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MasterBlog: Film Noir and Modern Ennui

Is film noir just an artifact, a cinema movement with a beginning and an end? Many modern filmmakers (and showrunners) play with the stylistic conventions of noir as a kind of postmodern exercise – sometimes for the pleasure of pastiche (looking at you, Woody Allen), or maybe to fetishize history ( 743 more words

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MasterBlog: The Black Female Subject

I find that Foucault’s characterization of the Panopticon – the surveillance-based system of imprisonment and self-discipline originally postulated by Jeremy Bentham – can be applied in a million fascinating ways to film analysis. 813 more words

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Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock

Coming from the film making powerhouse of Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho (1960) aims to provide not only horror, but one which utilizes a twisting plot and crippling suspense.  166 more words


CFP: Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa

The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University announces a call for papers for our upcoming symposium

Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa… 523 more words


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is one of the most famous works from German Expressionist film. Wiene utilizes a unique set. The set design has a very overemphasized horror feel, rather than a realistic one. 209 more words


Dangling Participle by Standish D. Lawder

Dangling Participle (1972) is one of the few experimental films by Standish D. Lawder . The film is composed of nothing but shots and scenes from other films. 109 more words