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

Articles from No. 81, Summer

Critical Voices: Points of View in and on the Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line (1998) marked a return to filmmaking twenty years after Terrence Malick's previous release, Days of Heaven (1978), and thirty-five years removed from his debut film, Badlands (1973). The Thin Red Line signaled a shift to a new genre...
Enough Already: The Wonderful, Horrible Reception of Nancy Meyers
She is the most successful woman filmmaker since Mary Pickford. (1) Her films sell more tickets than those of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Her track record is so solid she now earns upwards of $12 million a picture (not including her gross...
Explosive Structure: Fragmenting the New Modernist War Narrative in the Hurt Locker
Fragmentation emerges as a formal theme in art most particularly during times of conflict--a reflection, one assumes, of the ways in which body, mind, and individual/collective consciousness rupture in response to the violence of war. (1) Kathryn Bigelow's...
Female Sexuality, Islam and the Global: Leila Merrakshi's Controversial Film Marock
While new changes in Moroccan women's rights are attributed to the country's new reform-minded king, the late 1990s also saw a turning point for cinema in Morocco. (1) Over this period, an increasing number of feature films were produced in Morocco,...
Formal Innovation and Feminist Freedom: Vera Chytilova's Daisies
In addition to being considered one of the founding filmmakers of the Czech New Wave, (1) Vera Chytilova was its most experimental director. This article will take as its case study her innovative 1966 film Sedmikrasky (Daisies). (2) In this film,...
Imperial Symptoms: In the Valley of Elah and the Cinematic Response to the "War on Terror"
"A mother sings a lullaby to a child; Sometime in the future the boy goes wild." --Porcupine Tree, "Blackest Eyes" Hollywood has not typically addressed US military actions abroad while they are still ongoing. Indeed, one might recall that the...
Original Visions: Female Directors in Contemporary Japanese Cinema
In his landmark study of the Japanese nuberu bagu (nouvelle vague), David Desser quotes from an interview with actress Hidari Sachiko, who told Joan Mellen: 'if you want to say something about Japan, you have to focus on women,' (1) something Desser...
Refiguring Rambo: Competing Imperatives in the High Concept War Film
Of all the films produced during the 1980s to engage the Vietnam War, George Pan Cosmatos' 1985 Sylvester Stallone vehicle, Rambo: First Blood Part II, stands today as the preeminent example of the United States's ill-fated conflict writ large through...
Representing the Human Condition in the Great War: William Boyd's the New Confessions and the Trench
This article discusses the representation of the human condition in two autobiographical works about World War One, one a printed text and the other a film. I compare the contrasting depictions of life on the western front as presented in William Boyd's...
Seeds of Summer
Seeds of Summer (2007), the debut feature of Tel Aviv-based filmmaker Hen Lasker, documents girls' combat training for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the intensive course of instruction and preparation following every Israeli citizen's conscription...
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