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Leonard J. Leff
Abstract: In 1933, when the fairy was the most visible representative of American gay culture, Warner Bros.' "42nd Street" portrayed
its lead character, Julian Marsh, as a "masculine homosexual" who lent a gay sensibility to the film's narrative and the musical
numbers that animated it.
Abstract: This 1921 film about the economic and emotional struggles of an impoverished professor's family dramatizes the intense struggles
over gender and class ideologies in the early 1920s. Weber's formal innovations transform conventions of melodrama and realism
to articulate visually the cultural anxieties centered on the reproduction of a changing middle class.
Christopher D. Morris
Abstract: While conceding the story's moral ambiguities, most critics of "Torn Curtain" ultimately concur with the popular judgment
of the film as a satire flawed by a weak script, production problems, and even the director's indifference. This deconstructive
study reads the film as a narrative of the illusion of mutual understanding, one that puts into question political, ethical,
and religious distinctions.
Mark L. Berrettini
Abstract: Carl Franklin's "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995) uses film noir's critical potential to present a studied assessment of Los
Angeles' "dark" criminal terrain as it is defined by the color line. In this regard, the film pays significant attention to
figures historically marginalized in postwar L.A.
J. A. Lindstrom
Abstract: This essay examines the reform movement's response to the nickelodeon boom in Chicago and shows that it was cautiously supportive
of moving pictures while simultaneously promoting the need for municipal government to become more responsible for recreational
activities for youth.
Robert Lang, Greg Martino