Film & History

Film & History is a magazine focusing on Movies

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, 2005

Adventures of a Suburban Boy
John Boorman. Adventures of a Suburban Boy. Faber and Faber, 2003. 314 pages; $27.00.Search for GraceThe landscape of the imagination is formed early; it grows out of the first childhood tensions and dreams. At least, this would seem to be the case with...
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American Sport in Film, Television and History: Introduction
What an appropriate time for an issue of Film & History dealing with sport and film. Advocates of youth sport maintain that the games teach children the lessons of teamwork, fair play, hard work, and, yes, even patriotism. But for those who insist...
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Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend
Graham Russell Gao Hodges. Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 284 pages; $27.95.International BeautyI can't wait for the movie! And I hope desperately that there will be a movie of Graham Russell...
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Basketball's Great White Hope and Ronald Reagan's America: Hoosiers (1986)
In 1986, first-time feature director David Anspaugh and Orion Pictures released the commercially successful basketball film, Hoosiers. The popular film has remained a staple for video rentals and cable television, leading Sports Illustrated to tap Hoosiers...
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Collateral
Collateral(dir. Michael Mann, 2OO4)Audiences probably think they know what they are going to get from Collateral. The Hollywood one-phrase pitches come easily: "Tom Cruise as an older villain" or "Die Hard in a cab." Here we see examples of the formula...
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Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945
Michael S. Shull and David E. Wilt.Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945.McFarland, 2004.246 pages; $38.50.Parody's ImportanceBack in 1996-after years of combing through dozens of references books, sifting hundreds of newspaper...
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Endless Summer (1964): Consuming Waves and Surfing the Frontier
"The Endless Summer defined our sport. For the first time the rest of the world would have a clear look at the surfing lifestyle." Matt Warshaw, Surfer's Journal History of Surfing Films"Brown cobbled together $50,000 and set out with two California...
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Errol Flynn: The Life and Career
Thomas McNulty. Errol Flynn: The Life and Career McFarland, 2004. 381 pages; $65.00.Love of SeaThe first time I remember seeing an Errol Flynn film was a theatrical re-release of The Adventures of Robin Hood. The picture was part of a celebration of...
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Foreign Films in America
Kerry Segrave. Foreign Films in America. McFarland, 2004. 253 pages; $38.50.Decline in MortalityPrior to World War I, more foreign films were seen on the American movie screen than anything produced domestically. Following the Great War, the tide was...
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From "Knockout Punch" to "Home Run:" Masculinity's "Dirty Dozen" Sports Metaphors in American Combat Films
Lucy Komisar says that "Little boys learn the connection between violence and manhood very early in life ... Boys play cowboys and Indians with guns and bows and arrows ... They are gangsters or soldiers interchangeably ... They are encouraged to '......
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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the HolocaustDirected by Daniel Anker, (USA: Anker Productions Inc., 2004.).As its title indicates, Imaginary Witness traces how Hollywood has depicted the Holocaust in feature films. Daniel Anker, who won an Oscar for...
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Joseph Losey
Colin Gardner. Joseph Losey. Manchester University Press, 2004. 315 pages; $79.95.Self-Conscious BravuraBritish filmgoers have good reason to be grateful to Senator Joe McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities; without them, Joseph...
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National Treasure
National Treasure(dir. Jon Turteltaub, 2004)"There's a hidden treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence." National Treasure's deceptively simple plot and patriotism prove a surprisingly rich ground for meditating on the American past...
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Nixon at the Movies
Mark Feeney. Nixon at the Movies. University of Chicago Press, 2004. 436 pages; $27.50.Alone in the DarkNixon at the Movies is an enormously promising title. As its author notes, no President, not even Hollywood's own Ronald Reagan, is so intimately...
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Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies/David L. Robb Responds/Lawrence Suid's Response of 7 January 2005
Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies. Prometheus Books, 2004. 384 pages; $28.00.Operation Hollywood: An Exercise in FutilityEditor's Note: We are pleased to share this exchange between book reviewer Lawrence Suid and the...
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Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II
Gerd Horten. Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II. University of California Press, 2002. 218 pages; $24.95.Four Hours a DayAcademic scholarship of American radio has been rapidly accelerating over the past decade...
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Sarah Bernhardt in the Theatre of Films and Sound Recordings
David W. Menefee Sarah Bernhardt in the Theatre of Films and Sound Recordings. McFarland, 2003. 168 pages; $35.00.To Assure ImmortalityThe French actress Sarah Bernhardt was an internationally acclaimed star of the nineteenth-century stage, but she is...
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Televised Golf and the Creation of Narrative
Basically in football, if you follow the ball, or in baseball if you follow the runner and the ball, or in basketball if you follow the ball, you're not going to get into trouble. In golf, you have up to 20 balls in play at one time, all of which have...
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Terence Davies
Wendy Everett. Terence Davies. Manchester University Press, 2OO4. 246 pages, $69.95.Remarkable BalanceHow do you solve a problem like Terence Davies? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? The straightforward answer is, leave the cloud alone; this...
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The American Martial Arts Film
M. Roy Lott. The American Martial Arts Film. McFarland, 2004. 248 pages; $49.95.Capitalist AgendaM. Ray Lott's The American Martial Arts Film is an attempt at academically establishing a new genre in what has become an already saturated collegiate industrial...
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The Collaborative Dog: Wag the Dog (1997)
The Collaborative Dog: Wag the Dog (1997)When we think of the term collaboration in regards to film, we tend to think of writers and those other people hanging out together, talking earnestly (or not so earnestly in the case of comedy writing teams)...
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The Editor's Reflections and Reports
We of Film & History have been busy since the last issue of the journal and here are some of the highlights of the past few months.Film & History Conference News for November 11-14, 2004 Dolce Conference Center (near DFW airport)The "War in Film,...
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The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall
Geoff Andrew. The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of nightfall. BFI Publishing, 2004. 193 pages; $70.00.Premature Independent"If the cinema no longer existed, Nicholas Ray alone gives the impression of being capable of reinventing it, and what is more,...
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The Prisoner of Azkaban: A New Direction for Harry Potter
The Prisoner of Azkaban: A New Direction for Harry PotterMeet the Knight Bus: a ghostly triple-decked doppelganger to London's famous red buses. The fantastical nature of this vehicle manifests in a touch of whimsy, a crystal chandelier that sways erratically...
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The Ring Returns: Adaptation and the Trilogy
The Ring Returns: Adaptation and the Trilogy"One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." Recited in movie trailer cadence, these poetic lines heralded the arrival of The Lord of the Rings:...
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You Throw like a Girl: Sport and Misogyny on the Silver Screen
IntroductionSport has traditionally been accepted as a male domain. Incorrect beliefs in and about the histories of games and sport, and their inherent invisibility of girls and women as participants, have built a foundation of myths upon which the contemporary...
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