Cinema Journal, 44, 3, Spring, 2005

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Imagining and Promoting the Small-Town Theater, 3-19
Gregory A. Waller
Abstract: This essay examines the small-town theater as business strategy, local institution, and culturally resonant myth in the early 1930s, focusing on trade press discourse and a series of stories published in the "Saturday Evening Post" that concern the operation of a movie theater in a small Indiana town.
"Right and Wrong; That's [Not] All There Is to It!": "Young Mr. Lincoln" and American Law, 20-34
Virginia Wright Wexman
Abstract: This essay draws on historiographic and anthropological models to explore the ways in which assumptions about the law may be deployed in works of mainstream cinema. Using "Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939) as an example, it argues that potentially conflicting legal paradigms can be reconciled through filmic narrative.
Cinema and the Civilizing Process: Rethinking Violence in the World War II Combat Film, 35-63
J. David Slocum
Abstract: This essay proposes an alternative critical approach to the "violence" of the "World War II" combat film. Guiding this approach is the idea of a "civilizing process" that attends both to specific representations in war films and to the institutional role of cinema in socializing and regulating individual behavior. The theoretical grounding here is the sociological work of Norbert Elias, whose major study, "The Civilizing Process," was first published in 1939.
"Oh, I See....": "The Birds" and the Culmination of Hitchcock's Hyper-Romantic Vision, 64-80
John P. McCombe
Abstract: This essay reads Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds" (1963) in the context of literary romanticism. The film reveals a debt to the romantic interest in a natural world that overpowers rational calculation and causality. Additionally, the film critiques educational practices that limit vision by imposing a false order on the sublime chaos of nature.
In Focus: The Crisis in Publishing
Archival News, 99-106
Scott Higgins, Sara Ross
Professional Notes, 107-120
Kirsten Moana Thompson, Terri Ginsberg
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