Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lulu in Hollywood: the Quest for Veracity.

Categories: Uncategorized

Something that has always amazed me is how differently stardom is approached today than in was in the first half of the century. What makes “Old Hollywood” so damn glamorous? It certainly isn’t just the clothes and the hair and … Continue reading

Fuller Chapter 3… the Power of a Nickel

Categories: Reading Responses

When I was a little girl, I would make my grandfather tell me about his parents. The idealized and dewy eyed six year old me imagined them to be much like the immigrant animated mice in Feviel goes west, except … Continue reading

Fuller Chapter 2… the Geography of Viewership

Categories: Reading Responses

Too often I forget how incredibly massive the United States actually is; how diverse it’s people and opinions and tastes. No, I’m not a total idiot, I just live in the pleasantly opaque bubble of an East Coast Liberal arts … Continue reading

Prague’s Secret Son… Laterna Magika

Categories: Reading Responses

No need for a paternity test, Laterna Magika is indeed the illegitimate child of socialism! Yes, Laterna is a healthy, thriving, baby boy… with split personality disorder and a mild case of OCD. Highly functioning, but not your textbook definition … Continue reading

Buster Keaton: from Vaudeville to the Dirty Sheet

Categories: Reading Responses

So I forget who said it, obviously, because the brain is an imperfect sieve of imperfect thoughts…. But some important film theorist, be in Bazin or whomever, called the medium of Film the “intersection of the plastic and the rhythmic … Continue reading

Fuller’s “Boundaries of Perception”

Categories: Reading Responses

“Audience participation,” something most frequently thought reserved for Raffi concerts and midnight screenings of “Rocky Horror,” is a much broader concept than generally imagined. Archaic thoughts of “active” and “passive” viewing are too heavily contingent on the physicality of of … Continue reading

Fuller, Chapter One…

Categories: Reading Responses

Ah the thrill of the traveling picture show! What intrigues me most about Fuller’s account of film in the country before the depression is how well integrated into the vaudevillian arts it became, and how this integration was an inherent … Continue reading

Gunning: “The Aesthetic of Astonishment” and the “Cinema of Attractions”

Categories: Reading Responses

Tom Gunning is stalking me. No, seriously. I have somehow managed to read “The Aesthetic of Astonishment” and the “Cinema of Attractions” every year I have attended this fine institution of learned-ness. Now this is NOT a bad thing. Far … Continue reading