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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Schaefer, Dan Streible
Paula J. Massood, Sudhir Mahadevan