Author Archive for: ‘Catherine Russell’

The Restoration of The Exiles: The Untimeliness of Archival Cinema

Historical “understanding” is to be grasped, in principle, as the afterlife of that which is understood.(Walter Benjamin)[1] The Exiles (Kent Mackenzie, 1961) is a film that virtually disappeared for fifty years. As a dramatic film about first nations people living in the city, it challenged the norms of both documentary and narrative filmmaking when it was originally released in 1961. …

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