Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, Winter

Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video
Grant, Barry Keith, and Jeannette Sloniowski, eds. Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1998, 496 pp., $27.50 (paper). There is no standard formula for the documentary. It can assume any...
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Empty Seats: The Missing History of Movie-Watching
Despite the historical and cultural importance of the movies as both a creative medium and an area of academic study, we know relatively little about a central component of the filmic experience: movie-watching as a social act. We are moving into the...
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From Hollywood to Hester Street: Ghetto Film, Melodrama, and the Image of the Assimilated Jew in Hungry Hearts
In her autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse (1950), Jewish immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska melodramatically recounts the momentous event that led to her becoming a national celebrity in the 1920s. According to Yezierska, she was renting a room...
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"Let's Go Places with Jimmy": James Cagney as 1930s Immigrant Icon
James Cagney grins, his left hand and thumb raised in friendly greeting. He is a self-assured man whose broad wink hints at "places" to go, a joke not to be missed. The newspaper mat's art-deco lines and shapes combine with a circle that spotlights Cagney's...
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Looking for Richard
Looking for Richard, directed by Al Pacino, 1996, 112 minutes. Fox Searchlight Pictures. $29,98. One of the charms of studying film is discovering a movie that breaks free of the narrow confines of genre, a film that is neither a narrative construct...
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Miroslaw Rogala's Zhou Brothers: Collaboration, Process, and Documentation
In his review of Love Is the Devil (1998), John Maybury's fictionalized film biography of British painter Francis Bacon, Variety critic David Rooney related the film to three recent fiction films-Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh ( 1991), Julian Schnabel's Basquiat...
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Opposite Camps
Opposite Camps, produced by Jonathan Mednick, directed by Benjamin Brand. 54 minutes, 10 seconds. Hi-8. Other Pictures, Inc. A viewer's response is in part an appropriation of, and in part a submission to, frame by frame, the author's creative property....
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Struggles in Steel: A Story of African American Steelworkers
Struggles in Steel: A Story of African American Steelworkers, made by Tony Buba and Raymond Henderson, 86 minutes and 58 minutes. Available in VHS from California Newsreel,149 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 800-621-6196, (FAX) 800-621-6522. $149 for...
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Studying Audiences: The Shock of the Real
Nightingale, Virginia. Studying Audiences: The Shock of the Real. London: Routledge, 1996, 184 pp., $59.95 (cloth), $17.95 (paper). Given that audience investigation remains a popular area in film and television studies, it can be rewarding to revisit...
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The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking
Tobias, Michael. The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking. New York: Michael Wiese Productions, 1998, 387 pp., $29.95 (paper). It takes passion, perseverance, fortitude, determination, and luck to be a successful documentary filmmaker....
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