Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 1, Spring

A New History of Documentary Film
A New History of Documentary Film Jack C. Ellis and Betsy A. McLane. New York: Continuum, 2005, 385 pp.Jack C. Ellis and Betsy A. McLane have produced a survey of documentary film that updates an earlier volume by Ellis. A New History of Documentary...
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Paradise Lost: Documenting a Southern Tragedy
ON 5 MAY 1993, THREE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BOYS-Chris Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch-were murdered in the woods outside of West Memphis, Arkansas. The murders themselves were enough to unsettle the small, southern community; but passions climbed even...
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Policing Propp: Toward a Textualist Definition of the Procedural Drama
A LARGE DEGREE OF UNEXAMINED COMPLEXITY attends each individual act of television viewing. Viewers negotiate narrative mazes and give little thought to the work they expend in that negotiation orto the organizing design of the maze itself. There are,...
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So Queer Yet So Straight: Ang Lee's the Wedding Banquet and Brokeback Mountain
THE TERM "NEW QUEER CINEMA" was coined by film critic B. Ruby Rich to describe the emergence in the early 1990s of a number of independent films that dealt frankly, even aggressively, with queer politics, culture, and identity ("New Queer").1 Writing...
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Von Trier's Cinematic Games
The Dogme95: Filmmaking as GameIN JØRGEN LETH'S DE FEM BENSPÆND [THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS] (2003), director Lars von Trier demonstrates his well-known predilection for games. The film chronicles Leth's shooting of his unconventional remake of his 1967 documentary,...
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