Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1/2, Spring/Summer

At Work in the Genre Laboratory: Brian DePalma's Scarface
Fade in on the death throes of a man, his body riddled with bullets, screaming with anguish and adrenaline. An army of assassins in camouflage garb attacks from all sides. Impossibly, the man continues to fight back. After his agonized body has absorbed...
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From the Editor
During my five-year tenure as editor of the Journal of Film and Video, it has not been my custom to include a "From the Editor" column; indeed, I have never written such an introduction to any of the issues published under my aegis. I make an exception...
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In the Desert: A Webwork
In the Desert: A Webwork, directed by Edmond Chibeau; 1995; digital movie, 1 min.; 3.5 Mb; Web site, 5 pp. Available at http://www.rtvf.nwu.edu/people/chibeau. In the Desert: A Webwork is a hybrid media piece that includes a digital movie and several...
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Madame Secretary
Madame Secretary, directed by Delle Chatman, 1994, 28 minutes. Available in VHS, 3/4', and Beta formats. The year is 2012. A virulent virus has swept the world, reducing the population by 50 percent. Males have been particularly badly hit, but women...
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Oscar Micheaux the Entrepreneur: Financing the House Behind the Cedars
African American Oscar Micheaux earned himself a special place in the film history of the 1920s and 1930s. Considering the tenor of the times, we first must wonder how an African American man of fairly limited training and experience was able to become...
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Portraits of the Postmodern Person in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull; and the King of Comedy
In Martin Scorsese's 1982 film, The King of Comedy, the protagonist, Rupert Pupkin, becomes a comedian by playing one on TV. Through this amusing yet startling narrative premise, the film articulates a postmodern theory of identity that links Scorsese's...
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Random Notes of Ragpicker Woman
Random Notes of Ragpicker Woman, directed by Dorothea Braemer, 1995,14 minutes. Available on VHS. Dorothea Braemer's Random Notes of Ragpicker Woman is a personal video documentary that addresses specific aspects of the filmmaker's relationship with...
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Scripting Narrative for Interactive Multimedia
A flood of interactive multimedia titles with complex story lines, detailed characterization, snappy dialogue, and sophisticated sets and props has hit the market. Some include stars, such as Margot Kidder, Brian Keith, and Robert Culp. Production companies,...
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Snapshots of Greece: Never on Sunday and the East/West Politics of the 'Vacation Film'
In the 1991 film Mediterraneo, a group of Italian soldiers are stranded on a Greek island during World War II. With the island's native male population engaged in war duty elsewhere, a Greek Orthodox priest invites one of the Italians to restore the...
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The Canon and Cultural Studies: Culture and Anarchy in Gotham City
For well over a decade, my colleagues and I have faced the challenge of integrating cultural studies into the traditional undergraduate English literature curriculum. We have met, as you might suspect, with varying degrees of success. My situation is...
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The Politics of Passion: An Interview with Antony Thomas
One of the fascinations surrounding Antony Thomas's 1980 docudrama Death of a Princess is that it raises, in acute form, so many of the practical and theoretical problems confronting the genre. The film reconstructs a journalist's investigation into...
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Toward a Reading of the World Viewed
From its first large-scale entrance into American universities in the late 1960s, film studies has been swept by a succession of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. The publication of several influential essays and books (for example, Peter Wollen's...
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