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Six Stills from Six Silent Films

A few weeks ago I posted images of six films I screened in my History of Cinema class at Queens College. As part of the final exam, students were to name five of the six films and provide the country of production and, if appropriate, the avant-garde movement. Here are the answers: Anemic Cinema Celebrated […] Continue reading

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“History of Silent Film” Final Exam

Do you fancy yourself a fan of silent film? This was part of the final exam in my silent film history class. Can you give the title, country, and the associated avant-garde movement? I’ll reveal the answers in a subsequent post. Continue reading

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History of Cinema, 1880-1930, Spring 2013 Syllabus

The syllabus for History of Cinema I, 1880–1930, at CUNY Queens College, is now available on my professional website. From the course description: A survey of international film history from the beginnings of public film exhibition to the coming of sound. This course covers early motion picture technology, the development of narrative and editing techniques, […] Continue reading

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Take a Summer Course with Me

I’m teaching a summer session course at Queens College. The course is Media Studies 300W: Media Criticism. My version of the course will cover current issues in media technology and will focus on a limited number of topics. There will not be any overwhelming amount of material to memorize. Instead, we will read and respond […] Continue reading

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It’s All Digital Now

This semester’s History of Cinema course concluded with the contemporary Hollywood entertainment economy. One of the themes we continually encountered was Hollywood pursuing spectacle and scale in order to remain relevant. This contrast with what we have seen throughout the semester with emerging cinemas relying more on New Wave priorities of stylistic experimentation and character […] Continue reading

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Unsettled Spirits in Raise the Red Lantern

Third Mistress in Raise the Red Lantern There’s so much to cover with Raise the Red Lantern (1991), a film I screened in this week’s History of Cinema class. There is the film’s historical portrayal of Chinese feudal society in the early twentieth century. The particular depiction of misogyny is also instructive because it reveals […] Continue reading

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Memory and Imagination in The Mirror

Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975) Earlier today in my History of Cinema III, I screened one of my favorite films from last spring’s version of the same class: Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror. I remember sensing that last year’s students enjoyed the spatial and temporal puzzle of the film. This year, I don’t think they enjoyed […] Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Change Everyone’s Lives: One Way or Another

This evening Brooklyn’s Light Industry screened a rare Cuban film, Sara Gomez’s De Cierta Manera [One Way or Another] (1974). I had seen this film back as an undergraduate at UCSB, in Donna Cunnigham’s Film History: 1960 – Present class, well over a decade ago. Earlier this semester, I had wanted to screen this film […] Continue reading

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Big Majority Excel on “History of Cinema” Midterm Exam

The students in my History of Cinema III class at Queens College took their midterm exam last week, and as I did last spring, I am publishing the aggregate results here. I was very impressed with the way students performed on this test. Fifty-seven percent of students scored a B or better, and nearly a […] Continue reading

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Framing in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

As we discussed in class, the framing in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul almost entirely contains the characters in a confined space. One of my favorite instances of this is when Emmi and Ali are waiting for their order to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Framing in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

As we discussed in class, the framing in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul almost entirely contains the characters in a confined space. One of my favorite instances of this is when Emmi and Ali are waiting for their order to … Continue reading
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The State

Today we saw two films: Daisies (1966) and The Red and the White (1967). As we discussed, in both films, the state becomes an important concept that we hadn’t yet seen in our films. More or less, the films of … Continue reading Continue reading

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The State

Today we saw two films: Daisies (1966) and The Red and the White (1967). As we discussed, in both films, the state becomes an important concept that we hadn’t yet seen in our films. More or less, the films of … Continue reading
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Virginia Woolf forces Hollywood to Grow Up

As we saw this week in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols, 1966), Hollywood began to accept films that took greater risks in favor of the expensive epics it was releasing in the 1960s. As we discussed in class, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf forces Hollywood to Grow Up

As we saw this week in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols, 1966), Hollywood began to accept films that took greater risks in favor of the expensive epics it was releasing in the 1960s. As we discussed in class, … Continue reading
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See, Taking Your Time and Attendance Counts

Last week, in my History of Cinema III class, I gave a midterm exam. The exam was designed to have an equal number of questions from each week of class, and that the questions would weigh lecture material more than reading material. The exam contained thirty-six questions, six on each of our six class sessions, […] Continue reading

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