Cinema Journal, 42, 2, Winter, 2003

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Pippi and Her Pals, 3-24
Christine Holmlund
Abstract: This article explores the fascination of Swedish audiences with the forty-plus films based on Astrid Lindgren's children's books, "Pippi Longstocking" foremost among them. Following Lindgren's death in 2002, will these films continue to play a unifying function in an increasingly multicultural Sweden?
"Rock-a-Bye, Baby!": Black Women Disrupting Gangs and Constructing Hip-Hop Gangsta Films, 25-40
Beretta E. Smith-Shomade
Abstract: This essay examines the cultural specificity of the gangster genre. In hip-hop gangsta films, the inclusion of black women as central to the gangster business not only transforms the gangster genre but, more important, adheres to black cultural norms. The films "New Jack City," "Sugar Hill," and "Set It Off" serve as case studies.
Arnoldian Humanism, or Amnesia and Autobiography in the Schwarzenegger Action Film, 41-56
Frank Grady
Abstract: The 1991 science-fiction film "Total Recall" exhibits the kind of "political amnesia" that Michael Rogin has called an essential aspect of the "postmodern American empire." At the same time, the film insistently undermines the cinematic amnesia that helps to make film narrative possible, by repeatedly representing the cinematic apparatus within the film's own story. The relationship between these two impulses--broadly, the film's recuperation of its political content and its interrogation of its cinematic form--is the subject of this essay.
Masculinity on the Front: John Huston's "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) Revisited, 57-80
Guerric DeBona
Abstract: John Huston's "Red Badge of Courage" (1951) is a marvelous example of literary capital under the strain of Cold War politics, the changing face of MGM, and a maverick director. Archival material reproduced and explicated in this essay suggests what might have been.
Ambiguous Ecologies: Stardom's Domestic Mise-en-Scène, 81-100
Simon Dixon
Abstract: The private lives of film stars are strangely contiguous with their roles. Consequently, a film star's home becomes an ambiguous ecology: part dwelling, part location. Hollywood's domestic staging in promotional/publicity photo shoots exposes the semifictional condition of the mechanism of stardom and suggests a cross-pollination between the art of the film industry and the life of suburban Los Angeles. Further, a star's masculinity as displayed through décor provides a measure of Hollywood's gendering of domestic space.
Arguing with Ethnography: The Films of Bob Quinn and Pierre Perrault, 101-124
Jerry White
Abstract: This article discusses the films of Pierre Perrault and Bob Quinn, which are engaged in a kind of discussion with ethnographic practice and nationalist discourse. Both filmmakers are fascinated by the experiences of those at the fringes of their nation-states, especially island and diasporic communities, favoring the exposition of ambiguity and hybridity over simplified understandings of national experiences.
Archival News, 125-133
Eric Schaefer, Dan Streible
Professional Notes, 134-144
Paula J. Massood, Sudhir Mahadevan
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