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Regissert av Kenneth Macpherson
Storbritannia, 1930


Borderline, the sole feature of British film theorist Kenneth Macpherson, boldly blends Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, and features Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs.

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Borderline Regissert av Kenneth Macpherson

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Surprisingly, the program is hardly restricted to black filmmakers, and recognizes the power and progressivity—as well as flaws—in trailblazing films directed by white men. This range includes such left-field choices as Kenneth Macpherson’s Borderline (1930), with Paul Robeson silent but overwhelmingly handsome and emanating powerful calm.
August 10, 2019
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Modernist in form and in plot, Borderline does not transcend the racial context in which it was conceived. It is perhaps hopeless to expect it to. However, the film is useful in the possibilities it hints at, and the coalitions it points towards. The queer atmosphere in the café is transient, but its power is lasting.
April 07, 2016
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Fascinated by new theories of Soviet montage and psychoanalysis, and enamored of movies by G. W. Pabst and Jean Epstein and Sergei Eisenstein, these poets, theorists, and artists [of the Pool group] would collaborate on what would become perhaps the most exhilarating silent experiment of the new sound era: the thematically and formally radical 1930 film Borderline.
January 20, 2014
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