The Power Broker: The Movie! Motherless Brooklyn and Villainy in the Planning World

By Evan King Recently, I went with two of my classmates to the Chapel Hill premier of Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton’s new noir drama, featuring Jane Jacobs in all her sharp-witted, bespectacled glory, and Robert Moses as a fully-fledged Hollywood villain. It felt like an obvious choice for me, as a planning student, but I really had to wonder how fans of the original book … Continue reading The Power Broker: The Movie! Motherless Brooklyn and Villainy in the Planning World

Film Analysis: Oil Culture in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

By Siobhan Nelson The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical film, tells a brilliantly crafted story about the dichotomies of life—success and hardship, youth and maturity, love and heartbreak. Divided into three vignettes with each beginning in 1957, 1959, and 1963, the story centers on Guy Foucher, a mechanic at a local garage, and Genevieve Emery, a young woman who helps her mother run … Continue reading Film Analysis: Oil Culture in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Essential Urbanist Documentaries from the National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada–NFB (Office National du Film du Canada–ONF) was established as the National Film Commission in 1939 during the third government of Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King. As Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the NFB’s mission as set forth in the National Film Act of 1950 has been “to produce and distribute and to promote the production and distribution … Continue reading Essential Urbanist Documentaries from the National Film Board of Canada