Journal of Film and Video

Journal of Film and Video is a magazine focusing on Film and Video

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3/4, Fall

Gender, Power, and Culture in the Televisual World of Twin Peaks: A Feminist Critique
Porphyria worshipped me: surprise Made my heart swell, and still it grew While I debated what to do. That moment she was mine,-mine, fair, Perfectly pure and good: I found A thing to do, and all her hair In one long yellow string I wound Three times...
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Humor as "Cultural Reconciliation" in South African Situation Comedy: Suburban Bliss and Multicultural Female Viewers
Introduction After the democratic elections in 1994, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) commissioned 104 episodes of the situation comedy Suburban Bliss at a cost of 11 million rand; justification for the choice of the sitcom was the use...
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Imagining the Postwar Small Town: Gender and the Politics of Landscape in It's a Wonderful Life
Released in December 1946, just over one year after the end of World War II, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life reflects the varied concerns of an unsettled American society in the booming postwar years. In many ways a testament to the cultural uncertainty...
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Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties
Steven Cohan. Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1997. 346 pp. $39.95 ($18.95 paper). Steven Cohan's comprehensive study of masculinity and star images adroitly debunks the image of the masculine conformist...
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Nina Leibman and the Clothesline Project
I learned of Nina Leibman's death in the midst of reading her book Living Room Lectures. The abrupt recognition that her life had come to an unjust end-and that her two young children had been left motherless-- shocked and disgusted me, as it did many...
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The Films of Jean-Luc Godard
Dixon, Wheeler Winston. The Films of JeanLuc Godard. Albany: State U of New York, 1997, 290 pp., 46 halftones. $56.50 ($18.95 paper). If cinemagoers spent the first half of the century waiting for Godard and his first film, Operation Baton (1954), film...
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The Films of Michelangelo Antonioni
Brunette, Peter. The Films of Michelangelo Antonioni. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1998. 186 pp., $49.95 (cloth); $17.95 (paper). Whenever a career study of a much-written-about filmmaker is published, there is inevitably a Yogi Berra-like sense...
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The Lethal Femme Fatale in the Noir Tradition
The sexual seductress of Hollywood cinema has a long and varied international lineage, 1 and alterations in her representation continue to the present day. Molly Haskell concluded that while the original Italian and French silent film versions of this...
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Therapeutic Discourse and ACOA Films of the '80S and '90S
Many family melodramas of the 'eighties and 'nineties can no longer be considered gynocentric (Kuhn 339) or patricentric (Seiter 25); rather they are child-centered. While the parents may still claim the majority of screen time, there has been a shift...
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The Reality of Illusion: An Ecological Approach to Cognitive Film Theory
Joseph D. Anderson. The Reality of Illusion: An Ecological Approach to Cognitive Film Theory. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1996. 200 pp. $29.95. Recently there has been growth of scientific interest in film and video. This interest has coalesced...
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Thread Structure: Rewriting the Hollywood Formula
"At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't " -Kevin McCarthy, Invasion of the Body Snatchers For more than 2,000 years, western dramatists have written, studied, and preached linear story structure.z You know-send your hero up a tree, throw...
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