Cinema Journal Psychological Aspects, 21, 1, Fall, 1981

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Rescued from a Perilous Nest: D. W. Griffith's Escape from Theatre into Film, 2-30
Russell Merritt
Abstract: In the twelve years between 1895 and 1907 that he spent on the stage, Griffith wrote his most nakedly autobiographical work. The plays, letters, and poems that survive come from a deeply troubled would-be artist ashamed of his rural poverty, haunted by his father, and afraid of women. His early experience in the theatre generally aggravated those troubles. His films enabled him to control, redirect, and sublimate his obsessions.
From Virgin to Dynamo: The "Amoral Woman" in European Cinema, 31-58
David Davidson
Abstract: Conceived within the framework of a shared aesthetic sensibility--masculine, European, modernist--the "amoral women" evoked in "Pandora's Box, The Blue Angel," and "Jules and Jim" are "free" to express their femininity absolutely; yet this self-expression becomes the terrifying measure of the sexism which had denied each of them a unified sense of identity.
Cinema Journal Book Reviews
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Noel Burch, Annette Michelson
Review Author[s]: Sybil Thornton
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Lary May
Review Author[s]: D. G.
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Pierre Sorlin
Review Author[s]: D. G.
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