CineAction

An academic journal that examines film from a variety of viewpoints, with each issue focused on a central theme. Publishes scholarly articles on film theory, plus interviews with filmmakers, film reviews, book reviews, and reports from international film

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Frank and Fearless
THE EVE ARNOLD-JOAN CRAWFORD SESSIONS '...love and eternal trust always' -from Joan to Eve, Eve Arnold: In Retrospect Eve Arnold photographed Joan Crawford in 1959 in Los Angles and New York City, and the results were intended to help launch...
Hawke Ascending
Icon, image, star: Ethan Hawke refuses to slip naturally into any of these categories. Certainly not an icon, which suggests something fixed and permanent, graven in stone or metal, and Hawke, although he is 'always the same' (as a friend one thinks...
High Class Whore
HEDY LAMARR'S STAR IMAGE IN HOLLYWOOD Although I have spent over twenty years writing about German-speaking film emigres who went to Hollywood after 1933, due to the anti-Semitic campaigns of the Nazis, Hedy Lamarr was for me not much more than...
I Wonder Whatever Became of Me?
A NOTE ON THE MARX BROTHERS Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door....
Jim Carrey
THE KING OF EMBARRASSMENT Fun houses are sociologically provocative because they are not necessarily funny. Halls of distorting mirrors are methodologically appealing sites for an inquiry into emotional process. What does it take to make the mirrors...
Joan Fontaine's Heiress
STAR IN TRANSITION The following is taken from an essay on Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (tentatively titled "Vindication of an Heiress") which examines the film in terms of (among other things) its use of Brechtian narrative strategies as well...
Letters
NATIONALISM AND THE ZIZEK SYNDROME: MORE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE While I mostly agree with Robin Wood's praise of Beautiful People (Jasmin Dizdar, 1999), which I also find to be a very rich and complex, yet oddly refreshing comedy about the horrors of...
The Classical Appeal of Anthony Hopkins
PLAYING FATHERS AND MONSTERS Anthony Hopkins is now sixty-three years old and has for the last decade enjoyed a cult popularity and iconic status transcending age and gender. Given his remarkable screen charisma, it is worth considering our particular...
The Man in the Pink Shirt
HUGH GRANT AND THE DILEMMA OF BRITISH MASCULINITY "The New Gary Grant?" First, a little Hugh-speak: CHARLES: "Ehm, look. Sorry, sorry. I just, ehm, well, this is a very stupid question and-particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion--but...
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