George McCartney

George McCartney, a professor of English at St. John's College, is film editor for Chronicles.  He is the author of Evelyn Waugh and the Modernist Tradition (Transaction).

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Latest by George McCartney in Chronicles

  • Till Death Do Us Part
    June 2021

    Till Death Do Us Part

    8 min

    Two extremes of the married life are explored in the films Happily and The Father. We see on the one hand the bliss of a youthful, newly married couple, and on the other the descent into madness of an elderly widower.

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  • Smiling Through Clenched Teeth
    April/May 2021

    Smiling Through Clenched Teeth

    8 ¼ min

    Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot plays a character who preys upon the elderly, hiding her malice behind a brilliant smile. She's one of a number of cinematic villains who mask rapacious natures behind toothy, menacing grins.

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  • Feminine Ordeals
    March 2021

    Feminine Ordeals

    7 ¾ min

    Two recent films depict two radically different female struggles: one of motherhood and loss, in Pieces of a Woman, and the other as a life lived in revenge against men, in A Promising Young Woman.

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  • The Film's the Thing
    February 2021

    The Film's the Thing

    7 ½ min

    Netflix's Mank dramatizes the tribulations of the screenwriter of one of the greatest films ever made, Citizen Kane, and the struggle of authorial vision with expedience.

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  • Orwell's <em>Coming Up for Air</em> Is Prophetic for Our Times
    December 30, 2020

    Orwell's Coming Up for Air Is Prophetic for Our Times

    2 ¼ min

    George McCartney recalls a prophetic classic by George Orwell.

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