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Avant-Garde and Experimental Film

Robin Blaetz.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online May 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 12368 words.

Experimental and avant-garde film is cinema made outside of the film industry on an artisanal basis, largely without regard to the structures and demands of traditional narrative film....

British Cinema

Amy Sargeant.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 10575 words.

Before the 1960s, much historical and critical writing on British cinema was generated outside of the academy—for instance, a multivolume, largely economic history of the silent period,...

Christian Metz

Matthew Flisfeder.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online March 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 9563 words.

Christian Metz was a French film theorist, writing mainly in the 1960s and the 1970s. Metz is most well-known for his application of structuralist and semiotic methods to the analysis of...

Gangster Films

Fran Mason.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online December 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 8925 words.

The study of gangster films extends back to the 1970s when the development of film studies as an academic discipline generated new perspectives to provide a scholarly framework for the...

Irish Cinema

Kevin Rockett.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 8577 words.

Irish cinema occupied a marginal status in world cinema until the double Oscar success in 1990 of the Irish feature My Left Foot, the directorial debut of Jim Sheridan. Three years later,...

Maya Deren

Theresa Geller.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 16540 words.

Maya Deren (b. 1917–d. 1961) completed only six films and two monographs in her lifetime, yet she made a huge impact on the history of cinema and the avant-garde specifically. Indeed, she...

Musicals

Steven Cohan.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 9758 words.

The film musical is usually identified almost exclusively with Hollywood, specifically those lavish star-filled films made during the heyday of the studio era. Furthermore, it has often...

Children in Film

Ian Wojcik Andrews.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online December 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 4680 words.

The child in film is a multifaceted, wide-ranging topic that considers historical, ideological, pedagogical, and theoretical questions, including those of definition. What a children’s film...

John Ford

Ross Schnioffsky and Richard Thompson.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 23345 words.

John Ford’s film career began with the earliest days of Hollywood silent filmmaking c. 1914 and continued until 1968, spanning the rise of the studio system, the coming of sound and color,...

John Ford

Ross Schnioffsky and Richard Thompson.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 23345 words.

John Ford’s film career began with the earliest days of Hollywood silent filmmaking c. 1914 and continued until 1968, spanning the rise of the studio system, the coming of sound and color,...

Hong Kong Cinema

Gina Marchetti and Derek Lam.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 48790 words.

Beginning as a colonial enterprise under British rule and continuing to the present day as a key creative industry within the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of...

Claire Denis

Kristin Hole.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 7345 words.

Claire Denis (b. 1948) is one of the most important directors working in France today. Her unclassifiable body of work touches on many genres and stems from diverse sources of inspiration....

African American Cinema

Arthur Knight.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 25664 words.

The category “African American Cinema” presents important conceptual challenges for scholars, critics, and moviegoers. Before laying out those challenges, though, it is important to note...

Federico Fellini

Peter Bondanella.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online May 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 7013 words.

Federico Fellini (20 January 1920–31 October 1993) was not only the most famous Italian director of the 20th century, but also an accomplished scriptwriter, humorist, and cartoonist. After...

Roman Polanski

Elzbieta Ostrowska.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online December 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 10312 words.

Roman Polanski’s persona is as contradictory as his films. A Holocaust survivor, he started his cinematic career in Poland. The hostile reception to his film debut, Knife in the Water...

Art, Set, and Production Design

Lucy Fischer.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online May 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 6891 words.

Within cinema discourse, the terms art direction, production design, and set direction are interrelated, although the first two would seem to have a broader purview. According to Cathy...

Documentary Film

Zoë Druick.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 13722 words.

Since the 1990s, there has been a veritable explosion of documentary films and digital media productions accompanied by a correspondingly large number of books and articles dedicated to...

Jackie Chan

Gina Marchetti.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 11133 words.

Many popular books and fan guides on Jackie Chan (b. 1954) exist; however, most of the film-studies scholarship on Chan dates from the period in which he enjoyed the most visibility on...

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Kristin Thompson.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online January 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 16162 words.

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful and influential films ever made. Its three parts, released in December of 2001, 2002, and 2003, respectively, grossed nearly three...

Biopics

Tom Brown and Belén Vidal.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 13128 words.

“Biopic” (sometimes spelled “bio-pic”) is the most common term used to refer to films representing any aspect of the lives of famous people from the past or the present. Of unclear origins,...