now where the most vulnerable people are told that their poverty is their own fault. If you have no work, it’s your fault you haven’t got a job.”

He came out in full Bernie Sanders stump-speech mode at the atypically long and Oscar-ish Cannes Awards night, launching broadsides against British austerity and the increasingly ungenerous welfare system—the latter of which is taken for a persuasive, moving, and aesthetically dull lambasting in the film—before pointing out that, “When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage. We must say that another world is possible and necessary.”

[Read the full story here, at VICE]

Loach’s political drama, which will be released stateside by Sundance Selects later this year, had few calling it a masterpiece after it debuted early in the festival to quaint praise. Coming off a decade of films that were widely seen as disappointments, I, Daniel Blake follows an aging joiner (Dave Johns), who finds that the dole isn’t as peachy keen as the Tories make it out to be, and a young mother of two (Hayley Squires) who finds the uncaring system just as useless as she tries to claw her family out of homelessness and hunger. Read the rest of this entry »