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Screen Couple Chemistry: The Power of 2

by Martha P. Nochimson

Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together....


Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone Worlds

by Dina Sherzer

In this first major study of French colonial and postcolonial cinema, Dina Sherzer compiles essays by some of the foremost scholars on the subject who interrogate and analyze the realities behind the images...


Cinema of Anxiety: A Psychoanalysis of Italian Neorealism

by Vincent F. Rocchio

The "new" realism of Italian cinema after World War II represented and in many ways attempted to contain the turmoil of a society struggling to rid itself of Fascism while fighting off the threat of radical...


Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death in the Modern World

by Stacey Abbott

In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in...


Indian Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out

by Sierra S. Adare

According to an early 1990s study, 95 percent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations peoples. Sierra Adare...


Cinema and the Sandinistas: Filmmaking in Revolutionary Nicaragua

by Jonathan Buchsbaum

Following the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, young bohemian artists rushed to the newly formed Nicaraguan national film institute INCINE to contribute to "the recovery of national identity" through the creation...


Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment

by Douglas Brode

In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode-the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment-argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off...


After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality

by David Boyd & R. Barton Palmer

Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most famous director to have ever made a film. Almost single-handedly he turned the suspense thriller into one of the most popular film genres of all time, while his Psycho updated...


Authorship in Film Adaptation

by Jack Boozer

Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this...


Career Movies: American Business and the Success Mystique

by Jack Boozer

Achieving the American Dream became inextricably linked with career/business success after World War II, as an increasingly consumerist America learned to define the dream through possessions and status. Not...


Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film

by Daniel Bernardi

Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses...


Thelma & Louise Live!: The Cultural Afterlife of an American Film

by Bernie Cook

When they floored their Thunderbird off a cliff rather than surrender to the law, Thelma and Louise became icons of female rebellion, provoking strong reactions from viewers who felt either empowered or outraged...


Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film

by Sergio De La Mora

After the modern Mexican state came into being following the Revolution of 1910, hyper-masculine machismo came to be a defining characteristic of "mexicanidad," or Mexican national identity. Virile men (pelados...


The Solaris Effect: Art and Artifice in Contemporary American Film

by Steven Dillon

What do contemporary American movies and directors have to say about the relationship between nature and art? How do science fiction films like Steven Spielberg's A.I. and Darren Aronofsky's π represent the...


Black Directors in Hollywood

by Melvin Donalson

Hollywood film directors are some of the world's most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their...


Art in the Cinematic Imagination

by Susan Felleman

Bringing an art historical perspective to the realm of American and European film, Art in the Cinematic Imagination examines the ways in which films have used works of art and artists themselves as cinematic...


Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier

by Camilla Fojas

The southern frontier is one of the most emotionally charged zones in the United States, second only to its historical predecessor and partner, the western frontier. Though they span many genres, border films...


Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

by David William Foster

Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts...


Watching the Traffic Go by: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America

by Paul Mason Fotsch

As twentieth-century city planners invested in new transportation systems to deal with urban growth, they ensured that the automobile rather than mass transit would dominate transportation. Combining an exploration...


10/40/70: Constraint as Liberation in the Era of Digital Film Theory

by Nicholas Rombes

A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.