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Film is much more than a simple form of entertainment. It also conveys cultural, social, and political meaning. Examining film, then, can tell us much more about our times, concerns, and preoccupations than we might first think. With this in mind, discussions of film should go beyond a simple rating system or whether a film is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. All films tell us something about the context in which they were made rather than the times they depict, whether in a distant past or a nebulous future.


Glenn Wilkinson’s background is in cultural and media history, and he teaches and writes on film extensively. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, teaching in the History Department and the Communication and Culture Department.

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