Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 1, Spring

Digital Storytelling: The Narrative Power of Visual Effects in Film
DIGITAL STORYTELLING: THE NARRATIVE POWER OF VISUAL EFFECTS IN FILM Shilo T. McClean. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007, 303 pp.Critiques of motion picture production techniques treat digital visual effects (DVFx) as one of the least desirable production/postproduction...
Freakery, Cult Films, and the Problem of Ambivalence
CULT FILMS ACQUIRE A SELECT BUT DEVOTED group of fans who engage in repeated screenings, ritual behaviors, and specific reading strategies. These fans, or "cultists," gain subcultural capital by championing their object choices as more unique and supposedly...
Global Bollywood
GLOBAL BOLLYWOOD Anandam P. Kavoori and Aswin Punathambekar, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2008, 314 pp.Global Bollywood is an anthology that takes a comprehensive look at Bollywood as a distinct zone of cultural production. The term "Bollywood"...
Mel Brooks Meets Kenneth Burke (and Mikhail Bakhtin): Comedy and Burlesque in Satiric Film
I SHOWED MEL BROOKS'S 1968 FILM THE PRODUCERS to a group of students once and asked them what they thought was being satirically critiqued.1 When I asked the students what they thought of the criticism in the film, the resounding response I received...
Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film
SCENES OF INSTRUCTION: THE BEGINNINGS OF THE U.S. STUDY OF FILM Dana Polan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007, 406 pp.The legend of film education in the United States goes something like this: with the exception of the "company town," the...
The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry
THE CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD FILM INDUSTRY Paul McDonald and Janet Wasko. Maiden, MA: Blackwell, 2008, 305 pp.Film studies is becoming a more interdisciplinary field every day. Students and scholars are increasingly turning to the ways in which films are...
The Illusion of Continuity: Active Perception and the Classical Editing System
IntroductionINTHE MOVIE THE MATRIX (1999), CHARACTERS experience a completely virtual worldcreated by sending electrical signals directly to their spinal cord and brain- that contains the sensations of the "real" world but without a corresponding physical...
"The Play's the Thing, Wherein I'll Catch the Conscience of the King": Intertextuality in Om Shanti Om
THE BOLLYWOOD HINDI FILM Om Shanti Om (2007) constructs its intertextual identity and debuts in the best postmodern fashion, with irony, parody, pastiche, irreverence, and double entendre of the tongue-in-cheek variety.1 The exercise of intertextuality...
Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History
WHY WE FOUGHT: AMERICA'S WARS IN FILM AND HISTORY Ed. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor, University Press of Kentucky, 2008, 624 pp.Eschewing psychoanalytic, formalist, and auteur critical approaches in favor of one that privileges simultaneously...