Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 2, Summer

Acting Choices/Filmic Choices: Rethinking Montage and Performance
MONTAGE HAS BEEN SEEN AS THE ESSENCE OF CINEMA for so long that revisiting that point seems simpleminded. Yet it is worth returning to that key principle because new perspectives on screen performance come into view when montage is understood as the...
American Myth and National Inspiration: Bill Couturie's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
In passing from history to nature, myth acts economically: it abolishes the complexity of human acts, it gives them the simplicity of essences, it does away with all dialectics, with any going back beyond what is immediately visible, it organizes a world...
Beyond the Multiplex: Cinema, New Technologies, and the Home
BEYOND THE MULTIPLEX: CINEMA, NEW TECHNOLOGIES, AND THE HOME Barbara Klinger. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006, 310pp.Barbara Klinger's Beyond the Multiplex is the first book-length study dedicated to exploring, without apologies, the fact...
Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir
BLACKOUT: WORLD WAR II AND THE ORIGINS OF FILM NOIR Sheri Chinen Biesen. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005, 243pp.In Blackout, Sheri Chinen Biesen explores the relationship between the production conditions of World War II-era Hollywood...
Chinese Face/off: The Transnational Popular Culture of Hong Kong
CHINESE FACE/OFF: THE TRANSNATIONAL POPULAR CULTURE OF HONG KONG Kwai-Cheung Lo. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005, 253 pp.For most nonresidents, Hong Kong has always been the most visible face of China, second only to the US in film exports....
Traversing Cinematic Borders: An Interview with Paul Espinosa
PAUL ESPINOSA IS AN ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY AND NARRATIVE FILMMAKER. He produces, directs, and writes much of his work, which focuses on the cultural and political lives of Latinos in, around, over, under, and through the US-Mexico border. The recipient...
Twilight of the Idols: Performance, Melodramatic Villainy, and Sunset Boulevard
THERE IS A PARTICULAR VARIETY OF FILMIC EVIL that demands a correlative degree of imaginative simulation from a viewer: this is the villain of the melodramatic tradition. Any melodramatic villain worth the upturn of his moustache will be adept in the...