Journal of Film and Video

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

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1/2, Spring

Analyzing Performance and Meaning in Film
THE IDEA FOR THIS SPECIAL ISSUE of the journal of Film and Video evolved over the past few years from stimulating interaction at formal presentations and panels, as well as from exciting informal conversations. Our desire to advance the analysis and...
Breathtaking: Bette Davis's Performance at the End of Now, Voyager
IRVING RAPPER'S NOW, VOYAGER (1942) IS WIDELY CONSIDERED one of the finest examples of classical Hollywood melodrama, and Bette Davis, the star of the film, is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of melodrama and of melodramatic acting. A...
Howard Hawks: American Gesture
IN 1927, A YOUNG FILM CRITIC NAMED LUIS BUÑUEL, living in Paris at the time, wrote a review of Buster Keaton's latest film. College. In his review. Buñuel praised the virtues of the "American school" of filmmaking, epitomized for Buñuel by Keaton, over...
"I Don't See Any Method at All": The Problem of Actorly Transformation
Captain Willard (Martin Sheen): "They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound. "Colonel Kurtz (Marion Brando): "Are my methods unsound?"Captain Willard: "I don't see any method at all. sir. "-Apocalypse NowIN 1980,...
Performance Design: An Analysis of Film Acting and Sound Design
MOST ANALYSES OF CINEMATIC PERFORMANCE focus on three areas of an actor's performance style: his or her gestures, facial expressions, and vocal qualities. This paper examines the third of these in great detail, utilizing and expanding scholarly concentration...
Real Emotional Logic: Film and Television Docudrama as Persuasive Practice
REAL EMOTIONAL LOGIC: FILM AND TELEVISION DOCUDRAMA AS PERSUASIVE PRACTICE Steven N. Lipkin. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002, 171 pp.Steven N. Lipkin has four objectives in Real Emotional Logic. First, he provides a short history...
Reconceptualizing Screen Performance
Films are full of people, but what is this "fullness" of people in films?-Stephen Heath1WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SPEAK OF ACTING AND PERFORMANCE? How do we recognize something on screen as "performed"? What marks out screen performance as different from...
The Autobiographical Documentary in America
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY IN AMERICA. Jim Lane. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, 246 pp.Lane's thought-provoking and informative book focuses on autobiographical documentaries produced between 1971 and 1993. Chapter one discusses...
The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image
THE FILMS OF KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI: THE LIMINAL IMAGE. Joseph G. Kickasola. New York: Continuum, 2004, 332 pp.Krzysztof Kieslowski not only made films that engage viewers on multiple levels, but spoke and wrote about them and himself in a voice that remains...
The Material Poetry of Acting: "Objects of Attention," Performance Style, and Gender in the Shining and Eyes Wide Shut
CINEMA SCHOLARS ARE NOW INTERROGATING the ways a film actor's use of body and voice within the frame can contribute to the aesthetics of a film. In 1988, lames Naremore laid the groundwork for such inquiry with Acting in the Cinema. More recently, in...
The Problem of the Divo: New Models for Analyzing Silent-Film Performance
IN RECENT YEARS. SCHOLARS OF FILM and teachers of acting have tried to unravel the myth of film (non) acting by exposing the sign systems at work in contemporary film performance.1 As both scholars and film viewers, we have come to understand the technique...
The Sound of Film Acting
AMONG THE ACTING NOMINEES FOR THE 2003 OSCARS, Andy Serkis. the actor behind the digitally created character Gollum in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), was notably absent. This omission occurred even though New Line executives campaigned aggressively...
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