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Queer Theory and New Queer Cinema

The Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2007


...In his discussion of queer film theory, Ellis Hanson suggests that rather than being limited to a particular sexual identity or practice, the term ‘queer’ might be most fruitfully understood as referring to perverse desires...

Imaginary Signifiers/Voyeuristic Pleasures

Nitzan Ben-Shaul

Nitzan Ben-Shaul is Associate Professor at the Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films, Introduction to Film Theories and A Violent World: Competing Images of Middle East Conflicts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film : The Key Concepts

Berg, 2007


...Introduction The psychological effects of films on spectators have intrigued theoreticians since the medium’s inception. Two major psychological approaches to film can be discerned. One focuses upon the conscious perceptual and cognitive...

Video Arrives

Betsy A. McLane

Betsy A. McLane is the Director Emerita of the International Documentary Association. She holds degrees in cinema: a BFA from Ithaca College, MA and Ph.D. from The University of Southern California School of Media Arts. She has taught courses on film and documentary at Loyola Marymount University, The University of Vermont, Emerson College, The University of Southern California and California State University, San Bernadino, Palm Desert Campus. She is a Past President of the University Film and Video Association, and most recently served as the Project Director for The American Documentary Showcase, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A New History of Documentary Film

Continuum, 2012


...As the 1970s progressed into the 1980s, a major transition – sometimes threatening to mutate into a battle – took place as technology moved from film to video. Lighter, and easier to learn than 16mm, video did not have to be processed...

From Homosocial to Heterosexual: The Musical’s two Projects

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Sound of Musicals

British Film Institute, 2010


...This article takes a fresh look at the beginnings of Hollywood musicals. I argue that existing treatments of the musical are so attendant to endings and to synchronic analysis that the beginnings of musicals have been lost in the shuffle...
...Homage-Frottage To write about the film musical as an objet de queer is, in short, redundant.The title for my essay and its theoretical impulses derive from Samuel Weber’s book, Benjamin’s-abilities (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University...

Being Different: Almodóvar and the Academia

Nuria Triana-Toribio

Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include Spanish film and film cultures, cultural studies, and popular cinema and culture. She is the author of Spanish National Cinema (2003), co-author of The Cinema of Álex de la Iglesia (2007) and co-editor of the Spanish and Latin Filmmakers series for Manchester University Press. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Spanish Film Cultures : The Making and Unmaking of Spanish Cinema

British Film Institute, 2016


...It is cool to do things on your own, it is fun to be ignored and insulted by those around you. It is life affirming to ‘get’ and embrace matters that most others don’t.That Kugelberg’s words appear at the start of this chapter may surprise...

The Tall, Dark and Handsome Star

John Mercer

John Mercer is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham City University, UK. He is co-author of Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rock Hudson

British Film Institute, 2015


...By the end of 1953 Rock Hudson had appeared (credited and uncredited) in twenty-seven films. He had worked across a range of genres including thrillers, Westerns, swashbucklers and comedies, with a variety of directors, from the well-known...

Cinemas of the Chinese Diaspora

The Chinese Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2011


...Film-maker Loni Ding passed away 28 February 2010 and I would like to dedicate this chapter to the memory of her contribution to Asian American and Chinese diasporic cinema.In 2006, the National Film Registry of the United States selected...

How Do Audiences Read Films?

Roy Stafford

Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer and writer based in West Yorkshire, working in film education with independent cinemas. He is co-author, with Gill Branston, of The Media Student's Book (Routledge, 4th edition 2006) and has produced a wide range of film materials for teachers and students. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Audiences and the Film Industry

British Film Institute, 2007


...This chapter gives a brief outline of the development of theoretical approaches to analysing films and focuses on the changes that occurred after the 1980s, with consideration of actual audiences in cinemas as distinct to imagined...

Gay for Brad

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014


...The Brad Pitt Theory: The concept that all men, no matter what sexual orientation they practice, are gay for Brad Pitt.I like seeing Brad Pitt hanging out, that’s cool. I like these guys, I like their work. And he’s so attractive...