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CHRISTINE (2016) and the 1970s as an Age of (Neoliberal?) Anomie

Perhaps because last year was an unusually good one for film, the movie Christine largely fell under the radar.[1] Christine is a biopic about Christine Chubbuck, the local TV newscaster in Sarasota, Florida, who shot herself in the head during a newscast on July 15, 1974, becoming the first person to ever commit suicide on live television.  Chubbuck’s suicide became a national news story at the time, helped inspire Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for Network (1976), and was, oddly, also the subject of another film that was released last year, Kate Plays Christine.[2] The film Christine manages to avoid two obvious Read more