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Introduction: Space and Women’s Cinema

Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd edition 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Spaces of Women’s Cinema : Space, Place and Genre in Contemporary Women’s Filmmaking

British Film Institute, 2019

Book chapter

...The term ‘women’s cinema’, as Patricia White has recently observed (2015: 3–4), remains a contested term. In a ‘post-feminist cultural climate’, she writes, it is often identified with the ‘industry-produced chick flicks’, films for women...

Solitary Screens: On the Recurrence and Consumption of Images

Compact Cinematics : The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...On the evening of September 22, 1907, during one of his regular trips to Italy, Sigmund Freud wrote a short letter to his family back in Vienna. The letter begins,On the Piazza Colonna behind which I am staying, as you know, several...

Sweet on the Inside

Deeper than Oblivion : Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The complexities and paradoxes of trauma and memory are no longer a secret in Israeli cinema. Israeli screens are thronged by fiction and documentary films and videos dealing with personal and group traumas and memories and questioning...

Animal Melancholia

Animal Life and the Moving Image

British Film Institute, 2015

Book chapter

...What, then, is true mourning? What can we make of it? Can we make it, as we say in French that we ‘make’ our mourning? I repeat: can we? … are we capable of doing it, do we have the power to do it? But also, do we have the right...

The Eyes of David Bowie

Enchanting David Bowie : Space/Time/Body/Memory

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction: David Bowie is . . . watching you During the display period of ‘David Bowie is’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum (23 March – 11 August 2013) a common sight around London was the ‘David Bowie is here’ poster, announcing...

‘What If I Had Been The Hero?’

Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd edition 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What If I Had Been the Hero? : Investigating Women’s Cinema

British Film Institute, 2012

Book chapter

...We live our lives through texts. They may be read or chanted, or experienced electronically, or come to us, like the murmurings of our mothers, telling us what conventions demand. Whatever their form or medium, these stories have formed us...

Matters Arising

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Long Hard Look at ‘Psycho’

British Film Institute, 2010

Book chapter

...Psycho Structure Three Acts or Five Acts? Hollywood scriptwriters, more than English ones, think in terms of three-act structures, roughly: Act I – Exposition up to first main conflict; Act II – Complications; Act III – Crisis...

Conclusion

Brian Baker

Brian Baker is Lecturer in English at Lancaster University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...What we have seen in the preceding chapters suggests that, in terms of masculinity, crisis is the new dominant. Such a conception might suggest, however, that there was a time when constructions of masculinity in capitalist Modernity were...

Women’s Liberation Cinema?

Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd edition 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What If I Had Been the Hero? : Investigating Women’s Cinema

British Film Institute, 2012

Book chapter

...The films came first.The home is out of history; cinematic heroes go out into the public sphere to do whatever it is that makes them the hero. … feminist documentary films, like consciousness-raising groups, strive to find a new way...

Landscapes and Stories

Sue Thornham

Sue Thornham is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of numerous books including Women, Feminism and Media (2007), What if I Had Been the Hero (BFI Publishing 2012); the co-author, with Tony Purvis, of Television Drama: Theories and Identities (2005); the editor of Feminist Film Theory: A Reader (1999), and the co-editor, with Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris, of Media Studies: A Reader (3rd edition 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What If I Had Been the Hero? : Investigating Women’s Cinema

British Film Institute, 2012

Book chapter

...Women are the earth that is to be discovered, entered, named, inseminated and, above all, owned. Symbolically reduced, in male eyes, to the space on which male contests are waged, women experience particular difficulties laying claim...