The Pointless Century

S2E8 - Under Fire (1916) / J’Accuse! (1919)

Rachel considers lib idpol a century ago and an ocean away; Anna continues to prefer novels over movies; Madalyn waxes nostalgic on Franco-Prussian beef; Frank delivers a sermon on water; we all are awed by these works of art but continue to wonder what might be missing.

11 months ago

Episode Notes

S2 E8: Under Fire (1916) / J’Accuse! (1919)

Rachel considers lib idpol a century ago and an ocean away; Anna continues to prefer novels over movies; Madalyn waxes nostalgic on Franco-Prussian beef; Frank delivers a sermon on water; we all are awed by these works of art but continue to wonder what might be missing.

Barbusse, Henri. Under Fire: The Story of a Squad. 1916. Translated by W. Fitzwater Wray. Project Gutenberg, 2003. www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4380

J’Accuse! Dir. Abel Gance. Writ. Abel Gance. Perf. Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars, Maryse Dauvray. Pathé, 1919. United Artists, 1920. Flicker Alley, 2008. http://flickeralley.vhx.tv/products/j-accuse-1919-1 //Note for UWEC students: The digital restoration of this original cut of the film will be available through McIntyre Library via Kanopy until October 1, 2021: https://uwec.kanopy.com/video/jaccuse

Additional Reading / Listening:

Painter, Mark. The History of the Twentieth Century. Ep. 7-8: “La Belle Époque” / “J’Accuse…!” Oct.-Nov. 2015. https://historyofthetwentiethcentury.com/007-la-belle-epoque/ & https://historyofthetwentiethcentury.com/121/

Painter, Mark. The History of the Twentieth Century. Ep. 121-122: “England’s Best Sword Knocked from Her Hand” / “They Shall Not Pass.” July 2018. https://historyofthetwentiethcentury.com/121-englands-best-sword-knocked-from-her-hand/ & https://historyofthetwentiethcentury.com/122-they-shall-not-pass/

Poole, W. Scott. Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror. Counterpoint, 2019.

The Pointless Crew: Frank Fucile (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Film & Media, Genre, Enviro & Tech Studies // Anna Wendorff (she/her/hers) – Communications, Rhetorics of Sci & Tech, Feminism // Rachel Hamele (she/her/hers) – History, Humanities, Queer Studies, Fandoms // Madalyn McCabe (she/her/hers) – Sound Editing, French, European Studies

// T-shirts are now available: http://www.teepublic.com/user/the-pointless-century // Watch us on Instagram: @thePointlessCentury // Troll us on Twitter: @PointlessCent // Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ThePointlessCentury

MUSIC: Refused – “Last Minute Pointer” from Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (Victory/Burning Heart, 1996) & “Our Silence” from This Just Might Be…The Truth (Startrec, 1994) / / WITH OUR SILENCE WE VOTE FOR CONTINUATION

ART: Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World. Oil on canvas, 1918. Imperial War Museum.

Film still from J’Accuse! (Pathé, 1919)

Find out more at https://the-pointless-century.pinecast.co

The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.