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André Bazin, Bert Cardullo
Abstract: These three review-essays by André Bazin were originally published in French in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Each treats
a neglected, if not forgotten, director together with his most important film: respectively, André Cayatte and "Before the
Deluge"; Georges Rouquier and "Farrebique"; and Roger Leenhardt and "The Last Vacation".
Abstract: The integrated musical of the late 1940s (led by MGM) often excluded minority performers in an attempt to create a utopian
environment. In contrast, Fox's nonintegrated musicals of the early 1940s negotiated a space for these performers, which,
while problematic, created opportunities for individual agency.
Abstract: This essay argues that the black-audience musical westerns of the late 1930s attempted to reconfigure African American national
identity in their casting but also by strategically using anachronism and geographical juxtaposition. These westerns created
a dual present by using the trope of contemporary Harlem alongside the nineteenth-century setting, thereby ironically echoing
the western expansionist movement in a cinematic African American West.
Michael G. Aronson
Abstract: This article explores the local conditions and determinants involved in the economic and cultural entrenchment of the nickel
theater in Pittsburgh a full decade after Harry Davis opened his eponymous storefront nickelodeon.
Abstract: This article discusses how the seemingly contradictory construction of many early television comedy stars bespeaks rather
coherent symbolic constructions of ethnicity, masculinity, and anxieties over the changing demographics of the American cultural
Seung Hyun Park
Abstract: This article explores the relation between film censorship and political legitimacy in South Korea during the period from
1987 to 1992. Not only did censorship prevent local filmmakers from making films that the authorities thought would be offensive
or detrimental to the government's political agenda, it also played a role in legitimating the hard-line right-wing regime.
Eric Schaefer, Dan Streible
Paula J. Massood, Sudhir Mahadevan