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Abstract: Film noir is a recognized object of historical fascination, but the structures of fascination internal to the films have yet
to be analyzed and theorized historically. The work of Maurice Blanchot and Walter Benjamin helps locate the moral and political
force of noir as it relates to cinema spectatorship and historical experience as defined by the fascinating image.
Abstract: Drawing on theories of the state, networks, and globalization, this article examines issues of transnational copyright governance.
Also under examination are the role of the state in its relations with transnational trade and legal regimes, Hollywood's
struggle in fighting piracy, and the impact of digital technology on the market.
Susan M. Carini
Abstract: This article presents new research material on how Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz managed their public personas during the run
of "I Love Lucy" (1951-1957). It also marks a first effort to analyze the effect of the "Red" scare on Ball and to assess
her FBI file--an intriguing collection of primary material that, curiously, seems to have been assembled by a Lucy worshiper.
Abstract: This essay considers the discourses of liminality and "national purity" in Milcho Manchevski's "Before the Rain" (1994) in
the context of contemporary transnational exilic cinema. Through its innovative narrative structure, the film self-consciously
seeks to resist aesthetization and sublimation of abjection and mobilizes a critique of "authentic" citizenry.
Michele Faith Wallace
Abstract: "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) is a landmark in the development of the feature film and in the history of American racial
discourse in the Jim Crow period. This article proposes that the corrective for our current perspective on "The Birth of a
Nation" is that we more thoroughly study how the techniques of feature film inscribe and underwrite dominant racial ideologies.
Jack C. Ellis
Eric Schaefer, Dan Streible
Paula J. Massood, Rebecca M. Gordon