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Cinema Journal 51, No. 4, Summer 2012

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Table of Contents

  • "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.

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    "Introduction" by Matthew Solomon | pp. 119-122 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0023

    "Kissing as Telling: Some Thoughts on the Cultural History of Media Performance" by Jacob Smith | pp. 123-128 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0031

    "The Mirror of Performance: Kinaesthetics, Subjectivity, and the Body in Film, Television, and Virtual Worlds" by Lori Landay | pp. 129-136 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0039

    "Nonfictional Performance from Portrait Films to the Internet" by Vinicius Navarro | pp. 136-141 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0047

    "Adding Up the Gestures: What We See of Harry Lime" by George Toles | pp. 142-149 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0055

    "The Performance of Listening: Samuel Beckett's That Time" by Edward D. Miller | pp. 150-155 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0063

  • Book Reviews: Performance

    "Loving Lucy, Performing Biography (review)" by Mary Desjardins | pp. 157-162 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0028

    "It's the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television(review)" by Diane Negra | pp. 162-164 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0036

    "Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen (review)" by Roberta Pearson | pp. 165-167 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0044

    "The Factory of Gestures: Body Language in Film (review)" by Lilya Kaganovsky | pp. 168-170 | DOI: 10.1353/cj.2012.0052

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