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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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Higgins, Sara Ross
Kirsten Moana Thompson, Terri Ginsberg