"Cinema of Failed Revolt: Brian de Palma and the Death(s) of the Left" by Chris Dumas
pp. 1-24 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0034
Abstract: Focusing particularly on his first studio feature, Get to Know Your Rabbit (1970), this essay argues that Brian De Palma, director of Scarface (1983) and Body Double (1984), is an exemplar of Godardian "political" filmmaking. Potential consonances between De Palma's career and the historical development of Film Studies as a discipline are also outlined.
"The Work of Film in the Age of Fordist Mechanization" by Lee Grieveson
pp. 25-51 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0042
Abstract: This article describes and analyzes the Ford Motor Company's extensive use of film in the 1910s and 1920s, tracing out the ways that this connected to the company's elaboration of new mass production processes and corresponding strategies of worker control that together were central to the establishment of the political economy of advanced capitalism.
"Historicizing the Shadows and the Acts: No Way Out and the Imagining of Black Activist Communities" by Ryan De Rosa
pp. 52-73 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0050
Abstract: Exploring the reasons for the banning of the 1950 civil rights film No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz) in the North, this article interrogates the tenets and parameters of race within the white liberal consensus in the United States at the start of the 1950s. These liberal ideas come to light and come under critique in the emerging discourse of community politics within the black public sphere.
"'Smothered in Baked Alaska': The Anxious Appeal of Widescreen Cinema" by Ariel Rogers
pp. 74-96 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0058
Abstract:This article examines how public discourse portrayed the appeal of widescreen cinema in the mid-1950s. Tracing this appeal to Cinerama's and CinemaScope's purported effects on the human body, the article contends that these systems promised to align viewers with a powerful apparatus while also threatening to submit them to it.
"White Noise: Performing the White, Middle-Class Family on 1930s Radio" by Joy Elizabeth Hayes
pp. 97-118 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0066
Abstract: This study investigates the radio roots of a discourse of domestic whiteness that is typically associated with family sitcoms of the 1950s. Through analysis of a highly popular evening serial, One Man's Family (NBC, 1932-1959), the article tracks the production of domestic whiteness in sound, narrative, and vocal performance, situating it within the institutional and social contexts of 1930s radio.
In Focus: Performance
This "In Focus" aims to open up a fuller consideration of performance in Cinema and Media Studies, as well as to point to several possible directions for further research…Contributors to this "In Focus” are primarily concerned with looking at and listening to media performances.