About Barry Germansky

Barry Germansky is a playwright, screenwriter, film director, and film and theatrical producer from Toronto, Ontario. He graduated summa cum laude from York University's Department of Humanities in June 2013, winning its prestigious 25th Anniversary Book Prize for the student graduating with the highest grade point average. Later, at the same institution, he earned a master's degree in Humanities and a master's degree in English. His plays have been produced Off-Off-Broadway and in Detroit.

The Olives of Wrath

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Just as The Leopard (1963) can be seen as Italy's answer to Gone with the Wind (1939), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) can be seen as [...]

Out of Which Past?

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (2001) proves there is no such thing as genre outside the enterprise of convenient label-making. Due to the malleability of language, any [...]

Invasion of the Adulthood Snatchers

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   The adult world is polymorphously corrupt and lacks the imagination to recognize that "The Way Things Are" is merely a byproduct of a deteriorating sense of [...]

Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List, and the Crisis of Representation

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   With Schindler's List (1993), Steven Spielberg achieved what so many other filmmakers had deemed impossible. This masterpiece was a breakthrough in the historical epic, the comprehensive [...]

The Invention of the Extraterrestrial

By |03/07/2016|

by Barry Germansky   By introducing the idea of the extraterrestrial on overt scientific terms, H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898) externalized the limits of human consciousness to [...]

A Tribute to Paddy Chayefsky

By |02/28/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Paddy Chayefsky is tied with Tennessee Williams as my candidate for the most original dramatist of all time, that most elusive of organizational variables. These writers [...]

1999: An American Odyssey

By |02/28/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999) is the last Best Picture winner I fully endorse to date. It is a sleek, color-coded sampler of J.D. Salinger's novel [...]

Pulp Revenge: Thoughts on the Ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark

By |02/25/2016|

by Barry Germansky   This is cinema of control. How can one explain the existence of past, present, and future Nazis? One cannot, at least not at the fundamental level [...]


By |01/28/2016|

Moonraker (1979), the most outlandish of the first 14 James Bond masterpieces (which are also the only entries I consider "official"), defies virtually every standard of knowledge and canon of [...]

Thoughts on the Homespun Wisdom of L. Frank Baum, the Oz books, and The Wizard of Oz (1939)

By |01/28/2016|

by Barry Germansky L. Frank Baum may lack the linguistic brilliance of Lewis Carroll, but he is certainly a formidable wordsmith. What is more, he possesses two qualities that are [...]