Cinema Journal, 42, 4, Summer, 2003

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Errata, 2
"It's Only a Piece of Meat": Gender Ambiguity, Sexuality, and Politics in "The Crying Game" and "M. Butterfly", 3-28
Leighton Grist
Abstract: Presenting a primarily psychoanalytic discussion of "The Crying Game" and "M. Butterfly," this article elaborates on existing and predominantly homosexual readings of these films and examines the connotations of the particular relation that they imply between the sexual and the political.
AIDS References in the Critical Reception of David Cronenberg: "It May Not Be Such a Bad Disease after All", 29-45
Ernest Mathijs
Abstract: This essay argues that reception studies need to pay greater attention to topical and rhetorical references in film criticism. Specifically, the article analyzes references to AIDS in criticism of the films of David Cronenberg, with particular emphasis on "The Fly" (1986).
The Genesis of "Days of Heaven", 46-62
Hubert Cohen
Abstract: This article suggests that Old Testament stories are the source of much of the plot of Terrence Malick's second film, "Days of Heaven" (1978); that a transcendent power intervenes in its events; and that Malick has therefore created a religious film.
"Long Live Death!" The End of Revolution in Luis Buñuel's "The Phantom of Liberty", 63-75
Julie Jones
Abstract: The confrontation between France and Spain in the Napoleonic period imaged in the prologue to Luis Buñuel's "Phantom of Liberty" (1974) introduces themes explored throughout the film: the cultural and historical forces that shape national identity, the contradictory nature of freedom, the connection between political and psychological realities (Oedipal conflicts both), and the enduring presence of Francisco Goya.
Making "It" in Hollywood: Clara Bow, Fandom, and Consumer Culture, 76-97
Marsha Orgeron
Abstract: Fan magazines had a dramatic impact on actress Clara Bow's career and on female fandom more generally. This article examines Bow's 1927 star vehicle "It" as a parable for fan culture, particularly for the ways that fan magazines constructed their female readers and Hollywood films addressed their female spectators.
Dazzled by the Light: Technological Entertainment and Its Social Impact in "Varieté", 98-115
Frances Guerin
Abstract: This article proposes that E. A. Dupont's 1925 film "Varieté" both represents the variety acts that were so popular in Weimar Germany and becomes such an act itself. Simultaneously, the film depicts how variety shows aroused illicit sexual energy in their participants. Thus, through its discourse on the social effects of the burgeoning entertainment industry, "Varieté" can be interpreted as engaging analytically with the technological world in which it was produced.
Archival News, 116-131
Eric Schaefer, Dan Streible
Professional Notes, 132-141
Paula J. Massood, Sudhir Mahadevan
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